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July 17, 2013
Allison Hoffmann, an instructor in Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Business who was recognized last year with multiple teaching and advising awards, has been named the director of the University’s Freshman Seminar program.
As director of the program, Hoffmann is responsible for the course’s 78 sections, which serve more than 1,500 students during the fall and spring trimesters. She coordinates course content as well as the recruitment, selection and training of Freshman Seminar instructors and peer advisors to ensure value and consistency in the program’s goals.
Hoffmann assumes the role vacated this summer by Dr. Alisha Francis, who becomes director of Northwest’s Teaching and Learning Center.
“I appreciate Allison’s willingness to take on the responsibilities of the director of Freshman Seminar,” Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. “Allison is invested in her students’ success and has the record that demonstrates her unwavering support for their development.”
Hoffmann will oversee the implementation of a redesigned Freshman Seminar program. The course introduces students to the Northwest community and collegiate environment while providing guidance about areas such as general education requirements, career exploration, and campus and community resources.”
“I also must recognize the leadership and perseverance of Dr. Alisha Francis, along with Dr. Jim Eiswert and many others, for the new Freshman Seminar curriculum,” Dunham said. “I am excited for the opportunities in front of us.”
Said Hoffmann, “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with Northwest faculty, staff and students to lead the Freshman Seminar program. A quality student experience in the Freshman Seminar program is key to inspiring our students to take full responsibility for their academic career and linking them to the exceptional resources Northwest offers. The program is a great first step to engage our students and lead them on their path to student success at Northwest. The time and work that Dr. Francis and countless others put in has generated a renewed excitement level for the Freshman Seminar program and I’m eager to keep the excitement going.”
A member of Northwest’s faculty since 2006, Hoffmann has taught courses including Freshman Seminar, Managerial Communications, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Human Resource Management, Principles of Management and Principles of Sport Management.
Hoffmann has served as a faculty academic advisor in the Department of Business, advising nearly 200 undergraduate business majors each trimester and acting as a liaison between students and the resources Northwest offers to help them succeed. As a result of her work, she received the 2012 Outstanding Advising Award for Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association and the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award from the Midwestern Council of Business Schools and Programs.
Hoffman also has actively served the University outside of the classroom on numerous committees and initiatives. In addition to her academic advisement of students, Hoffmann has advised student groups, including the American Marketing Association, the Delta Mu Delta business honor society, Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Society service organization.
Hoffmann is a Northwest alumna, having earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University.
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