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John Messmer, Professor of Political Science at STLCC-Meramec, Receives the 2009 Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award

March 30, 2010

John Messmer  
John Messmer

On March 25, 2010, John Messmer, Ph.D., professor of political science, was honored with the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at a luncheon in Jefferson City, MO. Messmer was among 19 Missouri educators who were recognized for effective teaching, service to their college community, com-mitment to high standards of excellence in    the classroom and success in nurturing student achievement.

Recipients of the annual award are nominated by their peers and are evaluated in a three-step process that includes evaluations by students and colleagues and an assessment of the nominee’s teaching philosophy.

“Dr. Messmer brings talent and enthusiasm into the classroom. Through his energy he engages students in the political science arena and beyond,” said Donna Werner, professor of philosophy and chair of the Faculty Awards Committee at Meramec. “His solid knowledge base allows students to begin to understand the political process and helps them on a path to being active citizens. He strives to maintain a dynamic learning environment in the classroom,” she said.

For Messmer, the key word to successful teaching is passion. “Passion in the subject matter - and in teaching itself – leads to an inspirational and effective environment,” he said. “Such an environment is necessary if students are to succeed in the classroom—if they are to benefit from a professor’s knowledge and expertise by developing a deeper respect and commitment to the material.”

Messmer feels this is especially true in the instruction of political science – in what he calls “the study of power in our world. Teaching for me is an interactive enterprise that allows my students to become intellectually engaged and challenged by the subject matter and inspired to become better and more productive citizens,” he said.