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Recognizing faculty for excellence in teaching and research

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty members were recognized for their achievements and milestones at a dinner honoring them Sept. 13 at Pierson Auditorium.

“When we talk about our university’s calling to be a servant leader in the community, much of that front end work comes from our faculty,” Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal said. “You are the experts in your fields. You are the ones preparing our students for the workforce and having conversations with industry partners about what their needs are.”

Agrawal offered special recognition for the service of Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer, who served two roles for the 2017-18 academic year, including interim chancellor, and affectionately went by the nickname “chovost.”

 

 

Among the evening’s honorees:

New Curators’ Professors in 2018

A curators’ professorship is the highest and most prestigious academic rank awarded by the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri.

  • Keith Benjamin, D.M.A., Conservatory of Music and Dance, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Trumpet
  • Anthony Caruso, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, School of Computing and Engineering, Curators’ Professor of Computer Science

 

New Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Endowed faculty chairs and professorships are awarded to a scholar or teacher in recognition of past and potential contributions to the individual’s academic discipline. They are crucial for recruiting and retaining the highest-quality faculty. The best universities have the greatest minds, the most creative researchers and the most engaged instructors. Developing faculty talent enriches the academic environment, which attracts and educates the brightest students. Donors who generously endow chairs and professorships not only ensure academic excellence in teaching and research today, but safeguard education for the future.

  • Alon Goldstein, Ph.D., Jack Strandberg Missouri Endowed Chair of Piano, Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Timothy Cox, Ph.D., Endowed Professorship in Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissue Research, School of Dentistry
  • Eric Camburn, Ph.D., Sherman Family Endowed Chair, School of Education
  • William Carter, M.D., Sirridge Professorship in the Medical Humanities, School of Medicine
  • Michael Moncure, M.D., Ralph R. Coffey Endowed Chair of Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Tomi Markku Pastinen, M.D., Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair in Pediatric Genomic Medicine, School of Medicine

 

Governor’s Award

The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to an outstanding faculty member from each participating higher education institution in the state based on evidence of effective teaching, effective advising, a commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.

  • Gerald Wyckoff, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences

 

Service and Engagement Awards

Chancellor’s Award for Embracing Diversity

This award recognizes and celebrates UMKC faculty, staff and registered student organizations that embrace diversity by celebrating diversity in all aspects of university life, creating inclusive environments, culturally competent citizens and globally-oriented curricula and programs.

  • Rhiannon Dickerson, lecturer, Department of Communication Studies< College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kristi Holsinger, professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, College of Arts and Sciences

 

Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement

This award recognizes and celebrates faculty, staff, units and campus organizations that have made engagement with the community a central aspect of their approach to student learning and scholarship.

  • Donna Davis, professor; Marie McCarther, associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations, School of Education
  • Jeff Johnson, assistant professor, Department of Marketing, Bloch School of Management

 

UM System Awards

President’s Award for Community Engagement

This award recognizes those who provide sustained service to a community, contribute to an environment that encourages the academic, cultural, economic, spiritual or social development of members of a community and engage with students, local community groups or organizations through volunteerism.

  • Mary K. O’Malley, clinical professor, School of Law

 

President’s Award for Cross Cultural Engagement

This award recognizes faculty who demonstrate success in promoting cross-cultural activities or understanding through classroom or student service activities, or through direct service to global or regional efforts that relate back to the university.

  • Jannette Berkley-Patton, associate professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine

 

President’s Award for Economic Development

This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated success in directly contributing to economic development in the state of Missouri.

  • Anthony Luppino, professor, School of Law

 

Presidential Engagement Fellows

Named by the UM System president, the fellows are tasked with fulfilling the university’s land-grant mission by sharing research discoveries with Missouri citizens in every county. They were selected for their excellent teaching, breakthrough research and creative achievements.

  • Simon Friedman, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, School of Pharmacy
  • Andrew Granade, professor of musicology and associate dean of graduate studies, Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Jane Greer, professor of English and women’s studies, College of Arts and Sciences

 

Teaching Awards

Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award recognizes and celebrates UMKC assistant professors who have achieved excellence in teaching early in their professional careers.

