NCTC selects 2018 NISOD Excellence Award recipients

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD's annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 26-29, in Austin, Texas.

Northland Community & Technical College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. 2018 honorees include:

ADawn Nelson, Agriculture Instructor

Bobbie Taylor, Associate Registrar

Brian Suckow, Welding Instructor

Jennifer Dahlen, English Instructor

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 Agriculture Instructor ADawn Nelson said, “I am extremely honored to have this award bestowed upon me by my colleagues who work tirelessly educating students for their success. I am grateful to work at an educational institution who affords instructors the tools needed to be successful in and out of the classroom. I am proud of the work I have completed in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and will further strive to make a differences in the lives of students in the areas of career success, life-long learning and personal growth.”

NCTC Associate Registrar Bobbie Taylor said, “I am shocked and honored to be receiving this award. I am a graduate from Northland and like many of our students, Northland transformed my life. I always strive to do my best and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be part of an organization that can bring out the best in our students.”

NCTC Welding Instructor Brian Suckow said, “I am extremely proud to be receiving the NISOD Excellence Award. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated by my peers. Receiving this award would not have been possible without the inspiration that I have acquired from my colleagues and the collaboration we put forth to ensure student success.“

NCTC English Instructor Jennifer Dahlen said, “I am honored to be named by my peers for the NISOD Excellence Award. I feel fortunate to work with such talented faculty at Northland and truly appreciate this recognition.”

“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 26-29, 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 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 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 AAS degrees in more than 60 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer & educator. Visit NCTC online at