Dougan to Receive 2005 PRIDE Award

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Dr. Alberta Douganis a professor of history and the interim chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 28, 2005 – Dr. Alberta Macke Dougan, professor of history and interim chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Southeast Missouri State University, will receive the PRIDE Award during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 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. Dougan was selected for the award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges and schools.

“Southeast has been a large part of my life,” Dougan said. “I was involved in campusgovernance activities as an undergraduate and, as a faculty member, have been very involved with committees and activities that I hope have made a difference. I have never sought recognition for doing what I see as part of my job or as being active in my profession.  Trying to make campus life better for students has also been a goal.  My students’ and advisees’ needshave always been a priority for me.  Receiving recognition for “doing my job,” was a pleasant surprise.”

Dr. Martin Jones, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said Dougan is very deserving of this award.

“Dr. Dougan is recognized as a leading educator in the social studies field in Missouri and the United States and has been deeply involved in the implementation of the requirements of the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs in conjunction with the Department of Middle and secondary Education to which she is dually appointed,” he said. “Dr. Dougan has had an extensive and important career in teaching social studies teachers in Southeast Missouri. Her caring dedication has made a positive impact upon numerous teachers throughout the past generation.”

In addition to receiving the PRIDE Award, Dougan will serve as the grand marshal at commencement exercises Dec. 17 and will present the address at the Honors Convocation, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., also in the Show Me Center.

This is the 10th year Southeast has presented the PRIDE Award. Past recipients are Dr. A. Louise Hart, former chair of the Department of Nursing; Dr. Allen Gathman, professor of biology; Dr. Athula Kulatunga, former associate professor of energy and electronics; Dr. Frederick Yeo, former chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education; Dr. William Snell Jr., professor of psychology; Dr. Janet Weber, professor of nursing; Dr. David Ritter, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Jack Sterrett, professor of marketing and former chair of the Department of Management and Marketing; and Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, professor of economics.

Dougan, this year’s PRIDE Award winner, announced she will retire at the end of the spring 2006 semester, ending a 35-year career at the University.

She began teaching in the summer of 1971 at the lab school (University High), where she signed her first full-time contract in 1972. In the mid-1970s, she teamed with Dr. Robert Skelton of the Department of History to introduce a predecessor to the current Block program, getting pre-student teachers into real classrooms to work with real students in social studies education. This was the first such program for secondary school teachers on the Southeast campus.

In 1973, she became secretary and treasurer of the Southeast Missouri Council for Social Studies, beginning a career-long involvement with local, state and national organizations to promote training for faculty in elementary and secondary schools. Beginning in 1995, she served on several national committees to develop performance-based standards for teacher education. In 2004, she was co-chair of the national task force to revise these standards. Since 2001, she has been the representative of the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She also currently serves on the executive board of NCATE and is chair of the Coalition of Organizations that Prepare Professional Educators (COPPE).

When the University’s lab school closed in 1986, Dougan joined the Department of History and began another successful phase of her career. She served as acting chair of the department in 1991-1992 and became chair in the fall of 1992. During her 10 years as head of the department, she guided the faculty in a review process that resulted in focusing and strengthening all three of the department’s programs: the bachelor of arts in history, the historic preservation program and social studies education.

This academic year, she is continuing to support teacher education at Southeast by serving as interim chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. She also is advising social studies majors and teaching courses in history.

In May 2005, she represented NCSS at the prestigious Wingspread Conference on “Competencies and Credential for Training History Professionals,” sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wis. Gathering information from archivists, public historians, traditional historians, preservationists, museum professionals and teachers at all levels, the conference addressed the issue of redefining the master’s degree in history as a professional credential.

Dougan says she sees a bright future for history graduate and undergraduate programs.

“Overall,” she says, “our graduates will have better opportunities than in the past because we have maintained good strong programs. Jobs are opening up in all areas of history, includingteaching at the secondary and university levels. I am encouraged and excited by the jobs our historic preservation students get as that field becomes more and more professionalized.”

For more than 30 years, she has devoted her energy to raising the standards of professionalism among teachers and practitioners of history. After retirement, Dougan plans to continue working with NCSS as assistant coordinator for program review and as its representative to NCATE.

Dougan holds a doctoral degree in social studies education and history of education from Indiana University, a master of arts degree in modern European history from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in social studies and a minor in English from Southeast Missouri State University.