Atwood Research and Teaching Award
Robert Pavlowsky, Professor, Geography, Geology and Planning
Bob Pavlowsky received the Atwood Research and Teaching Award, which is funded by an endowment by Jerry Atwood, a 1964 graduate of MSU and an internationally known chemist.
Bob teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses related to physical geography. This past year he taught geomorphology, research in geography, fluvial geomorphology and advanced field and laboratory methods. Bob is a master at integrating his research and teaching efforts in many ways. Bob engages students - both undergraduate and graduate - in hands-on applied research projects involving water quality monitoring and aquatic habitat restoration. Bob's publications in 2013 were in physical geography and chemosphere. He also submitted several reports for the many contract projects that he and his students work on. Bob and his students have averaged more than 25 presentations per year over the past two years at conferences across the country. This past year Bob and his students presented at the National Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles, CA; the National Meeting of the Geological Society in America in Denver, CO; and the Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium in LaCrosse, WI among several others.
CNAS Excellence in Teaching Award Winners
Melissa Dallas, Professor, Hospitality and Restaurant Administration
Melissa is recognized for her enthusiasm and outstanding teaching ability. Whether she is teaching a large lecture class, a small interactive class or a blended course - she consistently receives exemplary student evaluations. Melissa has taught strategic management, hospitality law, destination development and introduction to hospitality leadership. Students indicate that they appreciate the rigor, breadth, and depth of knowledge that she brings to the classroom. She weaves her industry experience in each class that she teaches to give students "real world" examples. Melissa participates in professional development opportunities and maintains a certification of hospitality educators.
Katye Fichter, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Katye is in her second year of teaching but these two years have been productive. She has almost completely redesigned the biochemistry laboratory curriculum - developing several new laboratory experiments. She has developed an interesting model in her advanced biochemistry course where students generate oral and poster presentations based on an article from the primary literature. In her advanced courses she significantly improved her initial course evaluations by properly addressing student concerns which highlights her commitment to quality teaching.
Brian Greene, Associate Professor, Biology
Brian not only has a strong teaching record that includes courses with many weekend field trips but he is an exceptional mentor to students. Brian maintains an active research lab with students studying conservation, behavior and physiological ecology. In addition to his own lab, he serves on many graduate student committees in the department. Brian is also academic advisor to over 50 undergraduate students in biology.
Robert Pavlowsky, Professor, Geography, Geology and Planning
Bob teaches courses in geomorphology, geography research methods and fluvial geomorphology. In addition Bob mentors more individual student projects (undergraduate and graduate) than anyone else in the department. It would be easy to supervise projects but Bob expects results and his students are regular presenters both on and off-campus. He has mentored four successful thesis projects in the past two years.
Matthew Siebert, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Matt is in his second year at Missouri State. He teaches organic chemistry and although this course is considered difficult by many he has obtained outstanding evaluations. Matt has used chemistry lectures on demand (CLODs) which are pre-recorded videos that students can review. Recently Matt received an FCTL grant to obtain a tablet computer for the purpose of generating higher quality CLODS for diverse uses in chemistry. He is mentoring several students in his research lab.
CNAS Excellence in Research Award Winners
Bryan Breyfogle, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Bryan has been active in collaborative research in the areas of electrochemistry and chemical education. He has published one significant research paper in the field of electrochemistry in the past year and obtained a grant from the National Science Foundation for nearly $300,000 in the area of science education in collaboration with Dr. Gigi Saunders (department of biology). Over the past two years Bryan has mentored three graduate students to a successful completion of all degree requirements.
Melida Gutierrez, Professor, Geography, Geology and Planning
Melida has been one of the most productive researchers in the department in recent years. Her research spans the geosciences subdisciplines of hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, and earth science education. Over the past two years Melida has five full length peer reviewed publications with a sixth under review. Melida involves students in her research work. Melida and her students most recently presented their results at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. One of these studies involved mining related sediment contamination.
Reza Herati, Professor, Chemistry
Reza has been a very active researcher for the past two years. Reza has four peer reviewed publications with highly collaborative research projects. Reza has been working with a productive group that has submitted proposals to National Science Foundation and one to the Petroleum Research Fund. Reza has presented his research results at regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society. Most importantly Reza includes students in his lab. He serves on graduate student committees and mentors undergraduate students in his lab.
