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Sept. 4, 2013
Dr. Joyce Piveral, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Northwest Missouri State University, has announced the recipients of the college’s annual Dean's Faculty Awards.
Now in its seventh year, the Dean's Faculty Award program within the College of Education and Human Services recognizes 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.
Shantel Farnan, instructor in the Department of Professional Education, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Teaching; Gina McNeese, instructor in the Department of Health and Human Services, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Innovation; and Dr. Roger Neustadter, professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, received the Dean's Award for Mentoring.
A sampling of remarks from each award winner’s nomination form appears below.
Northwest will recognize its 2013 Dean’s Faculty Award winners from all three academic colleges during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, on the first floor of the Administration Building. From each academic college’s Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching winners, one faculty member is selected as the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, which also will be announced during the ceremony.
Shantel Farnan, Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching
Farnan receives exceptional student evaluations with comments that describe her as a “fantastic instructor,” “energetic,” “enthusiastic” and “knowledgeable.” One student wrote, “She makes me excited to become a special education teacher!”
Farnan made several presentations on pedagogy and special education content throughout the 2012-2013. In the fall of 2012, she co-presented a program to all secondary student teachers about student engagement. The program received positive reviews from future educators. Additionally, she presented to students seeking alternative certifications about learning and engagement strategies. On a University level, she was appointed to the Taskforce for Retention: Student Engagement and the Teaching and Learning Committee, and she was named chair of the High Engagement Strategies strand. She attended Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) sessions this year and presented at an AVID roundtable session. Farnan also presented at two of the Department of Professional Education teaching circles.
She reviewed and updated syllabi for all of her courses to align with new Missouri Standards for Professional Education and to prepare for visits from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
After observing her teaching, her department chair commented, “In all, this was a very effective lesson, well-prepared and well-delivered by a fine instructor. Farnan’s presentation skills and ability to moderate discussion is commendable. Her depth of content knowledge complements her strong presentational technique.”
Gina McNeese, Dean’s Faculty Award for Innovation
McNeese is an innovator in the classroom and is the “go to” person for physical education teaching strategies. She has a unique ability to connect theory and practice, and she is a role model for both physical education and elementary education majors.
McNeese has unique experiences as both a teacher at Horace Mann Laboratory School and a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Services that provide her a special opportunity to integrate practical experiences into teacher education coursework. These experiences play a significant role in the development of teacher candidates, especially at the elementary level. Her ability to blend multiple subject areas, like math, reading, science and social studies into the physical education is truly an innovative practice. She is a sought-after leader for professional development because of these innovative teaching strategies.
McNeese takes physical education to the next level. She does not just educate Horace Mann and University students in the tenets of physical education. She creates individuals with a strong sense of self. Whether she has children in a pool learning to swim or taking their first steps on roller skates, she is constantly seeking new and creative ways to increase student engagement and raise the level of self-esteem in children. The children feel great about themselves, and her approaches translate into greater academic achievement in the classroom. McNeese impacts not only the children and college students in her personal classroom, but an entire generation of children has been touched by teachers who have gone on to implement her innovative approach to teaching physical education in their own classrooms.
Dr. Roger Neustadter, Dean’s Faculty Award for Mentoring
Neustadter has gained a reputation as a positive and available mentor to colleagues in his department. He is available to give positive advice and to put a positive spin on difficulties in the department.
His nominator wrote, “He is always available on a daily basis to remind us how great things are and to have an open ear. He always steps up to volunteer when no one else will take on a task. As Dr. Neustadter heads toward retirement in a couple of years, he needs to be recognized for his long years of being available for the department. He holds many of the department memories and is always there to lend humor and insight into the department challenges and opportunities.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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