Jan 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

University Organization



University History

The citizens of Joplin, who in the late 1930s asked the public school district to offer college classes, could not have envisioned the sprawling campus and multidiscipline curriculum that today is Missouri Southern State University. From that initial request came Joplin Junior College, founded in 1937 as part of the Joplin school system. Nine faculty members and 114 students began classes under the auspices of the Extension Division of the University of Missouri in the new high school building.

In the spring of 1938, voters approved almost 5-to-1 a bond proposal that would assure the continuation of the junior college. During the next 25 years Joplin Junior College established a national reputation for outstanding academic strength, a strong foundation for what was to come. By the mid-1960s, area citizens again recognized the need for expanded educational opportunities.

In 1964, the citizens voted in an 8-1 majority to create the Junior College District of Jasper County with a Board of Trustees to govern the newly named Jasper County Junior College. The following year, the Missouri General Assembly established a two-year senior college to be funded by the state. The district would continue to provide the freshman and sophomore years.

The area again responded with enthusiastic and generous support with the building of a new campus on the site of the Mission Hills Farm to house the growing college. Administration and faculty, working with other college educators around the state, began developing the new curriculum. In August 1967, students gathered for the first time on the new campus of Missouri Southern State College.

The dual funding arrangement with the state continued until 1977 when on July 1 the State of Missouri officially took on the responsibility of funding the entire College.

With growing global interdependence, it became clear that Missouri Southern must prepare its students to function successfully in the emerging global economy. So in June 1990, plans were announced to pursue the expansion of the College’s mission to incorporate an international emphasis in all its academic and special programs. In 1995, the Missouri General Assembly approved House Bill 442, directing the institution to “develop such academic support programs and public service activities it deems necessary and appropriate to establish international or global education as a distinctive theme of its mission.” Many new programs in international education that enrich and complement the existing programs are now in place.

On July 12, 2003, Missouri Governor Bob Holden officially signed Senate Bill 55, which renamed Missouri Southern State College as Missouri Southern State University-Joplin. August 28, 2003 marked the official date the name changed. The legislation was sponsored by Gary Nodler in the Senate and Bryan Stevenson in the House. Provisions of the legislation also allowed MSSU to begin offering cooperative master’s degree programs.

Today Missouri Southern State University remains a proud member of the state’s higher education family while continuing to serve the region that is an integral part of its past.

Board of Governors

Alison R. Hershewe, Chair
Anita Y. Oplotnik, Vice-Chair

T. Mark Elliott
Bill Gipson
Carlos Haley
Mariann Morgan

Ron Richard

Benjamin Rosenberg
 

Memberships

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Dental Educator Association
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs
Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Council on Public Higher Education
Institute of International Education
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Missouri Academy of Science
Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Missouri Biotechnology Association
Missouri Consortium for International Programs and Studies
Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National League for Nursing Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs
Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities
The Higher Learning Commission

Accreditations and Approvals

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission Phone: 312.263.0456 Website: www.hlcommission.org
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology
Missouri Math and Science Coalition
Missouri State Board of Nursing
Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau (EMS)
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Council
Police Officers Standards and Training
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET

Information concerning accreditation, including copies of pertinent documents, may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Faculty

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

(Date indicates first year of full-time MSSU service)

Nii Adote Abrahams
Professor, Economics 1999
Bachelor’s (B.Sc.), University of Ghana
Master’s (M.S.), University of Massachusetts
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Pennsylvania State University

Anthony C. Adamopoulos

Professor, Psychology 2004
Bachelor’s (B.A.), University of Kansas
Master’s (M.A.), University of Kansas
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Kansas

Charles Adams
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice 2011
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Pittsburg State University

Betsy Adelizzi
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice 2021
Bachelor’s (B.S.), University of Wyoming
Master’s (M.S.), National University-San Diego
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Capella University

Diana Allan
Assistant Professor, Music 2018
Bachelor’s (B.M.E.), Pittsburg State University
Bachelor’s (B.M.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.A.), Stephen F. Austin State University
Doctorate (D.M.A.), University of Texas-Austin

Amila Appuhamy
Associate Professor, Mathematics 2013
Bachelor’s (B.S.), University of Columbo-Sri Lanka
Master’s (M.A.), University of Toledo
Doctoral Candidate (Ph.D.), University of Toledo

Marsi E. Archer
Professor, Chemistry 1998
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor’s (B.S.), James Madison University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Ohio State University

 

