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June 4, 2012

Cowley instructors honored at NISOD conference


Cowley College instructors Adam Borth, Scott Layton and Deryk Ruddle recently received Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in Austin, Texas.

Several other representatives from Cowley College attended the 34th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, which was held May 27-30.

Borth has worked at Cowley College since 2008 and serves as the school’s director of communications. His areas of broadcasting expertise stretch from production of commercials to sports broadcasting. He has won several awards for his abilities as a play-by-play sports broadcaster.

Borth has worked at several radio stations in Kansas and Oklahoma and is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication, and a Masters of education degree.

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers at Cowley for such an award,” Borth said. “I think the honor demonstrates the high quality of students I am lucky enough to have in classes I teach. They deserve the majority of the credit.”

Borth enjoys the energy the students bring to the classroom and hopes to help them on their career path.

“It is rejuvenating to know that you have the ability to make a positive influence on someone who will become successful in the future,” Borth said.

Layton, who received Bachelor and Masters degrees from Oklahoma State University, teaches microbiology and biology classes at Cowley. He also serves as co-sponsor of the Math and Science Club.

He was named the college’s Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence 2008-2010, and received the school’s Paul Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence during the 2007-08 academic year. He was also named "Who's Who Among America Teachers in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, and is involved in several professional organizations.

Ruddle is the Lead MICT instructor for the Cowley 18-month MICT program. Ruddle is a graduate of the 2005 Cowley College MICT program where he received the Patrick J. McAtee Award. Prior to becoming a full-time EMS instructor, he worked for Butler County EMS for several years and continues to work part-time for them as a field and tactical medic.

Ruddle works with the Director of EMS Education, Chris Cannon, to coordinate and instruct the MICT classes. This includes lectures, coordination of laboratory experiences and assistants, writing/grading homework, quizzes, and tests, coordination of PALS, PHTLS, ACLS, NRP, AMLS and BLS classes for certification, scheduling guest lecturers and outside instruction of WMD, HAZMAT, and vehicle extrication, serving as a clinical coordinator at hospitals, contacting and assigning field internship preceptors, and reporting student progress. Ruddle also coordinates and instructs the Cowley tactical EMS courses.

Ruddle was humbled to be a 2012 NISOD Excellence Award recipient.

“There are so many of my colleagues that are worthy of this honor,” Ruddle said. “There are many things that I enjoy about teaching and working at Cowley. Above all, I feel privileged to be working for a place where the administration, faculty and staff are supportive of students and each other.”