May 1, 2024

Co-Lin Science instructor wins national excellence award

Therese Apel

Co-Lin Science Instructor Angela Smith-Wilkinson recieves the NISOD award.

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College is proud to announce its recipient of the annual NISOD Excellence Award. The 2024 honoree is Co-Lin Science Instructor Angela Smith-Wilkinson. She has served as a faculty member at the college since 2005.

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

“Angela is a long-time member of the Co-Lin faculty and well respected amongst her colleagues,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Dewayne Middleton. “She is deeply dedicated to her students and goes above and beyond to ensure they have all the tools needed to be successful. She embodies all characteristics of the NISOD Excellence Award and is very deserving of this recognition.”

Excellence Award recipients are recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, 2024. Excellence Awards recipients receive a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. 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.”


The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For over 40 years, NISOD has aligned a wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.” For more information about NISOD, visit

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