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Lubaroff to Receive 2014 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 14, 2014) – Standing out as a “role model who goes the extra mile to bring the best possible learning environment for his students” and as an “outstanding, dedicated teacher/scholar with unshakable passion for his work,” Scott Lubaroff, University of Central Missouri professor of music and director of bands, has been named recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Dr. Scott Lubaroff
Dr. Scott Lubaroff

The Faculty Senate Awards Committee selected Lubaroff for the award. It will be presented during a luncheon hosted by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Wednesday, April 2 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lubaroff also will be recognized by UCM’s Board of Governors when it meets on campus Friday, March 28 in Elliott Union 237B.  The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

Public colleges and universities select Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education recipients on the basis of criteria that include effective teaching at the undergraduate level, effective advising of undergraduate students, service to the college community, and commitment to high standards of excellence. Other qualities include success in nurturing student achievement and the impact nominees have had on the academic and personal lives of their students. Applications for the award were considered by a committee of tenured faculty members.

In making its selection, the committee described Lubaroff as a motivational educator who encourages his students to perform at their highest level, not only in the classroom, but in their musical careers. He engages in course development, and consistently meets with drive and energy every task the university has required of him.

Having a 24-year career in education, Lubaroff has taught at UCM for nine years. In addition to teaching a full load of classes, as Director of Bands, he has many administrative responsibilities that impact the lives of musicians across the Midwest. This includes for the last eight years his responsibilities as director of the annual Summer Music Camp, which brought middle school and high school students to campus every year. Many of these students have gone on to attend UCM under Dr. Lubaroff’s tutelage, and he has even assisted them in their job searches.

“In addition to his effective teaching strategies, Scott Lubaroff continues to be an educational innovator in our department,” noted Michael Sekelsky, interim chair of the Department of Music. “He recently launched a commissioning project for new works that will combine small/chamber ensembles of mixed traditional instruments, with acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments. This is a new, undeveloped area in instrumental music; a genre that has potential for ensembles at every level.”

Further recognition as an innovator came recently from the internationally known company, Google, which asked Lubaroff to serve as an evaluator for the new Google Glasses product. This technology will allow him to experiment with videotaping exactly what he sees through a pair of electronic glasses. It will provide a new tool for teaching students how to conduct music.

Another innovation pursued by Lubaroff is redesign of the Bachelor of Music Education-Instrumental degree program in a way that updates the instructional content and sequence making it more consistent with the contemporary instrumental music classroom. This also integrates a higher degree of learning and hands-on application of music technology through notation software, recording technologies, sound processing, and acoustic education. He has also worked to establish an effective advising structure related to BME-Instrumental majors.

Lubaroff has a history of involvement in activities outside the classroom within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the university community. This includes representing the college on the Faculty Senate, serving on the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee, Commencement Committee, past service as chair of the Academic Technology Advisory Committee, and participation on numerous other campus groups.

His success in student recruitment activities have led to increased participation in music groups such as the Marching Mules and overall participation in UCM Bands. Since 2005, the UCM Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at venues such as the Missouri Music Educators Association Conferences and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In March 2014, the ensemble will perform for the Southwest Divisional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association at the University of Arkansas, the first invitation for a UCM band in 40 years.  

“There are so many great teachers on our faculty at UCM. I'm humbled to have been singled out,” Lubaroff said about his selection for the award.

 He added that “it is a very heartening affirmation of what I value the most about being on the faculty at UCM. I've always considered my identity to be a teacher, through and through. The primary part of that identity, I think for any teacher, is wanting to do whatever we can to serve the best interests of our students and of our profession in the most innovative or inspiring ways possible, and UCM stands for just that. We keep our students' best educational opportunities and best interests at the forefront of our thinking, and hope to help shape those who will move our world further and further ahead. Teaching at a place that embraces those ideals of student-centered service learning, and that believes so genuinely in teachers and public education makes it very easy to come to campus every day.”