Ishrat Ali, Ph.D. (Henry W. Bloch School of Management)
Dr. Ali Ishrat joined UMKC in fall of 2013 in the Bloch School Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He recently defended his dissertation successfully and will receive a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship from Darden School of Business at University of Virginia. Ishrat’s area of research is entrepreneurial performance, value creation, social entrepreneurship and regional development. His dissertation committee included Saras Sarasvathy, S. Venkataraman, Per Davidsson, and Ed Freeman. Prior to starting his doctoral studies, Ishrat engaged in professional endeavors that include starting and running two companies, working as a manager for large organizations, and teaching. He has an M.B.A. from University of Virginia, and Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics from University of Dhaka. Outside academia, Ishrat’s interests include travelling, photography and politics.
Katherine Ervie M.P.A.S., P.A.-C. (School of Medicine)
Professor Katherine Ervie is the Program Director and Assistant Teaching Professor of the newly accredited Physician Assistant Program at the UMKC School of Medicine. Ervie completed her Physician Assistant training at Butler University and received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. She has practiced in the areas of orthopedic and cardiothoracic surgery with staff appointments at Saint Luke’s Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital, Research Hospital and Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. In addition to serving as mentor and preceptor to PA students, Ervie has also served as past president of the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants. She also continues to work clinically in the areas of Orthopedic Spine Surgery. Ervie is looking forward to working with an incredible faculty to educate future physician assistants to meet healthcare needs of our community.
Kimberly Swanson Church, Ph.D. (Henry W. Bloch School of Management)
Dr. Kimberly Swanson Church comes to us from the University of Arkansas (2010) and is starting her second semester at UMKC as an Assistant Professor of Accounting. She currently teaches the undergraduate Accounting Information Systems and graduate IT Audit classes. On the side, Church is part owner in a family hunting business 2 hours south of Kansas City. Along with being a professor and business owner, Church has also been a trust tax preparer for the Kansas State University Foundation and served as an entry level accountant in the commodities industry. She hopes to bring her entrepreneurial experiences to the classroom and give accounting students a unique perspective of the information they are learning in the Bloch School.
Stephanie Frank, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design)
Dr. Stephanie Frank is the new Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Design in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. She holds a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California as well as a B.A. and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Frank is a planning historian interested in private, corporate, and industrial planning and urban development. Her current book project is on the role of the film industry in the urban development of metropolitan Los Angeles. Frank teaches courses on planning history, urban studies, housing, and historic preservation. She looks forward to participating in the growth of the Urban Planning and Design program.
John D. Ball, D.D.S. (School of Dentistry)
Dr. John Ball earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1977 and completed the General Practice Residency Program at the Kansas City VA Medical Center in 1978. He is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and International College of Dentists. Ball is an ADA member and was a former VA delegate to the ADA House of Delegates. He currently serves as President of the American Prosthodontic Society. Ball retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Dentistry in January 2013 after serving 37 years. He was most recently the Director of both Veterans Affairs Central Dental Laboratory (CDL) locations (Dallas. Texas, and Washington, D.C.). Ball was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences at the Baylor College of Dentistry, working in the pre-doctoral Removable Prosthodontic clinic. Ball is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences at the UMKC School of Dentistry. He teaches in both the clinical and preclinical laboratory settings, as well as serving as a course director. Ball loves teaching and enjoys seeing the students learn, think, apply, evaluate, and mature! Their success is his reward.
Hyeyoung Shin, M.F.A. (Department of Art & Art History)
Hyeyoung Shin is the Assistant Professor of Print Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the College of Art and Science. She is an artist and educator, whose artwork seeks to create a space for sharing experiences with people. Shin received a Master of Fine Art degree from University at Buffalo, and two B.F.A.s in Printmaking and Painting from Hong-Ik University and Kyoung-Sung University in Korea. She has exhibited across the US, including solo shows at the UB Anderson Gallery at the University in Buffalo, New York; the 20|20 Gallery of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in the Elizabeth Arts Foundation, New York; the Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Western New York Book Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, and has been featured in many group shows nationally and internationally. Shin’s prints and artist’s books are in the Archives and Study Center for Prints, Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; the Special Collections of the University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa; Denver University, Colorado; Arkansas State University, Jonesboro; the 2009 & 2010 Southern Graphic Council Archives; Colombia College’s Permanent Collection of Book Arts, Chicago, Illinois; and the University of Akron’s Archive, Ohio.
