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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 29, 2011

Booth College recognizes 5 with Dean’s Faculty Award

Dr. Greg Haddock, acting dean of the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies at Northwest Missouri State University has awarded five faculty members with the Dean's Faculty Award.

Dr. Judy Clark received the Dean's Faculty Award for Exemplary Service; Dr. Carol Spradling was awarded the Dean's Faculty Award for Exemplary Teaching; Ben Blackford and Dr. Michael Rogers were honored with the Dean's Faculty Award for Exemplary Research; and Dr. Stephen Ludwig received the Dean's Faculty Award for Exemplary Student Support.

Judy ClarkDr. Judy Clark, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems has made service a part of her life, and her service greatly benefits Northwest students, faculty and regional educators. Clark has devoted her time to the University as chair of the Academic Appeals Committee and the Booth College Scholarship Committee.

She also served on Faculty Senate and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. She assisted with the development of the e-Teaching summer program, Knacktive, the development of Scratch workshops for elementary and secondary teachers and interactive digital media curriculum revisions as well as various college and department committees and her community involvement with several advisory boards.

She was a co-sponsor of ACM-W co-sponsor and coordinator for computers and information technology.

Carol SpradlingDr. Carol Spradling, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, consistently draws strong teaching evaluations, with an average of 1.3 for the past year.

Written comments by students describe her as a competent and caring instructor. In addition to her classroom time with students, she is endlessly patient with students, spending many hours outside of class helping students who need additional instruction. Her strong evaluations are earned in spite of her heavy teaching loads.

Spradling also recently developed a number of new courses and works with Knacktive, Northwest's student-led strategic communications agency. During a colleague's spring 2011 sabbatical, Spradling stepped in to teach the graduate-level human-computer interaction course.


Ben BlackfordBen Blackford, in his second year as an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Management, has actively contributed to his department, college and Northwest. During the 2010-11 academic year, he started serving as advisor to 21 students, exploring the possibility of starting a chapter of a student organization of Alpha Kappa at Northwest, and working with the grant coordinator on a potential grant with the local farmers' market. He also actively participated in Green and White visit days.

Blackford's scholarly accomplishments included successfully defending his doctoral dissertation for his Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, two refereed journal publications, two conference presentations and three classroom presentations. One of his peer-reviewed articles is from the Journal of Advertising, a premier journal devoted to the development of advertising theory and its relationship to practice. In addition, Blackford had three classroom presentations on the encouragement of innovation and creativity in organizations.

Michael RogersDr. Michael Rogers, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, published four refereed papers during the 2010-11 academic year. Three of his papers appeared in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, which has a national audience. The fourth was in the prestigious SIGCSE Bulletin, which represents the international organization for computer science educators. With its acceptance rate of only 34 percent, publication in the SIGCSE Bulletin is considered one of the highest accomplishments in research for computer science education.

In addition to the published papers and accompanying presentations, Rogers conducted a Birds-of-a-Feather Session on iOS at the SIGCSE '11 Conference. He also was invited to present a half-day workshop on iPhone and iPad development at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Central Plains meeting.

Rogers also began teaching a course in iPhone development during the fall of 2010, which added a much-needed mobile app development aspect to Northwest's curriculum. By combining his research activities with his teaching duties, he provides students with the opportunity to work with the latest technologies. In addition to research and teaching, he works with computer science programming teams, preparing them for contests, serves on many committees and can always be counted on to volunteer whenever needed.

Stephen LudwigDr. Stephen Ludwig, assistant professor of accounting, economics and finance, is active in recruiting and advising accounting majors at Northwest as well as recruiting majors for the finance and economics areas.

A freshman seminar instructor for several years, he assists with SOAR during the summer months and with registering transfer students during advisement sessions. Additionally, he regularly assists with Green and White Visit Days and other weekend recruitment activities, discussing all of the majors available in his department with prospective students.

As an advisor to 80 accounting majors, Ludwig spends a considerable amount of time helping students as well as counseling them on academic activities and job prospects. He is in his office far more than the mandated seven hours a week, making it easy for students to talk with him. His written student evaluations often note his accessibility, helpfulness and friendliness.

Ludwig also was a committee co-chair for Foundations of Excellence project to study students' first-year experience. He supervises upperclassmen assisting the Northwest Foundation with that organization's accounting. He has also served on the University's Admissions and Advanced Standing Committee.

The Dean's Faculty Award Program within the Melvin and Valorie Booth College of Business and Professional Studies at Northwest annually recognizes superior faculty performance in each of four traditional areas of academic responsibility: teaching, research, student support and service. All full-time faculty holding a board-approved appointment in the University are eligible for these awards.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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