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Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, is Northwest Missouri State University’s recipient of the 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. The announcement was made during a ceremony recognizing the University's Dean’s Faculty Award winners from each of its three academic colleges.

Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, is Northwest Missouri State University’s recipient of the 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. The announcement was made during a ceremony recognizing the University's Dean’s Faculty Award winners from each of its three academic colleges. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Sept. 20, 2012

Dr. Joe Kreizinger named recipient of 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education

Dr. Joe Kreizinger

Dr. Joe Kreizinger

2012 Dean's Faculty Award recipients

Governor's Award for Excellence in Education recipients from Northwest

1992: Betty Bush
1993: Ben Collier
1994: Peggy Miller
1995: Pat Lucido                
1996: Laura Widmer         
1997: Cheryl Malm            
1998: Ernest Woodruff     
1999: Pat McLaughlin       
2000: Terry Robertson      
2001: Jim Eiswert               
2002: Jody Strauch            
2003: Suzanne Frucht        
2004: Carla Edwards         
2005: Steve Shively             
2006: No award given
2007: Jason White              
2008: Terry Coalter                       
2009: Margaret Drew
2010: Amanda Petefish-Schrag
2011: April Haberyan
2012: Carol Spradling
2013: Joe Kreizinger

Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, is Northwest Missouri State University’s recipient of the 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, the University announced today during a ceremony recognizing its Dean’s Faculty Award winners.

The Governor’s Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri's four-year higher education institutions. The recipient is selected by the Northwest Dean's Council from individuals who receive the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching from the University's three academic colleges during the previous academic year.

Kreizinger, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences. He will receive the Governor's Award during a ceremony in Jefferson City next spring.

“I truly am honored,” Kreizinger said. “I really feel like I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some great models from departments across campus --colleagues, chairs and administrators.”

Kreizinger is in his 12th year at Northwest, having joined the faculty in 2001, and has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service to his department, college and the University.

Kreizinger’s excellence in the teaching is reinforced in the high ratings he receives consistently on both student and peer evaluations. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he received 27 positive student narrative comments and no negative comments. At the same time, students recognize his willingness to help them any way he can, the rigor of his courses, the method in which he instructs courses and the way he models excellent instruction.

Among his students’ comments:

Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham also noted that one of Kreizinger’s strengths is his willingness to serve others. While Kreizinger’s primary teaching responsibilities are in the College of Arts and Sciences, he also teaches in the Booth College and serves as the chair of the Department of Professional Education in the College of Education and Human Services.  

Kreizinger’s teaching activities extend beyond the classroom and include a significant dedication of time to mentoring developing theater artists and teachers of theater.

In his teaching narrative, Kreizinger 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.”

Kreizinger has a Bachelor of Science and Education degree in language arts, a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate degree in educational administration, curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Nebraska.

Recognitions such as the Governor’s Award and the University’s Dean’s Faculty Awards are important, Dunham said, because they are illustrative of Northwest faculty’s commitment to quality and academic excellence.

“It’s important to recognize those who are models of our faculty’s commitment to quality and excellence in academics, and these awards are particularly meaningful because the nominations come from their peers,” Dunham said. “The exemplary work of those that we’re honoring moves that benchmark for excellence just a little bit higher.”

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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