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Dr. Kathryn Northcut, vice provost of academic support at Missouri S&T, has announced that she will step down at the end of the semester to return to full-time teaching and scholarship. Northcut is a professor of English and technical communication. She began serving as vice provost of academic support in an interim role in February 2020.
“I am grateful to have served in this role for the past two years,” Northcut says. “This fall, I will return to the faculty with a broader understanding of how campus is united in working toward a common purpose. Teaching is the reason I built my career in higher education, and I’m excited to once again focus on students.”
“Kathy is a superb educator and I appreciate her service as vice provost for academic affairs, which she started just before the pandemic started,” says Dr. Colin Potts, provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs. “She made some difficult choices about our academic support priorities but did so with decisiveness and professionalism. As she returns to the classroom, I know our students will benefit from her focus on teaching once again.”
Northcut joined the S&T faculty in 2004 and was instrumental in building the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in technical communication. Among her many awards, she received a 2017 Faculty Excellence Award for sustained excellence in research, service and teaching, and she was named Missouri S&T’s Woman of the Year in 2018.