COLUMBIA — As its new director, Nancy West wants MU's Honors College to have a wider audience.
"One of my goals this year is to generate as much attention to the college as possible, to make it more visible on campus and in Columbia," said West, an English professor at the university.
She succeeds Stuart Palonsky as director of the Honors College, which was founded in 1959 and is one of the oldest in the nation.
"Dr. West has a distinguished record of scholarship, has been an excellent teacher and mentor to students and has been able to share new and interesting ideas about programs we should consider at the Honors College," said Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies.
West has been on the MU faculty since 1995 and has held several teaching and leadership positions.
West was awarded her doctorate in 1992 from the University of North Carolina. At MU, she became an associate professor in 2001 and was named a full professor this year.
West teaches 17 upper-level and lower-level English and visual media classes at MU, including "The Life, and Afterlife, of Sherlock Holmes," "Special Themes in Literature" and "Locating Literary England." Her classes are often cross-listed with the Honors College and the Campus Writing Program.
She was awarded the William T. Kemper Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2004 and two Gold Chalk Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.