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UMKC Online and FaCET Fall 2016 Conference

assessmentconferenceUMKC Online and the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET) will host their Fall 2016 conference from 8:00AM to 3:00PM on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Registration is free for all attendees and includes lunch.  David Mills Chase, who currently serves as the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory, will deliver the keynote address, “Knowing about Learning: Assessment Design and Practice.” The conference will also include a variety of workshops and training sessions relevant to the topic of assessment. More information regarding the keynote speaker and conference sessions can be located at UMKC Online.

Jen Salvo-Eaton Receives 2016 Outstanding New Librarian Award

Salvo-EatonJen Salvo-Eaton, Head of Resource Sharing and Graduate Student Services at the UMKC Libraries, is the 2016 recipient of the Missouri Library Association’s Outstanding New Librarian Award.  The award recognizes early career librarians who have made significant contributions to the improvement and advancement of library and information services.

“Jen is a fantastic candidate for Outstanding New Librarian – just shy of three years after receiving her MLS, she has taken on more than many librarians do throughout their careers,” wrote Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services at the UMKC Libraries.  “[She] has made incredible improvements to our interlibrary loan service, built a regional community of interlibrary loan staff and librarians, and built up a brand new set of services targeted toward graduate students.“

“I’m very honored to receive this award.  My successes would not be possible without my great team and supportive colleagues at UMKC,” stated Salvo-Eaton. “I know I tend to push the envelope sometimes, but I appreciate the freedom to initiate projects and experiment.” Salvo-Eaton is founder of the Interlibrary Loan Special Interest Group, a Midwest regional group for interlibrary loan staff and librarians from the greater Kansas City metro area.  The group encourages a strong sense of local community and provides multiple venues for professional development and training, including an annual conference.

Prior to Salvo-Eaton’s hire, UMKC did not have a librarian for Graduate Student Services.  While the position was new, Salvo-Eaton’s leadership and collaborative efforts with the School of Graduate Studies and the Writing Studio have already led to the major success of UMKC’s Graduate Writing Initiative.

“When I was first told over the phone that I had won, my immediate reaction was to think about reasons why I love my job. The biggest reason was because I get to make change happen: improving library services, starting an entirely new program, and changing students’ perceptions of libraries and librarians.”

Salvo-Eaton graduated with an M.L.I.S. from Long Island University and a B.A. with Honors in Art History from the University of Iowa.  She has also completed work toward a Master’s in Art History at New York University.  She is currently conducting research on the effectiveness of large reciprocal borrowing library consortia and is active in presenting at state and national conferences, including the ILLiad International Interlibrary Loan Conference.

Dean Ann Cary Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

DeanCary-680x1024The American Academy of Nursing announced that Dr. Ann Cary, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, was selected as one of its 164 highly distinguished nurse leaders in its 2016 class of Academy fellows. The Academy comprises of over 2,400 nurse leaders in education, management, policy, and research and includes renowned scientific researchers, college deans, and hospital and government administrators.

Fellows are recognized based on their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. A panel of elected and appointed fellows review and select applicants based on the extent to which a nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of the community.

Dr. Ann Cary, along with her 2016 class of Academy fellows, will be honored at the Academy’s annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, which will be held on October 20-22, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Here’s what the Academy had to say about Dr. Cary (UMatters, 2016):

“Dr. Ann Cary is recognized nationally and internationally for her progressive, sustained, creative boundary-spanning leadership across the credentialing industry; for building capacity in our nation’s workforce in nursing and public health; and, in leading professional organizations. Her distinguished productive career led her to be the first to ask the serious questions about the value of certification in nursing and its impact on health care delivery. Her landmark study and subsequent contemporary publications and briefings have stimulated others in the certification industry in nursing and in public health to further validate the importance of certification as a valued credential nationally and internationally.

As a notable academic leader, her work continues to open doors for underserved and underrepresented groups through innovative programming, the removal of financial barriers in higher education and in developing pipeline programs for high school students to access higher education. Hundreds of public health and nursing graduates are now able to advance their careers through her efforts to secure over $11 million in federal/foundation support for STEM pipeline programs, and through the development of highly ranked U.S. News and World Report online nursing and public health graduate programs.”

Online Boot Camp August 2016

UMKC onlineSave the date! This August, UMKC Online is sponsoring a week long online teaching boot camp for all instructors who want to become certified to teach online at UMKC and begin the process of moving their classroom-based course to an online format.  During this intensive workshop, instructors will receive hands-on training from seasoned instructors, receive time saving tips, and hear about some of the common mistakes of first time online instructors.  Instructors will also be paired with a boot camp partner and an experienced faculty mentor.

Online Boot Camp will take place in Miller Nichols Library, Room 121. The workshop runs from Aug. 1-5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Seats are limited, so you must apply to attend.

For more details and to apply, visit UMKC Online.

Experiences in Undergraduate Research (EUReka!) Course Development Initiative

EUReka! Courses 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; or investigating the digital literacy practices of campus groups.  Faculty and staff are welcome to encourage student interest and enrollment in these courses.

Faculty at all levels and in all disciplines may propose new EUReka courses or revisions to current courses. The deadline for proposing new EUReka courses for Spring and Fall 2017 is February 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be found at the UMKC Undergraduate Research website.  Please contact Jane Greer, UMKC’s Director of Undergraduate Research, with any questions.

To see profiles of faculty who have taught EUReka courses, please click here.

EUReka Classes for Fall 2016

  • Honors 215: Researching Kansas City—Dr. Henri Wood (T/Thurs 2:30 to 3:30)
  • Math 206: Brief Calculus & Matrix Algebra—Dr. Majid Bani-Yaghoub (T/Thr 10:00 to 11:15)
  • Math 216: Calculus for Biological Sciences—Dr. Naveen Vaidya (T/Thu 2:00 to 3:40)
  • UPD 260: History of Planning & Urban Design—Dr. Stephanie Frank (T/Th 2:30 to 3:45)

EUReka Classes for Spring 2017
(pending scheduling approvals)

  • Biology H206: Genetics—Dr. Saul Honigberg
  • English 123: True Lives—Dr. Jane Greer
  • Discourse II—Prof. Sheila Honig
  • Cons 242: Musicianship IV—Dr. David Thurmaier
  • Political Science 221: Intro to Comparative Politics & Research—Dr. Debra Leiter

-Dr. Jane Greer, Director of Undergraduate Research

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.

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.