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Faculty Excellence Awards

The Faculty Excellence Award Program recognizes superior faculty performance in each of the three traditional areas of academic responsibility: teaching, research and service.  A faculty member from the College of Arts & Sciences and a faculty member from the six professional schools are selected from nominations for each of the three categories.  All full-time faculty holding a board-approved appointment in the University are eligible for the awards.

2020-21 Award Recipients

Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Katie Spears Associate Professor Natural Sciences
Malinda Tobin Senior Instructor Business

Excellence in Scholarship

Dr. Reneé Oyotode Adebile Assistant Professor Business
Dr. Elyssa Ford Associate Professor Humanities and Social Sciences

Excellence in Service

Matt Schieber Senior Instructor Computer Science and Information Systems
Brian Swink Instructor Mathematics and Statistics

Governor's Award for Excellence in Education

The Governor's Award for Excellence in Education is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri's four-year higher education institutions. Recipients are selected based on several criteria: effective teaching, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence, and success in nurturing student achievement. Northwest's winner is announced in the fall and receives the award at a reception in Jefferson City the following spring.

2021 Governor's Award Recipient

Dr. Katie Spears, an associate professor of biology, is the university’s recipient of the 2021 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.