2021 Education Awards

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The College of Education is proud to recognize the achievements of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the College. While there is no in-person awards banquet this year, the annual awards will be rolled out during Education Awards Week via social media March 22-26, 2021. Be sure to follow @mizzoueducation on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.


Alumni Lifetime Achievement

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Alumni Lifetime Achievement, Dr. Jay Fiene, PhD `95 Principal Investigator, California State  University Re-Entry Initiative, Dean Emeriti, College of Education, California State University, San Bernardino

Jay Fiene (PhD `95)
Principal Investigator, California State University Re-Entry Initiative
Dean Emeriti, College of Education, California State University, San Bernardino

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Alumni Professional Achievement

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Alumni Professional Achievement, Dr. Amy Lannin, PhD `07 Director, Campus Writing Program Director, Missouri Writing Projects Network, Associate Professor, Learning Teaching & Curriculum

Amy Lannin (PhD `07)
Director, Campus Writing Program
Director, Missouri Writing Projects Network
Associate Professor, Learning Teaching & Curriculum

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Alumni Outstanding Early Career

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Alumni Outstanding Early Career, Dr. Jonathan McElderry, PhD `15, Assistant Dean of Students, Intercultural Center Executive Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC

Jonathan McElderry (PhD `15)
Assistant Dean of Students
Intercultural Center Executive Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC

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Honorary Alumni

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Honorary Alumni, Dr. Kathryn Chval, Professor, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum, Former College of Education Dean

Kathryn Chval
Professor, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
Former College of Education Dean

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Faculty Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Faculty Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award, Dr. Terrell Morton, Assistant Professor, Learning Teaching, & Curriculum

Terrell Morton
Assistant Professor,
Learning Teaching, & Curriculum

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Professional Staff Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Professional Staff Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award, Ana Galicia, Assistant Director, Office of Field Experience

Ana Galicia
Assistant Director,
Office of Field Experience

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Graduate Student Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Graduate Student Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award, Sarah de Marchena, Doctoral Candidate, Educational, School & Counseling Psychology

Sarah de Marchena
Doctoral Candidate,
Educational, School & Counseling Psychology

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Undergraduate Student Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Undergraduate Student Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Award, Roman Leapheart, Secondary English Language Arts Education Major

Roman Leapheart
Secondary English Language Arts 
Education Major

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Outstanding College Teaching – Early Career

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Outstanding College Teaching – Early Career, Dr. Rose Metro, Assistant Teaching Professor, Learning Teaching, & Curriculum

Rose Metro
Assistant Teaching Professor,
Learning Teaching, & Curriculum

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Outstanding College Teaching

Beth Whitaker
Assistant Teaching Professor,
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

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Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity, Dr. Matt Burns, Professor, Special Education

Matt Burns
Professor,
Special Education

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Distinguished Professional Staff

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Distinguished Professional Staff, Brittany Smotherson, Director, Recruitment & Retention

Brittany Smotherson
Director,
Recruitment & Retention

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Graduate Advisor/Mentor of the Year

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Graduate Advisor/Mentor of the Year, Dr. Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston, Department Chair & Associate Teaching Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston
Department Chair & Associate Teaching Professor,
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

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Graduate Student Instructor of the Year

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Graduate Student Instructor of the Year, Stephanie Hopkins, Doctoral Candidate, Special Education

Stephanie Hopkins
Doctoral Candidate,
Special Education

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Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year, Mikayla Reed, Special Education Major

Mikayla Reed
Special Education Major

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Graduate Student Leader of the Year

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Graduate Student Leader of the Year, Brittany Fatoma, Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Brittany Fatoma
Doctoral Student,
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

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Graduate Student Scholar of the Year

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Graduate Student Scholar of the Year, Dr. Monica Kleekamp, PhD `20, Assistant Clinical Professor, Fontbonne University

Monica Kleekamp
(PhD `20)
Assistant Clinical Professor,
Fontbonne University

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Excellence in Engagement & Outreach – Internal

2021 Education Awards, March 22-26, University of Missouri College of Education, Excellence in Engagement & Outreach – Internal, MU Center for School-Wide PBS, Dr. Tim Lewis, Director, Providing educators and schools with research-based information and tools to improve schoolwide positive behavior practices and techniques.

MU Center for School-Wide PBS
Tim Lewis, Director

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Excellence in Engagement & Outreach – External

KC Scholars

KC Scholars

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