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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 10, 2012

Dr. Aaron Johnson named director of honors program

Dr. Aaron Johnson

Dr. Aaron Johnson

Dr. Aaron Johnson, associate professor of geology, has been named director of the honors program at Northwest Missouri State University.

As director of the program, Johnson will advise and mentor 200 of the best and brightest students at Northwest; work with faculty and the University’s Honors Advisory Committee to offer state-of-the-art, innovative honors courses designed to challenge and educate honors students; and work with University administrators and the National Collegiate Honors Council to develop strategies that allow Northwest’s honors program to continue to thrive as a vibrant community of scholars

The honors program at Northwest includes sections of courses that are enhanced for academically motivated students and offers opportunities for laboratory work, capstone experiences and field trips. To be considered for admission into the program, a student must have a minimum ACT composite score of 26 and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

“The Honors Program at Northwest is designed for talented, highly motivated students,” Johnson said. “Honors courses require more extensive classroom and laboratory work and explore connections among and within disciplines. Our goal is to provide a challenging educational experience beyond the traditional classroom.”

Johnson joined the Northwest faculty in 2007 and teaches a variety of geology and Earth science courses. He also serves as the faculty advisor for Sigma Gamma Epsilon, an honor society for students studying Earth sciences.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Missouri State University in 1997 and his doctorate degree in geological science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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