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Aug. 31, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University during its opening meetings on Aug. 23 honored six individuals as recipients of its 2017 Faculty Excellence Awards in recognition of their teaching, scholarship and service during the last year.
Continuing the institution’s long-standing tradition of naming one of the honorees as Northwest’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education recipient, the University announced Dr. Katy Strickland, an assistant professor of music and the director of athletics bands, will receive the 2018 award.
Strickland, who joined the Northwest faculty in fall 2013, also begins service this fall as chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
"The Governor’s Award is by far one of the greatest honors of my professional life, including 13 years in the public school system, teaching as a graduate assistant, and my four years at Northwest,” Strickland said. “To be considered ‘excellent’ among the number of highly effective teachers we have at Northwest is a tremendous compliment.”
The Governor’s Award is sponsored by the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education and presented annually to an outstanding faculty member of each of Missouri’s four-year public institutions. Northwest’s recipient is chosen from faculty members who receive the University’s Faculty Excellence Award for teaching.
Interim Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman announced the latest class of Faculty Excellence Award winners with Dr. Mike Steiner, Northwest’s associate provost of undergraduate studies and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Greg Haddock, associate provost of graduate studies and special programs.
One recipient was selected in each of the three categories of teaching, scholarship and service from nominees representing Northwest’s six professional schools, and one recipient was selected in each category from nominees representing the five academic departments comprising the College of Arts and Sciences, for a total of six award winners.
All full-time faculty holding a Board of Regents-approved appointment at the University are eligible for Faculty Excellence Awards.
“Every year it is difficult to choose the recipients of the Faculty Excellence Awards because Northwest has such high quality faculty who set the bar for teaching, service and research,” Hooyman said. “This year's award winners represent excellence at such a high standard. All of them are exemplary in their respected fields.”
The 2017 recipients and a summary of remarks from their nomination forms are provided below.
Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching: Dr. Denise Case, assistant professor of computer science and information systems in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems
Case is regarded as a successful teacher because of the effort she puts into researching new technology and how presenting materials to students through a variety of teaching methodologies as well as team and individual experiences, exercises, assignments, projects, presentations and quizzes. She has some of the highest student teacher evaluations in the School with a 3.9 rating and inspires students to work hard in her courses by offering complex topics and spending many hours outside of the classroom answering student questions. Additionally, she redeveloped the School’s Developing Web Apps and Services course and designed a new Design of Data Intensive Systems course. She supervised three independent study undergraduate projects that resulted in two students presenting at a regional conference.
Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship: Dr. Tyler Tapps, assistant professor of recreation in the School of Health Science and Wellness
Tapps published three academic journal articles during the previous academic year and three additional articles for publication during 2017-2018. He co-authored two articles in the leading national trade magazines for park and recreation professionals and is completing work as co-editor of a widely used textbook, titled “Introduction to Recreation and Leisure.” In his three years at Northwest, Tapps has published 14 peer-reviewed articles and completed nine presentations at state and national conferences.
Faculty Excellence Award for Service: Jacqueline Lacy, instructor of agricultural sciences in the School of Agricultural Sciences
Lacy serves in numerous capacities, regularly volunteering to assist the School and Northwest, in addition to her dedication to seeing students succeed. While teaching overload courses, she advised 85 students last year and was the secondary advisor to animal science students in the absence of animal science faculty. She serves as a faculty advisor to student organizations, is the assistant director to agricultural sciences living and learning community.
Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching: Dr. Katy Strickland, assistant professor of music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Strickland is regarded at all levels – whether teaching applied lessons, advanced methods course or introductory music education courses – an excellent teacher. She has played a significant role in the renewal of the Bearcat Marching Band, which has continued to improve from past years in terms of quality and enrollment, while incorporating technology and unique instruction methods into classes and rehearsals. Students describe her as energetic, engaging, inclusive, motivating, challenging and rate her very high in overall evaluation score.
Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship: Dr. Jawad Sadek, professor of mathematics and statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Sadek published four peer-reviewed, co-authored articles during the last year, consisting of two with department colleagues and two with University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty. His article “An Algebraic Method to Find the Symmedian Point of a Triangle,” appeared in Mathematics Magazine, the Mathematical Association of America’s most prestegious journal. His article, “Isogonal Conjugates in a Tetrahedron,” appeared in American Mathematical Society. Two articles were publiched in international journals, including one that features work exclusively related to Fibanacci numbers.
Faculty Excellence Award for Service: Dr. James Eiswert, associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
During the past two years, Eiswert has served in numerous capacities and was a steadying voice on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. As a member of two strategic leadership teams at Northwest, he was directly involved in the development of the University’s new mission outcomes and their connection to extra-curricular programs. As a member of the Extended Leadership Team, he has served as a voice for faculty during difficult curricular and budgetary decisions.
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