NISOD - Exec Dir
Dr. Edward Leach serves as the Executive Director of NISOD, a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.
Prior to his tenure at NISOD, Dr. Leach served as the Vice President of Services and Programs for the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) where he directed the League’s STEMtech Conference, first offered in 2010, and directed the Conference on Information Technology from 1999 until 2010. Dr. Leach also served as a Co-Principal Investigator for a five-year, $2,500,000 National Science Foundation grant with which students learned science and mathematics content, programming, problem-solving, and other 21st century skills. Dr. Leach also served in Co-Principal Investigator roles for a five-year, $10 million Internet-in-Education program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as a Department of Education grant that familiarized over 1,000 community college faculty and 7,000 preservice teachers with internet-based learning objects.
Dr. Leach is the author of Technology: Connecting Students to Their Community Colleges; Community and Technical Colleges, Information Technology, and Revolutionary Times; Brother-to-Brother: Enhancing the Intellectual and Personal Growth of African American Males; “Preparing K-12 Teachers in the Use of Technology: Community Colleges Address the Digital Divide” (a chapter for the book Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide); and A Collection of Practices from the League’s Conference on Information Technology.
Dr. Leach serves on multiple boards and advisory groups, and his twitter feed was included in 50 Essential Twitter Feeds for STEM Educators by www.BestCollegesOnline.com. Dr. Leach earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a concentration in Community College Leadership from The University of Texas in Austin.