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Dr. Michael Steiner became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Jan. 1, 2014. He had served as chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2008 and as a faculty member in the department since 1997.
During his tenure as department chair, Steiner oversaw the department’s physical move to a new facility after the renovation of Valk Center in 2009. He also led the department through a merger as part of the University’s 2012 academic realignment, and he has led the development of the emergency and disaster management degree program.
Steiner also has served as a member of the University’s Strategic Enrollment Retention and Progression Committee, the Secondary Education Coordinating Committee, the Foundations of Excellence Learning Dimensions Committee and the Faculty Welfare Committee, among others. He led the University Chairs Council from 2011-2012.
As professor of history, Steiner’s teaching responsibilities included American history, U.S. economic history, American folklife, constitutional history and secondary methods in social science. He also was responsible for academic advising of all students in the social science education program, averaging about 85 students per year. He coordinated the social science education program as well as the dual credit program in social sciences and was a liaison to alternative certification in social sciences.
Outside of his faculty and department chair responsibilities, Steiner has authored or contributed to several books including two recent pictorial histories of Nodaway County and the city of Maryville. He has organized several exhibitions and public history programs at the Nodaway County Historical Society, of which he has served as president. He also has given numerous presentations about local and American history at conferences throughout the country.
Prior to joining the Northwest faculty, he taught American history, government, economics and sociology courses at Oakville Senior High School in St. Louis from 1988 to 1997. He also was a dual credit instructor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Saint Louis University.
Steiner is a Northwest alumnus, having earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree in social science education from the University in 1985. Steiner also has a Master of Arts in history from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a doctoral degree in American studies from Saint Louis University.