By Kat Riddler, Editor-in-Chief

Chancellor Thomas George presented Sally Ebest, professor of English and Director of Gender Studies, with a University of Missouri System award on April 28. The President’s Award for Service is the seventh of the eight awards presented to faculty in 2016. The $5,000 award recognizes a faculty member for their service and contributions to achieve the university’s goals.

“I was surprised—dumbfounded, really—to receive the award. I have always loved working with grad students, so this award was particularly meaningful, especially given the level of competition at the system level,” said Ebest.

Dr. Ebest came to the University of Missouri—St. Louis in 1987 and became the Director of Gender Studies in 2010. She has also been the author of many books. One book’s royalties, “Writing from A to Z,” provides funding for students to attend national conferences.
     Ebest is engaged with committees nationally and at UMSL. She serves on the Mentoring Committee of the National Women’s Studies Association and as an advisory board member to the Center for Teaching and Learning. Ebest also created the Certificate in University Teaching for graduate students in all disciplines to develop teaching skills they can apply in their classrooms.

In June, Ebest will be formally recognized by UM System Interim President Michael Middleton at an awards ceremony.