Five Harford Community College employees, Nicole Hoke Wilson, Miriam Huddleston, Dr. James Karmel, Dr. Carol Mueller, and Dr. Karen Rege, have been named recipients of the 2019 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.    

NISOD has supported the pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership at hundreds of member colleges for over 40 years. Award recipients will receive their medallions at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Austin in May. 

Nicole Hoke Wilson - As the Director for Disability and Student Intervention Services, Nicole is a well-respected leader who is known for her advocacy of students with disabilities, her leadership on the Student Intervention and Prevention (SIP) team, and her work in establishing brand new on-site and on-call counseling services for students. Some examples of Nicole’s commitment to students and the College as a whole include participation in numerous committees and outreach activities; stepping up and filling in for a staff member to guarantee new students received a valued orientation; and conceptualizing and implementing a student behavior follow-up procedure whereby assigned advisors respond to students in emotional distress in a holistic manner. This model engages academic advisors further into the non-cognitive behaviors that impact a student’s ability to be successful academically. Nicole’s vision in developing this new process is reflective of her research of Guided Pathways and Achieving the Dream student-centered models. She also is an active member on the CARE team, which monitors, assesses, and recommends action related to student conduct and behavior.  

Miriam Huddleston, Assistant Professor, Integrated Business and Applied Technology, has been on faculty council for the past four years and has served as vice chair and chair. As a member of the Coordinating group, she researched and submitted a proposal to have tuition reimbursements increased to align with other Maryland colleges. She has piloted inclusive access in her marketing class and is currently the CETL Liaison for Dually Enrolled High School Students Professional Learning Community. Other accomplishments include serving as an acting member of the rebranding committee, working with public relations to have her students develop marketing plans to add information for the College rebranding and working to prepare a “Social Media Takeover” for Spring ’19. She has developed a project for her students to generate a marketing plan for the new Additive Manufacturing program, too. She has collaborated with Prof. Hallock and her political science class so that the students jointly explored the history of advertising in politics.

James Karmel, Professor, Arts and Humanities, has exhibited exceptional leadership to his peers as the Director of CETL since January 2018. He promoted the extensive use of active learning and student engagement activities and developed Professional Learning Communities to find innovative ways to support student learning and excellence. Additional leadership includes his founding of the Distance Learning Committee where, as chair, he advanced systematic use of Blackboard including naming conventions and enhancing student interaction. His development of a public history track included internships and the development of a website for student oral history projects, Harford Voices. Jamie also spearheaded data taskforces that highlighted student outcomes and focused on closing achievement gaps. His efforts in supporting students engaged in research projects led to students receiving the Beacon Award. In addition to CETL, Jamie is currently the coordinator in the Humanities department. He served as interim Dean for Behavioral and Social Sciences, was the Program Coordinator for Maryland Online, co-chaired Middle States PRR in 2007 and 2017, organized a community forum for discussion about legalizing slot machines in MD, co-coordinated student engagement series on literary works, Historian for Civil War Literary Series Grant, spurred students to realize Harford County’s underground railroad, and other significant efforts.

Carol Mueller, Assistant Professor, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, has a reputation of going above and beyond in all endeavors regarding teaching and learning at HCC. An example within the classroom is her use of technology to improve active learning within her classroom and her willingness to impart this knowledge to her colleagues. During the fall semester, Carol approached CETL to share some of these best practices with all faculty at a Faculty Council/Academic Affairs meeting. In addition to the above contributions, Carol exhibits exceptional leadership. There is evidence of mentoring and assisting colleagues from setting up courseware for adjunct faculty to assisting colleagues with TK20. She is the immediate past president of the Developmental Education Association of Maryland and is currently running for a board position with the National Association of Developmental Education. She is also the past president of the American Association of University Women. Carol is not only an active participant in numerous professional development activities, she seeks ways to share what she has learned with her colleagues. She is currently working on the developmental education committee to improve transitional learning and volunteered to lead a subcommittee exploring approaches to instruction of developmental education. Carol submitted a project to the National Center for Developmental Education looking at the prolonged increase in learning using adaptive verses non-adaptive software.  

Karen Rege - As the former of Director of e-Learning, Karen served on numerous committees across campus where her expertise and innovative mind is respected and desired. Her leadership in an institution-wide campaign for the use of open education resources (OER) promotes student success by removing barriers. Karen is also one of the Strategic Planning Tri-Chairs and works tirelessly to ensure that all HCC staff and faculty have a voice in how HCC's future direction and the allocation of resources will be determined. Her efforts and commitment to this process have been instrumental in the formulation of this process. Other notable accomplishments include enacted numerous changes to online course standards, which have impacted all online and enhanced Blackboard courses; led faculty and staff in the conceptualization and creation of CETL and ultimately increased professional development opportunities for faculty, adjuncts, and even staff; led the development of four online programs in the business area and co-led the development of a committee to improve campus-wide accessibility and inclusion; and introduced the instructional design model called Learning Environment Model (LEM).  The use of LEM at Harford is the first instance of use at a community college.  Karen is also a member of the Board of Directors for both Maryland Online and Quality Matters gaining invaluable knowledge and experience, which is shared with her staff and faculty. Karen was recently promoted to the position of Dean of Teaching, Learning and Innovation.