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Joint Appointment for the UMKC School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies

nicholsThe UMKC School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies have recently announced the joint appointment of Mark Nichols, Ph.D. Dr. Nichols will serve as the associate dean of research for the School of Nursing and the associate research professor in the Department of Basic Medical Science at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Nichols has served as a Scientist Administrator for Research Development and grantsmanship in the Senior Vice Chancellor’s Office of Research for the six Schools of Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the Office of Research, Dr. Nichols worked at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. His lab research focused on the study of steroid hormone receptors, mainly estrogen receptors, and their role in normal and cancer tissue. Dr. Nichols’ research has been featured in a number of leading biomedical journals, including Future Medicinal Chemistry, Cancer Research, the International Journal of Cancer, and the European Journal of Biochemistry.

Dr. Nichols received his B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, where he specialized in RNA polymerase II transcription control. Dr. Nichols also served as a visiting research associate in the gene expression program at the European Molecular Biology Lab in Heidelberg.

Dr. Nichols will begin his work at UMKC in late summer.

Save the Date for the 2016 FaCET Fall Symposium

FaCETMark your calendars for the 2016 FaCET (Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching) Fall Symposium! This event will take place on Thursday, August 18th, from 8:30am to 4pm. The Keynote will be held during two morning sessions and additional workshops and breakout sessions will follow lunch.

The Keynote speech will be delivered by David Chase, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Chase is active in educational research and frequently presents on issues regarding teaching and learning in arts disciplines. He also leads the planning, evaluation, and execution of the Conservatory’s academic administration.

Registration is free and lunch is provided. RSVPs can be sent to Online registration will be available soon. For more information, please visit the FaCET website.

2015-2016 New Faculty Blog Series Issue 15

Elizabeth Batiuk (Conservatory of Music and Dance)

BatiukDr. Batiuk is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Musicology in the Department of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology with a concentration in ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Batiuk currently teaches courses about music and dance in the UMKC General Education Core, as well as courses on research, music history, and music embodiment. Dr. Batiuk won the Louise E. Cuyler Prize in Musicology for Best Dissertation Chapter for her work, “Solo Dance as Heroic Self-Making: Isnavi Cardoso Díaz and Choreographic Transvestism in La Columbia.She has presented her research at the national and regional levels for the Society of Ethnomusciology as well as events at the University of Toronto, University of Michigan, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her dissertation, Kinetic Conversations, documents performers from the Havana-based folkloric ensemble Oba Ilú. In her spare time, she is an avid salsa dancer and member of the Kansas City rumba percussion community.


Ahmed Zarrough, BDS, DSc, CAGS (School of Dentistry)

zarroughDr. Zarrough is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences. He received his Doctor of Science (DSc) in Oral Biology and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) from Boston University (BU). Prior to his current position, Dr. Zarrough practiced as a generalist dentist in Virginia and in Tripoli, Libya. He also formerly served as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at Zawai University. Dr. Zarrough’s latest research, “Modulate Functions of Periodontal Ligament Fibroblast in vitro,” was presented at the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) in March 2016.

Dr. Zarrough was born and raised in Tripoli, Libya and is fluent in Arabic. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer, skiing, drawing, Arabic calligraphy, travel, and outdoor activities.

UMSAEP (The University of Missouri South African Education Program)

For the past 30 years, The University of Missouri/South Africa Education Program (UMSAEP) has made possible a remarkable array of academic relationships between the four UM campuses and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa. Many UMKC faculty members from all academic units have received grants from the UMSAEP committee. Two categories of partnerships are open to faculty: Western Cape Linkage Program, and the South African Partnerships Program.

The Western Cape Linkage Program provides UM faculty members with an opportunity for researching, teaching, or service at UWC. This program will support (in order of priority): collaborative projects involving partners from both UM and UWC – especially those focusing on joint research and publication, curriculum development or distance learning; long-term (1-6 months) visits, including research or teaching all or part of regular courses at UWC; and short-term (2 weeks-1 month) visits expected to lead to collaborative projects.

The South African Partnerships Program, seeks proposals focused on collaborative projects with appropriate organizations and institutions in South Africa. Priority will be given to projects initiated in collaboration with historically disadvantaged tertiary education institutions (including UWC), South African government agencies, nongovernmental organizations in South Africa, or other appropriate South African partners.

The UM UMSAEP website contains applications forms for both programs. The site also contains information on the history of the program, eligibility requirements, and sample proposals. Please visit

UMSAEP is now accepting proposals for joint projects for 2015 – 2016. Each proposal must specify the faculty or staff member at UWC with whom the applicant would be collaborating, and ideally should build upon some previous contact with that colleague. Proposals from UMKC faculty members should be submitted to Dr. Linna Place ( on or before the July 15 deadline.

