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Two on ENMU-R faculty receive awards

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Robert Moore, second from left, and Rachel Conover were recognized during ENMU-Roswell’s 60th Anniversary Celebration last week. Also pictured are Dr. Ken Maguire, left, vice president for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Steven Gamble, interim president, ENMU-Roswell. (Submitted Photo)

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Two instructors at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell have been selected to receive 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).

Each year, instructors 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, Rachel Conover, nursing instructor, and Robert Moore, psychology instructor, have been selected.

Conover, Moore and other Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 26-29, in Austin, Texas.

Rachel Conover is a Level I nursing instructor and has been with ENMU-Roswell since January of 2016. As a non-traditional student, Conover graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, with an associate degree in nursing in 2001 and a bachelor of science in nursing in 2002. After spending time caring for patients in critical care and hospice, she made the decision to pursue a master’s degree in nursing and became a clinical nurse specialist in 2012. As a clinical nurse specialist, she provided a palliative care consultative service to seriously ill and injured patients across all hospital settings, from pediatrics to geriatrics. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association and the nursing honor society.

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Robert Moore has been teaching at ENMU-Roswell for the past 17 years, 12 years as an adjunct instructor and the past five years as a full-time psychology instructor. He is also currently the director of Behavioral Sciences at ENMU-Roswell.

According to the award announcement, Moore approaches teaching with imagination, passion and a dedication to kindling the flames of life-long learning. He seeks to provide each and every student with an exciting educational environment filled with the values that will enable them to become powerful leaders of families, communities, and society.

Moore holds a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and numerous certifications in counseling, conflict resolution, entrepreneurial mindset, positive psychology, and online teaching. He has serves on multiple faculty and university committees, and is devoted to ongoing faculty development at ENMU-Roswell. One of Moore’s most satisfying accomplishments to date is the design and creation of a new Psychology of Success course. This course combines pillar concepts from the field of positive psychology and growth mindset research, and seeks to equip students to be successful and flourish in all areas of life.

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 on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet. 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.”