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UMKC Construction Impact on Parking and Travel

Construction related to the 51st and Oak Street Development and water main repairs will begin soon. This map is provided as a guideline.  During the summer construction, use of the Cherry Street Garage is recommended.  The following information was shared at the recent Dean’s Council Meeting:

  • Immediately following commencement:  Work begins at the School of Education parking lot.
  • Mid-June:  The parking lot across the street from the Administrative Center is scheduled to close mid-June.  Additional metered parking will be moved to the School of Law parking lot.  (Whole Foods project is scheduled to take approximately 2.5 years.)
  • Five-week lane restrictions on Oak Street due to a water main replacement (estimated time frame is May 25-July 1)
  • Prior to student move-in date:  The Kansas City Young Matrons house will be moved.  Oak Street will be closed on that date.

Additional communications regarding construction and impact on travel/parking will be forthcoming throughout the summer.

Presentations with the Provost Finalists

Four finalists have been identified as candidates to become the next UMKC Provost, the chief academic officer of the university.

Dr. Lawrence Dreyfus, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development and chair of the provost search committee, announced opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to meet the finalists.  The candidates and their dates of visit are:










Dr. Alex Anyedi
Professor of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
Curriculum Vitae

  • Open Presentation: “Candidate’s Vision for UMKC”  Monday, May 11, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., Pierson Auditorium (Open to all faculty, staff and students)
  • Volker Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Monday, May 11,  4 to 5 p.m., Bloch Executive Hall, BEH 218 (Open to all faculty)
  • Hospital Hill Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Tuesday, May 12, 11 a.m. to noon, Theater B, School of Medicine (Open to all faculty)











Dr. Kody Varahramyan
Vice Chancellor for Research, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Curriculum Vitae

  • Open Presentation: “Candidate’s Vision for UMKC”  Wednesday, May 13, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., Pierson Auditorium (Open to all faculty, staff and students)
  • Volker Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Wednesday, May 13, 4 to 5 p.m., Pierson Auditorium (Open to all faculty)
  • Hospital Hill Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Thursday, May 14, 11 a.m. to noon, Theater B, School of Medicine (Open to all faculty)











Dr. Mary Beth Walker
Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
Curriculum Vitae

  • Open Presentation: “Candidate’s Vision for UMKC”  Monday, May 18, 1:15 to 2:45 pm, Pierson Auditorium (Open to all faculty, staff and students)
  • Volker Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Monday, May 18, 4 to 5 p.m., Pierson Auditorium (Open to all faculty)
  • Hospital Hill Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Tuesday, May 19, 11 a.m. to noon, Theater B, School of Medicine (Open to all faculty)


Curriculum Vitae









Dr. Barb Bichelmeyer
Executive Associate Vice President for University Academic Affairs, Indiana University
Curriculum Vitae

  • Open Presentation: “Candidate’s Vision for UMKC”  Wednesday, May 20, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., Pierson Auditorium (Open to all faculty, staff and students)
  • Volker Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Wednesday, May 20, 4 to 5 p.m., Pierson Auditorium (Open to all faculty)
  • Hospital Hill Faculty “Get to Know the Candidate” Thursday, May 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Theater A, School of Medicine (Open to all faculty)

Job Advertisement for the Coordinator – General Education Program (12-Month Position)

The General Education Program Coordinator position begins Summer 2015. The position will be reviewed annually, and will continue contingent upon successful execution of the identified responsibilities and duties. This position is in addition to, and independent of the regular appointment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

UMKC Faculty or Staff members interested in this position should send a Letter of Application and Resume to Dr. Jennifer Friend, Interim Deputy Provost by Friday, May 15, 2015.
358 Administrative Center | 5115 Oak Street | Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Phone: 816-235-1196 | Fax 816-235-1310

As compensation for the position, the General Education Program Coordinator will receive a $2,000.00 monthly stipend, as overload pay, minus benefits and taxes assigned.

