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Northwest Missouri State University

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Aug. 27, 2014

College of Education and Human Services recognizes 3 Dean’s Faculty Award winners

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.

Dr. Sue Myllykangas, associate professor of recreation, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Teaching; Michele Veasey, instructor of psychology, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Leadership; and Dr. Nancy Foley, associate professor of professional education, received the Dean's Award for Collaboration.

Now in its eighth 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 the field, and leadership in the discipline, University or community also are recognized.

Remarks from each award winner’s nomination form appear below.

Northwest will recognize its 2014 Dean’s Faculty Award winners from all three academic colleges during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, on the first floor of the Administration Building. One faculty member is selected from among each academic college’s Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching winners as the recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, which also will be announced during the ceremony.

Dr. Sue Myllykangas, Dean's Faculty Award for Teaching

Dr. Sue Myllykangas is described as a fantastic teacher, motivated scholar, and devoted student advocate. Her teaching evaluations are high and exceed the target established by the department. She also taught Freshman Seminar and is continually involved in a number of teaching improvement activities.

She attends workshops and professional development opportunities and is consistently an innovator in instructional methods. During the last year, Myllykangas presented at one international conference, one regional conference and locally as well. She has served as a reviewer and as associate editor for the SCHOLE publication. She was awarded two Improvement of Teaching grants and maintained her CTRS certification.

Moreover, Myllykangas is active in service and student support. She serves on two NRPA committees and serves on a number of committees at the department, college and university level, including Faculty Senate. She active with student support activities including high quality advisement, thesis committee service, recruitment and retention activities.

Dr. Sue Myllykangas

Michele Veasey, Dean's Faculty Award for Leadership

Michele Veasey has established a reputation as a selfless, hardworking advocate for Northwest’s graduate program.

As the Department of Behavioral Sciences prepared for its recent NCATE/DESE accreditation process, Veasey volunteered to coordinate the documents for the school counseling program. She also prepared revisions to ecompanion and course materials for four lab or field experience courses that have multiple sections and shared those revisions with other instructors.

She served on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s MoSPE Standards Writing Committee for School Guidance and Counseling, on the Missouri Counselor Educator Advisory Board and the Northwest Missouri School Counselor Association Governing Board (NWMSCA) as the mentoring chair. Her participation in these professional arenas keeps her abreast of current and future developments in her primary field of expertise, and she is quick to share this information as needed and apply it to the behavioral sciences program in ways that support faculty and curriculum planning.

As NWMSCA Mentoring Chair, Michele pairs all new school counseling professionals in the Northwest Missouri District with an experienced mentor, plans and implements mentor training and coordinates the documentation of the completion of the requirements for all beginning school counselors during their first two years of employment as school counselors. Her connection to this service for P‑12 schools in northwest Missouri assists with practicum placement, program recruiting, and it helps the behavioral sciences department track and assist program graduates.

Michele Veasey

Dr. Nancy Foley, Dean's Award for Collaboration

Dr. Nancy Foley always looks for ways to collaborate in order to meet common goals and to best prepare teacher candidates. She believes preparing candidates to collaborate influences hundreds of K-12 students, and that influence motivates her to collaborate with others. 

Foley initiates collaboration to benefit the learning of all involved. Her collaborative efforts can be seen within the special education program, professional education department, University committees and within the community. 

She has been the consistent driver in a successful and powerful collaboration project involving elementary education majors and special education majors. This project has changed the perspectives of many teacher candidates and influenced them to say things like, “I cannot imagine going into teaching without collaborating.” Foley’s enthusiastic and inventive philosophies on collaboration as a way to build partnerships, provide ownership, find solutions, and increase problem solving are evident in all she does.

Dr. Nancy Foley

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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