New Southeast Faculty on Board to Teach Summer, Fall Classes at Area Higher Education Centers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 13, 2005 – Fifty faculty new to Southeast Missouri State University will greet students this summer and fall in classrooms at the University’s area higher education centers in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Mo.

Joyce Becker, director of Extended and Continuing Education at Southeast, said the University has hired 10 new full-time and 40 part-time faculty members to teach classes at these centers. Four of the faculty members hold doctoral degrees or have completed their doctoral coursework. The others have master’s degrees with a concentration of at least 18 hours of coursework in the field they are teaching. Several previously taught at the centers as faculty of another institution.

The 50 new faculty members will join 58 full-time faculty members from the main Southeast campus in Cape Girardeau who also will teach courses at the area higher education centers this summer and fall.

“I am very pleased at the depth of their qualifications and their significant knowledge in their content areas,” Becker said of the new Southeast faculty.

“I was pleasantly surprised to find we have these resources at our disposal throughout the region,” Becker added.

Dr. Randy Shaw, assistant provost of extended learning and dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast, agreed.

“Southeast has always believed that educating people of the region is a priority,” he said. “To find so many instructors with advanced degrees in the various content areas and so many with college teaching experience tells me higher education in Southeast Missouri is alive and well.”

Among the faculty members new to Southeast is Christy Ferrell of Caruthersville, Mo.

Ferrell will be teaching PS103 U.S. Political Systems and PS220 Missouri Government beginning this summer at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC). She holds a bachelor of science degree in communications, marketing and sales and a master of arts degree in political science, both from Arkansas State University.

She says the area higher education centers are an invaluable resource to residents of the Bootheel. “It’s so important that we have them,” she said. “They have opened a whole new venue for education.”

Ferrell says that for residents who work full time, the centers provide convenient access to higher education.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” she said. “There’s a lot to be said for them.”

After recently completing her master’s degree, Ferrell says she will be teaching for the first time. She said it is an honor for Southeast to have recognized her credentials and asked her to teach.

Ferrell has experience in senior advocacy and lobbying on the state and federal level, and has extensive knowledge of public policies and government. She also has managed campaigns on the local, county and state levels.

“I’ve wanted to teach for a long time,” she said, adding, “I love Southeast.”

Ferrell says she is thrilled about her upcoming work at Kennett. “It seems like such a student-centered facility,” she said.

Lower division (freshman and sophomore level) courses will be offered at Sikeston, Malden, and Kennett by the University instead of by Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) beginning this summer. Students taking lower division courses at the centers will be charged a special higher education center rate of $110 per credit hour, with no added fees, while upper division and graduate courses will continue to be offered at the regular on-campus rate.

Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins said Southeast is committed to serving students throughout the University’s service region and is offering a full schedule of courses at the centers since TRCC has publicly refused to continue teaching at the centers under an equitable partnership plan developed by Dr. Gregory Fitch, Missouri’s Commissioner of Higher Education, and approved by the Southeast Board of Regents March 29.

Under the Fitch plan that has been rejected by TRCC, the two institutions would have shared equally the operating costs of the three centers, and would have divided responsibility for teaching the freshman and sophomore courses.

This summer and fall, Southeast will offer 110 upper and lower division courses at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center, including courses in areas such as computer applications,  art, biology, economics, elementary education, English, health, mathematics, political science, psychology, communication, sociology, and history.

The University will offer 119 upper and lower division courses at the Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden this summer and fall, including courses in areas such as computer applications, biology, child care and guidance, economics, elementary education, English, health, mathematics, physics, political science, communication, sociology, and psychology.One hundred thirty-nine upper and lower division courses will be offered at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center this summer and fall, including courses in areas such as computer applications, art, biology, economics, English, resource management, nutrition, geosciences, mathematics, political science, sociology, communication, and psychology.

Southeast officials say the classes at the area higher education centers are in addition to 170 online courses being offered this summer and fall by Southeast.

Detailed class schedules are available at each of the centers or on the University’s Web page (www.semo.edu) under “My Southeast” and “Seat Availability by Course.”

In the fall of 2005, Southeast will continue to offer the same 300- and 400-level general education courses that have been offered in the past at the centers, as well as several graduate programs, Shaw said. He also emphasized that Southeast is launching its Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree completion program this summer at these locations. Southeast announced this new offering in February.

Registration for summer and fall courses is currently under way. The four-week summer session begins on Tuesday, May 17, and runs through June 10. The last day to add a class for this session is May 18.

The eight-week summer session begins June 14 and runs through Aug. 5. The first four-week term of the eight-week session runs June 14-July 8. The second four-week term of the eight-week session runs July 12-Aug. 5. The six-week summer session begins June 14 and continues through July 22.