  1. Responsibilities and duties to include but are not limited to:
    1. Ex-officio member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) and the General Education Curriculum Committee (GECC). Attend Advising Leadership Team meetings.
    2. Work in consultation with Faculty Senate Committees, the University Assessment Committee, and the Provost to develop and implement policies and procedures associated with the administration of the General Education Program.
    3. Work in consultation with the Director for Assessment and the Discourse Coordinator to coordinate the implementation of the general education program assessment plan and oversee the evaluation of general education courses and how they are meeting the general education student learning outcomes.
    4. Work with FaCET, the Director for Assessment, and the Discourse Coordinator to provide faculty development opportunities for faculty regarding the pedagogy, student success and assessment of general education courses
    5. Work with the Discourse Coordinator, Registrar, departmental schedulers, faculty, department/division chairs, and deans to ensure complete general education course offerings to meet the needs of our students, and to submit Anchor/Discourse schedules to the Registrar each semester.
    6. Serve as a key campus resource for general education program information relative to internal and external campus constituents – written communications, student and faculty orientations, etc.
    7. Provide ongoing communication to academic units regarding the general education program utilizing a variety of communication strategies – website, UMatters, group meetings, individual meetings.
    8. Work with Student Affairs staff, transfer coordinators/advisors, and other campus constituents to update and communicate general education program requirements related to existing articulation agreements.
    9. Serve as a key campus liaison regarding MDHE for transfer articulation issues related to general education.
    10. Continually work with the Provost’s office regarding general education implementation, and meet regularly with the Deputy Provost.
    11. Serve as final decision maker in student appeals regarding the general education program.
    12. Review all MOUs/MOAs regarding general education program equivalency determination in collaboration with academic unit faculty.

Additional non-specified responsibilities and duties related to the general education program may arise. These responsibilities will be part of the coordinator position.

New Digs for Old Stuff: Renovations at Miller Nichols Library

exhibit gallery

Rendering of new exhibit gallery

LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives will move into expanded space in the Miller Nichols Library in September.   Starting May 5, renovation of approximately half of the 3rd floor of Miller Nichols Library will begin, quadrupling reader space to accommodate more researchers and their technology. Currently located on the 4th floor, LaBudde Special Collections long ago outgrew the space it is in as collections have been donated at a rapid pace and use of these important primary research materials has increased fourfold. Much of the material will be safely stored in the environmentally controlled RooBot and the rest will be in a more traditional archival storage, also environmentally controlled, next to the staff work area and the RooBot.

This renovation will also create a gallery where highlights of the collection will be on display. The Miller Nichols Conference room will be upgraded to serve as both a conference room and a library instruction room where Special Collections librarians can introduce students to the wonderful gems the UMKC Libraries owns, teach how to search for them, how to handle rare materials, and how to cite them. The Edgar Snow Reading Room will be an adjacent alcove off of the main reading room where researchers can use the papers of this Kansas City native who was the first American journalist to enter China in the late 1920s and 1930s and who worked closely with Mao Zedong leading to the eventual opening up of relations between the US and China.   In addition, the space will allow greater access to the rich collections in University Archives, itself a treasure trove of UMKC history and photographs. Other key collections in the LaBudde Special Collections materials from:

    • Kansas City’s LGBT communities, incorporated as the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA), consisting of over 40 individual collections
  • Richard Bolling, Missouri Congressional Representative from 1949-83
  • Perry Cookingham, Kansas City’s first City Manager
  • Leon M. Jordan, Kansas City’s first African-American police detective and founder of Freedom, Inc.
  • William Volker & Company
  • Numerous musicians, composers, promoters, and venues including:
    Rendering of LaBudde Special Collections Reading Room and the Edgar Snow Reading Room

    Rendering of LaBudde Special Collections Reading Room and the Edgar Snow Reading Room

    • Paul Creston
    • Ahmad Alaadeen
    • Dave E. Dexter, Jr.
    • Warren Durrett
    • Jay McShann
    • Raymond Scott
    • Grand Emporium
    • Parody Hall
    • Mutual Musicians Foundation
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Martha Jane Starr
  • Julian Samora, the “father of Latino Studies”


In the past few years, students have produced numerous physical and digital exhibits of their research which have then been displayed in the Miller Nichols Dean’s Gallery or on the Library’s web site. These students have done this work as part of classes in history, musicology, women and gender studies, and English. Many of these resources that have fueled nationally known research.

Although most of the renovation will create the new LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives and the gallery, there will also be new study rooms and study spaces including a re-furbished area for Math and Science Tutoring. These spaces will be available for use when classes start in August.

Bonnie Postlewaite, Dean of Libraries

UMKC Alumna Bequeaths $1 Million Gift to UMKC’s New Honors College

Courtesy of UMKC foundationThe University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation announced a $1 million gift from UMKC alumna Dr. Linda Hood Talbott to endow and name the deanship of UMKC’s new Honors College. Dr. Talbott, who holds several degrees from UMKC, has long been a tremendous support to the UMKC community. Her generous philanthropy throughout the years has contributed to numerous educational opportunities for distinguished students who have gone on to make a significant impact in their professions and in their community.

