Meet the Climate Survey Team

The UMKC Climate Survey team consists of a full committee of students, faculty and staff from throughout the university. The committee worked closely with Rankin & Associates Consulting, who administered the survey.

Survey best practices revealed working with an independent, outside agency to conduct surveys on subject matter like campus climate were likely to yield higher response rates and provide more credible findings.

Principal Investigators

Sue Rankin_cropProfessor Susan Rankin
Rankin & Associates Consulting

Rankin is a faculty member in education policy studies and college student affairs at The Pennsylvania State University and a senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education. She has extensive experience in institutional climate assessment and institutional climate transformation based on data-driven action and strategic planning. Rankin has conducted multi-location institutional climate studies at other university systems across the country.

Emil Cunningham_cropEmil Cunningham
Senior Research Associate
Rankin & Associates Consulting

Emil L. Cunningham has worked in higher education since 2004, most recently overseeing research initiatives and projects in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University. Cunningham also received his Ph.D. in higher education from Penn State. His research focuses on sense of belonging, institutionally designated safe space and the lived experiences of students of color.

Barbara Bichelmeyer_cropBarbara Bichelmeyer
Interim Chancellor, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Barbara Bichelmeyer serves as the chief academic officer and senior member of the UMKC’s leadership team. She is responsible for implementing UMKC’s vision. Bichelmeyer ensures academic excellence, maintains growth in external funding for research and outreach, and supports synergy among schools, academic departments, centers, institutes and professional programs. Along with other UMKC faculty and staff, Bichelmeyer is working on expanding student retention, success strategies and an early alert program.

Susan Wilson_cropSusan B. Wilson
Vice Chancellor for the Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Susan B. Wilson is a licensed clinical psychologist with a career in health-care administration, consulting, clinical and media work. In Wilson’s role as chief diversity officer at UMKC, she oversees diversity and inclusion policies and programs for students, faculty, and the staff and community. Wilson attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She earned an MBA from the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

Climate Survey Working Group

A dedicated team of students, faculty and staff has represented the university on the Climate Survey Working Group since planning began in early Spring 2015.

Ida Ayalew, 2015-16 SGA President

Brenda Bethman, Director of the Women’s Center/German and Women & Genders Studies

Mark Bryant, Undergraduate student – Men of Color, Sophomore, Theatre

Larry Bunce, Director of Institutional Research

Julius Carpenter, Undergraduate student – Men of Color, Renewed Spirit Ministries

Jennifer Coldiron, Director of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Keichanda Dees-Burnett, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

Jennifer DeHaemers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Stephen Dilks, Professor of English, General Education Core Curriculum Committee

Michelle Farrell, Graduate student, Adjunct Instructor – Counseling and Psychology

Carol Fitzpatrick, Human Resources Manager

Sandra Gault, Director of International Student Affairs

Rakeem Golden, Undergraduate student – MSOC representative, Junior, Sociology

Eric Grospitch, Former Dean of Students

Sean Grube, Director of Residential Life

Greg Hayes, Former Director of Career Services

Kimberly Johnson, Staff Council representative, Senior Executive Assistant to the Chancellor

Michelle Kroner, Violence Prevention and Response Manager

Scott Laurent, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities

Danielle Martinez, Executive Assistant for the Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Kim McNeley, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Advising and University College

Denis Medeiros, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Roda Mohamud, Undergraduate student – Muslim Student Association, Senior, Chemistry

Luan “Kevin” T. Ngo, Undergraduate student – Veteran, Freshman, Biology

Sean O’Brien, Associate Professor of Black Studies and English

Steven Pankey, Former Staff Council President

Amy Prettejohn, Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Jonathan Pryor, Assistant Director of LGBTQIA Programs and Services

Amber Reinert, Graduate student – Pharmacy, Class of 2019

Luis Reyes, Undergraduate Student – ALAS President, Health Sciences

Kevin Sansberry, Senior Human Resources Manager

Lynette Sparkman-Barnes, Associate Director of Counseling, Health and Testing, and Disability Services

Anne Spenner, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Marketing and Communications

Theresa Torres, Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Sociology

Jeff Traiger, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Sam Turner, Associate Dean for Diversity, Hosptial Hill Campus

Mel Tyler, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Josh Wallace, Graduate student – Higher Education, Office of Student Involvement Graduate Assistant

Peggy Ward-Smith, 2013-16 Faculty Senate Chair, Associate Professor of Nursing, Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching

Jacqueline Wood, Associate Professor, Black Studies and English

Climate Survey Contact:

Danielle Martinez