Rabindra Bajracharya
Assistant Professor, Physics 2015
Bachelor’s (B.Sc.), Physics, Tribhuvan University
Master’s (M.Sc.), Physics, Tribhuvan University
Master’s (M.A.), Physics, Kent State University
Master’s (M.S.), Physics, University of Maine
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Physics, University of Maine

Alla Barry
Professor, Biology 2011
Doctorate (M.D.), Northern State Medical University

Lisa Beals
Assistant Professor, Nursing 2018
Associate’s (A.S.), University of New York-Regents College
Master’s (M.S.), South University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), American Sentinel University

Rachel Bechtold
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health 2022
Master’s (M.S.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.S.), Western Illinois University
Doctorate (Ph.D), University of Arkansas

Michael Beilfuss
Assistant Professor, English 2019
Bachelor’s (B.A.), SUNY New Paltz
Master’s (M.A.), SUNY New Paltz
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Texas A & M University

Christine Bentley
Professor, Art 2013
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Southern Illinois University
Master’s (M.A.), University of Notre Dame
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Art History, Indiana University-Bloomington

Megan L. Bever
Associate Professor, History 2014
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Purdue University
Master’s (M.A.) History, University of Alabama
Doctorate (Ph.D.) History, University of Alabama

Teresa Boman
Associate Professor, Biology 2013
Bachelor’s (B.S.) Biology, College of the Ozarks
Master’s (M.S.) Environmental Science, Arkansas State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Environmental Science, Arkansas State University

Joseph Boomer
Assistant Professor, Psychology 2019
Bachelor’s (B.S), Loyola University
Master’s (M.A.), University at Buffalo
Doctorate (PH.D.), University at Buffalo

Jacob Boswell
Assistant Professor, Mathematics 2015
Bachelor’s (B.S.) Mathematics, Arkansas Tech University
Master’s (M.S.) Mathematics, Missouri State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Mathematics, Purdue University

Joey R. Brown

Professor, English & Philosophy 2000
Bachelor’s (B.A.) English, Cameron University
Master’s (M.A.) Creative Writing, University of Oklahoma
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Interdisciplinary Studies (Creative Writing, Professional Writing 20th Century American Literature), University of Oklahoma

Ward H. Bryant
Associate Professor, Communication 1992
Bachelor’s (B.S.J.) Broadcast Journalism, University of Kansas
Master’s (M.S.) Speech & Drama (Radio, Television & Film), University of Kansas

Dominic Buccieri
Assistant Professor, International Business 2018
Bachelor’s (B.B.A), Cleveland State University
Master’s (M.B.A), Indiana Wesleyan University
Doctorate (D.B.A.), Cleveland State University

F. Burt Bucher
Associate Professor, Art 2005
Bachelor’s (B.F.A.) Eastern Kentucky University
Master’s (M.F.A.) University of Cincinnati

Hassan Butt
Assistant Professor, Finance 2020
Master’s, University of Punjab
Doctorate (Ph.D), Texas Tech University

James J. Capeci
Associate Professor, Library 2002
Library Director
Bachelor’s (B.S.) Southwest Missouri State University
Master’s (M.L.S.) University of Missouri-Columbia

Aaron Carmichael
Assistant Professor, International English 2013
Bachelor’s (B.B.L.) Bible Literature, Ozark Christian College
Master’s (M.A.) Intercultural Studies & TESOL, Wheaton College

Amber Carr
Assistant Professor, Kibrary
Assistant Library Director
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Paula Phillips Carson
Professor, Management 2015
Bachelor’s (B.B.A.), Loyola University of the South
Master’s (M.B.A), Millsaps College
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Business Administration (Management), Louisiana State University

Kathrine Christian
Associate Professor, Dental Hygiene 2014
Associate’s (A.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Missouri Southern State University/University of Missouri-Kansas

AmyKay Cole
Professor, Psychology 2002
Bachelor’s (B.A.) Psychology, University of New Mexico
Master’s (M.A.) Clinical Psychology, Kent State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Clinical Psychology, Kent State University

K. Casey Cole
Professor, Psych Psychology, Shippensburg State University of Pennsylvania
Master’s (M.A.) Experimental Psychology, Kent State University
Doctorate (Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Kent State University

James D. Collins
Professor, Computer Information Science 1998
Bachelor’s (B.S.), St. Louis University
Master’s (M.S.), Southern Illinois University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Nova Southeastern University

Jean Coltharp
Associate Professor, Mathematics 2014
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.S.), Pittsburg State University
Doctorate (PH.D.), University of Missouri