Challenged to spread the word about how Health Sciences librarians make a difference, Sue Sykes-Berry and Kristy Steigerwalt received first place for their winning entry in the Wolters Kluwer Health Video contest. Wolters Kluwer is a global information services and publishing company whose products include the popular OvidMD database. Video entries were judged by an expert panel comprised of clinicians, librarians and publishers who reviewed the videos on the basis of creativity and originality, quality, and content of the message. The winning entry received a $5,000 cash prize.
Contest judge, Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD, FACS, FAAO-HNS, had this to say about their entry: “As a busy, practicing physician who just tries to ‘Google it’ or ‘Pubmed it’ on the fly, but who wishes she had that type of support in unusual patient cases, that video absolutely tells the value of a great medical librarian.”
Sykes-Berry began working at UMKC’s Health Science Library in July 1998 where she is the Instructional Reference Librarian. Steigerwalt joined UMKC in August 2011 and is one of the library’s Clinical Medical Librarians.
Congratulations Sue and Kristy!
To view the video, click here.
-Mark Mattison, Director of Advancement, UMKC Libraries
University of Missouri – St. Louis English professor, poet, and celebrated expert in Jewish folklore, Howard Schwartz, will have a new poetry collection, The Library of Dreams, released by BkMk Press of the University of Missouri – Kansas City on November 15. The book is made up of new work, standout favorites, and some poems from early in his 50-year career, long out of print until now.
The Library of Dreams features illustrations by artist and collaborator Caren Loebel-Fried. She is a carver working primarily in block prints, and has written and illustrated several well-known legends and myths of the Hawaiian islands, including “Legend of the Gourd,” “Lono and the Magical Land Beneath the Sea,” “Hawaiian Legends of Dreams,” and “Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits.”
For more information about Schwartz, his accolades, and his published works, visit his personal website or his Wikipedia biography.
-Sandra Beaty, Office of Public Relations
Norma Cantu, Ph.D. (Latina/Latino Studies, Department of English Language and Literature)
As Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at UMKC, Dr. Norma Cantu’s duties include teaching, committee work, and the development of the Latina and Latino Studies (LLS) Program. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and has taught at Texas A&M, the University of California – Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas – San Antonio. Cantu is also Professor Emerita at the University of Texas – San Antonio. She is founder and director of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa and co-founder of the group of Latina/o poets, CantoMundo, as well as a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. As editor of a book series, Rio Grande/Rio Bravo: Borderlands Culture and Tradition, at Texas A&M University Press, and Literatures of the Americas, she promotes the publication of research on borderlands culture. In her work at UMKC, Cantu most looks forward to:
- Working with faculty and students across disciplines to establish a solid foundation for a program in LLS so we can offer a minor and a major in the field and thereby become a model for other universities seeking to do the same.
- Becoming involved in community events and thereby functioning as a liaison for UMKC to the Latina/o community.
- Increasing recruitment and retention of Latina and Latino students at all academic levels (undergraduate and graduate) and in all fields.
Jason Martin, Ph.D. (Department of Communication Studies)
Dr. Jason Martin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and received bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Business Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2000. He attained his Master’s degree in Journalism and Communication from The Ohio State University in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky in 2011. While at the University of Kentucky, he served as an editorial assistant, research assistant for the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Communication, president of the Communication Graduate Student Association, and chair of the University of Kentucky Communication Mentoring Program. Martin has collaborated on various projects addressing an array of communication topics, has presented his work at national, regional and international conferences, and co-authored a chapter in The Sage Handbook of Communication and Instruction. He currently teaches Research Seminar in Communication Studies and Intercultural Communication; his teaching experience also includes courses in public speaking, persuasion, interpersonal communication, and qualitative methodology. Martin is in his third year as a UMKC faculty member but is excited to begin his new tenure-track position that will allow him to focus more on research and university service.
