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Aug. 29, 2011
Dr. Joyce Piveral, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, has announced three recipients of this year's Dean's Faculty Award presented by the college.
Dr. Carole Edmonds, associate professor of educational leadership, received the Dean's Award for Teaching; Dr. Jerrold Barnett, professor of psychology, sociology and counseling, received the Dean's Award for Mentoring; and Dr. Nissa Ingraham assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, received the Dean's Award for Multiculturalism.
Dr. Carole Edmonds employs a variety of strategies to help students learn and meet course objectives, and she develops relationships that result in students calling her for advice, asking for help with classes or work-related challenges, and requesting references for professional positions or admittance to graduate programs for years after she has had them in classes.
She continually receives high student evaluation scores, while offering several courses that use instructional television and teaching a wide spectrum of courses. Edmonds' students cite a variety of strengths, including her knowledge of content, wealth of "real world" experience, passion for education, ability to organize the online portion of her classes, willingness to respond quickly to requests, use of speakers currently working in the field, and her use of a variety of strategies and resources to enhance student learning.
Edmonds always uses feedback from student evaluations and various advisory groups to improve instruction and provide students with the most up-to-date information and practices from the field. Students also benefit from Edmonds' large professional network, which often provides answers to their questions or helps them secure employment.
As a student teacher coordinator and advisor, Edmonds continues educating students when they are student-teaching. She provides research-based information and strategies that help her students, at all levels, learn and apply their learning in a variety of situations. She also embraces change when it will improve student-learning and help students apply the latest in knowledge or practice. Students say she is demanding, but they become better at teaching because of her high expectations.
Dr. Jerrold Barnett was recognized for his consistent and positive support in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling. Using his department memories and history to guide the department, Barnett is faithfully present and available to advise and support faculty members within the department. Barnett helps to ensure the department runs smoothly, and he is always available for problem-solving sessions and brainstorming.
Barnett is known as a champion for rigor and professionalism, and he is always prepared to boost moral or relieve stress. He supports his colleagues' research efforts, travels with service learning groups, and presents at national research conferences providing necessary role-modeling for faculty in the areas of research and service.
Barnett is regarded as an excellent example of a department mentor to both senior and junior faculty. He is easy to talk to, listens carefully and provides logical, rational suggestions and feedback. He works with junior faculty on research projects and strongly encourages an active research agenda.
Dr. Nissa Ingraham serves in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as the coordinator of the online English Language Learners (ELL) program and teaches in the elementary education program.
The student enrollment in the ELL program has increased under her leadership. She has written and successfully championed a proposal for a new course available to ELL students, titled English for English Language Learners.
Ingraham has been invaluable in Northwest's partnering relationships with Panama and other international countries. She has traveled with the team to Panama and served as an interpreter and assisted in a variety of ways during the Panamanians visit to Northwest. She also has been approved as a scholar to work with educators in Panama as they endeavor to improve their teaching skills.
Recently, Ingraham investigated opportunities to submit a grant that could enable her to provide ELL services to low-incidence public schools in northwest Missouri and southern Iowa. If successful, this grant could provide up to $400,000 to help schools in the region to enable their ELL/ESL students be more successful.
Now in its fifth year, the Dean's Faculty Award program within the College of Education and Human Services is designed to recognize superior faculty performance in key areas of faculty endeavor, beginning with teaching, where an award is given annually. Other areas such as collaboration, multiculturalism, research, service, mentoring, innovation in their field, and leadership in the discipline, University or community also are recognized.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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