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President Schuster and New Faculty

Webster University's mission to transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence is built on a foundation of academic excellence. Faculty development, excellence in teaching, and collaborative research between students and faculty are all emphasized as essential to high-impact experiences that ensure student success.

Global Citizenship Program

The faculty-developed Global Citizenship Program core curriculum advances students' knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, their intellectual and practical skills, understanding of personal and global responsibility, and their ability to integrate these lessons into a complex 21st-century environment.

Faculty Research Grants

Faculty Research Grants are awarded to applicants with the strongest potential to advance academic excellence for the individual faculty member and for Webster University.

View the 2021-2022 Faculty Research Grant call for proposals [PDF]

Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants

The President’s Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program supports undergraduate students who are conducting research projects with the guidance of a faculty member. Research is defined broadly and includes artistic, scholarly, and other research activities fitting Webster's variety of disciplines and majors. Current undergraduate students from all schools, campuses, and majors are eligible to apply.

View additional information and the grant application.

William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching

Funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation, the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty members who demonstrate teaching at its finest. Up to four Kemper Awards are presented each year: two for full-time faculty members (St. Louis) who will each receive a $10,000 award, and two adjunct faculty members (all campuses) who will each receive a $5,000 award.

The President appoints a committee to review nominations and materials and recommend the four recipients.

Messing Faculty Award

Known as the Messing Faculty Award, the Wilma and Roswell Messing, Jr., Faculty Award award is presented to a full-time faculty member for summer activity which will strengthen the curriculum of his/her department or improve the teaching/learning relationship. The award, a stipend in the amount of $4,500, funds international travel and other expenses related to the summer activity.

View the 2021 Messing Award announcement [PDF]

President's Faculty Fellows Program

The President’s Faculty Fellows Program is an invitation for faculty members to contribute to the leadership of key strategic efforts of Webster University on a part-time basis by partnering with Academic Affairs or its support units (Faculty Development Center, Reeg Academic Resource Center, Academic Advising, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Study Abroad, or other units or committees that support faculty and students). This opportunity allows faculty to work on special projects that are of particular interest and importance that take full advantage of the unique interests, skills, and academic backgrounds of the University’s diverse faculty.  Fellows are awarded a $4,000 stipend for their work.

View the 2021-22 President's Faculty Fellows Program announcement [PDF]

Webster University is committed to academic excellence at every campus location in every program around the world.

We are global. We are committed to our global mission and provide an environment in which faculty members; staff and students interact, collaborate and learn from each other and from the communities they serve.

We are action-oriented. We are committed to teaching, scholarship, research, and service. Webster prides itself on offer education that our students can put the work the very next day.

We strive for academic excellence. In everything we do, we strive for the next level of professional and academic accomplishment. By doing so, we show our students how to stretch for local, regional, national and global participation, competition, and recognition.

Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship

The Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship provides the opportunity for Webster University faculty members to travel to teach at one of the following Webster international campuses:  Athens, Geneva, Leiden, Vienna, Accra, Cha-am/Bangkok, St. Louis (main campus and Gateway campus).  This program funds travel, housing and some incidental costs. The fellowship is open to full-time and adjunct faculty. Full-time faculty must have completed at least one academic year at Webster to be eligible. Adjunct faculty must have taught at least six courses at Webster to be eligible.

View additional information and the application