SDPA Departments

Academic Achievement Center, Dr. Mary Jo Wynn

Dan Raines, Assistant Director of Athletics-Academics & Student Services

Office location: Forsythe Athletic Center, Room 239

Telephone: 417-836-4501

Fax: 417-836-8445


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The Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics provides comprehensive academic support services for Missouri State University’s NCAA Division-I varsity student-athletes. These services include academic advising for undecided majors, course progress and attendance monitoring, a facility for studying, monitoring of NCAA academic regulations, tutorial services, class registration, and referral to all other appropriate campus services. It is The Achievement Center’s philosophy that all services are available to any student-athlete regardless of team, scholarship status, amount of playing time, or eligibility remaining.

Academic Advising and Transfer Center

Ross Hawkins, Director of the Academic Advising and Transfer Center

Office location: University Hall, Room 109

Telephone: 417-836-5258

Website: The Academic Advising and Transfer Center

The Academic Advising and Transfer Center is responsible for advising Missouri State University undergraduates who are in the process of selecting majors. Another function of this office is helping students to create an individualized major assuming is it a major that we have coursework to support but we don’t currently offer that major. Academic advising encourages students to choose academically rigorous courses and programs of study as they pursue their intellectual curiosities and provides students with the individual attention needed to nurture personal growth and to participate in co-curricular activities. The Academic Advising and Transfer Center provides services, programs and publications to assist academic departments in providing quality advising to all Missouri State University students. Advising has a strong impact on student learning and retention by providing each student with a caring role model.

Academic Standards & Opportunities

Blanca Mallonee, Executive Assistant III

Office location: University Hall, Room 115

Telephone: 417-836-8346

The office of Academic Standards and Opportunities is responsible for assisting students with several types of academic grade appeals including the Scholastic Standards and Revision of Records Committee, scholastic actions for students who have not yet declared a major, Academic Renewal, Degree’s Committee, Early Walk requests for commencement, Academic Integrity Council, and coordinating the Partners in Education (PIE) program, which helps freshman with the transition from high school to college. We also re-evaluate and preapprove general education courses for transfer students.

Center for Academic Success and Transition

Kelly Wood, Executive Director, Center for Academic Success and Transition

Tracey Glaessgen, Associate Director, First Year Programs

Office location: University Hall, Room 205

Telephone: 417-836-8343

Website: First-Year Programs

The Center for Academic Success and Transition and First Year Programs administers several programs involving first-year students. Our primary function is to coordinate GEP 101, First-Year Foundations, our first-year seminar for all incoming students with less than 24 credit hours. (Honors College students substitute UHC 110). Approximately 90 sections are offered each fall, with additional sections in the spring and summer. Our office also manages the Peer Leader program, which provides leadership development and hands-on experiences for outstanding student-leaders. These Peer Leaders facilitate new students’ transition to the university and work closely with their GEP 101 instructor/mentor. Finally, this office coordinates the Common Reader program, which was fully implemented in fall 2010.

Center for Community Engagement (CCE)

Alex Johnson, Co-Director & Kathy Nordyke, Co-Director

Office location: Plaster Student Union, Room 131

Telephone: 417-836-5774


Website: Center for Community Engagement

The CCE's mission is to support and advance Missouri State University's public affairs mission by increasing the university's involvement in local, regional, and statewide efforts at community engagement. The CCE will work to increase the visibility and effectiveness of the university's community engagement efforts by focusing on the following areas: community-based research and grant writing, coordinating and facilitating MSU's participation in community development initiatives by providing student volunteers and service-learning students with opportunities to strengthen their civic skills, streamlining community engagement activities by working with the leadership of existing campus organizations, tracking and maximizing the university's civic footprint by collecting and analyzing data, providing an annual report, and making yearly recommendations on strategic priorities based on report findings, and establishing connections and securing partnerships with local, regional, state, and national community engagement organizations.

Citizenship and Service Learning (CASL)

Katherine Nordyke, Director, Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL)

Office location: Plaster Student Union, Room 131

Telephone: 417-836-5774


Website: Citizenship and Service-Learning

The Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL) was established by MSU’s Faculty Senate in 1996 to serve the University and the community. CASL works with three constituents: faculty, students and community partners. The CASL staff supports faculty with service-learning course consultation, fellowship programs and research stipends. CASL advises students with service-learning placements and partnerships. CASL collaborates with the community’s identified needs by providing networking opportunities, student placements, and developing long-term reciprocal relationships. CASL operates under the Public Affairs umbrella as we seek to engage students with active service-learning opportunities that underscore course objectives, tied together with reflection exercises.