We strongly urge you to consider applying for these outstanding opportunities.

More information is available at:

Staff Conference for Professional Development Friday, May 20

The UMKC Staff Council is proud to present the 3rd annual Staff Conference for Professional Development, scheduled to take place on Friday, May 20, from 8:00AM to 2:00PM at the UMKC Student Union. The conference will feature keynote speaker Mike Allison, who currently serves as Senior Director at KnowledgeWorks Global at Cerner Corporation. Breakout sessions during the conference will address topics geared toward staff members in the areas of leadership, communication, collaboration, professionalism, technology, engagement, and diversity. More information regarding the conference schedule can be located here. Registration is limited and participants are encouraged to register for the conference by May 6 via MyLearn.

2015-2016 New Faculty Blog Series Issue 14

Mariah L. Harvey, MLS (University Libraries)

Profile Pic_HarveyMs. Harvey is currently Head of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions in Collections and Access Management at UMKC. Prior to her current position, she worked as an Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Ms. Harvey is a member of a number of library committees and work groups, including the Librarian’s Council Administrative Issues Committee, the Usability Team, and the Task Force on Policy Review and Supplemental Materials.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and practicing yoga. She participates in organized hikes as much as possible, informally with friends and with Kansas City Meetup groups. Her favorite places in the metro are Loose Park, Powell Gardens, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Mrs. Harvey is also a foodie and enjoys seeking out new and fresh restaurants to experience new menus. She received her Master in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia and her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Rockhurst University.


Sreenivasan Narayanan, BDS, MDS (School of Dentistry)

Dr. Narayanan Photo - Case (1)Dr. Sreenivasan Narayanan is Director of the Pre-doctoral Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Program and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the UMKC School of Dentistry. In the past 18 years, Dr. Narayanan has been actively involved in teaching the didactic and clinical aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery to both pre-doctoral dental students and oral and maxillofacial surgery residents at top rated dental schools across the world. He has received several teaching awards throughout his professional academic career. Dr. Narayanan previously worked at the University of Hong Kong, King Saud University, Case Western University, and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Dr. Narayanan’s primary interest is in the development and implementation of novel teaching methods at pre-doctoral and advanced education oral and maxillofacial surgery training programs. He is also interested in utilizing simulation training and video based training aids to teach important concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Narayanan received his bachelor in dental surgery (BDS) from The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University in India. He then completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at the University of Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, Dr. Narayanan trained under the proctorship of internationally recognized leaders in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Narayanan and his wife Mahimaa celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary this year and have 2 sons, Saikishen (16 years) and Saisharan (12 years). Dr. Narayanan enjoys outdoor activities with his family and is attracted to matters related to spiritual development.

2016 Faculty and Staff Awards Celebration

Each year, the UMKC community comes together to celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding faculty and staff. These awards recognize excellence in the areas of research and creative activity, teaching, student mentoring, and service and engagement. On Tuesday, April 26, Chancellor Leo E. Morton, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer, and other campus leaders came together to celebrate the noteworthy achievements of this year’s award recipients. Family, friends, and other well-wishers were also in attendance to provide their support and praise.

The full list of 2016 award winners:


  • Chancellor’s Award for Career Contributions to the University ($5,000)Bruce Bubacz, Ph.D., Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement ($1,500)Carol Schmer and Jo Klassen, School of Nursing and Health Studies RN-BSN Practicum Program
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity ($1,500)Jennifer Santee, Pharm.D., Clinical Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy


  • Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in TeachingJohn W. Rapley, D.D.S., Professor and Chair of Periodontics, School of Dentistry
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching ($1,500) – Allen Rostron, J.D., Associate Dean and Professor, School of Law
  • Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching ($1,500)Jeffrey S. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring ($1,500)Cory Beard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, School of Computing and Engineering
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching ($1,500)Doranne M. Hudson, M.B.A., Associate Teaching Professor and Executive-in-Residence, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Business ($500)Jeffrey S. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Dentistry ($500) Robert Blundell, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics, School of Dentistry
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Law ($500)Ann Marie Marciarille, J.D., Associate Professor, School of Law
  • Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Medicine ($500)Jill A. Moormeier, M.P.H., M.D., Hashinger Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine.


