Academic Affairs


The Office of Academic Affairs, led by Dr. Jeanne Daffron, Provost, ensures the quality and integrity of all academic programs.  Here you will find access to the information and resources that make up the university’s rich academic life. At Missouri Western, students’ experiences inside and outside the classroom are seamlessly integrated in an environment where faculty, staff and students live, learn and serve the broader community.

Teresa Harris Wins Award – Teresa Harris is the Missouri Western recipient of the 2016 Missouri Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She received the award on Wednesday, April 13 in Jefferson City at a luncheon and award ceremony with Governor Jay Nixon. Professor Harris has been a faculty member in the Department of Art for 15 years and currently is the director of the BFA graphic design program. The quality of Teresa’s teaching is evident in the success of her students. Many of her students have won local, regional, national or international awards and graduates have accepted positions in some of the largest and most successful design and advertising agencies. If you have watched a recent Super Bowl, watched the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, or the 2012 Democratic National Convention, you have seen the work of some of Teresa’s former students. Professor Harris is also a prolific artist. Her work has been accepted into over 50 juried international, national and solo exhibitions. She is an amazing role model, teacher and mentor for her students. Congratulations Teresa!

Child Abuse Conference – The fourth annual conference on Child Abuse: Education, Prevention and Investigation will be held April 20 and 21 at Missouri Western State University. This interdisciplinary conference for educators, law enforcement, nurses, social workers, lawyers, juvenile officers and related professions will be held in multiple locations across campus. The conference is sponsored by the Regional Law Enforcement Academy; the Western Institute; the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Social Work; the Department of Nursing and Allied Health; the Department of Education; and the Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center.

Student Exhibition Reception – A reception will be held for senior art students from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 15 in the Potter Hall Art Gallery. This reception coincides with the Senior Student Exhibition being held from April 13-24. The following seniors’ artwork will be featured: Janelle Anderson, Alison Bell, Morgan Calvert, Collyn Christgen, Caitlin Edwards, Amanda Francis, Courtney Gibson, Merriam Hayden, Megan Helt, Kelly Heinz, Jessica Lynn Hill, Lauren Hitch, Heather Lafromboise, Savanna Law, Etta J. Martin, Martha Miller, Raven Pollock, Tony Redmond, Craig Roberts, and Melissa St. John.

Student Accepted into National Exhibit – Janelle Anderson, graphic design senior, had her poster, “128 lives,” accepted into the National Student Show and Conference 12, sponsored by the Dallas Society of Visual Communications. Her poster is a powerful response to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. This poster displays 128 terrified faces stacked on top of one another to build the Eiffel Tower. Janelle was one of 14 students nationwide who had a poster or poster series accepted into the poster category of the exhibition. Overall, more than 1400 entries were submitted into this highly competitive exhibition. Congratulations, Janelle!

Geography Guest Speaker on Campus – On Thursday April 21-Saturday April 23, 2016, Dr. Steven Ericson from the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama will be visiting the Missouri Western campus as a part of the Interdisciplinary Nature of Geography Speaker Series. Dr. Ericson will be meeting with several classes as well as giving a public talk on Friday April 22nd at 12pm in Spratt 201.  His talk will center around the uses of geography and mapping in crime research.  The visit is being sponsored by the MWSU Foundation and the Department of History and Geography.

Public Planetarium Shows – Three public planetarium shows will be held during April. All shows will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open 20 minutes prior to showtime. All shows cost $5 for adults or $3 for children, seniors, military, Missouri Western students, and Missouri Western faculty and staff with valid ID. The dates and names of the shows are: Hubble on April 18, Black Holes on April 19, and Extreme Planets on April 28.

“In the Shadow of Ellen Hopkins” – “In the Shadow of Ellen Hopkins” will be held from 7:30-9 p.m., Monday, April 18, in Kemper Recital Hall. New York Times-bestselling author Ellen Hopkins will give a public reading of her work and will sign copies of her books during a catered reception following the reading. Copies of the Spring 2016 issue of the Mochila Review, featuring winning stories from a contest guest-judged by Hopkins, will be available at the event. This event is free and open to the public.


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