Culver-Stockton College (C-SC), a private Christian liberal arts college offering 80 major and minor tracks, today announced the retirement of three professors effective at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

C-SC Retirements

Those retiring include Dr. Patrick Hotle, Debra Scoggin-Myers, and Kay Dyer.

“This year, we bid farewell to three esteemed professors who have made a tremendous impact on the Culver-Stockton academic community and have forged a legacy here that will certainly live on for many, many years to come,” said Dr. Douglas B. Palmer, C SC President. “We are honored they have shared their dedication and unwavering commitment to higher learning and their passion for nurturing young minds.”

Hotle began his career with C-SC in 1993, following nearly 13 years of teaching history and the humanities in several countries throughout the world. His global experiences were pivotal in establishing the study abroad program at C-SC, which enabled students to expand their studies in Israel, Southeast Asia, England, Italy, Central Europe, and Turkey, among others. He has lectured throughout the country and authored several academic papers, handbooks, policies and books. He was named the John Sperry Jr. Endowed Chair in Humanities in 2003. In addition, Hotle was the recipient of C-SC’s Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999 from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. He was presented with the Professor Emeritus honorary title upon his retirement.

Myers joined C-SC in 2010 as a lecturer. She was promoted to senior lecturer and again to assistant professor. She recently received the honorary title of Professor Emerita, which was presented to her by President Palmer during the convocation ceremony. A teacher for more than 40 years, Myers’ work on “the Hill” revolved around the arts, chairing the art department, serving as the curator of the campus fine art collection, and curating the Mabee Gallery. She received several awards for her work in education, including C-SC’s Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2023. She is active in numerous community and professional art memberships and organizations.

Dyer departs C-SC after eight years as a lecturer of Spanish. In addition to teaching coursework, she has served on several campus committees, including Academic Standards, Academic and Cultural Events (ACE), Student Life, and Curriculum Committee. She was instrumental in providing study-abroad opportunities for her students, both at C-SC, and prior, to places including Spain, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil. Prior to her work at C-SC, she taught Spanish at the collegiate level and Spanish and German to high school students in Quincy, Illinois. She also co-chaired and co-authored the Illinois State Board of Education’s Foreign Language Standards and served as a translator of Spanish, Russian, German, and French for the Department of Disability Services in Springfield, Illinois.

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NOTE: A number that appears immediately after a person’s name (i.e. Jane Doe ’18) is a reference to the year that person earned their bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton.

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