ECC Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 NISOD Excellence Award!

Liddy Hope, Assistant Professor II of Human Services

Natalie Leisering, Director of Academic Advising

Debra Norden, Office Coordinator III, SBCT

David Strossner, Emergency Services Unit Adjunct Faculty

Erin Vobornik, ESL Unit Adjunct Faculty

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award

NISOD is “a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.” As a member of NISOD, we have the opportunity each year to nominate and send up to five qualified faculty or staff members (full-time or part-time) to the NISOD Annual Conference, which this year will be on on May 27-30, 2023, in Austin, Texas.

A call for nominations goes out in September each year. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, administrators, support staff members, or students. Each person may submit only one nomination.

*Note: To receive the award, nominees must have been an employee of ECC for at least three years prior to the time of nomination. Nominees are only eligible to win the NISOD Award once every five years.

Nominating Criteria:

The nominee should demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Promotes and fosters a learner-centered environment

  • Collaborates and develops partnerships across ECC and/or the greater community

  • Engages in innovative initiatives across campus

  • Demonstrates positive and effective assistance to diverse learners in reaching their academic goals

  • Provides exceptional services to students

  • Provides leadership on campus and in the community

  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous learning and professional development of colleagues and one’s self

  • Embodies ECC’s shared values: Excellence; Freedom of Inquiry; Equity; Diversity; Ethical Practice; Accountability; Collaboration

Previous NISOD Award Recipients

  • 2022 Luis Caballero, Mia Hardy, Lauren Nehlsen, Tyler Roeger, and Joe Rosenfeld

  • 2021 Diane Flahaven, Peter Gray, Michelle Kershner, Tim Moore, Pietrina Probst, and Kelly Scott

  • 2020 Marc Beth, Lori Jones, John Long, Lisa McCarthy-West, and David Zacker

  • 2019 Abigail Bailey, Marc Hucek, Amybeth Mauer, Tyler O'Donnell, and Annamarie Schopen

  • 2018 Diva Ajinth, Soma Chattopadhyay, Dawn Munson, Mary Peterhans, and Greg Wheaton

  • 2017 Chalyce Deterding, Michelle Kelty, David Lawrence, William Pelz, and Patrick Stewart

  • 2016 Tim Anderson, Elizabeth Becker, Kenny Beynon, Elizabeth McNulty, and Fred Vogt

  • 2015 Marilee Halpin, Terri Martin, Luis Martinez, and Rich Wince

  • 2014 Lauren Anderko, Michelle Brynelsen, Sally Guy, Clark Hallpike, Colleen Stribling, and David Zacker

  • 2013 Patti Jachowicz, Marcia Luptak, Catherine Moushon, David Reich, Linda Wallace

  • 2012 Lynn Ducar, Marybeth Koos, Gary Norden, Roger Ramey, Kim Tarver

  • 2011 Lori Clark, Nicole Scherger, Leticia Starkov, Katherine Storey, Laurel Vietzen

  • 2010 Heidi Eaton, Joyce Fountain, Crystal Kerwin, John Slawson, Armando Trejo

  • 2009 Alison Douglas, Linda Hefferin, Dan Kernler, Ronald Kowakczyk, Gregl Kramer, and Connie Orbeta

  • 2008 Tim Kaar, Linda McEwan, Rachael Tecza, Susan Timm, and Maryann Tuerk

Orrin G. Thompson Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the Orrin G. Thompson Teaching Excellence Award!

Parul Raval, Professor I of Education

John Karnatz, Communication Studies Unit Adjunct Faculty

The Orrin G. Thompson Teaching Excellence Award honors faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the learning environment of the college and who are dedicated to student successes. Recipients are also nominated for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Outstanding Faculty Member Award. Specific criteria for this award include the nominee’s demonstrated excellence in teaching, initiative on innovative programs, service on technical or special committees, leadership in helping solve challenges and participation in state and/or national education associations. One full-time and one part-time faculty member receive the award each year. Nominees are only eligible to win the Orrin G. Thompson award once every five years.

Nomination Process:

Once the call for nominations goes out early in the spring semester, students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit nominations by answering the question on the Electronic Nomination Form. Additional information, used for choosing a winner and also for submitting nominees for the ICCTA awards, is then be solicited from nominees. This information includes imitative on innovative programs, service on technical or special committees, leadership in helping solve challenges, participation in state and/or national education associations, awards and recognition, and ongoing professional development.

Please direct any question to Tyler Roeger, Director of CETL, at

Nominating Criteria:

Nominees should exemplify and, thereby strengthen the shared values of the college community which are: Excellence, Freedom of Inquiry, Equity, Ethical Practices, Accountability, Respect for Diversity & Community Engagement

Full and part-time faculty in good standing with the college may be nominated.

Previous Orrin G. Thompson Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

  • 2021 Timothy Kaar & Robert Russ

  • 2020 Colleen Stribling & Soma Chattopadhyay

  • 2019 Heidi Eaton & Helen DiNardo

  • 2018 Greg Wheaton & Jane Maas

  • 2017 Patrick Stewart & Soma Chattopadhyay

  • 2016 Kim Tarver & Elizabeth Soderquist

  • 2015 John Mravik

  • 2014 Alison Douglas

  • 2013 Dan Kernler

  • 2012 Mary Beth Koos

  • 2011 Letecia Starkov

  • 2010 Jill Russell

  • 2009 Ronald Kowalczyk

  • 2008 Connie Orbeta

  • 2007 David Sujak

  • 2006 Andy Erbach

  • 2005 Laurel Vetzen

  • 2004 Stephanie Johnson

  • 2003 Brent Steel

  • 2002 Mark Pelczarski

  • 2001 Hani Qasmieh

  • 2000 Dan Gardner

  • 1999 Linda Hefferin

  • 1998 Loren Weaver

  • 1997 Dan Gardner