Northland Community & Technical College Staff Selected To Receive Awards for Excellence

Recipients will be honored at the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration held in conjunction with the annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas.

April 2, 2019 – Northland is proud to announce that four staff members have been selected for the 2019 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award (NISOD).

Don Fisher - Computer & Network Technology Instructor

Stephanie LeDuc - Marketing Instructor

Elizabeth McMahon - Health & Human Services Online Instructor

Dorinda Sorvig - Director of Practical Nursing & Nursing 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.

Northland Computer & Network Technology Instructor Don Fisher expresses, “I am extremely honored to have been recognized by my peers for the NISOD Excellence Award. My present career as an instructor at Northland has been in itself rewarding to me personally in so many ways and to now be recognized by my peers for my efforts has made my efforts unbelievably fulfilling. I am proud of my contributions and efforts to aid in the success of this institution, its faculty, staff and all of our students. This effort would not have been possible without the guidance and assistance of all my peers and I thank everyone for this recognition.”

“It is such a great honor to be selected as a recipient of the NISOD award,” Northland Marketing Instructor Stephanie LeDuc shares, “It is humbling to be recognized by my peers for contributions made to Northland Community and Technical College. I am very thankful for all the support I have received from mentors, administration, faculty, staff, and students. I would not have been able to accomplish my goals without their on-going support. I am looking forward to representing Northland with pride at the annual conference.”

“It is a privilege and an honor to have been selected for the NISOD Excellence Award by my peers. I am fortunate to work with so many talented colleagues who are dedicated to student success and student learning. It’s who they are and what they do daily that inspires me and this recognition from them is truly appreciated,” says Elizabeth McMahon, Northland Health and Human Services Online Instructor.

Northland Director of Practical Nursing and Nursing Instructor Dorinda Sorvig explains, “It’s an honor to be chosen for the NISOD award. I’m humbled and proud to represent Northland in celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at the community and technical colleges. Thank you!”

Northland recipients will be honored at the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration held in conjunction with the annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas.

“For many of the award recipients, being recognized, thanked, and honored in this manner is the first time they’ve ever received such profound acknowledgment and appreciation for the work they do,” states NISOD Executive Director Dr. Edward J. Leach, “Needless to say, the dinner and celebration is a very moving occasion and a highlight of the conference every year.”

“The students at Northland will not be surprised that these exemplary faculty and staff are being recognized by NISOD Excellence Award. They have personally experienced their dedication to student learning and student success, hallmarks of what we do on a daily basis here at Northland,” added Northland president Dr. Dennis Bona.


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 (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and a satellite site in Roseau, Minnesota. Northland 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. Northland 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. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.

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