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Devoting much of his career to educating future teachers, Dr. Harvey Gossen has retired as professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction after 27 years of service to Central.
A former elementary school teacher, principal and superintendent, Gossen came to Central in 1969 as a supervisor of student teachers. He worked in that area throughout his tenure while juggling many other professional duties and responsibilities, including teaching the Elementary Strategies course and conducting workshops for educators across the state.
During the 1980s, Gossen worked with other faculty members in the department of curriculum and instruction to conduct workshops designed to help school districts in communities such as Warrensburg, Raytown, Marshall, North Kansas City, and Sedalia to make the transition from junior high school to middle school systems. He also conducted Supervisors as Mentors workshops for schools and state agencies, including a session earlier this year for the Missouri Department of Aging.
Gossen has served on numerous departmental committees, as well as the College of Education and Human Service Professional Development Committee, university Curriculum Committee, and the Faculty Senate.
Gossen earned his bachelor’s degree at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan., master’s degree at Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kan., and doctorate at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
A grandfather, Gossen said his retirement plans include spending more time with his wife, Anne, and two children, Monty and Heidi.