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Spain, Vick Lead NISOD Breakout Session

PCC's Jasmin Spain, left, and Nicholas Vick led a breakout session on classroom management last month at an international conference on teaching and leadership excellence in Austin, Texas.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's Jasmin Spain and Nicholas Vick led a presentation on classroom management in Austin, Texas, this month as part of a professional development conference for college faculty and staff from around the globe.

During the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development’s (NISOD) 2017 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence May 27-30, Spain and Vick conducted a breakout session titled "Classroom Management: Enough With the Nonsense."

Spain, PCC’s Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Community Standards, said the presentation focused on the value of classroom management and student conduct in relation to retention outcomes and student success.

“We shared practical classroom management tips for instructors, the benefits of utilizing an institution's student conduct office as an ally, and how the partnership between academic affairs and student affairs improves and enhances the learning environment,” he said.

Vick, who is director of PCC’s Tutorial and Academic Success Center, said he and Spain have been asked to share their presentation at East Carolina University though details have not yet been finalized.

Also during the conference, five PCC instructors – Alison Davis (Business Administration), Jeff Ramey (Health and Physical Education), Lynda Cole (Human Services), Brandi Green (Human Services) and Sabrina Westerman (English and Humanities) – were recognized for having received NISOD Excellence Awards earlier this year. Each instructor was given a specially cast pewter medallion in commemoration of their commitment and contribution to their PCC students and colleagues.

Started nearly 40 years ago, NISOD provides professional development opportunities to community college administrators, faculty and staff.