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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 27, 2012

College of Arts and Science announces Dean’s Award winners

Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University, presented three faculty with this year's Dean's Faculty Award during the college’s fall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Dr. Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching; Dr. Richard Fulton, professor of political science, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Research; and Laura Kukkee, associate professor of art, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Service.

The Dean's Faculty Award Program recognizes superior faculty performance in each of the three traditional areas of academic responsibility: teaching, research and service. All full-time faculty holding a board-approved appointment at the University are eligible for the awards.


Joe KreizingerDr. Joe Kreizinger’s excellence in teaching is reinforced by both strong student and peer evaluations. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he received 27 positive student narrative comments and no negative comments.

Among his students’ comments:

Kreizinger’s teaching activities extend beyond the classroom and include a significant dedication of time into mentoring developing theater artists and teachers of theater. In his teaching narrative, he states: “I think it is important to constantly search for new ways to engage students and to communicate course concepts. I believe my strengths as a teacher are organization and planning, and engaging students. As I begin my 30th year as a teacher, I will continue to make improvement of teaching and learning (both of my own and that of the education students with whom I work) a primary objective.”

Richard FultonDr. Richard Fulton has long been a highly productive scholar with multiple books and numerous articles on his vita. Last year, he was particularly productive with the publication of a book he co-authored with Jerry Brekke, titled “Understanding Missouri’s Constitutional Government.” It was his second book going to print in the last three years.

Fulton also has devoted considerable time to scholarship that directly serves the region by publishing at least 48 articles of political commentary per year for the Maryville Daily Forum. Additionally, he is a prolific reviewer for Choice, the major review journal for academic libraries.

Fulton’s knowledge and keen analytical skills serves Northwest students, the campus, the community and his peers within his discipline on a daily basis. As a senior member of the faculty, his continued commitment to scholarship in his field is a model for others to follow.



Laura KukkeeLaura Kukkee consistently participated in various University committees and department service activities throughout her career. Many of her activities directly benefit students, the University community and the citizens of Nodaway County.

In addition to coordinating the department’s web page and advising numerous special projects for students, Kukkee sacrifices personal time to coordinate and direct all gallery activities. Those responsibilities include:

Laura’s proactive service approach mentors her students’ professional experiences and provides lessons in civic philanthropy as well. She coordinates two Clay Club pottery sales each year with the proceeds generating revenue for art students to pay material costs related to their art classes.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468