Four Harford Community College employees, Jeff Ball, Melissa Harris, Kimberly Hachmann, and Regina Roof-Ray, have been named recipients of the 2017 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.

NISOD has supported the pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership at hundreds of member colleges for nearly 40 years. Award recipients will receive their medallions at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Austin next month.

Jeff Ball, Associate Professor of Art History, is the full-time art historian in the Art + Design Program at Harford Community College. Ball, who came to HCC in the fall 2012 semester, teaches all of the art history classes, including the general surveys, the Arts of the United States, Asian Art and Culture, and Modern Art and Culture. He has been teaching art history at the college level since 1988, including positions at the University of Missouri, William Woods University (Missouri), Westminster College (Missouri), Adrian College (Michigan), Minnesota State University Moorhead, the University of New England (Maine), and Lane Community College (Oregon). Jeff received an M.A. in art history from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and a B.A. in art history from Washington and Lee University. His research focuses on public art and architecture in the United States, and he co-authored a book, The Art of the Missouri Capitol, which was published in 2011 by the University of Missouri Press. Jeff has worked professionally with the Advanced Placement program in art history, serving as an exam leader in 2007-2011. He also has curated several shows for the museums and galleries at the schools where he has worked, including Voices of Change: Social Protest in the Arts and Humanities, an exhibition for the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College.

Melissa Harris, Instructional Designer and Blackboard On-site Administrator with the eLearning & Instructional Resources department, has been part of the Harford Community College campus community since 1994 when she enrolled as a student. She is now in her 18th year of full-time employment at HCC. During her time at the College, Melissa has worked as an adjunct faculty member, documents manager for the most recent MSCHE accreditation and PRR, and she has also served on a variety of committees including Sustainability, Staff Advisory, College Advisory, and LGBTQ+ Safe Zone. She is currently on the Maryland Distance Learning Association Advisory Board and is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Melissa earned an A.A.S. in Mass Communications from HCC, a B.S. in Social Science from University of Maryland University College, and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from UNC Greensboro.

Kimberly Hachmann, Coordinator of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, has been with HCC for seven years. In her initial role at the College as the Program Specialist and instructor for key prerequisite courses, Kim assisted in the coordination of the noncredit allied health certificate programs. In addition, she was the campus coordinator of on-site national certification testing through HCC’s allied health partner, the National Healthcareers Association. Holding a national certificate from this credentialing body, Kim served on the Vital Signs national Subject Matter Expert committee and worked with the exam item-writing and evaluation group. In her current position, she enjoys working with deans, faculty, and administrators to further assessment on campus, working to heighten effectiveness in both the student learning and institutional aspects of the College. She helped lead community college assessment efforts in Maryland as President of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges Learning Assessment Group in 2016. Kim serves as a permanent committee member of the Learning Assessment Committee, is Vice-Chair of Staff Council, Chair of the collegial governance Coordinating Group, member of the Adverse Action Committee, and sits on the President’s Cabinet. Kim has a M.S. in Health Systems Management from Rush University of Chicago, Illinois and a B.A. in Sociology and Communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Regina Roof-Ray, Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences, began her career at Harford Community College in 1996 as a counselor in the Center for Counseling, Advising, and Career Services. She taught Human Development classes for several years before transitioning to the Behavioral and Social Science division where she was adjunct psychology faculty. In 1997 she became a full-time faculty member teaching a variety of face-to-face psychology courses. She has developed several online courses, mentored adjunct faculty, and helped with departmental tasks such as program review. Regina has attended and presented at both local and national conferences including the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. She has served on various College committees including the Learning Assessment Committee, PRR, and the President’s Transition Committee and sponsors a registered student organization, Homeschoolers at HCC. Regina is active in assessment and has helped with the implementation of HCC’s assessment management system, TK20. Recently she was part of a team that founded and organized the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Psychology Conference. Regina earned a B.A. in Behavioral Science from Messiah College, with coursework at Temple University and at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, and earned an M.Ed. in Counseling from Millersville University.