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Sept. 2, 2015
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.
Karen From, instructor of nutrition and dietetics received the Dean's Faculty Award for Teaching; Dr. Linda Sterling, associate professor of psychology, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Leadership, and Dr. David Kiene, assistant professor of professional education, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Service.
Now in its ninth 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, for which 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 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.
Karen From, Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching
From continues to dedicate herself to Northwest’s dietetics program. Her contributions to the School of Health Science and Wellness and Northwest are outstanding and consistently exceed established standards.
Serving as director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), she successfully wrote its accreditation report and hosted the site visit in February. In addition to serving as DPD director, she continues to display teaching scores that exceed the department's expectations.
From takes advantage of professional development activities on campus and is always focused on ways she can improve. She maintains high expectations for students in her classes and the program. This is evident in the work that students produce as well as the high standards for students during the advisement process.
Dr. Linda Sterling, Dean’s Faculty Award for Leadership
The Dean’s Faculty Award program defines a successful leader as enthusiastic, courageous, honest, fair, credible and focused. The leader empowers and helps others reach their potential, inspires a shared vision and is a good problem solver. The leader understands and addresses issues facing the University, discipline, and the community. Dr. Linda Sterling demonstrates these characteristics.
As chair of the Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Committee in 2013-2014 and in 2014-2015, Sterling coordinated a review of the department’s undergraduate programs and led the development and proposal of an APA standard-based psychology major and a human services major. She also led two subcommittees responsible for schedule revisions and faculty load revisions that were required for the curriculum changes to both undergraduate programs.
Sterling is a long-term member of the Behavioral Sciences Graduate Committee. In this role, she works collaboratively with the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate the development and proposal of a sport and exercise psychology master’s program.
Sterling is an active member of the Health and Exercise Psychology Committee and the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. She also is an editorial board member for the Journal of Kinesiology and Wellness. Her participation in these professional arenas keep Sterling 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 programs in ways that support students, faculty and curriculum. Her role in these organizations has provided opportunity for students minoring in sport and exercise psychology to participate in national conferences as attendees and presenters, and to observe other young leaders in their aspired field.
Dr. David Kiene, Dean’s Faculty Award for Service
Kiene completed his second year as an assistant professor at Northwest. In that time, he has stepped up to support the department however he can and approaches things with a positive, can-do attitude.
He agreed to be the coordinator for the master’s-level principal preparation program and has already implemented program improvements related to new Department of Elementary and Secondary Education assessments.
He has taken on the role of chair of the Diversity Committee and assumed leadership of the Ploghoft Lecture Series, arranging presentations that provide experiences that meet the intention of Dr. Ploghoft. As chair of the Diversity Committee, he is overseeing a redesign of the diversity requirement for all pre-service students.
He is piloting new methods for distance learning in place of the traditional instructional television method. Kiene also learned about programs outside his area to allow him to advise freshmen and meet with prospective students. He also has helped judge Homecoming royalty candidates.
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