Ronna Pennington has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Arkansas State University Three Rivers Teaching Excellence Award. Pennington is Senior Instructor of History, a concurrent enrollment liaison, and serves as vice chairman of the Faculty Council. Pennington was previously employed at the college as Distance Education Support Specialist and as an adjunct instructor.
"I’m honored to be selected as ASUTR's recipient of the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award. I appreciate working for an institution that provides so many professional development opportunities, including Quality Matters training for online instructors, full-time and adjunct alike," Pennington said. She earned her Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate through ASUTR's Title III Department of Distance Education's training initiative.
In addition to teaching history online and on campus, Pennington has taught a variety of classes for the Honors College, including the History of Organized Crime and Podcasting. She is a contributing writer to the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States and has also co-published distance education articles and presented distance education conference sessions with ASUTR's Title III department.
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.
Excellence Award recipients are recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, to be held virtually April 28-30, 2021. 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.