NISOD Excellence Awards
Cowley College instructors Brett Butler and Cindy Branscum will receive Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas, in May. Butler, an industrial technology/agriculture instructor on the main campus in Arkansas City, and Branscum, the lead MICT instructor at Cowley’s Winfield Allied Health Center, will receive the awards during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence May 28-31. “The two are very deserving for the award of teaching excellence,” Cowley College Vice President Sheree Utash said. “The standard they set in the class room and to their students is outstanding.”
Butler has worked full time at Cowley since Jan. 2003. Branscum began her Cowley teaching career as an adjunct instructor in 1994. She became full time in 2000. Branscum also works part time for the Winfield and Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services. She uses her field experiences in her teaching.
“Because it is a technical program there is a difference between what they teach in a book and what you see on the job,” Branscum said. Butler also learned valuable experience that he has applied to his teaching by previously working as a vocational agriculture instructor at the high school level, managing a breeding stock swine farm in Missouri, working for a commercial hog farmer, starting his own seed stock business, and working for Total Refinery, Conoco, and Boeing.