Holli Paulk, M.B.A., M.P.A.S. (School of Medicine)
Professor Holli Paulk graduated in 2003 with a B.S. Physician Assistant degree from South University in Savannah, Georgia; in 2004 with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska; and in 2009 with an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from South University in Savannah, Georgia. Paulk’s 10-year career as a Physician Assistant has featured a focus in gastroenterology, hepatology, liver transplant and also in healthcare administration. She came to Kansas City from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently works with the liver transplant program at Saint Luke’s Hospital. Paulk joined UMKC as an Assistant Professor for the M.M.S.P.A. Program. As a full-time faculty member, she will be involved in curriculum development, lectures, clinical instruction and will serve as the Clinical Coordinator for the program. Paulk looks forward to working closely with the talented program faculty and staff and to molding new students into Physician Assistants we can be proud of.
Julie Sutton, M.S.D.H. (School of Dentistry)
Professor Julie Sutton joined the Division of Dental Hygiene in the School of Dentistry. She obtained her bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of North Carolina. Sutton has taught courses in North Carolina, Iowa, and Missouri. Her duties as Assistant Professor include Community Oral Health, Biochemistry, Clinic, and Biomaterials lab, in addition to research endeavors. Her research interests involve the impact of second-hand smoke on nonsmokers’ oral health. Sutton looks forward to student mentorship and faculty networking among a diverse, friendly, and talented school population.
Kylie Barnes, Pharm.D. (School of Pharmacy)
Dr. Kylie Barnes received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, Barnes completed her first post-graduate residency in pharmacy practice at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO, and a second residency in ambulatory care with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She was an Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy from 2012 to 2013. Barnes’s current ambulatory care practice site is in primary care at the Kansas City Care Clinic, and she has a strong interest in women’s health. She is excited to be joining UMKC as Assistant Professor, and looks forward to helping shape the future of pharmacy.
Allan Katz, J.D. (Henry W. Bloch School of Management; Department of Political Science)
Ambassador Allan Katz, a UMKC alum, returns as a Distinguished Professor. Ambassador Katz was appointed by Barack Obama to be the Ambassador of the United States of America to Portugal in 2009. Ambassador Katz worked as a lawyer, but stayed active in politics and helped draft the Democratic Party Platform in 2008. He is now working to start an institute for politics in Kansas City. As a professor at UMKC, he is most looking forward to becoming a part of the university community.
Dr. Stephanie Kelton, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently appeared on “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC on October 7. During the segment, Kelton explained the fallacy of comparing government debt to household debt. This appearance is one of several she has made for broadcast television and national radio programs.
Kelton is Editor-in-Chief of the blog New Economic Perspectives. Her research has appeared in journals including Journal of Economic Issue, Cambridge Journal of Economics, and Review of Social Economy. She currently teaches courses in macroeconomics, finance, and money and banking at UMKC.
To view the “All In with Chris Hayes” segment, visit the New Economic Perspectives website. You may also read more about Kelton’s work on her website.
Congratulations to Stephanie for this honor!
David Gligor, Ph.D. (Henry W. Bloch School of Management)
Dr. David Gligor is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Gligor received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, and prior to joining the Bloch School, Gligor taught operations and supply chain courses there. He also worked as a logistics coordinator and team leader with several organizations, including Hapag-Lloyd, one of the largest container shipping lines in the world. Gligor’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and Journal of Transportation Management.
Stuart Munro, M.D. (School of Medicine)
Dr. Stuart Munro is the Chair of the newly-created Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at the UMKC School of Medicine. This position includes oversight responsibility for the education of medical students in the areas of medical humanities, the social and behavioral aspects of medicine as well as student experiences in international medicine. Dr. Munro has served as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UMKC School of Medicine for the past decade. He is the immediate Past President of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry.