May 30, 2007
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Bean receives Kossen Faculty Excellence Award at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Suzanne Bean, former director of
the Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning,
and professor of education, recently received the
Connie and Tom Kossen Faculty Excellence Award at
Mississippi University for Women.
Bean was awarded $5,000 for this honor, which
recognizes the role of faculty as the heart of the
university. The award was established in 2004 by Tom
and Connie Kossen, a 1964 alumna of MUW.
Criterion for the award is based on three
fundamentals: excellence in teaching, excellence in
scholarly or artistic achievement and excellence in
service, preferably both on campus and in
communities throughout MUW’s service area.
“Receiving the Kossen Award of Excellence is such an
honor to me because of the support shown from my
colleagues at MUW,” said Bean.
For the past 27 years, Bean has served in the field
of gifted studies as a teacher of gifted students,
director of the Mississippi Governor’s School and
founder and director of various other programs for
gifted students and their teachers and parents. She
has served as director of graduate studies and
coordinator of graduate programs in education at
MUW. In the past four years, she has brought more
than $5 million grant monies to MUW.
She has co-authored seven books and has had numerous
publications in professional journals. She has
co-authored a textbook for teachers of gifted
students, “Methods and Materials for Teaching the
Gifted.” Bean is on the Editorial Review Board for
Gifted Child Quarterly and the Journal for Secondary
Dr. Bean also has co-authored numerous grants and
was the lead author of the grant that established
the Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning.
For the past two decades, she has made numerous
presentations at the state, regional and national
levels. She served as president of the Mississippi
Association for Gifted Children and she is currently
serving as chairperson for the Advisory Board for
the organization. Her dissertation and continued
research has been in the area of developing
leadership potential in children and adults. She
also completed the Leadership Mississippi program
sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council. Bean
recently was granted emeriti status.
“The W has been such a wonderful place for me to
grow professionally and I feel blessed to have been
a part of the teaching, research, and service
offered by MUW,” she said.