The current UMKC Honors Program will become the UMKC Honors College on July 1, 2015. The new Honors College will offer an education program that includes specialized academic enrichment and honors courses as well as opportunities for leadership development, study abroad, and access to a number of other support services. Students that are enrolled in the current honors program will automatically become a part of the new Honors College. Selected students that enter in Fall 2015 will become the inaugural class of Honors College students at UMKC.

Dr. James McKusick is the founding dean of the new Honors College and is currently appointed as a professor in UMKC’s English Department. Over the next five years, the Honors College aims to increase enrollment, expand the curriculum, hire an academic adviser, and increase the number of honors faculty members. In accordance with UMKC Strategic Plan, the honors college will draw high-achieving undergraduate students who can serve as role models for success in the UMKC community.

Updates from Undergraduate Research @ UMKC

Undergraduate Research @ UMKC welcomes all faculty and staff to attend the Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly known as the SEARCH Symposium) in the Pierson Auditorium on Thursday, April 16, from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Judging will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will be held at 6:15 p.m. Staff and faculty are encouraged invite prospective students and other appropriate constituencies to this year’s symposium.

Undergraduate Research is also pleased to announce the launch of UR-Linked, a database website that allows faculty members to create profiles and describe specific projects that they are working on.  Modeled after a robust database at the University of Texas-Austin, UR-Linked allows faculty to also list specific criteria or skills undergraduate students will need to have if they wish to work with faculty in labs, studios, clinics, archives, or other research spaces.

Undergraduate students can use UR-Linked to enter key terms into a search field to locate faculty members who share their interests and can potentially serve as appropriate mentors.  The database will also provide students with expectations for becoming an undergraduate researcher, guidance about professional communication strategies, and information regarding additional work that should be completed prior to contacting professors.

Faculty can access UR-Linked at  The website includes a short (4-minute) video with more detailed instructions about creating a faculty profile and describing research projects.

For further questions and concerns, please feel free to contact Dr. Jane Greer, Director of Undergraduate Research,, or visit the Undergraduate Research Web page at

-Dr. Jane Greer, Director of Undergraduate Research

Assessable Roo Newsletter, March 2015

I am pleased to share with you the March 2015 edition of The Assessable Roo.  Special thanks go to Melita Belgrave for her article on the evolution of assessment in the music therapy programs and to David Ta for his discussion of course-level assessment approaches.  I greatly appreciate these authors’ willingness to share examples of good practices in assessment and I encourage all of you to submit articles highlighting the assessment activities in your programs.  If you have suggestions for topics for inclusion in future newsletters, please let me know.  Thanks also go to Dan Stroud for his continuing role in editing the newsletter, as well as for his article on the university’s new survey instrument, REDCap.

The newsletter can be viewed here.

Dr. Ruth Cain, Director of Assessment

An Invitation to Provost “Listening Sessions”

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an all-campus “Listening Session” to discuss the search for the next UMKC Provost. Three identical sessions will be held, two on the Volker Campus and one on Hospital Hill.

Chancellor Leo Morton will be joined by representatives of the Search Committee who will be on hand to discuss logistics and to hear everyone’s thoughts.  Individuals are encouraged to bring questions as well as comments on the background, qualifications and leadership skills desired in the next provost.

Volker Campus

  • Monday, March 30 Henry W. Bloch School of Management, BEH 218 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 31 Student Success Center, Pierson Auditorium 3 – 5 p.m.

Hospital Hill Campus

  • Wednesday, April 1 School of Medicine, Theatre C 2 – 4 p.m.

Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony


The annual awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of faculty and staff at UMKC will be held Thursday, March 19, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Pierson Auditorium of the Atterbury Student Success Center.  This event is open to all and will include faculty and staff awards for excellence in teaching, service and engagement, research and creative activity, and staff commitment to excellence, among others. Refreshments will be served before and after the program. Don’t miss out!



