NCTC Selects 2017 NISOD Excellence Award Recipients

Northland Community & Technical College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. 2017 honorees include:

Erin Amalie, Chemistry Instructor

Shelley Korber, Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor

Jodi Stassen, Dean Of Health, Nursing, & Public Services

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

NCTC Chemistry Instructor Erin Amalie said, "The greatest honor in receiving this award is that I was nominated by my peers. It is rewarding to know that my colleagues appreciate my efforts. I feel so blessed to work in an environment that is so supportive and committed to excellence.”

NCTC Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor Shelley Korber said, “To be nominated and recognized by my peers for excellence in my work is truly an honor considering there are many deserving candidates. I am especially grateful since I was nominated by a colleague who can appreciate the efforts that is put forth to ensure success of our students.”

NCTC Dean Of Health, Nursing, & Public Services Jodi Stassen said, “I am extremely honored to be receiving this award and to have been nominated by my colleagues. There are so many dedicated individuals here at Northland, it is through collaboration and teamwork with everyone here at the college that we are able to ensure student success.”

“Northland is very pleased and proud to showcase our exemplary faculty and staff through the NISOD Excellence Award. This year’s award winners truly reflect what it means to be dedicated to student learning and student success, hallmarks of what we do on a daily basis here at Northland,” added NCTC president Dr. Dennis Bona.

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 27-30, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive 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 honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”


For community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars, NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources. For nearly 40 years, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align our wide array of benefits with the needs of our members. For more information about NISOD, visit

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.