Two FSW Employees Recognized with NISOD Awards

Feb 1, 2017

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 – PUNTA GORDA, FLA. – Two Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) faculty and staff members have been named winners of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award. The two winners are Judith Sweeney, nursing professor, and Wendy Morris, instructional assistant.

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. FSW students and employees submit nominations for their professors and colleagues for this award based on teaching and learning practices that encourage student achievement.

“I am beyond words,” said Sweeney. “It is an honor to receive the NISOD Award of Excellence for faculty. The best part of this award was that it came from the students. I was truly amazed at their comments and how much I have impacted their lives. Our nursing students are our future, and I am blessed to be a part of it.”

“I am very proud to have been chosen for the NISOD Excellence Award,” said Morris. “Hearing the kind and generous words from our nursing students and my colleagues was motivating and inspiring. It is extremely rewarding to be of assistance to the students and to help them achieve their goals.”

“The NISOD Excellence Awards gives our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to recognize those college employees that go above and beyond their everyday duties in guiding our students to the ultimate goal of graduation,” said Dr. Jeff Stewart, FSW provost and vice president, Academic Affairs. “It is always heartwarming to read the nominations and to see the effect the nominees have on others at the college.” 

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. It has since become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff. This year’s recipients will be recognized during NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in May.

About NISOD:

For community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars, NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources. For nearly 40 years, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align our wide array of benefits with the needs of our members. For more information about NISOD, visit


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit for more information.