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Robert Mokwa named first Faculty Leadership Fellow

April 24, 2014

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BOZEMAN-Robert Mokwa, associate professor of civil engineering, has been named Montana State University’s first Faculty Leadership Fellow.

The new MSU Faculty Leadership Fellowship will provide faculty members opportunities to learn from and work with senior-level academic and administrative leaders at MSU, according to Paul Gore, an American Council on Education Fellow in the MSU President’s Office who helped develop the program.

“Bob Mokwa was selected from a strong pool of applicants,” said MSU Provost Martha Potvin. “We are looking forward to working with Bob and he will be able to hone his leadership talents by participating in this professional development opportunity.”

Since arriving at MSU in 2001, Mokwa has received the MSU President’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014, the Faculty Award for Excellence for the College of Engineering in 2009, the College of Engineering Outstanding Instructor award in 2002 and has served as a MSU Faculty Senate chair.

“MSU is truly a special place with special people and I am excited about this opportunity to learn from, interact and work closely with experienced academic leaders and develop skills for understanding and addressing local, state and national level higher education issues.” Mokwa said.

As a Faculty Leadership Fellow, Mokwa will immerse himself in the culture, policies and decision-making processes of MSU for an academic year while being mentored by academic and administrative leaders. The fellowship is a part-time commitment and Mokwa will continue his academic activities.

Mokwa, a licensed professional engineer in the states of Montana and Idaho, teaches classes and conducts research in geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics and engineering education research.  

Contact: Tracy Ellig (406) 994-5607,

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