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Sept. 2, 2015
The Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies at Northwest Missouri State University has announced the names of four faculty members who are recipients of the 2015 Dean's Faculty Award.
Jason Offut, instructor of mass media, was awarded the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching; Dr. Chi Lo Lim, associate professor of management, was honored with the Dean’s Faculty Award for Exemplary Service; Dr. Tiebing Shi, assistant professor for marketing, received the Dean’s Award for research; and Brian Swafford, instructor of communication, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Student Support.
The Dean's Faculty Award program within the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies annually recognizes superior faculty performance in each of four traditional areas of academic responsibility: teaching, research, student support and service. All full-time faculty holding a board-approved appointment at the University are eligible for these awards. Each honoree receives a plaque and a stipend for travel or supply funds.
Remarks from each award winner’s nomination form appear below.
Northwest will recognize its 2015 Dean’s Faculty Award winners from all three academic colleges during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. One faculty member is selected from among each academic college’s Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching winners as the recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, which also will be announced during the ceremony.
Jason Offutt, Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching
Offut is one of the most consistent, high-performing faculty members in the School of Communication and Mass Media. His student evaluations are excellent each year, and he continues to improve his craft.
Last year, he averaged a 3.9 rating in all of his courses. He also enhances his teaching by staying sharp in his writing and writes for the Daily Forum in addition to authoring paranormal books.
He is a shining example of what it means to be a great faculty member. He is a valued colleague and a dedicated employee.
Dr. Chi Lo Lim, Dean’s Faculty Award for Exemplary Service
During the past year Lim served as the coordinator for Northwest’s Master of Business Administration program for which she reviewed and made decisions on student applications, developed course schedules for multiple delivery modes, and spent significant time updating and streamlining processes.
Lim was involved in curriculum development, course delivery and substantial curriculum revision associated with a subcontract with the military to offer a Strategic Leadership Seminar at Fort Leavenworth.
In addition to serving as the secretary of the Faculty Welfare Committee, Lim was involved in curriculum development for a multidisciplinary data sciences major. She serves as a formal or informal mentor for 11 faculty members at Northwest. She is actively involved in reviewing portfolios and encouraging pursuit of research agendas. She provided significant guidance and feedback to five School of Business faculty members who successfully submitted portfolios for promotion to the rank of senior instructor.
Dr. Tiebing Shi, Dean’s Faculty Award for Research
During the past year Shi had two refereed publications in journals with acceptance rates at 30 percent or below.
One of the journals, The Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, is known for publishing thought-provoking, in-depth articles that bridge the gap between theory and application and has a 20 percent acceptance rate.
In addition, Shi had a presentation with a proceeding and an invited peer-reviewed presentation at an international conference. Shi’s excellence in research has been recognized outside the University, and he will begin serving on the editorial board of a journal.
Brian Swafford, Dean’s Faculty Award for Student Support
Swafford is director of the Northwest forensics team, which competed at two national tournaments last year, placing fifth overall with three individual national champions at one tournament, and second overall with three individual national champions at the other.
Swafford’s teams have numerous second-place finishes with students scoring in the top 20 percent at each tournament.
He works diligently throughout the season, spending many evenings coaching and working with students on their pieces and many weekends driving to tournaments. His energy and fervor for Northwest’s forensics program has made the Speaking Bearcats forensics team into a national powerhouse.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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