JOPLIN - Dr. William Kumbier, pictured, professor of English at Missouri Southern State University, was named a recipient of the 2010 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education at MSSU. The awards were presented to Dr. Kumbier and other Missouri public college and university professors at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
The award is based on effective teaching, innovative course design and delivery, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.
"Missouri Southern takes great pride in Dr. Kumbier receiving this award," said Dr. Bruce Speck, president of Missouri Southern. "Everyone in the English & Philosophy department and the entire faculty and staff are truly pleased that he is receiving this symbol of the dedication he shows to his students."
Kumbier teaches world literature and freshman composition courses. He also designed, implemented and teaches upper-level comparative literature courses, including courses in epic and in modern world drama. He has served on Missouri Southern's Academic Policies committee, the International Task Force and numerous departmental committees, including faculty search, world literature and curriculum committees. He works extensively with students and participates and supports student activities including Sigma Tau Delta and the Model United Nations Club.
Kumbier received a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been a member of the English department at Missouri Southern since 1989.