Distance Learning

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Summer Hours: CST
M-Th 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Telephone (417) 625-9885
blackboardhelp@mssu.edu
Webster Hall Room 109E

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Advising Services

Telephone (877) 837-8527 Ext.3
onlineadvising@mssu.edu
Webster Hall Room 116

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Telephone  (417) 625-9577
Telephone (877) 837-8527 Ext.2
distancetesting@mssu.edu
Webster Hall Room 117

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Academic Advising

Distance Learning’s Academic Advising office provides primary academic advising services to online students who are Undecided, or pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of General Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Health Science-Business/Life-Health Science, or a Paralegal Studies Certificate.

The advising team provides secondary advising services to online students pursuing degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, Environmental Health & Safety, and Health Sciences.

This office will also assist any student taking one or more online courses with issues related to the online learning experience. Students may request assistance with partial withdrawal, questions, concerns or comments about the online learning experience, resources for time management, study skills, or any other related issues.

Meet the Academic Advising Team

Advisor for Last Names A - D

Jennifer

Name: Jennifer Head
Position: Coordinator, Academic Advising
Jennifer loves being able to put people and information together.

Education:

  • Master of Science in Academic Advising from Kansas State University, 2014

  • Certified Master Advisor, Missouri Southern State University, 2011

  • Certified Master Advisor, Missouri State University, 2010

  • Bachelor of General Studies with minors in Entrepreneurship and Social Science from Missouri Southern State University

Hometown: Jennifer has lived in Granite Falls, Washington but now calls southwest Missouri home. She enjoys spending her free time gardening, reading science fiction and doing folkloric research.

Career Highlights: Jennifer has worked for Borders Books and served as a Children's Program Coordinator for Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system. She joined Missouri Southern in 2008 as a Recruiter/Advisor for the Distance Learning department. She is a graduate of the Leadership Monett class of 2011.

Favorite Quote:  "Advisors are responsible for themselves and their professional practice, to the individuals they advise, for involving others, to their institutions, to higher education and to their educational community.”--National Academic Advising Association  

Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)
Location: 116 Webster Hall

Contact: (417) 625-9610
head-j@mssu.edu

 

 Advisor for Last Names E - J

Michelle

Name: Michelle Kleinheider
Position: Academic Advisor
Michelle enjoys i
nteracting with students and helping that “light bulb” go off that they are able to complete an education.

 Education:

  • Certified Master Advisor, Missouri Southern State University, 2012
  • Master of Arts in Public Relations, Kent State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, Kent State University 

Hometown: Michelle grew up in Rootstown, Ohio before moving to the Joplin area. She enjoys spending her free time reading, cooking and traveling.
Career Highlights: Michelle has worked as a marketing communication specialist for a medical service company and as a communications specialist for Hattie Larlham

Summer Hours: Tuesday  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesdays 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Thursdays 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM (CST)
Location: 116 Webster Hall
Contact: (417) 625-3588
mailto:kleinheider-m@mssu.edu

 

Advisor for Last Names K - O

Debra

Name: Debra Swearengen
Position: Academic Advisor
Debra's favorite part of the job is working with the students to acheive their educational goals.

Education:

  • Certified Master Advisor, Missouri State University,  2013
  • Certified Master Advisor Missouri Southern State University, 2012
  • Master of Science in Counseling from Avila University in Kansas City
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University

Hometown: Debra is from the Joplin area and enjoys reading and spending her free time with her family.
Career Highlights: Debra previously worked as the head of the Counseling Department at St. Mary's High School in Independence, Missouri before coming to MSSU.

Favorite Quote: "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence."  -- Robert Frost

Summer Hours: Monday  8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Tuesday 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Thursday 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CST)
Location: 116 Webster Hall
Contact: (417) 625-3516
swearengen-d@mssu.edu

 

Advisor for Last Names P - S

DianaB

Name: Dianna Baker
Position: Academic Advisor
Dianna loves interacting with the students especially to help them discover what they want for a career choice and then helping them make that happen.

Education:

  • Certified Master Advisor, Missouri State University,  2013
  • Certified Master Advisor, Missouri Southern State University,2012
  • Master of Science in School Counseling from Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Pittsburg State University

Hometown: Dianna is originally from the Kansas City area but moved to Pittsburg, Ks when she was in grade school. She likes to spend her free time exercising, cooking and reading.

Career Highlights: Dianna worked for 11 years as a third grade teacher in the Nevada School District. She later moved to Neosho where she was a Special Education Teacher, Process Coordinator, Elementary and High School Counselor for 20 years. She has also taught Psychology classes at Crowder College.

Favorite Quote:  "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about it's width and depth" -- Shira Tehrani

Summer Hours: Monday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, Wednesday 12:00 PM - 5:00 pm,  Thursday  7:00 am - 5:00 pm (CST)
Location: 116 Webster Hall
Contact: (417) 625-3587
baker-dianna@mssu.edu

 

Advisor for Last Names T - Z

 John

Name: John R. Baker
Position: Academic Advisor
John enjoys being able to assist students work toward their goals.

Education:

  • Certified Master Advisor, Missouri State University,  2013
  • Educational Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Master of Science in Education, Pittsburg State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Pittsburg State University

Hometown: John is from Pittsburg, Ks and enjoys reading and traveling.

Career Highlights: John has worked in public education for 35 years. For 14 years John worked as a high school social studies teacher and coach. The last 21 years he worked as a school guidance counselor.

Favorite Quote: "A goal is a dream with a deadline." -- Napoleon Hill

Summer Hours: Monday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Thursdays 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CST)
Location: 116 Webster Hall

Contact: (417) 625-3514
baker-j@mssu.edu

 

 

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