Krause, Costa and Communication Disorders Win Awards

Truman professors and departments were recognized at the 2015 Accolades of Academics banquet, March 31.

Don Krause, associate professor of communication, was awarded Educator of the Year. Also, Sal Costa, assistant professor of psychology, was awarded Research Mentor of the Year and Communication Disorders was recognized for Department of the Year.

Educator of the Year finalists included Douglas Ball, Katherine Breitenbach, Alan Davis, David Gillette, Lisa Goran, Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa, Timothy Walston, Alicia Wodika and Paul Yoder.

Research Mentor of the Year finalists included Thomas Capuano, Julia Edgar, Jason Luscier, Chad Montgomery, Darson Rhodes and Timothy Walston.

Department of the Year finalists included the chemistry, health and exercise science and justice systems departments.

Professors honored at the Accolades of Academics banquet were all nominated by students and were awarded by a student-driven committee. Members from Student Government, the Pershing Society and Phi Kappa Phi serve on the Educator of the Year committee. Students have the opportunity to nominate instructors for these awards each year at

Winners from the Accolades of Academics banquet display their awards. Pictured, from left: Don Krause, Educator of the Year; Paula Cochran accepting Department of the Year Honors for communication disorders; and Sal Costa, Research Mentor of the Year.