MBU professor of journalism Dr. Allin Means receives distinguished professor award

Missouri Baptist University presented the 2017 Distinguished Professor Award to Dr. C. Allin Means, professor of journalism and communications, at the 45th annual commencement ceremony on May 3 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

The University recognizes one professor annually under the consideration of model classroom teaching, campus leadership, outstanding course development, scholarship, integration of faith and learning and strong relationships with students both within the classroom as well as across the campus. The award includes a $1,000 stipend and a brass apple.

“Dr. Means is an outstanding colleague, professor and friend,” said Amanda Staggenborg, assistant professor of communications and public relations. “He encourages students to excel in the style and flow of modern journalism while inspiring them to utilize all courses as a foundation to become successful in any area of professional communications. He teaches students to commit to telling the story and realize the many possibilities in such an exciting and evolving industry. His door is always open and ideas are nourished with positive feedback and rich discussion. He is welcoming, open-minded and dedicated to the beauty and discipline of journalism.”

This is not the first time Means received recognition from his students and peers. In his first year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May 2002, he earned the honor of Faculty Member of the Year.

“Dr. Means is one of the best professors I’ve ever had,” said 2017 journalism graduate Chelsie Bartley. “He held such an interest in growing each of his students as journalists and people. You can tell he is unafraid to live his faith out.”

Means holds degrees in communication and journalism from Baylor University and the University of West Florida as well as a doctor of philosophy in mass communication and journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. Means has served in teaching and lecturer positions through communications departments at Northwest Florida State College, University of West Florida, Morris College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Baylor University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He began teaching journalism and communications classes at MBU in addition to advising the student news publication “MBU Timeline,” in 2011.