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Aug. 27, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Dr. Tom Billesbach, dean of the Melvin and Valorie Booth College of Business and Professional Studies awarded four faculty with the Dean's Faculty Award at the college's opening meeting.
Deb Toomey received the Dean's Award for Service; Cindy Kenkel received the Dean's Award for Teaching; Dr. Carol Spradling received the Dean's Award for Research and Allison Hoffmann received the Dean's Award for Student Support.
The honorees receive a plaque and stipend for travel or supply funds to be used during the subsequent academic year. They are nominated by faculty within the college and selected by the dean.
Kenkel was recognized for consistently reviewing her courses and making changes to improve them. She designed an online managerial communication course that included a professional presentation component to ensure students were meeting oral communication competencies. Kenkel also has been recognized with the CITE eAward, the Mortar Board Honor Society for Teaching Excellence and the Quality Matters Certification.
During the 2009-10 academic year, Spradling capitalized on research related to her doctoral thesis on ethics in computer science. Her work resulted in an article in the Computer Science Education Journal and a related tutorial presentation at a regional computer science conference. Her research also is influencing computer science educators on incorporating ethics training as part of new curriculum.
Toomey's service includes the College Research Committee, the Department Appeals Committee; the Institutional Review Board, the Freshman Seminar Advisory Team, First Year Experience Computer Training subcommittee, Freshman Seminar Director Search Committee and Panhellenic Council Mediator. She is the department's representative for Degree Works, a Panhellenic Scholarship interviewer, reviewer for the Human Resource Development Review, among others. In addition to her regular teaching duties, she taught Freshman Seminar last fall, received a CITE grant to develop Marketing Research online offered in summer 2010, and took on four graduate courses in pursuit of her doctoral degree at Anderson University.
Allison Hoffmann serves as faculty advisor to 90 students in her department. She is a department representative at Distinguished Scholars Day and Mock Interview Day; faculty advisor for Delta Mu Delta, American Marketing Association, Sigma Kappa Sorority and Sigma Society Community Service Organization. She advised 15 transfer students for summer pre-registration. She also received the Tower Service Award for Outstanding Academic Advisor in the Booth College.
The Dean's Faculty Award Program within the Melvin and Valorie Booth College of Business and Professional Studies recognizes superior faculty performance in each of the three traditional areas of academic responsibility: teaching, research and service. All full-time faculty holding a board-approved appointment in the University are eligible for the awards.
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