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June 11, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University has announced the appointments of Dr. Joseph Haughey, assistant professor of English, to lead its Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), and Dr. Gregg Dieringer, professor of biology, to lead its Honors Program, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year.
Northwest’s TLC is an initiative designed to assist faculty and students develop teaching and learning practices, and Haughey will be responsible for promoting teaching excellence and enhanced student learning through strategic leadership and high-quality programming. He will serve as a facilitator, resource and advocate for faculty and student staff.
Haughey succeeds Dr. Alisha Francis, who served as the first director of the TLC, beginning in 2013. Francis, who has served as a faculty member in Northwest’s Department of Behavioral Sciences since 2006, is returning to teaching full-time.
Prior to joining the Northwest faculty in 2013, Haughey spent six years teaching at the secondary level, including four years in Blythe, Calif., where he taught seventh- and eighth-grade students and was active with the school’s Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. In 2011, Haughey moved to the isolated fishing village of Kotlik, Alaska, where he taught seventh- through 12th-grade English in a K-12 school.
At Northwest, Haughey teaches courses in English education, literature and composition in the Department of Modern Languages. His academic interests include the development of English as a school subject and Shakespeare’s role in that evolution.
“I look forward very much to this opportunity to work closely with faculty as we strive together to maintain and build upon the excellence that has long defined Northwest’s academic programs,” Haughey said.
Dieringer succeeds Dr. Aaron Johnson, associate professor of geology, as director of the Honors Program, which places high-ability, motivated students into enhanced courses that provide qualifying students with opportunities to interact closely with professors and classmates in an intellectually enriching environment. Honors courses involve extensive reading, ambitious laboratory work and challenging educational experiences outside of the classroom.
Dieringer joined the Northwest faculty in 2002 and has served as a member of the University’s Honors Program Committee. His previous teaching experience includes stops at University of Texas at Brownsville, Western Illinois University, Instituto de Ecología, Xalapa in Veracruz, México; The University of Texas at Austin; Southwest Texas State University and Austin Community College.
At Northwest, Dieringer teaches ecology, entomology and general biology courses in Northwest’s Department of Natural Sciences, and his research interests focus on the evolutionary ecology of pollination mechanisms and plant reproduction.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with faculty and students on developing additional incentives and recruitment strategies that will allow top-performing students to identify with Northwest as a place where they can continue to excel,” Dieringer said.
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