About Nancy

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About The Author

 Nancy Vader-McCormick, Ph.D., is a scholar, educator, and consultant with over twenty-five years as an innovative teacher. She is in demand as a public speaker and staff development specialist for both profit and non-profit organizations. Her expertise includes engaging students through collaborative and active learning, academic service-learning, faculty development, and reflective practice.

Dr. Vader-McCormick currently serves as Coordinator of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor of Communication at Delta College. She is founder of the President’s Speaker Series, the founding Director of Academic-Service Learning, and the co-founder of the Student Food Pantry at Delta College. Her publications include Academic Service-Learning: A Handbook for Faculty and Creativity: From the Inside Out. Dr. Vader-McCormick is recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence, the Scholarly Achievement Award, and the Don Laughner Award for Creative Change, all at Delta College. Other awards include the Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College, the University of Florida Institute of Higher Education Outstanding Graduate Award, the LAND Institutional Award, and the Michigan Campus Compact’s Faculty and Staff Community Service-Learning Award.

Nancy earned a doctorate in administration in higher education from the University of Florida, two master’s degrees from Central Michigan University, and a B.S. from Western Michigan University. She has worked in higher education for nearly three decades, starting in student services and moving into academics. In addition to teaching at Delta College for nearly twenty years, he has also taught at Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. Nancy has developed training programs for business and industry, provided keynote presentations and sessions, and consulted for profit and non-profit entities.


Postdoctoral work: University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop
Ph.D., University of Florida, Higher Education (Community College Cognate)
M.A., Central Michigan University, Speech and Dramatic Arts
M.A., Central Michigan University, Educational Leadership
B.S., Western Michigan University, Communication


Professor of Communication and Director of Academic Service
Learning, Delta College (current), 1996-present

Coordinator, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, Delta College (current)

Adjunct Faculty, Saginaw Valley State University (Communication) and Central
Michigan University (Graduate Education), 1986-96

Senior Associate, MV Associates, Macnlow Associates, 1989-2005; corporate, law
enforcement, education training/consulting

Lecturer, Communication Department, Delta College, 1989-90

Assistant to the President and Vice-President, 1984-88, Delta College

Coordinator of Off-Campus Centers, 1976-82, Delta College

Related Experience, Awards, Courses/Training and Publications:

  • Awards: Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence (Delta College); League for Innovation 2011 Innovation Award; Laughner Award for Creative Change, 2011; National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award for Teaching; University of Florida’s Institute of Higher Education Outstanding Graduate Award; Barstow-Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement (Delta College); Michigan Campus Compact Faculty Service-Learning Award; LAND Institutional Award; Delta College nominee for the 2010 and 2011 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) U.S. Professors of the Year
  • Consulting: Strategic Plan and Focus Groups for Bay Area Catholic Schools; Focus Groups and Development and Delivery of Training for Consumers Energy; Supervisory and Organizational Training for Macnlow Associates, Michigan Judicial Institute, and State Court Administrative Office; Management Training for Bay Health Systems; Staff Development for the Bay-Arenac Skill Center.
  • Courses/Training Areas: Academic Courses include ED 391: Academic Service-Learning for Faculty, COM 112: Fundamentals of Public Speaking, COM 114: Interpersonal Communication, COM 202: Oral Communication for Managers, COM 224: Nonverbal Communication, IHU: Interdisciplinary Humanities through the Arts. Training Seminars/Workshops include Engaging Students in On-line Courses, Diversity in the Classroom, Gender Equity, Public Speaking, Supervision/Management, Conflict, Civility, and Ethical Decision-Making
  • Research: CCCSS (Community College Center for Student Success) Focus Group Training, Delta College, 2010; conducted focus groups for Delta’s Learning Community Program, President’s Speaker Series, and Instructional/Academic Services; trained students to conduct focus groups for Delta’s Diversity initiative and Gender research. Conducted focus groups in the private and non-private sectors for training purposes and for the development of strategic plans. Directed a national partnership, Creating Common Ground, which paired Delta students with high school students for service presentations at area high schools and colleges.
  • Publications: Author, The Engaged Teacher: What Works with Today’s Students (New Forums Press, Inc.), Creativity: From the Inside Out (Delta College); author, Academic Service-Learning: A Handbook for Faculty, now in 5th edition printing (Delta College); author, Gender Equity training workbook; produced Learning from the Lives of Community Leaders (DVD), an oral history project; produced Listening to the Past (DVD), an oral history project; produced Delta College’s Committee of 300 Reflects (DVD), an oral history project; co-author, Community College Review article with James Wattenbarger, Responses to Declining Resources at Selected Community Colleges; former regional contributor for The Michigan Writer.
  • Public Presentations: Over 30 keynote speeches and 100 presentations and seminars in the past 15 years, primarily for education, health care, business, and professional association audiences.
  • Community Service: Chair of Delta’s First College-Wide Service Summit, 2010, mobilizing employees in community service across the Great Lakes Bay Region; Co-Founder of Delta’s Student Food Pantry (opening 10/28/10); Co-Founder of Delta’s Alternative Spring Break program (2008-present); mission trips to Mexico and Belize. Photography and Poetry: Photography selected for exhibitions at The Saginaw Art Museum (Saginaw), Northwood Gallery and Dow Library Galleria (Midland), Buckham Gallery and Left Bank Gallery (Flint), and Studio 23, R & J Gallery, and The Golden Gallery (Bay City). Invited photographer for A Day in the Life of Bay City. Photography used to illustrate Understanding Family Communication by Janet Yerby and Color My Words by Jerry Hall. Poetry published in Paradidomi Review, a juried publication by Mayapple Press.

2 responses

25 01 2012
Nancy Manning

Big congrats on publication. Great website and book cover, Nancy!

4 04 2012
Nancy Vader-McCormick

Thank you for all of your help! You are the master of editing and proofing and I thank you!

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