Deborah Combs
Associate Professor, Accounting 2017
Bachelor’s (B.S.) Accounting, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Master’s (M.B.A) Accounting-Business Administration, Oklahoma City University
Master’s (M.A.S) Accounting, Strayer University
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Business Administration-Accounting, North Central University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Cheryl Cotter
Associate Professor, Music 2005
Bachelor’s (B.M.), University of North Texas
Master’s (M.M.), University of North Texas
Doctorate (D.M.A.), University of North Texas

Susan Craig
Professor, Teacher Education 1993
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Missouri State University
Doctorate (Ed.D.), University of Missouri - Columbia

Andrea N. Cullers
Associate Professor, Kinesiology 2013

Chair, Kinesiology
Bachelor’s (B.S.) Human Environmental Science (Food & Human Nutrition), University of Arkansas
Master’s (M.S.) Dietetics & Nutrition, University of Kansas Medical Center
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Nutritional Biology (International & Human Nutrition), University of California, Davis

Memory Curry
Clinical Instructor, Nursing
Bachelor’s (B.S.)
Master’s (M.S.)
 

Carrie Curtis
Assistant Professor, Mathematics 2009
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.) Mathematics, University of Missouri-Columbia

Michelle Dawson
Assistant Professor, Marketing 2009
Assistant Dean, School of Business
Bachelor’s (B.S.B.A.)Business Administration (Management), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.B.A.) Business Administration, Missouri State University

Will Delehanty
Professor, Political Science 2010
Bachelor’s (B.G.S.) General Studies/Political Science, University of Kansas
Master’s (M.A.) Political Science, University of Kansas
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Political Science, University of Kansas

Lucas Dille
Assistant Professor, Accounting 2019
Bachelor’s (B.S.) Accounting/Business Administration, Truman State University
Master’s (M.Acc.) Truman State University
Doctoral Candidate, Morgan State University

James Donelson
Professor, Chemistry 2010
Chair, Chemistry and Physical Sciences
Bachelor’s (B.S.) Chemistry & microbiology, University of Arkansas
Doctorate (Ph.D.) Medical Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacy, Purdue University

Megan Douglas
Instructor, Management 2010
Bachelor’s (B.S.B.A.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.B.A.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (MAT), Missouri State University
P.H.R. (Professional in Human Resources)

Hannah Dow
Visiting Assistant Professor, English 2020
Master’s (M.A.), Loyola Marymount University
Master’s (M.F.A.), University of California Irvine

Angela Durborow
Master Instructor, Teacher Education 2019
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Pittsburg State University
Specialist (Ed.S.), Pittsburg State University
Doctorate (Ed.D.), University of Arkansas

Heather Eckhart
Master Instructor, Social Work 2022
Bachelor’s
Master’s
 

Jannette Eldred
Master Instructor, Social Work 2021
Chair, Social Work
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctorate

William Fischer
Assistant Professor, History 2015
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Carleton College
Master’s (M.S.), University of Florida
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Florida

Rubén Galve Rivera
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages 2014
Bachelor’s (B.A.) Universidad de Sevilla
Master’s (M.A.), Texas Tech University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Texas Tech University

Michael P. Garoutte
Professor, Chemistry 1997
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Kansas

Amy Gates
Associate Professor, English & Philosophy 2016
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Truman State University
Master’s (M.A.), Truman State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Illinois-Chicago

Lynell Gilbert-Saunders
Professor, Chemistry 2006
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Missouri-Rolla

Jeri Goswick

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education 2018
Chair, Teacher Education

Bachelor’s (B.A.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Missouri State University
Doctorate (Ed.D.), University of Missouri-Columbia

Jill Greer

Associate Professor, Sociology, 2005
Bachelor’s (B.A.), University of Arkansas
Master’s (M.A.), University of Missouri - Columbia
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Missouri - Columbia
Postgraduate Studies, University of Arizona

Mikh Gunderman
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice 2015
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Appalachian State University
Master’s, (M.S.), Appalachian State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Missouri - St. Louis

Holly Hackett
Associate Professor, Psychology 2011
Department Chair, Psychology
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.A.), New Mexico State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), New Mexico State University

Lorinda Hackett
Associate Professor, Teacher Education 2006
Interim Dean, School of Education
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Northwest Missouri State University
Master’s (M.S.Ed.), Northwest Missouri State University
Specialist (Ed.S.), Pittsburg State University

