Domazlicky Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

PRIDE Award to be presented to Domazlicky at commencement exercises

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 5, 2003 – Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, professor of economics at Southeast Missouri State University, has been awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is expected to receive the PRIDE Award during commencement exercises Dec. 20.

Gov. Bob Holden on Thursday recognized 69 outstanding faculty from Missouri’s postsecondary schools, colleges and universities during the 2003 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching luncheon in Springfield, Mo.

Recipients of the Governor’s Award were selected by their respective institutions for their effective teaching and advising, service to the school community, commitment to high standards of excellence and innovation in course design and delivery.

During his address, Holden praised faculty for the work they do educating Missouri’s workforce.

“An educated workforce is one of Missouri’s most powerful economic development tools, and we would not have this without you,” he said.

Holden presented the awards following his keynote address.

“I know there are so many fine faculty at Southeast,” Domazlicky said. “I am really honored to receive this recognition.”

In addition to the Governor’s Award, Domazlicky is scheduled to receive the PRIDE award during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Show Me Center. The PRIDE Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service, and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy. Domazlicky was selected for the award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges and schools.

“I’m very surprised,” Domazlicky said, “and obviously very honored. [The PRIDE Award] is one of the highest awards the University gives to a faculty member, so it’s quite an honor.”

Professionally, Domazlicky said he intends to continue “doing what he’s doing,” and the PRIDE Award is simply a testament of his fellow Southeast professors’ approval.

“To me, their opinions probably count the most,” he said. “You want your peers to know you’re pulling your weight, so it means a lot. It doesn’t get any better, right?”

Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, says Domazlicky has demonstrated outstanding commitment to student learning and curriculum innovation.

“I’m pleased that Dr. Domazlicky received the Governor’s Award and is being recognized with the PRIDE Award,” McDougall said. “He has directed numerous student research projects that resulted in peer-reviewed publications. His own research and professional service is exemplary. Clearly, he represents the academic values embodied in both awards.”

McDougall cited Domazlicky’s work as director for the Center for Economic and Business Research at Southeast, an establishment dedicated to promoting economic and business development in Southeast Missouri by maintaining and distributing accurate and timely data, information and analysis summarizing, and interpreting economic and business conditions in the area.

“Professor Domazlicky has made significant contributions to the economic development of our region,” McDougall said, “by the leadership he has provided to the Center for Economic and Business Research, the quarterly publications from that center, and the special and commissioned studies he has completed for regional businesses and local governmental units.”

This is the eighth annual PRIDE Award. Past recipients are Dr. Jack Sterrett, professor of marketing; Dr. Allen Gathman, professor of biology; Dr. Athula Kulatunga, former associate professor of energy and electronics; Dr. Frederick Yeo, associate professor of middle and secondary education; Dr. William Snell Jr., professor of psychology; Dr. Janet Weber, professor of nursing; and Dr. David Ritter, associate professor of chemistry.

Domazlicky has a substantial record of accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research and service consistent with the spirit and criteria of both awards. He has demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom, and the positive impact he has on students is reflected in results on IDEA student evaluations and informal comments from students.

Domazlicky has had success in developing and presenting online courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is one of the most experienced online instructors on campus, according to officials with the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CSTL). His online pedagogy has been used as an example of effective online teaching. He has been asked to teach an online workshop for faculty at Southeast on teaching online. Professor Domazlicky has also been an active participant and presenter at the College’s annual Teaching and Student Learning Conference, which is organized to bring community college faculty to the Harrison College of Business to discuss ways of enhancing teaching and student learning.

Each year, Domazlicky coordinates a team of students to collaborate on a major undergraduate research project. Not only has Domazlicky mentored students in the conduct of serious economic research, but that research has focused on the region. The quality of the research completed by the students is evidenced by the repeated publication of results in The Journal of Economics.

As for Domazlicky’s scholarly work, in addition to the co-authored publications with undergraduate students, he has published or co-published, on average, one major piece each year since 1994. One piece was published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, one of the top 10 journals in the field of economics. Two other pieces were published in journals ranked among the top three in the area of regional science. The outlets for his scholarly work speak to research of the highest caliber.

Domazlicky also has achieved success in developing, implementing and leading the Center for Economic and Business Research. As the director for this Center, he publishes the quarterly Southeast Business Indicators, which includes writing the main interpretive pieces that are part of this publication, organizing the annual Southeast Missouri Economic Outlook Conference, completing a number of commissioned studies and economic impact analyses each year and making numerous presentations to local and regional civic and governmental units.

Domazlicky has completed studies demonstrating the economic impact of the River Campus, Southeast Missouri State University, Southeast Hospital, Northwest Missouri State University in Nodaway County, the Lee Island Cement Plant in Ste. Genevieve County and a proposed recreation lake in Bollinger County. In 2002, Domazlicky gave numerous presentations on business and economics conditions to civic and governmental groups, responded to requests for special information and data, and completed a forecast exercise. Domazlicky has served as interim chair of the Department of Economics, and he has chaired, and very effectively led, a number of critically important college committees, including, most recently, the College Ad Hoc Committee on Promotion, Tenure and Annual Review Criteria.

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