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Released July 15, 2003


LONG BEACH - Veteran educator Dr. Nancy Masztal, professor of curriculum and instruction at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will retire this summer after 25 years of service.

A reception in her honor will be held Monday at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

"We are grateful for Dr. Masztal's many years of service to our university and wish her well in her future endeavors," said Southern MissGC Dean Dr. Denise von Herrmann. "With her numerous scholarly publications, grants, conference presentations and administrative duties, as well as teaching excellence, she will be surely missed."

Masztal earned bachelor's degrees in English and speech in 1964 from Florida State University. Later, she received her master's in reading from the University of Miami, and eventually her doctorate in reading, also from the University of Miami.

In addition to her academic work, Masztal has served as an instructor and consultant with the University of Miami, Western Washington University, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Dade County Public School System in Miami.

Masztal began her career with The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1978 as coordinator of elementary education. In addition to teaching, Masztal advised undergraduate and graduate students majoring in elementary education and reading. She also founded an after-school reading program on campus for children with reading difficulties and began the Curriculum Materials Center, located on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus.

For the past 12 years, Masztal has served as chair of the Division of Education and Psychology at Southern MissGC. She has been nominated for the Governor's Award for the Arts, recognized by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning for her outstanding achievements, recognized as 1999's Mississippi Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and selected as one of four professionals from Mississippi and Louisiana to serve as a member of a Group Study Exchange Team to India.

Masztal is also the 1985-1986 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at The University of Southern Mississippi.

"It has been my pleasure to work with the people in our coastal area, especially the children, teachers and personnel in school districts," Masztal said. "I leave the Gulf Coast with great memories of collaborative efforts that have been of benefit to the children, the teachers and education in general."

Masztal, a resident of Bay St. Louis, has two daughters, Alicia and Janas.

After her retirement from Southern MissGC, Masztal plans to move to Miami, where she will serve as a professor of reading in the graduate reading program at Barry University.


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