Leaders in Learning

A celebration of faculty achievement

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

“I am proud to work among faculty such as yourselves, who have contributed not only to our students’ advancement, but also to Kansas City’s advancement,” said Interim Chancellor and Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer. “You’ve sat on boards, served as mentors and given back to our Kansas City community in many ways. UMKC faculty are a key reason why UMKC is the esteemed university it is today.”

The following Bloch faculty were recognized at the event:


Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Nathan Mauck, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Nathan Mauck joined the UMKC faculty in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management in 2011. He teaches courses in financial management, advanced corporate finance, financial modeling, valuation/M&A, and international finance. Mauck is a gifted teacher, having been named Bloch Favorite Faculty by Bloch’s graduating students in 2014, winning the UMKC Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015, and receiving the Bloch School’s Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in 2015 and 2017. Mauck’s primary research interests include sovereign wealth funds, mergers and acquisitions, behavioral finance, real estate, international and corporate finance. He has 16 publications in leading finance journals and his work has been presented at more than 20 academic seminars and conferences worldwide.

Promotion to full Professor with Tenure

Brian Klaas, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Brian Klaas joined the UMKC faculty as dean and professor of management of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management in 2017. He has published extensively in such areas as human resources, dispute resolution and labor relations. His work has been published in some of the leading journals in his field, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, Personnel Psychology, Industrial Relations and Journal of Management. He also has served on the editorial boards for a number of these journals and has had his research funded by organizations such as the Society of Human Resource Management, the Upjohn Institute and the Gevity Institute.

Promotion to the rank of full Professor

Nancy Day, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
After serving as an HR practitioner and consultant, Nancy Day joined the Henry W. Bloch School of Management faculty in 1991. She specializes in workplace issues related to rewards, diversity and attitudes. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and proceedings, and is notable for publishing one of the first articles investigating LGBT workplace issues in a top-tier business journal. She served as chair of the Bloch School’s Department of Business Administration from 1998 through 2001, interim associate dean from 2001 to 2002, and director of the Executive MBA program from 2001 to 2003. Since 2010, she has held the role of UMKC faculty ombudsperson. Day has served on the boards of the Midwest Academy of Management and WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association), and is active in the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

New Endowed Faculty

Brian Klaas, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Siegmund Harzfeld Professor of Economics and Business Policy

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