Michelle McNamara

Faculty Scholar

Michelle McNamara, professor of communications at Glen Oaks Community College, has been selected to receive the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Conference Scholarship. McNamara is one of five recipients in the nation to receive this prestigious award, which reflects NISOD’s mission of promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.

“There is simply no other job in the world that has such a tremendous impact on our future as teaching,” said McNamara. “When I began my career many years ago, I vowed to appreciate each and every single day in the classroom. That perspective, along with my ability to connect and interact with students from diverse backgrounds, has made it very clear that teaching is not just what I do, but who I am.”

McNamara, of Centreville, is a resident in St. Joseph County. “The faculty and staff at Glen Oaks consciously work to spend tax dollars wisely and save where we can,” said McNamara. “This was an opportunity to save the college money while benefitting from professional development at the conference.”

“I am lucky to work for an organization that supports my passion for teaching,” said McNamara. “Glen Oaks only recently joined NISOD, and that makes receiving this scholarship even more special. Being able to network with colleagues who share my passion for teaching is an opportunity that I do not take lightly. I am excited to bring new ideas and concepts home from this conference and implement them in my classroom. I feel tremendously honored to be a 2019 Suanne Davis Roueche Scholarship winner and can’t wait to participate.”

“Dr. David H. Devier, Glen Oaks president states of Professor McNamara, “Michelle is a dynamic, student-centered instructor who not only conveys knowledge to students, but cultivates a love for learning they can carry forward in their lives”

McNamara will be recognized at the 2019 NISOD annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in late May.

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’s customer-focused approach has helped align our 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.”

About Suanne Davis Roueche
The Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarships are named in honor of the late Suanne Davis Roueche, who served as NISOD’s director from 1985 to 2000. Under Suanne’s brilliant leadership, membership went from 50 institutions to 750 and conference attendance went from 152 participants to approximately 2,000 upon her retirement. Through the Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarships, Suanne’s impact on community and technical colleges will be long lasting.