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A testament to her vision and dedication to UCM, Josette Ahlering was once named Outstanding Developmental Educatior by the Midwest Regional Association for Developmental Education. Nominated by her colleagues, the award recognized her expertise in the fields of mathematics and developmental education, as well as her leadership and dedication to UCM’s students for many years.
A graduate of Loyola University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in education, Ahlering and her family came to Warrensburg in 1976 when her husband, Bob, joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology. As she completed a master’s degree in education and secondary mathematics, she began teaching as a graduate assistant in the Educational Development Center. She also earned her education specialist degree in adult education from UCM.
The professor emeriti served as the chair of Central Missouri’s Department of Academic Enrichment for eight years. Her leadership guided the growth of the TRIO programs, Mc Nair Scholars Program, student support services, the Learning Center, Writing Center, and a number of preparatory courses available to students for academic credit. She also served as coordinator of the Conditional Admit Program, chair of the Planned Placement Committee, coordinator for the Academic Enrichment Mathematics Program and coordinated the Peer Teaching Program, all of which foster academic growth within the university community.
Throughout her 22-year career, Ahlering remained active I the National Association for Developmental Education and MRADE, continuing her own research and serving as a frequent presenter at conferences. She served on the editorial staff of the Journal of Developmental Education and was invited to review a number of mathematics textbooks.