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Commitment to Student Success Contributes to Antrim’s Byler Award

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 17, 2015) – Setting an example as a skilled teacher and mentor who cares about student success, Patricia Antrim, Ph.D., MLS, is being honored with the highest form of recognition the University of Central Missouri bestows upon a faculty member. She will receive the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award during a ceremony from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in Elliott Student Union, Rooms 237A-B.

Antrim. Byler award
Patricia Antrim

The Byler Award is presented each spring during an award ceremony hosted by the university president. Other award nominees are recognized during the event, which is open to everyone on campus and in the community.

The award is named for William H. Byler, an inventor, author and teacher who graduated from UCM in 1927 with a major in chemistry and physics. He established an endowment fund to provide annual recognition for distinguished faculty performance, evidenced by teaching, scholarly or creative activity and professional-related service.

Antrim has devoted approximately 20 years to UCM, including current service since 2005 as professor and chair of Educational Leadership and Human Development, and since 2002 as coordinator of Library Science and Information Services. She came to the university in 1995 as Government Documents and Reference Librarian, sharing her expertise in areas such as bibliographic instruction and Government Information Resources, in addition to serving as a liaison to Communication Disorders, Safety Science and Technology, and Agriculture departments.

As department chair, she oversees an academic unit that includes 28 faculty members and 25 adjuncts who teach in Library Science and Information Services, School Administration, College Student Personnel Administration, Counselor Education, Special Education, Child and Family Development, and the Cooperative Doctoral Program  in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“I’m honored to receive this award,” she said. “It is especially significant to me because the nomination and support letters came from my closest colleagues. They know firsthand that the opportunities I have had as a faculty member depend to a great extent on the collegial support they have provided me over the years.”

She added the recognition “is truly a measure of the character of my department and college. I’m most grateful to work in a setting that allows me some autonomy and flexibility to chase after some big projects that make a difference in Missouri.”

In addition to her work at UCM, Antrim has been a state leader in organizations such as the Missouri Association of School Librarians, where she has served in positions such as president and vice president. Not only is she being honored this month with the Byler Award, but MASL is recognizing her with the Missouri Special Service Award, the top award for contributions to the MASL.

 Antrim’s work at UCM also has reflected her dedication to preparing future librarians and helping current individuals in the field to grow professionally through education. Her commitment led to a federal grant for UCM from the Institution of Museums and Libraries that made it possible for 39 school librarians across Missouri to complete graduate degrees and help improve practices in rural schools and libraries across the state.

Other significant projects under her leadership include chairing the committee that wrote new standards for school librarians, working with committees that developed Missouri performance assessments for teacher education candidates and school librarian candidates.

Antrim has been involved in a wide variety of committee work at the department, college and university levels and has a strong record of scholarship. This includes contributions to works such as the “Journal of Education for Library & Information Science,” one of the top scholarly publications in her field. She has collaborated with students on research work, including an article that appeared in “Teacher Librarian,” another premier publication in her professional arena, as well as “School Library Research,” considered by many in her field the best place to find research on school librarianship.

Antrim is one of two individuals from UCM who serve on the coordinating committee for the statewide cooperative doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with MU. This board sets the program policy, handles student admission and discipline, decides the program curriculum, and other issues that develop.  One of the group’s new initiatives includes the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate to define the important differences between an Ed.D. and a Ph.D., and efforts to embrace the idea of a “practitioner’s” doctoral degree.

“Overall, the Statewide Cooperative Ed.D. program has had a huge impact on our campus over the years, as well as across the state,” said Sandy Hutchinson, professor of educational leadership, who also serves on the committee with Antrim. “Dr. Antrim’s work with this program is extremely important and much appreciated.”