Missouri State University

Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Michael A. Murray, professor of music, was named a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education will recognize Dr. Michael A. Murray 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.

Murray serves Missouri State University in covering the fullest range of disciplines within the Music Department’s offerings, including the theoretical, the historical, the general, vocational, pedagogical and the applied.  For the University Honors College, Murray teaches a first-year student interdisciplinary seminar focusing on the interaction between the arts social problem solving.  In addition, Murray has a sustained regional profile as a cellist-performer.
Murray received his doctorate degree from the University of Arizona and has engaged in post-doctoral study and research at Harvard University and the American Academy in Rome.