  • Chancellor’s Education First Staff Award ($1,500)Lauren Petrillo, Executive Assistant for the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Biological Sciences
  • Chancellor’s True Unsung Hero Staff Award ($1,500)Linda Lawrence, Student Support Specialist, Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
  • Staff Council Dedication Award ($1,500)Breann Branch, Office Support Assistant IV, School of Education
  • Student Affairs Student Mentor Staff Award ($1,500)Kelly Rifenbark, Manager, Student Support Services, Department of Residential Life


  • T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity ($1,000)Joan Dean, Ph.D., Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Trustees Faculty Fellowship Award ($15,000)Barbara Glesner-Fines, LL.M., Executive Associate Dean for Academics and Faculty and Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law, School of Law
  • Trustees Faculty Scholar Awards ($5,000 each)
    Xiaolan Yao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences
    Lark Lim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars, and Artists ($1,000 each)
    Tina Niemi, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences
    Praveen Rao, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, School of Computing and Engineering
    David Thurmaier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music Theory, Conservatory of Music and Dance


Spring 2016 Assessable Roo Newsletter

I am pleased to present the Spring 2016 edition of the Assessable Roo, which can be accessed here.  Please note that this is the last edition that will be edited by Dan Stroud, who has accepted a position as the Assessment Specialist at Midwestern State University, in Wichita Fall, Texas.  Dan will assume his new position on June 1.  We greatly appreciate his many contributions to strengthening assessment at UMKC and his tireless work in guiding faculty and staff through WEAVE.

Of note in this issue is Beth Vonnahme’s follow-up article on the impact on student achievement of the Department of Political Science’s program changes, developed in response to assessment data.  This issue also introduces the important changes for program and Gen Ed assessment that we have been working toward this year.

Thanks to those of you for your many contributions to broadening and deepening engagement in assessment at UMKC.

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

2015-2016 New Faculty Blog Series Issue 13

Mostafizur Rahman, Ph.D. (School of Computing and Engineering)

Ptr1Dr. Rahman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and leads the Nanoscale Integrated Circuits (NANO-IC) group at UMKC. His research interests include nanoscale 3-D integrated circuits, manufacturing and thermal aware circuit design, proof-of-concept nanoscale experimental prototyping, and neuromorphic computing to mimic mammalian brain’s capabilities. Dr. Rahman’s research has received several awards, including best paper at the International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures in 2013 and 2014 and second prize at the 2011 University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge. He is currently serving as Guest Editor for a special issue on 3-D Integrated Circuits in IEEE Transactions on Multi-Scale Systems and is a regular reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO), the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC), and Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH), among others. Dr. Rahman is actively involved in community education and outreach activities and is currently serving as a volunteer judge for KCSTEM Alliance’s high school science competition. Dr. Rahman received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Elizabeth Englin, Pharm D., BCPS (School of Pharmacy)

Elizabeth-Englin-240x300Dr. Englin is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the UMKC School of Pharmacy at Missouri State University (MSU).  She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri where she also competed as a thrower for the Missouri women’s track and field team before receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2008. She then completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU and graduated in 2013.

Before returning to UMKC in 2015, she completed two years of post-graduate training at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency. Dr. Englin also received her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2014. She currently practices as an internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri with an emphasis on transitions of care. She serves as co-faculty advisor for the Rho Chi Honor Society, Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) and Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP). Her research interests are: Pharmacists role and impact on transitions of care, expansion of clinical pharmacy services and exploring innovative yet effective student learning techniques.

Dr. Englin has enjoyed moving back to Missouri and exploring life in Springfield. In her spare time, her and her husband, Nate, enjoy doing outdoor activities, working on house projects and spending time with their larger than life Newfoundland dog.

Dr. Justin Perry Appointed as Dean of the School of Education

SOECandidateJustin Perry, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the School of Education and Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Education Chair, and Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The announcement was made by Dr. Barbara Bichelmeyer, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for UMKC, on March 30, 2016.

Dr. Perry is currently Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning (CASAL) at Cleveland State University (CSU). He also serves as Director of the Center for Urban Education. Dr. Perry’s expertise focuses on the applications of college and career readiness to school dropout prevention and the promotion of pathways to post-secondary education. His program of research has been funded by a $1 million grant awarded by the Institute of Education Sciences, with a record of over 40 publications.

Dr. Perry has been the director of the Center for Urban Education at CSU since 2010. With his leadership, the Center has secured and/or served 27 external grants, totaling to over $14 million, including grants funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, Health Resources and Services Administration, Ohio Department of Education, and The Cleveland Foundation. As Chair of CASAL, Dr. Perry oversees a multi-disciplinary department consisting of 14 full-time faculty, 10 full-time and part-time staff, dozens of part-time faculty, and over 500 enrolled students. The Department offers an array of graduate degree, certificate, licensure, and continuing education programs.

Dr. Perry has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling, both from Boston College. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors at Esperanza, Inc., which is the only non-profit organization in Cleveland dedicated to the educational needs of Hispanic youth. Through all of his roles, Dr. Perry demonstrates a strong commitment and passion for interdisciplinary collaboration, community service, and social justice.