Category: Academics

Dean Searches Announced for new Honors College and for School of Education

By , September 9, 2014 10:34 am

QuadUMKC has announced two search committees that will begin their work vetting candidates and recommending two important academic hires for the University.  One search is for the inaugural dean of the new Honors College, to be co-chaired by Wayne Vaught, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Gayle Levy, Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature.

The UMKC Honors College, which was developed as part of UMKC’s Strategic Plan, is designed to create a significant high-impact learning environment that will increase our community of high-achieving student scholars. The UMKC Honors College will allow students who enter UMKC with advanced educational competencies to experience appropriate academic challenges that may include more focused and appropriate courses and/or the opportunity to fast track into graduate/professional programs.

The other search is for the Dean of the School of Education and will be chaired by Ellen Suni, Dean of the School of Law.  The new dean will succeed Wanda Blanchett, Ph.D., who had served as Dean and Ewing Marion Kauffman Endowed Chair in Teacher Education since 2009.

“The School of Education plays a vital role in UMKC’s urban mission to meet the needs of our community,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Our local schools need excellent teachers, counselors and administrators. I have great confidence in the members of this committee. They are both very capable, and very committed, to helping us identify a leader who can deliver on that vital mission.”

Where in the world will you go? Study Abroad Fair

By , September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Study AbroadWhere in the world will you go?

Study Abroad adds tremendous–yet incalculable–value to your education and outlook on life.  A global perspective helps you not only appreciate other cultures and broadens your own horizons, it also gives you valuable experiences that future employers look for in job candidates.

Not sure where to start?  Attend the Study Abroad Fair hosted by UMKC’s International Academic Programs!  The Fair is Wednesday, September 10th from 11am-2pm in the Student Success Center, Pierson Auditorium.  Can’t make it to the Fair?  Stop by the Office of International Academic Programs in the Student Success Center, room 120.  They have weekly information sessions every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm.

International Academic Programs also offers workshops on funding your Study Abroad life-changing experience, including application assistance for prestigious fellowships.  Check out their website for more information:

TEDMED Simulcast at UMKC

By , September 2, 2014 5:13 pm

TEDMED2014TEDMED is the health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.”  The theme for TEDMED 2014 is “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.”

The Bloch School is sponsoring a free, live HD simulcast of the conference Sept. 10-12 in the new Bloch Executive Hall.  No advance registration is necessary:  students, faculty and others can drop in at their convenience to view the various presentations.

The program schedule for the Bloch simulcast is below.  Full program details, including speaker bios, are available at

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Fall 2014 Seminars for your Success

By , August 26, 2014 3:10 pm

DestinationGraduationYour Destination:  Graduation!  Join us for a full-slate of seminars on success-topics throughout the semester.  Interested in tips to polish your writing skills?  need to know about all the resources UMKC provides?  how to manage stress and test anxiety?  smarter ways to study?  how to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd?

Click here for the full schedule of success seminars.

These topics and more are covered during weekly seminars hosted in the Atterbury Student Success Center by Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, UMKC Central, UMKC Libraries, and the Writing Studio.

Seven UMKC students are Gilman Scholarship Recipients

By , May 13, 2014 2:44 pm

GilmanScholarshipA record seven UMKC undergraduates have received Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships for summer 2014, with another student named as an alternate. A total of $21,500 will help them with expenses.

One group, led by Matthew Edwards, Foreign Languages and Literature professor, is headed to Argentina this summer. The group includes Benjamin Bachwirtz, Victoria Clark, Christenio Collins, Maritza Gordillo, Araba Kuofie and Coleen Solomon.

Taylor Smith will study in Costa Rica, and Alia Wheeler is an alternate to France.

Sixteen UMKC students applied this year. Gilman scholarships are awarded to Pell Grant recipients who plan to study for four weeks or more in an approved Study Abroad program. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

The goal of the scholarship program is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people around the world. No less importantly, the program chooses diverse students, particularly undergraduates who might have financial limitations, to go to countries that are rare study-abroad destinations.

Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony

By , May 6, 2014 11:02 am

USOG[The following was provided by the School of Graduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council.]

The annual Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony will be 1 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Student Union, room 401.

The Symposium, hosted by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council (IDSC), features UMKC graduate students’ research papers, posters and panel presentations.

Following the Symposium will be a Reception and Awards Ceremony from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring the school’s presentation of 41 Research Grant Awards to graduate students, the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Awards, the Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship Awards, Preparing Future Faculty Scholar Awards and the inaugural Ronald A. MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship. In addition, the following awards will be presented:

SGS/IDSC Research Poster and Symposium Paper Awards

IDSC Outstanding Faculty Award: Theodore White, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Dissertation Award Winners: Nazgol Bagheri, Geosciences/Sociology; Ankit Shah, Pharmacology/Cell Biology and Biophysics

Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award: Dustin Stalnaker, History

Superior Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards: Amol Singh, Bloch School; Anne Derrell, History; Amy Nygaard Mickelson, Art and Art History; Kristin Everson, Math; Janalee Isaacson, Nursing and Health Studies; Anna Shipman, Biological Sciences.

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