Whitney Hamm
Lecturer, Library 2017
Archivist/Librarian
Bachelor’s (B.A.), University of Arkansas
Master’s (M.I.L.), Kent State University

Tonya Heavin
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education 2020
Master’s (M.Ed.), William Woods University
Doctorate (Ed.D.),

Sarah Holtzen
Visiting Professor, Management 2019
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Sociology/Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas
Master’s (B.S.B.A.), University of Arkansas
Doctoral Candidate (ABD), University of Arkansas

Sherman X. Hou
Professor, Modern Languages 1996
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Donghua University
Master’s (M.A.), Beijing Foreign Language University
Master’s (M.A.), University of Hawaii at Manoa
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Nova Southeastern University

Michael Howarth
Professor, English & Philosophy 2008
Director of Honors Program
Bachelor’s (B.A.), James Madison University
Master’s (M.A.), University of Alaska at Anchorage
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Elke M. Howe
Professor, Engineering Technology 2001
Chair, Department of Engineering Technology
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.T.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.B.A.), Pittsburg State University
Doctorate (Ed.D.), University of Arkansas

William E. Huffman
Professor, Accounting 2000
Bachelor’s (B.B.A.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.Acct.), Kansas State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of North Texas
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Mike Hulderman
Professor, Criminal Justice 2013
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Northeastern State University
Specialist (Ed.S.), Pittsburg State University
Doctorate (Ed.D.), Oklahoma State University

Suzanne Hull
Director of MOSO CAPS
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), University of Missouri
Master’s (M.S.), William Woods University
Specialist (Ed.S.), William Woods University
Doctorate (Ed.D.), Saint Louis University

Jody Jensen
Assistant Professor, English 2020
Assistant Director, Honors Program
Master’s (M.A.), University of St. Thomas
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of North Dakota

Beike Jia
Associate Professor, Chemistry 2020
Master’s (M.A.), Rice University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Rice University

Donna Johnson
Professor, Biology 2006
Bachelor’s (B.S.), University of Missouri
Doctorate (D.V.M.), University of Missouri

Kerry D. Johnson
Professor, Mathematics 1998
Chair, Department of Mathematics
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Arkansas Tech University
Master’s (M.S.), Oklahoma State University
Doctorate (Ed.D.), Oklahoma State University

John Kilmer

Lecturer, Biology 2016
Bachelor’s (B.S.), College of the Ozarks
Master’s (M.S.), Arkansas State University

Mary Kilmer
Associate Professor, Environmental Health 2016
Bachelor’s (B.S.), College of the Ozarks
Master’s (M.A.), University of Missouri-Columbia
Master’s (M.S.), Arkansas State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Arkansas State University

Ildo Kim
Assistant Professor, Communication 2020
Master’s (M.A.), Korea University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of California-Davis

Karen Kostan
Professor, Psychology 2008
Bachelor’s (B.S.), University of Wisconsin
Master’s (M.A.), University of California-Davis
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of California-Davis

Edward (Ted) Lee
Associate Professor, Emergency Medical Services 2017
Chair, Emergency Medical Services
Associate’s (A.A.), Asheville Buncombe Tech Community College
Bachelor’s (B.S.), George Washington University
Master’s (M.S.E.), Liberty University
Specialist (Ed.S.), Liberty University

Crystal R. Lemmons
Professor, Biology 2001
Doctorate (D.V.M.), University of Missouri-Columbia

Susana Liso
Associate Professor, Modern Language 2011
Bachelor’s (B.A.), University of Navarra
Master’s (M.A.), Ohio State University
Doctorate (Ph. D.), Ohio State University

David A. Locher
Professor, Sociology 1996
Bachelor’s (B.G.S.), Kent State University
Master’s (M.A.), Kent State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Kent State University

Melissa Locher
Associate Professor, Teacher Education 2013
Bachelor’s (B.S.Ed.), SUNY College at Buffalo
Master’s (M.S.Ed.), University of Kentucky
Doctorate (Ed.D.), University of Missouri-Columbia

Wendy McGrane

Professor, Library 1999
Associate Vice President Academic Affairs/Vice Provost
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Mercer University
Master’s (M.L.I.S.)), University of Oklahoma
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Capella University

Kyle McKenzie

Associate Professor, Art 2014
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.A.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.F.A.), University of Arkansas

Brian Mehrens
Master Instructor, Communications 2019
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri State University
Master’s in Progress (M.S.E.), Missouri Southern State University

