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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 27, 2012

College of Education and Human Services gives 3 Dean’s Faculty Awards

Dr. Joyce Piveral, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Northwest Missouri State University, announced the recipients of the college’s Dean's Faculty Award during the college’s opening meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Now in its sixth 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.

Dr. Janet Reusser, associate professor of health and physical education, received the Dean's Award for Teaching; Dr. Shelly Hiatt, associate professor of counseling, received the Dean's Award for Leadership; and Dr. Pradnya Patet assistant professor of professional education, received the Dean's Award for Collaboration.

Janet ReusserDr. Janet Reusser recently completed her 19th year at Northwest and maintains teacher evaluations that continue to be high across her 10 classes. Her teaching is central to the Department of Health and Human Services and vital to the success of Northwest students.

Reusser teaches courses that cut across the entire department – four different undergraduate programs in education and two different programs in recreation, as well as courses for all three of the college’s graduate degree programs – the Master of Education degree in health and physical education, the Master of Science degree in recreation and the Master of Science degree in applied health sciences. 

She has led efforts in accreditation, improving test scores and student placement rates, and building alumni relations. Further, Northwest has had undergraduate major of the year award winners in physical education from the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD) each of the past 10 years under Reusser.

Typical comments from students include: “She is the best teacher I have ever had,” “Dr. Reusser is committed to helping me/us learn and to learn to help others,” “She is a great teacher!” “She really cares about us,” “She really knows her subject well,” “She has very high expectations, but is there to help you get there.”

Shelly HiattDr. Shelly Hiatt has served as the coordinator of Northwest’s Master in Education degree program in guidance and counseling for more than 15 years. She also has led Building Bridges for three years, building strong relationships between the University and high schools.

Hiatt also is an active member at the national, regional and state level in school counselor associations. She is currently the chair of the Faculty Senate Health and Safety Committee. She serves at DESE on the Counselor Educator Advisory Board and the DESE Program Evaluation Committee. She also is the DESE Counselor MoSPE Standards Writing Team Co-Chair.

Hiatt has collaborated locally and nationally to support graduate education in school counseling and takes a leading role to collaborate with other universities and educational governing bodies, attending workshops, earning continuing education credit and training others. Hiatt is active in suicide prevention education and has served as a trainer and presenter on the Northwest Suicide Prevention Grant. She was recognized as School Counselor Educator of the Year by the Northwest Missouri State School Counselors Association in 2010 and has developed a school counselor mentoring program for regional school counselors.

At Northwest, Hiatt collaborates and serves with colleagues on PEU and NCATE committees and is responsible for NCATE documentation in the department. She was Faculty Senate secretary for two years during a time of heavy workload for this faculty group. Hiatt has worked with her graduate department faculty and in conjunction with state recommendations to update the graduate comprehensive exam, aligning it with MoSPE criteria. In addition, she is usually responsible for 10-20 thesis projects each year and trains graduate adjunct faculty and online department adjuncts.

She led efforts at emPower U for teacher and professor collaboration and is currently leading the development of university summer experiences for fifth and sixth graders.

Pradnya PatetDr. Pradnya Patet has demonstrated her abilities as an instructor and is a model instructor for Northwest’s early childhood faculty in the early childhood education center.

Patet offers expertise to teachers in the early childhood center and helped to redesign the classrooms for the benefit of both children and teachers. She has helped make the environment of the early childhood classroom fit the needs and style of each teacher who requested her assistance. 

Patet, when asked for her input, visits at length with instructors and helps them identify their own teaching style. Her collaboration has produced incredible teacher and child-friendly improvements in the classroom environment.

Patet is coordinating the early childhood program in the Professional Education Department and the early childhood program in the LEET Center. She also contributed her expertise for the redesign of the Leet Center for Children and Families.

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

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