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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. Kriezinger received the award during a ceremony in Columbia. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, is Northwest Missouri State University’s recipient of the 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. Kriezinger received the award during a ceremony in Columbia. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

April 3, 2013

Kreizinger receives 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, was recognized today during a ceremony in Columbia as Northwest Missouri State University’s recipient of the 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education.

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.

“We are so proud of Dr. Kreizinger’s commitment to student success and celebrate this recognition with him,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Joe is a fine example of the quality faculty Northwest possesses and the excellent teaching, research, service, support and collaboration our faculty members share on a daily basis.”

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:

While Kreizinger’s primary teaching responsibilities are in the College of Arts and Sciences, he also teaches in the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies and serves as the chair of the Department of Professional Education in the College of Education and Human Services. He also has dedicated significant time to mentoring and 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.

Kreizinger will give the keynote address at Northwest’s Academic Celebration Friday, April 12. The event, which includes a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, celebrates the academic success of Northwest students and expresses appreciation for scholarship donors.


For more information, please contact:

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

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