College of Humanities and Social Sciences Announces Recipients of 2020 Annual Awards


Dr. Paul Madlock, assistant professor of communication studies; Dr. Sarah Dietrich, assistant professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); and Dr. Kathie Miller, instructor of social work and director of Southeast’s social work program; are the 2020 recipients of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Annual awards.

Dr. Paul Madlock

Madlock received the Outstanding Scholarship award. He has been extremely productive in his research the past year, and he has been exemplary in his involvement of students in his scholarship. Madlock has had two articles accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed “International Journal of Business Communication,” with one of these co-authored with a student. Two more articles have been submitted and are under review at journals, with a third in progress, again involving undergraduate students as co-authors. Madlock also won the Top Paper Award at the 2019 International Communication Association International Conference.

Dr. Sarah Dietrich

Dietrich received the Outstanding Teaching Excellence award. Dietrich, who holds a doctorate in literacy, language and cultural studies from Boston University,  joined Southeast’s Department of English in 2017.  She was drawn to Southeast because of her love of teaching and her ongoing commitment to TESOL, and the University offered her the opportunity  to focus full-time on teaching and working with a variety of students, including international, non-traditional and first-generation students. She previously served as the associate director of the Center for International Education at Salem State University for 16 years, but wanted to return to the classroom. That decision has already benefited dozens of Southeast students, who praise her creation of a positive learning environment, her care for each student’s learning process, and her effective pedagogy, which inspires students to apply what they learn beyond the classroom. Her students have also inspired her research, and her forthcoming book,  “Person to Person Peacebuilding and Intercultural Communication: Insights from an Intercultural Online Service Learning Project with Afghanistan,” explores a project involving Southeast graduate TESOL students. Additionally, Dietrich has conducted several workshops on campus, including “Second Language Writers” for the Department of English teaching assistants; “Now You’re Speaking My Language!: Writing in the Disciplines”for Southeast faculty; and “Teaching the Students We Have: Intercultural Competence” for  Faculty Development Day.  She serves as the faculty advisor for the TESOL student organization and mentor for TRIO students and McNair Scholars. Dietrich exemplifies the ideal of collaborative teaching and learning. She has invited guest speakers from all over the world to visit with her students via Skype and Zoom, and, with a Clippard Elementary School ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, she hosted 29 English Language Learners in her classes.

Dr. Kathie Miller

Miller received the Outstanding Service award. She has been a full-time instructor in Southeast’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology since 2007, and has served as the director of the University’s social work program since 2018. Miller’s record of service clearly shows that she is an engaged Southeast citizen who has performed an impressive amount of service work. The community groups that she has served include the Missouri Children’s Division in Pemiscot County, the Bootheel Counseling Center, the Stoddard County Domestic Violence Board and the State Committee for Social Workers. It is her work at the University that is her most impressive service accomplishment — overseeing the social work program’s reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Miller’s tireless service work truly exemplifies the core values of the social work profession — service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.