During its meeting on Sept. 19

Dr. Art Saltzman

Dr. Art Saltzman

, the Board of Governors approved a unanimous recommendation from the Department of English and Philosophy faculty members to award Emeritus Faculty status to Dr. Art Saltzman.

Emeritus status is a title typically designed for retiring or retired professors.

Saltzman, who passed away unexpectedly in 2008, taught at Missouri Southern for more than 25 years. He taught a wide range of courses, from freshman writing and creative writing to literature. He received the Outstanding Teacher award in 1992 and a Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.

During his career at Southern, he published nine books, with a 10th that was published in 2009.

“For over six years now, Art’s colleagues and friends have deeply missed his steady insistence on what we could do and what we should do, his unflailing humor, his sympathy and, quite simply his elegance, his class,” a nomination letter submitted to the board by Dr. Joy Dworkin stated.

“We aim to remember every day that we want and hope to inspire our students as Art did. As we have reflected on everything he embodied and the depth and extent of his contribution to Missouri Southern, we can imagine no one more deserving of the honor of Emeritus Faculty status than Dr. Art Saltzman.”