Sherilyn Merritt
Clinical Instructor, Dental Hygiene 2015
Associate’s (A.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.Ed.), William Woods University

Amber L. Mintert
Associate Professor, Art 2014
Bachelor’s (B.S.Ed.), Missouri State University
Master’s (M.S. Ed.), Pittsburg State University

Aaron Moore
Assistant Professor, Chemical & Physical Sciences 2018
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Southwest Missouri State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Kansas State University

Rebecca Mouser
Associate Professor, English & Philosophy 2014
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Central Methodist University
Master’s (M.A.), University of Missouri
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Missouri

Douglas Myers
Instructor, Management 2011
Bachelor’s (B.S.B.A), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.B.A.), Missouri State University

Brian Neugebauer
Lecturer, Teacher Education 2015
Bachelor’s (B.B.L.), Ozark Christian College
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.E.), William Woods University

Brian K. Nichols
Associate Professor, Finance 2000
Bachelor’s (B.S.B.A.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.B.A.), University of Chicago
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Arkansas

Ed Outhouse
Associate Professor, Art 2013
Bachelor’s (B.S.), University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Master’s (M.F.A.), Iowa State University

David Penning
Associate Professor, Biology 2016
Bachelor’s (B.A.), University of Central Missouri
Master’s (M.S.), University of Central Missouri
Doctorate, (Ed.D.), University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Melissah Perkins
Master Instructor, Biology/Environmental Health 2017
Bachelor’s
Master’s, University of Central Missouri

Carly Peterson-Durden
Master Instructor, English 2017
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Missouri State University
Master’s (M.Ed.), Drury University
Master’s (M.A.), Missouri State University

William T. Pinet
Professor, Computer Information Science 1997
Interim Chair, Computer Information Science
Bachelor’s (B.S.), The School of the Ozarks
Master’s (M.S.), University of Missouri-Rolla

Frank Pishkur
Associate Professor, Art 2005
Chair, Art & Design
Bachelor’s (B.F.A.), Indiana State University
Master’s (M.F.A.), Wichita State University

Jill Pyle
Clinical Instructor, Dental Hygiene 2022
Chair, Dental Hygiene
Master’s (M.Ed.), Missouri Southern State University

Victoria Rhodes
Assistant Professor, Biology & Environmental Health 2017
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Kansas State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Kansas State University

Zackary Rice
Lecturer, Teacher Education 2017
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Mid-America Nazarene University
Master’s (M.Ed.), Southwestern College
Doctorate (Ed.D), Southwestern College

Brandon Robinson
Assistant Professor, Music 2021
Bachelor’s
Master’s (M.M. Ed), Arkansas State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Mississippi

Kim Rogers
Associate Professor, Dental Hygiene 2000
Associate’s (A.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Bachelor’s (B.G.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.P.S.), Fort Hays State University

Stephanie Schartel-Dunn
Assistant Professor, Marketing 2018
Bachelor’s (B.S.Ed.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.A.), Pittsburg State University
Doctorate (PH.D.), University of Oklahoma
Post-Doctoral Bridge Program, University of Florida

Stephanie Schiding
Lecturer, Kinesiology 2016
Associate’s (A.S.), Allen County Community College
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Pittsburg State University

Laura Schisler
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education 2017
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Truman State University
Master’s (M.A.T.), Missouri State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Texas Tech University

Ayla Schmick
Assistant Professor, Psychology 2020
Director of ACACIA Center
Master’s (M.S.), Southern Illinois University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Southern Illinois University

Thomas Schmidt
Associate Professor, Marketing 2011
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Drury University
Master’s (M.B.A.), Drury University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Saint Louis University

David Sharlow
Professor, Music 2010
Assistant Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Bachelor’s (B.M.E.), Friends University
Master’s (M.M.E.), Wichita State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of-Kansas City

Nicole Shoaf
Associate Professor, Political Science 2015
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Missouri

Rebecca Shriver
Assistant Professor, History 2018
European Union Studies Certification,
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Kennesaw State University
Master’s (M.A.), Florida State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Florida State University

Shanna Slavings
Assistant Professor, Communication 2010
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri State University
Master’s (M.A.), Missouri State University

Chris Slinkard
Professional in Residence, Accounting 2021
Bachelor’s
Master’s (M.S.)

