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UM System Leadership Development Program Members

Congratulations to the 2015 UM System Leadership Development (LDP) Program Members!

Those selected to participate in the LDP will join a network of faculty dedicated to quality leadership and advancing academic excellence.  To be considered for participation in the LDP, faculty members obtained endorsement from their leadership sponsor and submitted an application to the Office of Talent Management.  For more information about the Leadership Development Program, please visit:


UMKC LDP Cohort Members include:

Ronalda Cole-Manney, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Kristi Holsinger, Professor and Interim Head, Criminal Justice & Criminology, College of Arts & Sciences

Lorie Holt, Associate Professor and Director of Degree Completion Studies, Division of Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry

Wei Ji, Professor, Geosciences, College of Arts & Sciences

John Kevern, Associate Professor, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, School of Computing & Engineering

Nancy Levit, Curators’ and Edward D Ellison Professor of Law, School of Law

Darla McCarthy, Associate Teaching Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

J David Van Horn, Associate Professor, Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences

Xiao-Qiang (Sean) Yu, Professor and Interim Head, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Waddell Appointed as General Education Coordinator

Waddell_JenniferJennifer Waddell, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as the Coordinator of General Education effective September 1, 2015. Dr. Waddell is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instructional Leadership in the School of Education. She has been part of the UMKC community since 2001 and currently serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Education (IUE) and the Coordinator of the Elementary Education program within the School of Education.

Dr. Waddell’s experience includes leading the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design Team for the IUE, curriculum and program development, academic advising and student mentorship, collaborative teaching and teacher development, and program administration and assessment. She teaches courses in diversity, working with communities and families, effective instruction and teacher leadership. Jennifer also works as a leadership and instructional consultant with schools and districts.

Dr. Waddell will be transitioning into this leadership role with guidance from Dr. Lynda Plamann, the current General Education Coordinator and Associate Dean in the School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Plamann’s leadership in this role during the first two years of UMKC’s new general education program helped to expand collaboration among academic units to provide high quality course offerings in support of UMKC’s general education learning outcomes.

In her role as Coordinator, Dr. Waddell will work closely with the Chair of the General Education Curriculum Committee, the Deputy Provost and the Director of Assessment. She will collaborate with Student Affairs during undergraduate student orientations; with the Missouri Department of Higher Education regarding transfer articulation related to general education; and with MOU/MOA development regarding general education.

The General Education Coordinator facilitates decisions on student appeals related to general education requirements. Dr. Waddell also will work with the Registrar and coordinate UMKC’s communication efforts with our campus community and external constituents. Lastly, Dr. Waddell will work with the Vice Provost for Online Education to facilitate opportunities to expand quality-certified online course offerings in the general education program.

EUReka! Course Offerings

EUReka! Courses (Experiences in Undergraduate Research) offer students the opportunity to experience the excitement of discovery early in their academic career and to begin building a relationship with a faculty mentor.  EUReka classes are offered in disciplines and departments from across the university.  In a EUReka course, students might find themselves exploring how mathematical modeling can be used to solve community health problems; interviewing  contemporary composers about their creative processes; recovering the history of Kansas City in local archives; analyzing genes and their protein products; or investigating the digital literacy practices of campus groups.  Faculty and staff are welcome to encourage student interest and enrollment in these courses.

Additionally, faculty at all levels and in all disciplines may propose new EUReka courses or revisions to current courses. Strategic investment funding from the UM-System is currently providing faculty stipends for faculty engaging in the work of creating EUReka experiences for first- and second-year students. You can download the EUReka CFP and application here with full details. The deadline for proposals is September 11, 2015. Questions about EUReka course offerings or proposals can be directed to Dr. Jane Greer, UMKC’s Director of Undergraduate Research.

EUReka Classes for Fall 2015

  • Honors 215: Researching Kansas City: Dr. Henri Wood (MWF 11:00 to 11:50)
  • Math 216: Biomath I:  Calculus & Modeling: Dr. Majid Bani Yaghoub (T/Thu 2:00 to 3:40)
  • UPD 260: History of Planning & Urban Design:  Dr. Stephanie Frank (T/Th 10:00 to 11:15)

EUReka Classes for Spring 2016
(pending scheduling approvals)

  • Biology 125L: Guided Research–Len Dobens
  • English 123: True Lives–Dr. Jane Greer
  • Discourse II–Prof. Sheila Honig
  • Musicianship IV–Dr. David Thurmaier
  • Political Science 221: Comparative Politics–Dr. Leiter

-Dr. Jane Greer, Director of Undergraduate Research

June 2015 Assessable Roo

I am pleased to present the Summer 2015 edition of the Assessable Roo newsletter, which can be accessed here.  Thanks as always to Dan Stroud for serving as editor.  If you are interested in submitting an article for a future edition, please contact Dan.