  • Lori Sexton, associate professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Colllege of Arts and Sciences
  • Ahmed Hassan, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering, School of Computing and Engineering

 

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

UMKC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching recognizes and celebrates UMKC faculty who are consistently superior teachers at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level over an extended period of time.

  • Kym Bennett, associate professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

 

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award recognizes and celebrates teaching excellence among UMKC clinical and teaching faculty

  • Tara Allen, teaching professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences

 

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring

This award recognizes UMKC graduate faculty advisors with a long-established career at the university who have made significant contributions to higher education through exceptional mentoring.

  • Xiao-Qiang (Sean) Yu, professor, Cell Biology and Biophysics, School of Biological Sciences

 

Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Awards

Awarded annually to outstanding teachers in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, and the Schools of Dentistry, Law and Medicine

  • Tammie Schaefer, assistant professor, Department of Accountancy, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Shara Dunlap, clinical professor, Restorative Clinical Sciences, School of Dentistry
  • David Achtenberg, professor, School of Law
  • Robert Riss, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

 

Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars and Artists

  • Stephanie Frank, assistant professor, Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ryan Mohan, assistant professor, Cell Biology and Biophysics, School of Biological Sciences
  • Massimiliano Vitiello, associate professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

 

Research and Creativity Awards

N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity

Recognizes distinguished research and other scholarly or creative activity accomplished by UMKC faculty.

  • Praveen Rao, associate professor, School of Computing and Engineering

 

Trustees Faculty Fellows Award

Trustees are recognizing the very best faculty who distinguished themselves through scholarship and creativity.

  • Kun Cheng, professor, School of Pharmacy

 

Trustees Faculty Scholar Award

Recognizes faculty members who show exceptional promise for outstanding future research and/or creative accomplishments.

  • Travis Fields, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, School of Computing and Engineering

 

 

Promotion and Tenure

  • Gary Abbott, Conservatory of Music and Dance, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Cristina Albu, College of Arts and Sciences, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Brian Anderson, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Majid Bani-Yaghoub, College of Arts and Sciences, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Catherine Boles, School of Dentistry, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Diane Mutti Burke, College of Arts and Sciences, promotion to professor
  • JoDee Davis, Conservatory of Music and Dance, promotion to professor
  • Matthew Edwards, College of Arts and Sciences, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Lauie Ellinghausen, College of Arts and Sciences, promotion to professor
  • Saul Honigberg, School of Biological Sciences, promotion to professor
  • Jamila Jefferson-Jones, School of Law, tenure
  • Kimberly Langrehr, School of Education, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Tanya Villalpando Mitchell, School of Dentistry, promotion to professor
  • Leigh Anne Nelson, School of Pharmacy, promotion to professor
  • Jeffrey Price, School of Biological Sciences, promotion to professor
  • Liana Sega, College of Arts and Sciences, promotion to professor
  • Lori Sexton, College of Arts and Sciences, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Sharon A. Simmons, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Whitney Terrell, College of Arts and Sciences, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Laurel B. Watson, School of Education, tenure with promotion to associate professor
  • Xiaolan Yao, School of Biological Sciences, tenure with promotion to associate professor

 

Promotion, Non-Tenure Track

  • Angela Brownfield, School of Pharmacy, promotion to clinical associate professor
  • Sally Elledge, School of Dentistry, promotion to clinical associate professor
  • Erin Ellington, School of Nursing and Health Studies, promotion to clinical associate professor
  • Maureen Knell, School of Pharmacy, promotion to clinical professor
  • Nara Newcomer, University Libraries, promotion to librarian IV
  • Becky M. Smith, School of Dentistry, promotion to clinical professor
  • David J. Thein, School of Dentistry, promotion to clinical associate professor
  • Cindy Thompson, University Libraries, promotion to librarian III
  • L. Michaelle Tobin, School of Law, promotion to associate clinical professor of law

 

| Article by Stacy Downs, Strategic Marketing and Communications

 

 

 


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