Carla Smith
Professor, Kinesiology 2018
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Henderson State University
Master’s (M.S.E.), Henderson State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Arkansas

Emily Smith
Master Instructor, Communication
Master’s (M.S.) Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.S.) Pittsburg State University

Leslie Smith
Associate Professor, Modern Languages 2003
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.A.), University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
Doctorate (Ed.D.), Indiana University Bloomington

Stephen D. Smith
Associate Professor, Geography 2004
Chair, Department of Social Science
Bachelor’s (B.S.), University of Central Arkansas
Master’s (M.S.), Georgia Institute of Technology
Master’s (M.A.), Pennsylvania State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Pennsylvania State University
Postgraduate Studies, University of Michigan
Freeman Foundation Scholar, Japan Studies Association

Chad D. Stebbins
Professor, Communication 1984
Director, Institute of International Studies
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.A.), University of Central Missouri
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Bowling Green State University

Erin Tabor
Master Instructor, Emergency Medical Services
Bachelor’s
Master’s


Cliff Toliver
Professor, English & Philosophy 2001
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Texas Tech University
Master’s (M.A.), University of Texas
Law Degree (J.D.), University of Texas
Doctorate (Ph.D), University of Texas

Sarah Trout
Master Instructor, Kinesiology 2019
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Pittsburg State University
Master’s (M.S.), Pittsburg State University

Susan Tucker
Associate Professor, Psychology 2010
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Missouri Western State College
Master’s (M.A.), University of Missouri
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Missouri

Jennifer Vieselmeyer
Teacher Education Coordinator, Teacher Education 2019
Bachelor’s (B.S.E.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.E.), William Woods University
Doctoral Candidate, William Woods University

Steven T. Wagner
Professor, History 2000
Bachelor’s (B.A.), Purdue University
Master’s (M.A.), Purdue University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Purdue University
Summer Studies, Oxford University, England

Travis Walthall
Master Instructor, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), Missouri Southern State University

Huaqing (Mike) Wang
Assistant Professor, Management 2018
Bachelor’s (B.S.), University of Shanghai for Science & Technology
Bachelor’s (B.B.A.), Fudan University
Master’s (M.B.A.), Iowa State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Miami

Zak Watson
Professor, English & Philosophy 2016
Department Chair, English & Philosophy
Bachelor’s (B.A.), University of Missouri
Master’s (M.A.), University of Georgia
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Missouri

Scott J. Wells
Professor, Biology 1993
Doctorate (D.V.M.), University of Missouri

N. Ree Wells-Lewis
Professor, Sociology 1993
Chair, Social Science
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Louisiana State University
Master’s (M.A.), Louisiana State University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Louisiana State University
Summer Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

Sherry Whiteman
Department Chair, Allied Health
Bachelor’s
Master’s (M.S.), University of Central Missouri
Doctoral Candidate (Ph.D.),

Maureen Wieland
Assistant Professor, Communication
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Purdue University

Jason E. Willand
Associate Professor, Biology & Environmental Health 2014
Assistant Chair, Biology & Environmental Health
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Western Illinois University
Master’s (M.S.), Western Illinois University
Doctorate (Ph.D.), Southern Illinois University

Claudia Wilson
Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology Department 2008
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Frieberg University of Mining & Technology
Master’s (M.S.), Pittsburg State University

Tim Wilson
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice 2015
Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
Bachelor’s (B.S.), Missouri Southern State University
Master’s (M.S.), University of Central Missouri
Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Arkansas


 

Emeritus Faculty

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Enid Blevins
English, 1966

Deborah Brown
Teacher Education 1994

Al Cade
Teacher Education, 1996

Fred Cinotto
Administration, 1965

Samuel L. Claussen
Theatre, 1977

Lloyd Dryer
Psychology, 1950

Loretta Frazier
Library, 1948

Harry Gockel
History/Geography, 1938

Betsy Griffin
History/Geography,

Conrad Gubera
Social Science,

Cleetis Headlee
English, 1946

Julie Hughes
History, 1979

Duane L. Hunt
Theatre, 1964

James Jackson
Biology, 1976

J. Merrell Junkins
Psychology, 1963

William Kumbier
English,

Virginia Laas
History, 1988

Julio S. León
Business, 1969

William Livingston
Mathematics, 1968

Richard Massa
Communications, 1972

Martha Ann McCormick
Math, 1937

John Messick
Biology, 1984

Grace C. Mitchell
English, 1958

Melvyn Mosher
Chemistry, 1974

Gail Renner
History, 1965

Art Saltzman
English & Philosophy, 1981

Dorothy Stone
Business, 1939