Do you know a female faculty member who deserves recognition for positive contributions and service to S&T and the lives of women on campus?

Woman of the Year is an honor given to a female faculty member (full-time tenured or tenure track) dedicated to student education and committed to diversity.

Please join us to honor this years recipient at the Hasselmann Alumni House on April 12, 2023 from 12-1:30 pm for the presentation of the award and reception.

Submit a Nomination

Please don’t miss this opportunity to honor a female faculty member.


Nominations are closed

Woman of the Year is an honor given to a female faculty member dedicated to student education and committed to diversity.

Nominees should demonstrate these qualities or qualifications: 

  • Is a female faculty member (full-time tenured or tenure track)
  • Exemplifies the abilities and qualities that improve the campus climate for women through all elements of the university community
  • Serves as a role model by:
    • Work on issues that affect the quality of women’s lives at Missouri S&T
    • Commitment to student learning
    • Support for diversity
    • Active participation in student and faculty mentoring
    • Achievements in her professional field
    • Willingness to speak out on issues that affect the quality of women’s lives at Missouri S&T

The nominator is responsible for informing the nominee of their nomination and must solicit and collect up to five letters of support for the nominee.

The nominator should submit the following documents using the online form, being sure to highlight the ways in which the nominee meets the above criteria.

  • A letter of nomination
  • Letter(s) of support for the nomination (up to 5)
  • A CV from the nominee

A person may only be nominated one time each year. If multiple nominations are received for the same person, the person submitting the second nomination of a candidate will be notified.

Nominations will only be considered once all required information has been received and are due by 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.


If you have questions about the nomination process, you may contact the committee chairperson, Dr. Kathleen Sheppard, at 573-341-4814 or

The award is funded by Missouri S&T alumna and Board of Trustees member Cindy Tang, Econ,’85. Thanks to her generosity, each recipient of the Woman of the Year Award receives professional development funds and a personal gift. Learn more about Ms. Tang.

In 2016, Cindy Tang established the Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award in honor of one of her mentors. Cummins, a professor emerita and former chair of English and technical communication, was named Missouri S&T’s first Woman of the Year in 1997. 

Dr. Mary Reidmeyer, CerE’78, MS CerE’84, PhD CerE’89, teaching professor of ceramic engineering and outreach coordinator in materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T, is the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award. 

The award is given to any Missouri S&T employee, regardless of gender or job designation, that demonstrates commitment to the women on campus through mentorship and advocacy and by setting an example through professional achievement. The award includes a stipend to fund professional development.

Latest Award Recipient

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson

Johnson joined the university in 2015 as an assistant professor of mining and explosives engineering. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky in Lexington while she completed her Ph.D.  Johnson holds a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mining and quarry engineering from the University of Leeds in England.

Past Woman of the Year Recipents

  • Gayla Olbricht, 2022
  • Katherine Grote, 2021
  • Amber Henslee, 2020
  • Kathleen Sheppard, 2019
  • Kathryn Northcut, 2018
  • Audra Merfeld-Langston, 2017
  • Suzanna Long, 2016
  • Dan Lin, 2015
  • Shannon Fogg, 2014
  • Barbara Hale, 2013
  • Irina Ivliyeva, 2012
  • Diana Ahmad, 2011
  • Kimberly Henthorn, 2010
  • Kate Drowne, 2009
  • Melanie Mormile, 2008
  • Jennifer Leopold, 2007
  • Kristine Swenson, 2006
  • Frances Montgomery, 2005
  • Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, 2004
  • Nuran Ercal, 2003
  • Mariesa Crow, 2002
  • Carol Ann Smith, 2001
  • Susan Murray, 2000
  • Paula Lutz, 1999
  • Catherine Riordan, 1998
  • Elizabeth Cummins, 1997