Effective teaching, innovation in course design and delivery, effective advising, service to the institution's community, and commitment to high standards of excellence were the criteria used by institutions to select recipients from from around the state.
Dr. Saltzman received his Ph.D. in English in 1979 from the University of Illinois . He has published seven books, including, in 2001, Objects and Empathy, a work of creative non-fiction. His other six books deal primarily with contemporary American fiction. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including the Modern Fiction Studies , Black Warrior Review , Ohio Review , The Florida Review, and The Iowa Review, and in such collections as The Dictionary of Literary Biography and The World Book Encyclopedia.
Dr. Saltzman won the Creative Non-Fiction Prize from the Nebraska Review in 2002, and the First Series Creative Non-Fiction Award from Mid-List Press in 2000. He has been on the faculty at Missouri Southern since 1979 where he has earned the Outstanding Teacher Award.
Earlier this year, Dr. Saltzman was selected as the winner of the 2003 Victor J. Emmett, Jr., Memorial Prize for his article, "On Not Being Nice: Sentimentality and the Creative Writing Class." The Emmett Prize is awarded to the author of the best article on a literary topic to appear each year in The Midwest Quarterly, which is published at Pittsburg State University.
Dr. Arthur Saltzman, professor of English at Missouri Southern State University - Joplin is a recipient of the 2003 Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Author of 7 books, Saltzman is pictured here at a book signing.