Jean Kraus, professor of equestrian science at William Woods University, is one of this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The awards were presented by Gov. Bob Holden in Columbia today at a luncheon ceremony held in conjunction with the 2004 Governor’s Conference on Higher Education.
A total of 73 faculty members from across the state received awards for their effective teaching, innovative course design and delivery, effective advising, service to the institutional community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.
Kraus has been a faculty member at WWU since 1974. She has held several positions, including department chair, and has been involved in numerous committees and as faculty sponsor for the Vaulting Club, Dressage and Paddock clubs.
Her other professional experience includes Midway Hunter Jumper Shows, Inc.; a horse show she owned for 12 years. She has also managed dressage, hunter jumper, saddle seat and western horse shows, from the schooling level to AHSA ‘A’ rated shows and AQHA shows.
Her areas of expertise include dressage, hunter jumper, saddle seat, western and vaulting. She is also an expert on the horse industry in Australia, England, France, Germany and Switzerland, and the history of horsemanship throughout the ages.
Kraus is a USA Equestrian ‘R’ Technical Delegate and USA Equestrian ‘R’ Steward. She formerly served as president of the Callaway County Humane Society and currently sits on the board.
Receiving the Governor’s Award marks the second time Kraus has been rewarded for her dedication to teaching. In 2001, she received the Dad’s Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching at WWU. The award is given annually to one WWU professor selected by the student body.
Kraus received her B.A. in anthropological linguistics from the State University of New York at Oswego. She received her M.S. in information science from Syracuse University and a M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.