Community-Engaged Learning

Alex Johnson, Director, Community-Engaged Learning

Office location: Plaster Student Union, Room 131

Telephone: 417-836-5774


Website: Community-Engaged Learning

Community-engaged learning is a set of programs focused on involving students in meaningful experiences throughout the community. These programs seek to engage students to foster experiential learning opportunities that enhance the Missouri State University public affairs mission. We develop students who are active citizens of enhanced character, sensitive to the needs of community, competent and committed in their ability to contribute to a global society, and civil in their habits of thought speech, and action. Community-engaged learning offers a series of opportunities including one time service events in the Springfield community, immersion trips, ongoing service experiences, and connections to local community agencies. Students can participate and get involved with any of these opportunities. We also serve the Springfield community by offering community agencies the ability to reach out to students and bridge the connection between students and community partners. We are committed to the ongoing support and development of the non-profit community in Springfield. Through these agencies, we are able to help address the social issues that affect our community.

eJournal Public Affairs

Andrew P. Lokie, Jr, Director of Special Projects and Editor of the eJournal Public Affairs

Office location: University Hall, Room 124

Telephone: 417-836-4807


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The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with the American Democracy Project. Its mission is to provide college and university faculty, students, staff, and community partners with a substantive forum for publishing their scholarship related to civic engagement. The eJournal’s website is intended to be an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, resources, and activities related to civic-engagement scholarship, practice, and pedagogies.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL)

Dr. Nancy Gordon, Director of FCTL, Instructional Designer

Office location: Duane G. Meyer Library, Room 204

Telephone: 417-836-3059


Website: Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to supporting faculty in their teaching, scholarship, and service. The FCTL strives to not only positively impact the work of faculty but more importantly the learning and success of students. Each fall the FCTL hosts the Showcase on Teaching & Learning conference, which provides a visiting professor keynote as well as opportunities for MSU faculty to present and share ideas and scholarship with each other. The FCTL is located on the second floor of Meyer Library and houses the Innovation Commons, a collaborative learning space for faculty. In this space faculty can participate in a workshop, work with other faculty or FCTL staff, or perhaps explore a variety of new technologies to enhance student learning. The FCTL also provides a faculty resource library, a media production studio, which includes lecture capture capabilities, as well as classroom technical services which is located in the Art Annex, Rooms 3 and 4.

Learning Commons, The

Diana Garland, Director of the Learning Commons

Office location: Duane G. Meyer Library, Room 113

Telephone: 417-836-6398 (main)

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The Missouri State University Learning Commons is located on the first floor, southeast corner, of Meyer library. The Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing) is located on the first floor, southeast corner, of in Meyer library. This new interactive space unites the resources and expertise of the faculty, library personnel, computer and information technology, the Writing Center, subject-area tutoring, and supplemental instruction in an environment that fosters informal, collaborative work, and social interaction. The Bear CLAW includes subject area tutoring, the Writing Center, and will deliver a variety of workshops designed to improve student success.

Public Affairs Support, Office of

Mary Ann Wood, Director of Public Affairs Support

Office location: Duane G. Meyer Library, Room 202J

Telephone: 417-836-4233


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The primary responsibility of the Office of Public Affairs Support is to promote the Public Affairs mission of the University through various events, activities and support. The Office of Public Affairs Support has direct supervision over planning, organizing, publicizing, and producing public events coordinated through the Office of the Provost, such as the Public Affairs Conference, Public Affairs Convocations, and other events as assigned directed toward the community at large. This office facilitates community relations such as serving on and providing communication to community boards, developing and maintaining community partnerships, and involving community partners in a variety of special events. Its staff facilitates communication between the campus and public communities and the Provost. Other activities that are managed through the Office of Public Affairs Support include: the Public Affairs Grant Program, Public Affairs Week, the Excellence in Community Service Faculty/Staff Awards, and other public affairs-related activities sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Student Learning Services

Michael Frizell, Director of Student Learning Services

Office location: Duane G. Meyer Library, Room 112

Telephone: 417-836-6398 (main)

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The Student Success Initiatives at Missouri State University start with the development of the Learning Commons, with the most visible piece being the Bear CLAW. This new interactive space, located on the first floor of Meyer Library, provides an environment that fosters learning through an environment that encourages social interaction and collaborative work. The Bear CLAW will be the base for the Writing Center, subject-area tutoring, campus learning communities, and supplemental instruction, uniting the resources and expertise of the faculty, library personnel, and computer and information technology.