CNAS Excellence in Service Award Winners
Chris Barnhart, Professor, Biology
Chris has dedicated a great deal of time to two community projects. The first event is "Insectorama" which is hosted annually by the Nature Center and the second is the "Butterfly House" located in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Chris not only provides expertise to these projects but he provides supplies along with hours and hours of service. These events truly display our public affairs mission and Chris involves students whenever possible. Chris also serves on many committees on campus including the biology scholarship and personnel committees and the university faculty research and grants committee.
Nikolay Gerasimchuk, Professor, Chemistry
Nick has served on numerous committees at the department, college and university level. Over the past two years Nick has chaired a faculty search committee and has been an active recruiter for students in chemistry. Nick is often at recruitment events with displays of his passion for chemistry. He also serves as a reviewer for several chemistry publications - an honor but also a great deal of work. Nick's most significant accomplishment this past year was his work and organization of the 2013 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. This event was held in Springfield and hosted by the local section of the ACS. Nick served as general chair for the conference, which was a remarkable success. Members of the executive council for the conference were even told that it was the best regional meeting in close to ten years. This is a remarkable achievement given the time and effort necessary to organize a meeting of this magnitude.
Diane May, Assistant Professor, Geography, Geology and Planning
Diane is director of the Center for Resource Planning and Management (CRPM). In this role Diane coordinates and personally performs a tremendous amount of professional service as well as applied research. To support the Center's efforts in calendar year 2013 she and her staff secured more than $416,000 in external funding. This funding supported four full-time staff positions, one part-time staff position, three graduate assistantships and three undergraduate internships. Diane also serves as executive director for the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) and in that role is responsible for representing the organization to the Board of the Missouri Association of Councils of Governments. Diane is also a member of the Missouri Community Recovery Coalition - a committee of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. In addition to this work in the region and state Diane serves as co-faculty sponsor of the planning student organization.
Diann Thomas, Senior Instructor, Chemistry
Diann serves on the department’s committees for safety and facilities; college’s committees for women in science and diversity; and the university ad hoc committee working on a sustainability minor. Diann volunteers time to helping with Science Olympiad and judging at the regional science fair. Her most significant accomplishment has been as faculty advisor for the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. During the past two years the student groups have received "Commendable Awards" from the national organization. The student affiliates have also earned the designation of Green Chemistry Chapter for their efforts to promote green chemistry, which includes incorporating more environmentally friendly lab experiments in courses and demonstrations and organizing a green chemistry conference.
CNAS Excellence Award - Staff
Linda Allen, Academic Administrative Assistant II, Chemistry
Linda is a long-time administrative assistant for the chemistry department. Her duties include organizing and assigning class schedules in consultation with the department head, administering most p-cards in the chemistry department, keeping a budget log for the department, hiring and directing student workers, and helping to maintain a Blackboard site for graduate students that tracks safety certifications and other key documentation for the students. Linda also provides a great deal of scheduling support to the department head, individual faculty and departmental committees. Linda rises to challenges and goes above and beyond to ensure that all is running smoothly in the department.
Tina Hopper, Laboratory Supervisor, Biology
Tina Hopper’s position as a laboratory supervisor in the biology department includes a variety of duties. These duties include supervision of TA's and lab preps for the labs of general biology I and II. She provides curriculum support and development for these labs as well as academic advising. Tina also teaches laboratories for BIO 121, 122 and 361 (physiology) as well as taking on the challenge of teaching a large section of BIO 102. Tina's strengths include organization, time management, communication and leadership. Tina has a strong work ethic and does a consistently outstanding job.
Robin Powell, Academic Administrative Assistant II Computer Science
Robin displays outstanding professional attitude, helpfulness and ability. Robin's awareness of institutional process and her habit of maintaining commonly-used information is priceless. She has provided support to new staff in the mathematics department regarding the details of the many Missouri State University procedures. In a period of rapid enrollment growth in computer science in recent semesters, Robin has cheerfully supported the increased needs of students and faculty in the department.
Faculty Excellence Awards (nominated/awarded by CNAS students)
Dean Cuebas, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Kyoungtae Kim, Associate Professor, Biology
Gary Meints, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Tricia Yarckow, Academic Administrative Assistant II, Hospitality and Restaurant Administration