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Get into Teaching Shape with Online Bootcamp!

Mark your calendars! UMKC Online is sponsoring a weeklong online teaching bootcamp for all instructors who are looking to move their classroom-based course to an online format. During the intensive workshop, instructors will receive hands-on training, become certified to teach online at UMKC, and begin the process of moving the course online. In addition, instructors will learn best practices in online instruction, time saving tips, and hear about some of the common mistakes of first time online instructors.

In order to be eligible for the workshop, you must be teaching a for-credit course at UMKC and wish to develop a course online. Online Bootcamp will take place in Miller Nichols Library, Room 121. The workshop runs from May 19-23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Seats are limited, so you must apply to attend. Deadline to apply is May 1.

For more details and to apply, visit UMKC Online.

Urban Education and Community Forum April 17

Save the date! The UMKC School of Education’s fifth annual Urban Education and Community Forum will take place Thursday, April 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the UMKC Student Union Theater. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Harry, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and learning at the University of Miami. “What It Takes for Effective Urban Education: Cultural Reciprocity – Leaning Forward, Not Bending over Backwards” will explain how service providers can build bridges with families by engaging in the process of two-way learning between themselves and culturally/linguistically diverse families. To be truly reciprocal, service providers must lean forward, creating a mutual flow of understanding.

To learn more about the presentation and to register (for free), visit the event website.

Assessable Roo Newsletter, March 2014

I am pleased to present our ninth issue of the Assessable Roo, which highlights a terrific article by Barb Glesner-Fines and Colleen Kelly about what it means to be a “master” and how to assess master’s programs.  If you are involved in graduate education, I think that you will find this to be a very illuminating read.  I would also encourage you to attend a discussion Glesner-Fines will host at FaCET on this topic on Wednesday, April 16th from 3:30-5:00pm.

Other excellent articles include “Assessing the Capstone Experience in Political Science” by Beth Miller Vonnahme, “Using Rubrics in the Blackboard Grade Center” by Molly Mead, and “How to Create Effective Surveys” by Dan Stroud.  I also have a short article about the need to collect program and General Education data every year, as well as to develop a curriculum map (if this hasn’t already been completed).  As stated last year, a curriculum map is required for each degree.

The newsletter can be found here.

-Nathan K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment

UMKC Appoints Wilson as Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

Susan Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Dean at the School of Medicine, has been appointed to Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC. In her current role as Associate Dean at the UMKC School of Medicine, Wilson has led diversity, access, and inclusion efforts. She is also responsible for policy, recruitment, retention, cultural competency, and health career pipeline programs.

Wilson received her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds an M.B.A. from the UMKC Bloch School of Management. Wilson has held healthcare leadership positions at Spofford, Swope Health Services, and Saint Luke’s Health System, bringing over twenty years of training and diversity consulting experience. In addition to her duties as Associate Dean, Wilson hosted the “KC Currents” radio show and received an award in 2011 from the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists for her work on KCUR 89.3 FM radio station.

Wilson will officially begin her duties as Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion on April 17.

UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Receives $7 Million Grant

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies has been awarded a $7 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to establish the school as a national HIV-prevention resource center. The grant will be dispersed in increments of $1.4 million annually for five years, and will be used to establish the National Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network Resource Center at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The center will create nine new jobs, and the new employees will work with current staff and more than 20 national and regional grant recipients. The purpose of the grant is to help the nation’s HIV prevention workforce use best practices in planning, implementing and evaluating high-impact HIV prevention programs.

“Receiving this grant…provides an opportunity to show the great work in HIV prevention being done at UMKC and in our community. This grant team is particularly talented to serve as the national resource center,” said Ann Cary, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The co-directors of the grant are Laurie Krom, program director in the Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice; and Jacki Witt, clinical associate professor and project director for the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning based at UMKC.

To read more, visit the School of Nursing and Health Studies website.

Congratulations to Dean Cary and the School of Nursing and Health Studies!


UMKC to Adopt Smoke-Free Campus Policy

UMKC is going smoke-free! On August 1, 2014, the university will be adopting a campus-wide tobacco-free and smoke-free policy, which will apply to both Hospital Hill and Volker campuses. Tobacco use and smoking products will not be permitted on university grounds, in university-owned buildings, or in university-owned vehicles.

