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Associate teaching professor retires after 13 years

A woman on left holding a plaque laughing with a man on the right.

Associate teaching professor Markita Price accepts a plaque in honor of her retirement from Computer Science Department Chairman Dong Xu.

After 13 years of working as an associate teaching professor in the MU College of Engineering’s Computer Science Department, Markita Price is retiring.

“Students are why I’m here,” said Price at a farewell reception held in her honor on May 9. “It’s a wonderful to work with students.

Computer science department chair Professor Dong Xu presented Price with a plaque commemorating her dedication and service to the department, emphasizing her work with the scholarship program.

“Markita has been a positive influence on many students,” Xu said, noting that she has been teaching “Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming,” a very large lecture class required of all computer science students and by many of the other departments.

“That class has 400 students in it and I’ve never gotten a complaint,” he joked, drawing a laugh from the large crowd of colleagues, students, friends and well wishers gathered to wish Price well on her future endeavors.

Price taught at Stephens College for 20 years and returned to teaching at MU, specifically to teach one writing-intensive course for the department 13 years ago.

“I flunked retirement from Stephens,” she said. “So, in addition to teaching the writing intensive courses, I enjoyed working with retired computer science advisor Jane Burcham and later, Adrianna Wheeler  [CS undergraduate advisor] before moving full-time to teaching and serving the department, college and university in ways to support students.”

Price plans to spend time traveling and visiting with family and friends, “without worrying about getting back to class.”