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 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.

The Producers is a Hit! –  Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” Shows are April 10 -12 7:30 PM; April 13 at 3 PM in Potter Hall. Board of Governors members are guests of the University.

Recognition of Exceptional Service – The St. Joseph Symphony celebrated Conductor Rico McNeela’s fifth year of leading the symphony orchestra with a reception following the March 29th concert.  He was also presented with a sterling silver lapel pin in the shape of the symphony’s logo.  Professor McNeela teaches for Missouri Western and conducts the St. Joseph Symphony, a partnership that has existed for more than 20 years.

First Graduate of the Xidian Exchange Program – Congratulations to Michelle Yue Zhang on completing her Master’s degrees in English at Xidian University and in Written Communication at Missouri Western.  Michelle is the first student to graduate from the exchange program with Xidian University in China. Students in the program complete coursework at Xidian, and then spend a year completing coursework at Missouri Western. They then return to Xidian to complete their thesis and defend it. Michelle’s thesis is titled “A Contrastive Analysis of News Reports of Snowden Events in Chinese and American Newspapers from a CDA Perspective.”

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