Southeast Missouri State University

Titles

  1. Names of faculty members, on first reference, should be preceded by Dr. (when appropriate) and followed by a comma, their academic title, and another comma. Note that the title “Dr.” should not be used with the music faculty. Please refer to the back of the University Bulletin for current faculty titles.

    ie. Dr. Gerald McDougall, associate provost for Extended and Online Learning and dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, recently commented on the national economic downturn.

    ie. Dr. Jeremy Barnes, professor of health, human performance and recreation, spoke to the group about the benefits of aerobic exercise.

    ie. Sara Edgerton, director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, said the fall concert season will open with a spectacular performance.
  2. Titles, in general, should be lowercased when they follow a name and uppercased when they precede a name.

    ie. Barack Obama, president of the United States

    ie. President Barack Obama
  3. Names of staff members, on first reference, should include first and last name, followed by a comma, their title and another comma. Please refer to the back of the University Bulletin for current staff titles.

    ie. Lenell Hahn, director of Admissions, spoke at Show Me Day.
  4. Titles containing official names of units should be uppercased. Functional titles or titles that contain offices within units should be lowercased.

    ie. Tom Hadler, project manager with Facilities Management, said construction on the project should begin in November.

    ie. Trudy Lee, director of planned giving, commented on the University’s Horizons Program.

    ie. Dr. Bruce Skinner, assistant vice president for student success and director of Residence Life, said students should begin moving into residence halls on Aug. 21.
  5. On second reference, faculty and staff members should be referred to by their last names.

    ie. Dobbins said higher education in Missouri is plagued by budgetary issues.
  6. Middle initials are never used, except on first reference for the president of the University and major donors for whom buildings have been named.

    ie. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University

    ie. Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center

    ie. Donald L. Harrison College of Business

    *Exception also is made for Jeanine Larson Dobbins, wife of President Dobbins, who prefers her full middle name be used on all references.
  7. First initials are used only when a person uses their first initial but is known by their middle name.

    ie. M. Juan Crites, director of Publications/Public Services
  8. When referring to the president of the University in formal, external correspondence, use Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. In internal and more casual references, use, Dr. Ken Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.
  9. In referring to heads of academic departments, the proper terminology is “department chair” or “chair.”

    ie. Dr. Judy Wiles is currently serving as department chair.

    ie. Dr. Judy Wiles, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, led a discussion on branding at a national conference.

    Lowercase department and uppercase Chair in references such as:

    ie. department Chair Judy Wiles
  10. In referring to heads of colleges and schools, the proper terminology is dean.

    ie. Dr. Chris McGowan, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture

    ie. Dr. Frank Barrios, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and School of University Studies

    Current Deans and Associate Deans
    --Dr. Frank Barrios, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and School of University Studies
    --Dr. Diana Bruns, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services
    --Dr. Jai Dahiya, associate dean of the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture
    --Dr. William Eddleman, vice provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies
    --Dr. Allen Gathman, associate dean for Online Learning
    --Dr. Gary Johnson, associate dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business
    --Dr. Gerald McDougall, associate provost for Extended and Online Learning and dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business
    --Dr. Chris McGowan, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture
    --Dr. Michael Parker, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services
    --Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education
    --Dr. David Starrett, dean of Academic Information Services, and director of Kent Library and the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning
    --Rhonda Weller-Stilson, associate dean and director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts
  11. Lowercase modifiers such as history in history Professor Steven Hoffman.
  12. Do not precede a name with Dr. and follow it with their academic degree, as in Dr. John Kraemer, Ph.D. Preferred usage is Dr. John Kraemer, who has a doctoral degree in biology/environmental science.

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