NMC faculty members lauded | News
TRAVERSE CITY – A technology teacher and an additional English teacher are this year’s winners of the Northwestern Michigan College Faculty Excellence Awards, after being selected by a student selection committee.
Lisa Balbach, who teaches computer information technology, received the Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award, and Diane Bolton is the winner of the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award.
Instructors are rated on excellent teaching performance, relationship with students, classroom innovation, and engagement. Students’ comments on the two trainers were published in a press release from NMC.
Balbach provides timely, detailed feedback and enables students to learn from their mistakes by giving them the opportunity to resubmit an assignment. It’s also thorough, giving examples of real world applications, and giving assignments related to students’ interests, they said.
“I have a feeling that she will go to the end of the world for her students,” wrote one student. “She will spend endless time with her students making sure each one is successful.”
Balbach has been with NMC since 2016.
Students said Bolton helps them understand the material by teaching in ways that they can relate to and build from. She also has an excellent relationship with the students and encourages everyone to speak and express their thoughts, they said.
Bolton also holds individual conferences with each student to discuss their progress in class.
“If that’s not a commitment to student learning, then I don’t know what it is,” wrote one student.
Bolton first worked in college in 2009.
The Faculty Excellence Award was first given to a full-time faculty member in 1971, after being initiated by a contribution from longtime NMC benefactors Harold and Imogene Wise. The Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award was launched in 1999.