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Sept. 2, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State's College of Education and Human Services has announced its recipients of the Dean's Faculty Awards.
The college gives three awards annually, including the award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. April Haberyan, associate professor in the psychology, sociology and counseling department, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Teaching; Carol Tjeerdsma, instructor in the curriculum and instruction department, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Service; and Dr. Rheba Vetter, associate professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Research.
Haberyan has earned a reputation as an inspiring and strong presence in the classroom, but her teaching also has impacted faculty through her training and assistance as a member of the University's Crisis Response Team. In table top scenarios, her students learn to build a disaster plan using course material and resources from mental health personnel and police to water and medical equipment. Her students develop role playing counseling and crisis intervention skills, as well as psychological first aid skills.
Haberyan has been an anchor in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling. She initiated the creation of two new courses in psychology and has contributed important curriculum changes in the undergraduate psychology major where she has chaired the undergraduate committee. Haberyan also helped create a new comprehensive crisis response interdisciplinary minor. Her course ratings are consistently high with feedback showing her students enjoy her teaching style and appreciate her use of real life examples.
Carol Tjeerdsma has been an integral part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for 16 years, teaching special education and general education courses. Tjeerdsma has been chair of the College of Education & Human Services Diversity Team, coordinated volunteer projects and served on the board of directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Project in Nodaway County.
While balancing the success of her husband, Northwest head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma, she assists instructors in curriculum and instruction by sharing materials, syllabi and expertise.
Dr. Rheba Vetter has long been a strong researcher in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. During the past year, her research and scholarly works were accepted into leading national and international journals, including "The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research," "Journal of Women & Aging" and "The Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance." Vetter also presented at the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference and Cottey College.
This is the fourth year the College of Education and Human Services has given the Dean's Faculty Awards. The program recognizes superior faculty performance in key areas of faculty endeavor. In addition to teaching, the awards are based on accomplishments in collaboration, multiculturalism, research, service, mentoring, innovation in their field, and leadership in the discipline.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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