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Professors awarded Kempers

Thursday, April 7, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:30 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jana Hawley

The second of 10 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence was delivered Tuesday morning to a very surprised Jana Hawley.

“This is quite an honor,” said Hawley, an assistant professor of textile and apparel management in the College of Human and Environmental Sciences.

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Jana Hawley

Hawley was teaching her electronic commerce applications class when Chancellor Brady Deaton and Jim Schatz of Commerce Bank, the award’s trustee, came in to present the honor, which comes with $10,000.

MU senior Erin Howard, one of her students, said Hawley deserves the honor because of her interest in and knowledge of her work and because of the way she teaches.

“She’s very dedicated to her work, very passionate about what she’s involved in, like textile recycling,” Howard said. “She’s very personable and always gives us advice about jobs and things like that. She makes class interesting.”

Hawley said that being able to work with the students is one of the most rewarding things for her and that she is excited to have been selected for doing work she loves.

Hawley said she is in awe of her colleagues. “To be selected is an honor,” she said, “because I know there are great teachers across campus.”

Kitty Dickerson, department chairwoman, and Stephen Jorgensen, dean of the college, were responsible for Hawley’s nomination. “She’s a fabulous teacher and a terrific colleague,” Dickerson said.

Hawley received her doctorate in textile and apparel management from MU in 1993. She has taught at Indiana University and the University of North Texas, and she returned to MU four years ago.

Even as she walked to a reception for her across the hall, Hawley stayed true to the needs of her class. “Well, let’s go celebrate,” she said. “Deadline is next Tuesday, though.”

— ELIZABETH JURCZYK

Glenn Good

Glenn Good thought he had done something wrong. Richard Andrews, dean of MU’s College of Education, had summoned Good to his office Tuesday to talk — and Good was slightly worried.

But, in fact, Good, the associate professor of educational and counseling psychology, was being recognized for his outstanding teaching ability.

Waiting alone in Andrews’ office, Good was greeted by Chancellor Brady Deaton, Commerce Bank’s Jim Schatz and Andrews. They presented him with a 2005 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Good was the third of 10 recipients, with others to be named in coming days.

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Glenn Good

“I am speechless,” Good said. Good, who has been with MU since 1990, works closely with graduate students as a teacher and adviser, educating them to become counselors and psychologists.

“It is really a pleasure and truly is an honor to get to work with MU students and to be recognized for contributing to their education,” he said.

“I really appreciate that MU, despite being a research-intensive university, continues to value and reinforce teaching,” Good said. “It’s not something all other research-focused universities do.”

Many of the Kemper Fellowship recipients are informed while they are teaching classes, but Good didn’t have any classes on Tuesday.

“The students are the ones that do the evaluations,” he said. “I would’ve liked to have shared this moment with them, directly.”

The fellowship is the latest in a long list of Good’s recognitions. Among them, he has been named researcher of the year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity in 1999 and was recognized as mentor/adviser of the year from the MU College of Education in 2002.

Good can use the $10,000 prize any way he wishes, and he has a number of considerations on how he’ll spend the money. “Maybe put it towards my two bright daughters’ education, perhaps here at MU,” he said.

— SHENIQUA FAULKNER

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