School of Music Faculty Receive Teaching Awards

Dr. Neil Minturn

Dr. Neil Minturn
Maxine Christopher Shutz Award and Lecture for Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Prof. Alice Dade

Professor Alice Dade
Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award Recipient

Author: 
Susan Worstell

MU School of Music faculty members, Dr. Neil Minturn and Prof. Alice Dade, were recently awarded prestigious teaching awards. 

Dr. Neil Minturn received the Maxine Christopher Shutz Award and Lecture for Distinguished Teaching Award.  The award is to recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated extra efforts to involve undergraduates in active learning experiences and to personalize the undergraduate experience of students.  Dr. Minturn finds ways to creatively engage students in his discipline, Music Theory.  His classes consistently draw praise from music students and through word of mouth students are drawn to take his classes.  The originality that Dr. Minturn employs in all his classes is noted by the supporting letter from former student David Witter (BM ’10 & MM ’12) who commented, “. . . he was endlessly creative in crafting approaches with which he could present the material.”  Holly Dinkel (BA & BSCHE ’17) adds, “Having experienced Dr. Minturn’s instruction in lecture, small group, and one-on-one settings, I can attest to his genuine and endless commitment to student learning in its many forms… His vast experience teaching music theory at the college level and his knowledge of which concepts are most challenging to students cultivated his recursive approach to teaching.”
In addition to a monetary award, Dr. Minturn will present a special lecture and attend a dinner in his honor this fall.  The award is given annually to one faculty member.  The last time this award was given to Music faculty was in 1993 recognizing Constanza Cuccaro.

Prof. Alice Dade, flute instructor, received the Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award.  The award is given to recognize junior faculty for superior research and creative activity on the MU campus.  Prof. Dade will receive a monetary prize and be recognized at a dinner in the fall.  This award is given to one faculty member on the MU campus each year and the last time it was given to Music faculty was in 2006 recognizing Dr. Stefan Freund.  Prof. Dade has proven herself to be an excellent teacher and is a very active performer in many ways.  She recently completed recording her first solo CD.  Her unique contribution to the field was demonstrated in this recording as she only performed music by living composers, something rather unusual for a traditional flutist.  Another major accomplishment includes performing concertos with an orchestra.  This requires a great deal of practice and dedication to the piece.  She will be performing as a concerto soloist with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra of Mexico later in June 2017 and has performed numerous concertos with many orchestras over the years.  Prof. Leo Saguiguit, Woodwind Area Coordinator at MU, comments on Prof. Dade’s accomplishments, “As our flute professor, she made an immediate impact in the quality of our students and has brought prestige to the School of Music through her creative efforts off campus…Beyond MU, Professor Dade has also influenced young flutists in her numerous master classes at festivals and universities across the country and abroad, as well has her writing contributions in the Flute View, Flute Talk, and Pipeline publications…With her many prestigious accomplishments as a teacher and performer, Alice Dade is truly a star among our faculty in the School of Music and is truly deserving of this honor.”

Dr. Minturn and Prof. Dade were both humbled and honored to be recognized with these awards.  Each expressed the same sentiment of appreciation for their colleagues and students in achieving these recognitions.  Dr. Minturn commented, "Teaching and learning are not solo sports. Teachers and learners are part of an interactive and evolving community, one that I have the great privilege to inhabit here at MU. I'm honored and humbled to receive the Christopher Maxine Shutz Award and I am taking it as an invitation to openness--openness to my colleagues and my students about how they learn and how they teach." Prof. Dade expressed similar sentiments, “I am honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award. Upon hearing the news, I couldn't help but reflect on the entire distinguished faculty at Mizzou. Over the past two years, my grant proposals have been successful due in part to reading model proposals made available. The work and dedication fellow faculty members have put into their research has motivated me in my own, especially my first solo cd recording titled Living Music (to be released on Naxos in February 2018).”