  • Chancellor’s Award for Career Contributions to the University ($5000) –Lynda PlamannAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs & Director of Curriculum, School of Biological Sciences
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement ($1500) –Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity ($1500) (first of two awards) –Robert RiggsAssistant Teaching Professor of Physics & Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity ($1500) (second of two awards) – Donna Davis and Shirley Marie McCarther, Associate Professors of Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations, School of Education


  • Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – Larry Garrison,Kemper Missouri Endowed Professor in Accountancy, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching ($1500) – John Rapley,Professor & Chair of Periodontics, School of Dentistry
  • Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching ($1500) –Nathan MauckAssistant Professor of Finance, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring ($1500) – Michael PlamannProfessor of Cell Biology and Biophysics, School of Biological Sciences
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching ($1500) – Andrea Drew-Gounev,Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Ogranic Chemistry Labs Coordinator, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Business – Nathan Mauck,Assistant Professor of Finance, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Dentistry – Kimberly Bray,Professor & Director of Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Law – Robert Downs, Law Foundation Scholar & Professor, School of Law
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Medicine – Michael Wacker, Associate Teaching Professor of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Medicine


  • Chancellor’s Education First Staff Award ($1500) – Jane PoeExecutive Assistant to the Dean, School of Pharmacy
  • Chancellor’s True Unsung Hero Staff Award ($1500) – Beci Edmundson,Faculty Affairs Specialist, Provost Office
  • Human Resources Campus Collaboration Staff Award ($1500) – Keichanda Dees-BurnettDirector of Student Support Services, Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Staff Council Dedication Award ($1500) – Jacqueline HawkinsOffice Specialist for Community & Public Affairs, Alumni & Constituent Relations
  • Student Affairs Student Mentor Staff Award ($1500) – Jennifer TuftsAcademic Advisor for Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine


  • N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity ($1000) – Yugi LeeAssociate Professor of Computer Science, School of Computing & Engineering
  • Trustees Faculty Fellowship Award ($15,000) – Anil KumarProfessor of Pharmacology & Division Chair, School of Pharmacy
  • Trustees Faculty Scholar Award ($5000) (first of two awards) – Mark Brodwin,Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Trustees Faculty Scholar Award ($5000) (second of two awards) –Massimiliano Vitiello, Assistant Professor of History, College of Arts & Sciences


Announcements from the Provost’s Office

I am pleased to share that Dr. Jennifer Friend, Assistant Dean in the School of Graduate Studies will serve as Interim Deputy Provost beginning February 1, 2015.

Dr. Jennifer Friend brings to this position over 20 years of educational experience in both higher education and preK-12 public school settings. A member of the UMKC School of Education (SOE) faculty since 2005 and as an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations, she led program redesign and assessment efforts that resulted in state and national accreditation, and the first nationally recognized status for these programs. Jennifer has most recently also served as the Interim Director of Assessment at UMKC since August 2014.

As the Interim Deputy Provost, Dr. Friend’s portfolio will include oversight for FaCET, UMKC-UM Faculty Scholars, undergraduate research, student learning outcome assessment, University College, and course redesign. She will review all undergraduate course and undergraduate academic program proposals/modifications and work closely with faculty on the continued implementation of the General Education program. Dr. Friend will also be involved supporting projects and initiatives implemented by the Provost’s office and the UM System as needed, including the University’s Strategic Plan and UMKC Student Success initiatives, as well as other duties as assigned.

We are looking forward to Dr. Friend’s leadership and expertise in continuing the work of the university and academic affairs. We want to express our appreciation to her for, again, stepping up to meet this leadership need for the university.

Dr. Lora Lacey Haun will be serving as a Special Assistant to the Provost working with Dr. Denis Medeiros in the School of Graduate Studies. Her position will be on a half-time basis. Dr. Lacey Haun is no stranger to either UMKC or the School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Lacey-Haun is the former Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, retiring less than 2 years ago. She also served as the UMKC Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. According to Dr. Denis Medeiros, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, “Lora accomplished much as Associate Dean of the Graduate School prior to her appointment as Dean of Nursing. We are excited that she is able to help us fill the gaps in serving our students during this transition”. Dr. Lacey Haun will advise Interdisciplinary PhD graduate students as she helps them progress toward degree completion. She will also be a key figure in the ongoing development of the Graduate Student Writing Initiative.

Dr. Pat Hovis-French will also return to UMKC to direct the Preparing Future Faculty program that she pioneered here. Dr. Hovis-French left UMKC in August 2014 and was surprised to be back so soon after her departure!

Finally, Ms. Colleen Kelly will advise the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council as they plan the annual Community of Scholars celebration of graduate research that will take place on April 23, 2015. The School of Graduate Studies believes it can continue its mission of serving our graduate students with minimal disruption during this time of transition.

Amy R. Watson, Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs