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Two ENMU-R teachers honored by peers


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Two instructors at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell have been selected to receive 2019 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, Linda Urie, nursing instructor, and Cory Cogdill, mathematics instructor, have been selected.

NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.

Urie, Cogdill and other Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas.

Urie co-teaches the lecture and clinical components for level 1 nursing students. According to Candi Miller-Morris, nursing clinical instructor, Urie is very dedicated to student learning. “She developed a new clinical rotation that involves clinical simulation and helps the new nursing students learn to think critically and use clinical reasoning,” said Miller-Morris. “Linda is very thorough and sets high standards for herself. She is always prepared and always available for students. Linda has been instrumental in assisting with the Nursing Program accreditation report as well.”

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In addition to his service as a math instructor, Cogdill is also the math director on campus. Robert Moore, psychology instructor, nominated Cogdill for the award. “Cory continually seeks to improve his effectiveness in the classroom and find new ways to connect with students,” said Moore. “Cory consistently takes advantage of any opportunity to develop himself professionally. I also appreciate Cory’s willingness to explore new instructional methods and to keep an open mind to delivering math content in ways leveled with student learning.”