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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 2, 2015

College of Arts and Sciences presents 3 Dean’s Faculty Awards

Dr. Michael Steiner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University, has announced three faculty members as winners of 2015 Dean's Faculty Awards.

Diana Linville, instructor of computer science and information systems, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching; José Palacios, assistant professor of modern languages, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research; and Pat Immel, associate professor of theatre, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Service.

Dean's Faculty Awards recognize superior faculty performance in each of the three traditional areas of academic responsibility: teaching, research and service. All full-time faculty holding a board-approved appointment at the University are eligible for the awards.

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.


Diana Linville, Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching

Linville is highly respected by both faculty and students for her teaching abilities and her work ethic. She takes courses to improve her understanding and skills so she can teach higher-level courses than those for which she was originally hired. Her sections are the first to fill, and she spends countless hours in her office offering help to students.

She acts as the curriculum coordinator for the three courses that form the foundation of undergraduate computing. She is a master at documenting the content of our courses and then delivering consistent curriculum to the dual credit programs. She hires almost all the teaching assistants for the courses and trains these students to help in the classroom.

She also has developed dual credit course websites for two different programming languages and recruited schools that will be offering dual credit next year.

She presented a teaching unit about Scribbler Robots at Northland CAPS and is participating in a group that will develop a dual credit course, Foundations of Computer, to be offered at Northland CAPS next year.

She has participated in curriculum development at Horace Mann Laboratory School and developed units on Scratch Jr., which Horace Mann instructors and parents may use.

She also developed AppInventor curriculum (exercises, videos and FAQs) for the Google CS4HS grant last summer. The material was used in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), and the curriculum was used by many K-12 teachers. 

Diana Linville

José Palacios, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

Palacios, having completed his first year at Northwest, has brought a spark to the department, but his accomplishments in the category of research are truly amazing. 

Under the pseudonym Joseph Avski, he has published two books. His novel, “El infinito se acaba pronto,” was published by Emecé Press, and “un Paso de Juárez/One Step from Juárez is a bilingual work of nonfiction also published by Mouthfell Press.

Palacios also published a short scholarly article, “Contra el esencialismo: la tradición filosófica de Fernando González,” in the October-December edition of the journal Revista Universidad de Antioquia. 

Additionally, he published two short nonfiction pieces, “¿Guana guaiser, güero?” and “No pude romper una ventana de la casa de Gabriel García Márquez,” in the October edition of Universo Centro No. 60 and in the Columbia daily newspaper El Meridiano de Córdoba in May of 2014.  He published a book review of “Daniel Chacón. Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms and Loops” in Revista Camino Real 9 in 2014. Finally, he has a short story “Flores en las ventanas” accepted for publication and forthcoming.

José Palacios

Pat Immel, associate professor of theatre, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service

Immel provides considerable and significant service to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, including mentoring new faculty, overseeing the Laboratory Theatre Series program, serving as a lead to the theatre program, and as assistant chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. He also has served as technical support point person for the department and assists with computing and technical issues, including the building and updating of the theatre program website. 

Immel serves on numerous departmental committees, and he is a member or leader of several college-or university-level committees including chairing the University Technology Committee. His recruitment work has been especially impressive, ranging from regularly volunteering for on-campus recruitment activities to participating annually in state level new-student recruitment events, such as Missouri Thespians, which occurs during winter break and lasts five days. He also participates in the KCACTF regional festival in Nebraska.

In addition, he supervises numerous student creative endeavors, including stage managers and student lighting designers for publicly-performed theatrical presentations, while carrying a full advising load. As theatre program lead, he is the “go-to” person for most matters pertaining to theatre, from production situations to tours for prospective students, to curricular issues. 

He also serves as a sponsor to the student theatre honorary, Alpha Psi Omega, which sponsors an annual children’s traveling show that performs for numerous area elementary schools. Last spring, he organized the Mainstage production of “Plan Slam,” an innovative theatrical presentation that involved students writing, developing, rehearsing and presenting plays within a 24-hour timeframe. 

Two other ways he has provided service is through consulting work with Maryville and North Nodaway public schools and his ongoing role as co-director of the Maryville Young Players, a theater program that has positively influenced hundreds of area youth since he co-founded in 2007.

Pat Immel

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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