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Zane State College Selects NISOD Excellence Award Recipient

Zane State College is proud to announce its recipient of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. The 2024 honoree is Mathematics Professor Mysti Hobson.

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.

“Receiving this award is an immense honor, and I am deeply grateful for the nomination. It highlights the meaning behind why we do what we do at Zane State College: positively impacting students’ lives. For me, it’s about looking beyond equations and formulas to appreciate our students’ unique perspectives and experiences and remembering that the human connection is just as important as the mathematical content,” Professor Hobson said.

“Professor Hobson exemplifies Zane State’s vision of creating ‘A Promising Future for Every One.’ One of her many strengths is her ability to make math relatable and relevant to students. Her approachable and welcoming teaching style makes complex subjects less intimidating, which is invaluable to our students. We are fortunate to have Professor Hobson at ZSC, and I congratulate her on this well-deserved award,” Zane State College President Chad Brown said.

Excellence Award recipients are recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, 2024. Excellence Awards recipients receive 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.”

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For over 40 years, NISOD has aligned a wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.” For more information about NISOD, visit www.nisod.org.

Zane State College, established in 1969, values people through our commitment to quality, equity, and stewardship. Zane State College has campuses in Zanesville and Cambridge, Ohio, and offers eight less than one year certificates, five one year certificates, 29 programs that lead to an associate degree, and one baccalaureate program focused on regional workforce needs. As a comprehensive community college, students can reduce their bachelor’s degree costs through 2+2 and 3 +1 transfer options to a wide selection of public and private universities. Visit zanestate.edu for more information. Zane State College is a public college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).

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