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