Dr. Shirley Lawler


WP Chancellor's Office
Role: Staff
Campus: West Plains

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Missouri State University
WP Chancellor's Office
128 Garfield
West Plains, MO 65775



  • EdD, 2005, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MSEd, Secondary Education, 1984, Missouri State University
  • BS, Business Education, 1981, Missouri State University

Professional experience

  • Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), 2010-2012
  • Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, OTC, 2006-2010
  • Dean of Technical Education, OTC, 2002-2006
  • Dean of Academic Services, OTC, 2000-2001
  • Director of Curriculum Development and Grants, OTC, 1998-2000
  • Director of School-to-Work Program, OTC, 1997-1998
  • Coordinator for A+ Schools Program, Logan-Rogersville High School, 1994-1996
  • Business Instructor, Logan-Rogersville High School, 1984-1994
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Finance and General Business, Missouri State University, 1983-1984
  • Business Instructor, Lebanon Senior High School, 1982-1983
  • Adjunct Instructor:
    • Ozarks Technical Community College, 2012-2014
    • Lindenwood University, 2011-2012
    • Missouri State University, 1984-2002

 Positions held/Professional organizations

  • Board of Directors, Missouri Community College Association, 2006-2017
  • Missouri Representative, National Council for Workforce Education, 2006-2010
  • Missouri Representative, National Council for Workforce Education, 2006-2010
  • President, Missouri Business Education Association, 1989-1990
  • President, Southwest Missouri Business Teachers Association, 1986-1987
  • President, Logan-Rogersville Community Teachers Association, 1988-1989
  • Vice President of Public Relations, Phi Delta Kappa, 1988-1989
  • Vice President of Programs, Phi Delta Kappa, 1987-1988

Awards and honors

  • Named one of Springfield’s “Most Influential Women," 2007
  • Profiled in Springfield! magazine as an “Outstanding Educator," July 2006
  • Executive of the Year Award, local chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals, 2004
  • Secondary “Educator of the Year Award”, Missouri Business Education Association, July 1993
  • “Outstanding Service Award” in business education, Southwest District of the Missouri Business Education Association, October 1991
  • “Educator of the Year Award”, Logan-Rogersville High School, 1987-88
  • Inducted into “Who’s Who in Business Education”, State of Missouri, July 1993
  • “Koinonia Award” for outstanding service in education, Southwest Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, October 1986

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