March 2, 2016


Contact: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403



Two instructors at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell have been selected to receive 2016 Teaching Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Each year, instructors in each division 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, Diane Klassen, business instructor, and Jerolyn Wagner, nursing instructor, have been selected.

“Receiving this award is quite an honor and I am humbled to have been chosen among so many great faculty here at ENMU-R,” said Wagner. “I hope to continue to be a part of the team that provides quality education to the students who attend this institution. Together, we can produce highly educated individuals who will be beneficial to the workforce and the community.”

“I am greatly humbled and honored to receive the NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence—especially knowing that I work every day with instructors who are equally deserving,” said Klassen. “I began my own postsecondary education at ENMU-Roswell and returned many years later to serve as an instructor. As I work each day with students striving to overcome obstacles, I have seen the power of this community college to change lives. I am one of those fortunate people who goes home each day knowing that I have had an opportunity to make a difference in my community just by being a teacher.”

Wagner, Klassen and other Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 28-31, 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