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Selkirk College Instructors Recognized for Educational Contributions

Selkirk College Instructors Recognized for Educational Contributions

May 06 2014
Selkirk College has an award winning faculty and now there are five more honours to celebrate. Five instructors have been recognized for their dedication to students with an annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.

Five Selkirk College instructors have been honoured with prestigious awards for their dedication to students and excellence in their educational leadership.

The National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards recognize men and women who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. Selkirk College instructors Michael Konkin, Elizabeth Lund, Rob Schwarzer, Joan Silvey and Rita Williams have been chosen amongst the 2014 recipients.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many great instructors in all our programs,” says Neil Coburn, Selkirk College Vice President of Education and Students. “These five award winners are tremendous examples of how instructors can impact the lives of students and further our goals of lifelong learning everyday they are in the classroom. We are very proud of what they have accomplished. Their awards are well deserved.”

Created in 1978, NISOD is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. NISOD supports Selkirk College and its other members by providing professional development resources and learning experiences. The Excellence Awards recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Learning Excellence which takes place in Austin, Texas on May 25 to 28.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their college’s mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” says Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honoured to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

Quality Learning and Continuous Improvement

Michael Konkin is an instructor in the Business Administration Program based on the Castlegar Campus. His nominator noted his passion about quality learning and continuous improvements amongst his attributes. Konkin has initiated several important elements to the program over the years including the Innovation Award, peer interviews and a tax clinic.

Michael Konkin is an instructor in the Business Administration Program.

An Empathetic and Tireless Instructor

Elizabeth Lund is a chemistry instructor in the School of University Arts & Sciences. Described as an “empathetic and tireless instructor,” Lund’s list of innovative accomplishments is lengthy. Lund developed a summer institute for post-secondary administrators and educators, helped raise the college’s profile in the region by organizing 90 Grade Two students to visit and take part in a “mini college,” and is the primary driver behind the new Rural Pre-Medicine Program which will see its first cohort this September. Lund also plays an important role in the ongoing work and development of the Mir Centre for Peace and serves as the Vice President of the Faculty Association.

Elizabeth Lund is a chemistry instructor in the School of University Arts & Sciences.

Innovator in the Trades

Robert Schwarzer is a welding instructor in the School of Industry & Trades Training who has been an innovator on the Silver King Campus for many years. With formal student evaluations a testament to his ability to connect with those he teaches, Schwarzer has made many contributions over the years including developing and delivering both a C-Level Welding Program and the Metal Fabricator Program. He has also shown leadership as the Chair of the BCGEU Local 709 and is a member of the bargaining committee.

Robert Schwarzer is a welding instructor in the School of Industry & Trades Training.

Dedication Beyond the Region

Joan Silvey is a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and English Language instructor on the Castlegar Campus. Her dedication and oversight to TESOL is seen as instrumental in the program’s success. Silvey has made considerable contributions to the internationalization of Selkirk College and the communities in the region through her work in the classroom and beyond. She has articulated many of the Selkirk courses under the British Columbia articulation process and has helped guide the direction of English language programs provincially.

Joan Silvey is a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and English Language instructor.

Strong Leadership in Trying Times

Rita Williams is the chair of the School of Business & Aviation where she has provided strong leadership during a period of tremendous change. Still active in the classroom, Williams is passionate about imparting her technology and business skills. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing a new and innovate post-graduate diploma in Business Administration targeted to international students. Mixed in with her duties, Williams is the long-serving Chair of the Faculty Association’s Professional Development Committee.

Rita Williams is the chair of the School of Business & Aviation.

Each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon.

The NISOD Excellence Award winners will be recognized at the annual Selkirk College Recognition Dinner that will be held on the Castlegar Campus on May 15.

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