Dr. Harvest Collier
Throughout three decades of teaching, service and administrative leadership at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Harvest Collier, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and former Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies, played an instrumental role as a scholar, mentor and champion of collaborative, technology-enhanced and experiential learning.
During his distinguished tenure as Vice Provost and a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Collier established many programs designed to strengthen student learning, with an emphasis on the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He was also influential in developing programs such as “Hit the Ground Running” for incoming freshmen making the transition from high school to college.
Dr. Collier served as director of Missouri S&T’s Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation from 2003 until his retirement in 2012. The center supports faculty development in collaborative, experiential and technology-enhanced learning. In 2010, he was one of 10 educators nationwide honored as Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Dr. Collier earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Mississippi State University. He joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor of chemistry, and was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and professor in 1994. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1996 to 1999 and as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences from 1999 to 2002. He was named Vice Provost in 2001.
Dr. Collier and his wife, Shirley, have also been exceptional members of the campus community and outstanding university ambassadors, dedicating countless hours to serving others and encouraging student success.
With this endowed scholarship, Dr. Harvest Collier, along with family, friends and colleagues, has generously chosen to establish a permanent source of support for African American students at Missouri S&T. Through the Dr. Harvest and Shirley Collier Endowed Scholarship, talented students for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue their promise as the proud Miners and the leaders of tomorrow in their chosen fields.