M.A. Speech and Dramatic Arts, University of Arkansas
B.A. English, University of Arkansas
Awards and Recognitions:
- Dean's Honor list - University of Arkansas
- Excellence in Teaching awards - Kansas City, Missouri
- Who's Who Among American Teachers
- Southwest Foundation Award (Teaching Excellence in Speech)
- Johnson County Community College-Excellent Service Award (38 semesters)
- Instructional Coaching Award in the "Black Poets Collective Contest” by Kansas City black poet and actor, Taye Diggs
- Essay Instruction for Young Writers by Kansas City International Order of Job's Daughters
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest 1st place winners’ award for coaching by Anheuser Busch Company
- "Granddad Poetry Contest"- Grand prize winner-coaching awarded by the KPRS 103 radio station and the Jackson County Prosecutor's office
- Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics-top winners for Dramatics and Original Oratory honored for coaching by Kansas City's NAACP
- H&R Block recognition for educational curriculum development in the K.C. School District
- Outstanding Faculty Member award by Johnson County Community College's Institutional Research and JCCC students
- Commended/awarded for forensic coaching and building successful speech teams in private/public schools in Arkansas and Missouri
Professor Dianna Nimmo has spent 39 years delivering education instruction in speech, drama, English and history in public and private institutions throughout the United States. From 2000-2015, she served as an associate professor at Hodges University. In September 2015, she accepted the position of adjunct faculty at Hodges.
She has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Arkansas, as well as a master’s in speech and dramatic arts. Additional workshops, projects and graduate level work has added to her expertise, which includes Directing Forensics, Exceptional Education, Kansas City National Writing Project, Cooperative Learning, Conflict Resolution, Diversity-Dialogue for Change and more.
As a result of her dedication to education and instruction, she has received numerous awards, honors and recognitions from various colleges and schools throughout Arkansas and Missouri. Some of these awards include Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Instructional Coaching Award in the “Black Poets Collective Contest,” Southwest Foundation Award and Excellence in Teaching awards.
When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys gardening, viewing films, writing science fiction, dancing and playing with “her large zoo of animals.”