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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.

2015-2016 New Faculty Blog Series Issue 12

Preetham Goli, PhD (School of Computing and Engineering)

Goli Dr. Goli is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston.  His research interests include smart charging facilities for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s), distribution system analysis, and control strategies for grid-connected microgrids.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Goli was an adjunct instructor in the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Houston. He served as an advisor for undergraduate studies on smart grid and plug-in electric vehicle technologies funded by CenterPoint Energy, Houston. His most recent article on “Laboratory Setup to Meet the Educational Needs of the Future Smart Grid Workforce” will be presented in the IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition.


Jamie Koerner, PharmD, BCPS (School of Pharmacy)

koernerDr. Koerner is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU. Her current practice site is located at MU South Providence Family Medicine Clinic where she functions as a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care. Dr. Koerner earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UMKC School of Pharmacy in 2013. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 residency focused in primary care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She then completed a PGY-2 residency through the St. Louis College of Pharmacy with an emphasis in ambulatory care and academia. Dr. Koerner is a member of the Clinical Policies Committee in Family and Community Medicine at MU and the Admissions Committee at the UMKC School of Pharmacy. She also serves as a co-advisor for the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and the Public Health Organization at UMKC. Her research interests include implementation of novel practice models and geriatric medicine.


“Don’t Cancel That Class” Initiative

AffirmativeAction_ViolencePrevention“Don’t Cancel That Class” is an initiative sponsored by UMKC’s Office of Affirmative Action and the Violence Prevention and Response Office. Faculty and lecturers that are required to be away from class for professional or personal reasons can invite a trained lecturer to present to their students during a normally scheduled class period. The lectures cover a variety of topics related to Title IX and violence prevention.

The primary goals of the initiative are to: (1) increase students’ awareness of the prevalence of gender-based violence on college campuses, (2) educate students about the university’s policies prohibiting sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and (3) ensure that students are aware of the resources available to them.

For more information regarding the initiative and topics covered during lecture, please see the attached flyer. Contact the Director of Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator Mikah K. Thompson at or 816-235-6910 for more information or to schedule a lecture.

2015-2016 New Faculty Blog Series Issue 11

Michelle Maher, Ph.D. (School of Education)

MMaher3Dr. Maher is a Professor in Higher Education Administration and serves as the Coordinator of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Higher Education Administration Program.  She currently teaches graduate courses on the supervision and management of college personnel as well as the modern day college student. Prior to her current position, Dr. Maher served as a professor in Higher Education Administration at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Maher’s research areas of interest include graduate student teaching, disciplinary writing skill development, higher education access and equity issues, and institutional and programmatic assessment.  Her research has been featured in a number of journals, including the Journal of Higher Education, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and the Journal of School of Public Relations. Her most recent publication, “Cumulative advantage in the skill development of STEM graduate students: A mixed-methods study” will be featured in an upcoming edition of the American Education Research Journal.  Dr. Maher currently acts as a research consultant for a $1.5 million grant examining the progression of skill development in biology doctoral students.  She received her Ph.D. from George Mason University in Higher Education Administration.


Diane McClaskey, RPh, BCPS (School of Pharmacy)

Diane-McClaskey-240x300Mrs. McClaskey joined the UMKC faculty team in October, 2014. She is the Assistant Director of Experiential Education and is located at the Springfield campus. She has held clinical practice sites in Cardiology, Critical Care, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, and has served as adjunct faculty for the Cox Family Medicine Residency Program. Mrs. McClaskey has also held various leadership positions serving as Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Drug Information Manager, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director and PGY2 Ambulatory Care and Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Coordinator. During her tenure, the pharmacy residency grew from two positions to six, with establishment of two PGY2 residencies. She’s also had the pleasure of working as a guest surveyor for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), traveling to other PGY1 residencies during the accreditation process. Mrs. McClaskey enjoys working on teams to improve processes, using Failure Modes Effects Analyses and Root Cause Analyses to ensure safe and effective medication use. Other research interests include alcohol withdrawal and infectious disease.

Mrs. McClaskey is the Immediate Past-President of the Missouri Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP), and has been an active member of MSHP for over eight years serving as committee chair for the website and participating in numerous other committees. She has presented during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the unSUMMIT for Barcode Medication Administration and MSHP annual meetings, and was honored with the MSHP Best Practice Award for safety in fentanyl patch administration.

Mrs. McClaskey and her husband Tim and will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary this year and have 2 girls, Rachael and Abbye.  They currently have a ‘hobby farm’, where they raise miniature Angus and lots of cats.  Mrs. McClaskey enjoys gardening, especially vegetables, and all kinds of crafts, from sewing, to loom knitting to rubber stamping. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing and spending time at Lake Pomme de Terre with her family. Mrs. McClaskey has enjoyed transitioning to academia and the opportunity to work with students and give back to the profession.

Professional Development Seminar on Emotional Intelligence

UMKC-SClogoThe UMKC Staff Council invites all UMKC staff to this month’s professional development seminar on Emotional Intelligence. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 22, from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Plaza Room of the Administrative Center. Organizational development experts from Shook, Hardy, & Bacon, L.L.P., will explain how emotional intelligence predicts performance, leadership, and success in the workplace setting. Please register for the event at myLEARN. Contact the for any questions or concerns.

2015-2016 New Faculty Blog Series Issue 10

Robert (Scott) Stackhouse, M.F.A. (College of Arts and Sciences)

scott-img5318Mr. Stackhouse joined UMKC in the Fall of 2012 as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre in Voice and Acting, and then in the Fall of 2015 he was appointed as the Assistant Professor of Voice for the Graduate Actor Training Program. He currently teaches graduate courses in voice, dialect and also stage combat.  Mr. Stackhouse earned his M.F.A from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1999 and has since worked regionally and nationally as an actor, director, vocal coach, and fight choreographer.

He spends his summers at Seaside Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida where he most recently directed The 39 Steps and Shipwrecked!. Other representative directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (last year with UMKC’s undergraduate actors), Macbeth, The Shape of Things, Scapino!, A Comedy of Errors, a children’s adaptation of The Tempest, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and the Midwest premiere of Scott Sieffert’s comedy, The Atomic View Motel. Mr. Stackhouse has also starred as a principal actor as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Trigorin in The Seagull, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Adrian in Private Eye, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlie Fox in Speed the Plow and his one-man show, Conan the Banana Man.


Zhu Li, Ph.D. (School of Computing and Engineering)

zli-tmm-ae-240x240pDr. Li joined UMKC in the Fall of 2015 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  He currently serves as the Director of the Multimedia Computing and Communication (MC^2) Lab and teaches courses on Image Analysis, Machine Learning and Video Coding/Communication.  Prior to coming to UMKC, Dr. Li was a Senior Staff Researcher/Senior Manager with Samsung Research America’s Multimedia Standards Research Lab in Richardson, Texas. Dr. Li currently serves as an associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Circuits & System for Video Technology, and the Journal of Signal Processing Systems (Springer).  Dr. Li’s research expertise includes audio-visual analytics, computer vision and object re-identification, video adaptation, source-channel coding, and distributed optimization issues of wireless video networks.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in 2004.

Dr. Li is a marathon enthusiast and has finished a dozen half marathon events. He completed his most recent event in 2015 at Overland Park, with a personal time of 1:51:18.