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Jan. 13, 2009
Four Northwest faculty members who teach in Northwest's College of Education and Human Services recently received Dean's Faculty Awards for teaching, research and service. The awards were presented by the Dr. Max Ruhl, dean of the college.
The winners and their areas of achievement are given below:
Dr. Margaret Drew, associate professor curriculum and instruction, has established a reputation for excellence as a teacher and academic advisor. She consistently receives outstanding student evaluations, has served as a leader in the creation of on-line courses in education and coordinates Northwest's graduate program for reading specialists. She holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Dr. Alisha Francis and Dr. Rebecca Hendrix, both assistant professors of psychology, sociology and counseling, are noted for sponsoring student projects and publishing or presenting their own research both alone and collaboratively. Each has made major contributions to the Department of Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling's growing reputation as a center for undergraduate research.
Both serve as co-sponsors of the University's Social Sciences Research Group and spearheaded efforts to bring the Missouri Undergraduate Research Conference to Northwest in each of the past two years. The conference showcases research by college and university students from across the state as well as drawing participants from Iowa and Nebraska.
Francis and Hendrix frequently travel with students to conferences, where Northwest student research is often recognized in academic competitions. In 2010, Francis and Hendrix will serve as hosts for the Great Plains Student Psychology Conference to be held at Northwest.
Francis holds a Ph.D. from St. Louis University, and Hendrix completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Matthew Symonds, assistant professor of health, physical education, recreation and dance, has filled many leadership roles at Northwest and serves as chair of the Be Well program. He is a member of numerous Professional Education Unit accreditation and assessment teams and serves as the unit's coordinator for secondary education. He is also co-coordinator for HPERD graduate programs.
Symonds has written or co-written a number of grants, one of which resulted in $150,000 in funding used to expand facilities at the Mozingo Outdoor Education and Recreation Area. He is president-elect of the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and assists Northwest HPERD majors with collaborative research and service efforts.
Symonds holds an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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