The upcoming policy change is the result of a student-led initiative that found that a significant majority of students and staff supported a smoke-free policy on campus. In addition, the university is committed to providing a safe and healthy physical environment for its students, staff, faculty, patients and the general public associated with UMKC.

The smoke-free policy will apply to:

  • All outdoor common and educational areas; inside all university owned or leased buildings
  • Campus sidewalks
  • Campus parking lots
  • Recreational areas
  • Outdoor stadiums
  • University-owned and leased vehicles (regardless of location)

For more information about the upcoming policy, visit the Smoke-Free UMKC website.

Donnelly Appointed Dean of Bloch School

The Hdonnellyenry W. Bloch School of Management has announced that David Donnelly, acting dean since May 2013, has been appointed dean of the school. Donnelly succeeds Teng-Kee Tan, who had been dean since 2009. Donnelly will continue to oversee 70 faculty members and instructors, with current spring enrollment of 1,822 students. His goals include doubling enrollment and developing innovative programs, particularly in graduate school and executive education.

Donnelly joined UMKC in 2004 as Chair and Professor of Accountancy at the Bloch School, after serving in the same position at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  He also led the Accounting Department at Kansas State University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. Donnelly earned his Ph.D. in International Taxation and Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1983. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Accounting Programs Leadership Group (APLG) and the board of directors of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). Donnelly also served on several other committees of the American Accounting Association, the APLG and the FSA.

Donnelly has received numerous research grants and teaching awards and has made numerous professional and educational presentations. Past publications in accounting, business and educational journals include articles in Behavioral Research in Accounting, Advances in Management Accounting, Journal of Forensic Accounting, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Issues in Accounting Education, among others.

For more information, visit the Bloch School website.

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UMKC To Launch ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

Out with the old, in with the new! UMKC is implementing a new math placement exam, ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces), which will be used as a tool to guide incoming freshman and transfer students to enroll in the correct math courses based on their performance on the assessment. Dr. Nathan Lindsay, Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment, is leading a multidisciplinary team to implement the new assessment and to disseminate information about ALEKS. The ALEKS placement assessment differs from the older exam in its format, but results from the placement assessment will be used in the same manner to determine readiness for math courses.

The official ALEKS launch will be the week of Monday, March 3, 2014, at which time the new Math Placement website will be available for viewing. The Math Placement website provides general information about ALEKS, guidance for students to determine if they should take it, a link to the exam, and how to proceed once the results are available. If students have any questions about ALEKS, please direct them to the website.

Chancellor Morton Recieves African American STEM Pioneer Award

The Black Family Technology Awareness Association of Kansas City awarded Chancellor Leo E. Morton with its prestigious African American STEM Pioneer Award. The association has recognized outstanding African Americans in STEM for 10 years in the greater Kansas City area. Morton received a certificate and plaque at the association’s 10th annual awards program. The event kicked off Black Family Technology Awareness Week 2014, and includes the Kansas City Youth Technology Fair and VEX Robotics Competition at Southeast Community Center.

Morton received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University and a master of science degree from MIT. Through most of his professional career, he has held high-level corporate positions in the field of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Prior to serving as UMKC Chancellor, Morton served management positions in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing positions with Aquila Inc., AT&T Microelectronics, Bell Laboratories, General Motors, Rust Engineering Company and Corning Glass.

Congratulations to Chancellor Morton for this honor!


Chelsea Clinton to Speak at UMKC February 24

Former first daughter and Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton will be speaking at UMKC for the kickoff luncheon of the newly-formed Starr Women’s Hall of Fame. The event will take place February 24, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Swinney Recreation Center, and is expected to draw in over 1,000 people from UMKC and the community. Tickets to the event are currently sold out, but you may sign up on the waiting list if you would still like a chance to attend.

The Starr Women’s Hall of fame is an organization named in honor of Martha Jane Phillips Starr, one of the first women to serve on UMKC’s Board of Trustees. Starr passed away in 2011, and the organization was created in her memory to preserve the history and accomplishments of women across the Metropolitan Kansas City Area. It also provides women with networking opportunities.

To learn more about Clinton, Starr, or the Hall of Fame, visit the Starr Hall of Fame website.