April 25, 2018


Contact: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403



Two instructors at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell have been selected to receive 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).  Each year, instructors are asked to nominate one instructor to receive the award.  From these nominations, the Faculty Evaluation Committee selects two faculty members for national recognition.  This year, Rachel Conover, Nursing instructor and Robert Moore, Psychology instructor, have been selected. NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges. Conover, Moore and other Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 26-29, in Austin, Texas.

Rachel Conover is a Level I nursing instructor and has been with ENMU-Roswell since January of 2016.  As nontraditional student, Conover graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas with an associate degree in Nursing in 2001 and a bachelor of science in Nursing in 2002.  After spending time caring for patients in critical care and hospice, she made the decision to pursue a master’s degree in Nursing and became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2012. As Clinical Nurse Specialist, she provided a palliative care consultative service to seriously ill and injured patients across all hospital settings, from pediatrics to geriatrics.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association and the nursing honor society.

Conover began her nursing career at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas.  There, she worked on the step-down unit caring for critically ill patients.  From the hospital, she began her work as a hospice nurse transitioning into a management role.  When she decided to pursue her master’s degree, she went back to the same step down unit she worked on as a newly graduated nurse. This move helped prepare her for her emerging role as an advance practice nurse. Transitioning to a nurse educator role has been an exciting venture. As a nurse, she felt the tremendous responsibility of having her patients’ lives in her hands. As a nursing educator, there are thousands of lives that rely on her ability to effectively educate nursing students. She is happy to be a part of the ENMU-Roswell family and feels like she has found a home away from home.

Robert Moore has been teaching at ENMU-Roswell for the past 17 years – 12 years as an adjunct instructor – and the past five years as a full-time Psychology instructor. He is also currently the Director of Behavioral Sciences at ENMU-Roswell. Moore approaches teaching with imagination, passion, and a dedication to kindling the flames of life-long learning. He seeks to provide each and every student with an exciting educational environment filled with the values that will enable them to become powerful leaders of families, communities, and society.

Moore holds a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, numerous certifications in counseling, conflict resolution, entrepreneurial mindset, positive psychology, and online teaching. He has serves on multiple faculty and university committees, and is devoted to ongoing faculty development at ENMU-Roswell. One of Moore’s most satisfying accomplishments to-date is the design and creation of a new Psychology of Success course. This course combines pillar concepts from the field of Positive Psychology and Growth Mindset research, and seeks to equip students to be successful and flourish in all areas of life.

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. 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.”