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Teaching to Learn

Psychology Professor Ines Segert wins a 2012 William T. Kemper Fellowship Award.

Photo by Nicholas Benner.

MU faculty, students and alumni describe Ines Segert, winner of a 2012 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, with the highest adulation. She has taught psychology at Mizzou since 1990. Former students used adjectives such as exemplary, intelligent and caring to recommend her for MU’s top teaching honor. But words could not show that affection better than their actions: On 9/11, Segert kept on teaching, though some other professors canceled classes. “I felt drawn to go back to that classroom at the usual time,” she says. Her students just wanted to be together and talk, she says. “I had a full class.”