Category: Academics

Showcase your work — Spring Symposium for UMKC Core

By , October 21, 2014 8:35 am

Symposium 2015UMKC students produce exciting works of interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity within the scope of their general education curriculum.  We are excited to announce Interdisciplinary Discourse: A Symposium of Scholarly and Creative Works at UMKC for our gen-ed students in Anchor, Discourse, and Focus classes.  This symposium offers students a forum to showcase their works.

- The symposium will be held in the Miller Nichols Library on March 11, 2015.

- Students from both Fall and Spring semesters are encouraged to participate.

- Submit an abstract of your work by March 1, 2015.

- Share your work in one of the following ways:  online, oral and poster presentation, performance, fine arts, or demonstration.

- For more information, Watch the video!

This is your chance to share your work, build your resume, and celebrate the accomplishments of UMKC students!


RooWriter Reminders for Registration and Graduation

By , October 14, 2014 10:23 am

RooWriterIf you are an undergraduate and plan to enroll for Spring 2015 in a Writing Intensive course or any class that lists the RooWriter Writing Assessment as a prerequisite, be sure to take the assessment at least one month before your registration appointment so that you are not blocked by Pathway.

If you plan to graduate in December and have not already taken the RooWriter, you need to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment by December 1.

For complete information, see the RooWriter web site at

Everything that you need to know and do is located at the RooWriter web site, including the essay guidelines and expectations.  You can also preview the six Reading Packets to decide which one you want to write about.  The current Reading Packets address topics ranging from obesity to Kansas City’s Troost Wall to selfies.  When you choose your Reading Packet you will be assigned a prompt or question that your essay should address.  You then have 72 hours to complete your essay, which means you can work on it, return to it, and get help from the Writing Studio.

After you submit your essay, two evaluators will assess it in six areas: “Point-Purpose-Idea,” “Depth and Breadth of Analysis,” “Support-Evidence-Citations,” “Style-Audience-Interest,” “Clarity and Cohesion,” and “Grammar-Usage-Mechanics.” Evaluators will also provide comments about the strengths of your essay and any aspects of your writing that you should concentrate on in the future.  To see a sample student evaluation report, please click here.

To help you develop your writing and reading skills, you are encouraged to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment more than once during your UMKC undergraduate career.  The RooWriter is a requirement for graduation, and to fulfill that requirement, you should take the RooWriter after you have completed Discourse II or its equivalent and before you have earned 90 hours of undergraduate credit.  It also is required for Writing-Intensive classes and may be required for other classes.

Undergraduate students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from the RooWriter requirement.  The first time that you use the RooWriter Writing Assessment, your student account will be billed $15, but you will not be charged for subsequent assessments.  For more information, contact the Coordinator of Writing Assessment at

Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund Accepting Applications

By , October 14, 2014 10:22 am

WC GAFThe UMKC Women’s Council established the Graduate Assistance Fund (GAF) fellowships in 1971 to assist UMKC women students in post-baccalaureate approved programs. The funds are designed to assist with the completion of requirements for graduate and first professional degrees, to help facilitate studies beyond the classroom along with enriching and encouraging educational experiences.

For more information about the GAF, please see the recent article in the UNews:

Applications and faculty recommendation letters are due November 3rd (see full time-line below).

Eligible applicants
UMKC women graduate students in a post-baccalaureate approved program of study in A&S, SBS, BSOM, Conservatory, SOE, SCE, Graduate Studies, Nursing and first professional women students in Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Pharmacy. A student may only submit one application to the Women’s Council per year. Students funded in previous years may reapply as long as a final report is on file in the Women’s Council office. Past recipients may call to confirm reports on file.

Eligible funding requests
Support for research activities, scholarly activities or projects, community service or presentations, workshops, research or master classes related to applicant’s discipline or special needs requests. A maximum of $2,000 may be requested. Please keep in mind: the average GAF award is closer to $1,000.

Ineligible funding requests
Standard textbooks, university tuition, equipment, computer software or hardware and supplies routinely provided by your department or school.

The timeline for the Graduate Assistance Fund application process is below:

  • September 9, 2014:  GAF applications open online at
  • November 3, 2014:  5 p.m. Deadline for application submission and faculty recommendations
  • Mid-November:  GAF Committee members start the review process
  • Early December 2014:  Selections Committee meets to select recipients
  • January 2015:  Recipients notified by U.S. Mail
  • February 2015:  Celebration Reception will be held to honor the GAF recipients and donors.

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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