This edition features an article by Jessica Williams and Danielle Wellemeyer on their assessment of the Research Essentials curriculum that the UMKC Libraries integrate into Discourse 200 and 300.  We also introduce Caitlin Horsmon, the new FaCET Faculty Fellow for Assessment, who will step into the role starting in the fall.  Caitlin looks forward to working with programs across the university to broaden and deepen engagement in assessment and I look forward to working with Caitlin in this role.

I greatly appreciate the service that Barbara Glesner-Fines provided to the university in her two years as the FaCET Faculty Fellow and am most grateful for the support and guidance she has provided to me as I transitioned into my role at UMKC.  The good news is that, as she steps away from the faculty fellow role, Barb has promised that she will remain involved in institutional assessment efforts.  All the best to Barb as she looks forward to a well-deserved spring semester of regeneration.

Ruth E. Cain, Ed.D, Director of Assessment

Fall 2015 FaCET Conference

Save the date! The Fall 2015 FaCET conference will take place Thursday, August 20, 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Conference Center. This year’s conference is sponsored by FaCET, the School of Graduate Studies, and UMKC Online. The full agenda can be located here.  Please visit the event website to register for this free event.

School of Biological Sciences Students win Roo Idea Jump

Roo Idea Jump '15 ANCH 199 (2)The first offering of ANCH 199: Biology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship produced top winners in the Regnier Institute, Henry Bloch School of Management, competition open to undergraduate and graduate UMKC students.

Three of 12 student teams in the ANCH 199 class made it to the finals. There were 41 student team entries in the competition. The finalists gave a presentation in front of a panel of judges and a large crowd. The judges’ vote accounted for 80 percent of the final score while the audience vote accounted for the remaining 20 percent. Two of the ANCH 199 teams were in the top three and received monetary awards.

American Aid: 1st place ($1,000) and the judges’ choice award ($250)

Students:  Justin Atkins, Laura Wymer, Matias Hindsman, Abigail Altman

From the team’s feasibility plan:

Our product is designed to create pressure inside of a wound cavity associated with a gun-shot. The internal pressure dressing is comprised of gauze that is shrunk wrapped and gauged inside of a water-tight, water soluble wrapping. When the gauged dressing is inserted into the wound cavity, the dressing’s contact with blood quickly dissolves the outer wrapping. This allows the calculated amount of gauze inside the wrapping to expand inside the cavity; thus creating pressure.

This pressure inside of the wound cavity will stop internal bleeding of minor arteries, capillaries, and veins with the assumption that there is no exit wound. The gauze inside of the shrink wrapping is treated with local anesthetic to help administer pain relief to the patient on site. The instantly applied pressure, pain relief, and slowing or stopping of bleeding, will help to free up the first responder by having to do three less things all at once that he or she would normally be responsible for.

Care-By-Design:  3rd place ($500)

Students:  Nathaniel Parkinson, Shakira Gonzalez, Ali Almuhaileej, Jade Miller, Khoi Luu

From the team’s feasibility plan:

Our initial product is called the ePump. This is a new type of Insulin Pump for type I and II diabetics. This pump is different from our competitors because it will not have a standalone monitoring device wired to it. Instead it will use wireless transmissions to send data and receive instructions to the user’s phone. They can control the pump and monitor the data via an app that they can download for their phone. This has many advantages over other devices because it uses less of its own technology to run therefore it is cheaper to make and to purchase, has less development time, it’s easier to use, and is much more comfortable for the user.

Insupatch: This group made it into the finals (top 7), though they didn’t place in the top three.
Students: Eli Ratliff, Rachel Riddell, Rachel Cutrell, Maryan Aldarweesh, Sookie Ji

From the feasibility plan the team submitted:

Introducing the Insupatch. This daily patch helps Type 1 diabetics with active lifestyles. This allows for easier movement and our vision is that this product would be very adhesive so it would stick to you through sweat or even water sports. It would allow for quick changes from everyday wear to gym clothes. Insupatch can be easily disposed of when not needed. This patch removes any unsanitary risks due to dirty needles so risk for infection as it does not break the dermal level. This patch would be very beneficial to people with needle phobia as well. This patch wouldn’t need to be kept as cool as regular vile. We would also make the gel that is already on the patch available in bottle form so if additional insulin is needed that day then it would be readily available.

Dr. Barbara Lach, Assistant to the Dean, School of Biological Sciences

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