Missouri Southern State University Professor Awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

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(Joplin, MO)Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) professor Dr. William Huffman, Professor of Accounting, received the 2023 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching on Thursday, March 16 during a luncheon hosted by Missouri’s governor, Mike Parson.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to outstanding faculty members across the state who has shown commitment to high standards of teaching and advising, as well as providing years of service to the university, community, and its students.

“I have incorporated the use of newer technology in the classroom, like Kahoot!,” said Huffman. “I also create short videos for my students, mainly the online students. I try to present difficult material in an easily understandable format to help my students succeed in the classroom.”

Huffman has been teaching for 23 years at MSSU. In 2020, he was recognized as the MSSU Outstanding Teacher and was awarded the Regional Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs. Huffman is currently the faculty advisor to the Accounting Club and serves on the Plaster College of Business, Communication and Technology (PCBCT) Dean Search Committee, the PCBCT Faculty Excellence Committee, and the MSSU Outstanding Teacher Committee.

“Seeing the expression on students’ faces when they finally grasp the concept you have been explaining or having alumni call you and tell you that they passed the CPA exam are just some of the rewards of teaching,” said Huffman. “I care for my students and their successes. I treat them with respect like I do with everyone I meet.”


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