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Aug. 27, 2012
Dr. Greg Haddock, acting dean of the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies at Northwest Missouri State University, awarded five faculty members with the Dean's Faculty Award during the college’s fall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Dr. Jonathan Pluskota and Dr. Michael Rogers were awarded the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Service; Dr. Casey Abington was awarded the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Teaching; Dr. Janet Marta was honored with the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Research; and Dr. Deb Toomey received the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Student Support.
The Dean's Faculty Award Program within the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies 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 at the University are eligible for these awards. Each honoree receives a plaque and a stipend for travel or supply funds.
Dr. Casey Abington, assistant professor of economics, makes significant contributions in service to her department by teaching a broad range of courses and keeping a focus on student success in the classroom.
She taught a section of Freshman Seminar for deciding students during the fall 2011 trimester and accepted an overload to cover a faculty absence. Additionally, she received a CITE Fellowship for the development of an online course – money, credit and banking – in the MACE collaboration for the spring 2012 trimester.
Written comments by students reflect that her strengths include a knowledge of the subject matter, presentation skills and the use of relevant examples.
Dr. Janet Marta, professor of marketing, consistently produces publications in top tier business journals. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she had two refereed journal publications and a book review
One of her peer-reviewed articles appeared in the Journal of Business Research, which has an acceptance rate of 6 percent to 10 percent and applies theory developed from business research to real business situations.
Her second publication appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics, another top tier business academic journal with an acceptance rate of 29 percent. The Journal of Business Ethics publishes original articles from a variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business that bring something new or unique to the discourse in their field.
All papers published in the two journals go through a rigorous, double-blind, peer review process.
Dr. Jonathan Pluskota, assistant Professor of mass communication, and Dr. Michael Rogers, assistant professor of computer science and information systems, spearheaded an interdepartmental initiative to bring Macintosh computers to Northwest during the 2011-2012 academic year.
While teaching a mobile computing course that uses Macintosh computers in the Colden Hall, Rogers realized the difficult conditions that hindered teaching and prevented students from learning how to create quality applications for iPhones. Pluskota also recognized the ongoing need for Macintosh computers for a variety of student-based projects in the mass communication department.
Pluskota and Rogers formed a coalition with other interested faculty members to prepare a strategic funding proposal that would help them purchase and equip computer laboratories in the computer science and information systems, mass communications, and art departments. The professors then embarked on a long and difficult road to gain support and approval for a six-figure proposal. Their concerted efforts and dedication to the proposal made it possible to achieve funding for the expenditure.
Dr. Deborah Toomey, assistant professor of marketing, has worked tirelessly to assist and support students throughout her employment at Northwest. During the 2011-2012 academic year, her student support was exemplary as she served roles in support of a variety of academic and extra-curricular settings.
Among her service activities, she served as the department SOAR advisor for the summer of 2011, met with prospective students during the academic year and represents the department during Green and White Visit Days, served as the department representative at Mock Interview Day and Career Day to visit with potential employers, and she served as the faculty advisor for Professional Business Leaders and Cardinal. Toomey also met with numerous companies for potential student projects and with representatives of several organizations for potential interdisciplinary student projects. She volunteered for the pie-a-faculty member fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Alternative Spring Break. She also served as a judge for the Maryville Debate and Speech Contest and for Northwest’s annual Greek Week competitions.
Additionally, she maintains a reputation as an outstanding advisor while serving a high number of advisees. She diligently reviews her advisees’ degree audits before pre-registration, meets with each advisee, updates their grades at the end of each trimester, and emails advisees who need to supersede courses as pre-requisites to other courses.
Northwest will recognize its 2012 Dean’s Faculty Award winners from all three academic colleges during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on the first floor of the Administration Building. One faculty member is selected from among Northwest’s three Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching winners as the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.
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