Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Beth Hurst, Reading, Foundations and Technology, was named a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education will recognize Dr. Hurst and others for their achievements.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education is presented to an outstanding faculty member from each participating higher education institution in the state. The awards, which are not monetary, are based on effective teaching, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.

Beth Hurst is Professor of Literacy Education in the Graduate Literacy Program at Missouri State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate reading courses for elementary, middle school, and secondary teachers. Hurst is co-author of the books Keeping the Light in Your Eyes: Encouragement from Teachers who still Love to Teach (2nd ed.), Professionalism in Teaching (3rd ed.), and Creating Independent Readers: Developing Word Recognition Skills in K-12 Classrooms, andhas had numerous articles published in leading educational journals.

Hurst received her doctorate from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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