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April 13, 2016
Diana Linville, an instructor of computer science and information systems at Northwest Missouri State University, was awarded the 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education today during a ceremony with Gov. Jay Nixon at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
The Governor’s Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri’s four-year higher education institutions. The Northwest recipient is selected by its Dean’s Council from individuals in each of the University’s three academic colleges who receive the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching.
Northwest announced Linville as its recipient of the Governor’s Award in September during the University’s annual Dean’s Faculty Award reception. Linville, received Northwest’s Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences.
With a focus on K-12 outreach, Linville is praised as being highly respected by faculty colleagues and students for her teaching and work ethic. She actively works to enhance her knowledge and skills so she can teach higher-level courses, and her course sections are among the first to fill.
Additionally, she has helped solidify connections between higher education and the K-12 community through her work with Google grants and her work to develop dual credit courses. She developed dual credit course websites for programming languages and recruited schools to offer dual credit. She also is assisting with the development of a dual credit course to be offered through Northwest’s partnership with Northland CAPS.
Linville is a Northwest alumna, having earned her bachelor’s degree in 2001 and a master’s degree in 2006 at the University. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent nine years as a PC specialist at Northwest.
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