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Best UMKC Professor

1. Dr. Kathleen Kilway, chemistry department

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Department Chair and professor of chemistry Dr. Kathleen Kilway has been with UMKC since 1996 and continues to contribute to the university in many ways outside of teaching. She is currently co-director of an Eisenhower Grant in collaboration with the Kansas City School District, UMKC School of Education and UMKC College of Arts and Sciences. The project provides a two-week workshop to middle school and high school science and math teachers in the area where participants can develop inquiry-based teaching methods.
She is also developing a multimedia approach toward learning organic chemistry, working to dispel many students’ negative feelings towards organic chemistry due to preconceived opinions. Supplemental material will be available online, empowering students with the knowledge that they are in charge of their own education.
Dr. Kilway has received 19 awards over the course of her career, including the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Who’s Who in American Teaching and Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.
She has also received a 4.2 out of 5 on along with rave reviews.
One commenter says, “Dr. Kilway does have a reputation for being intimidating and scary, but if you actually go talk to her you’ll find that she’s very helpful and genuinely cares about her students. I was terrified of organic chemistry but I made it through with A’s both semesters. It’s not an easy, but she tells you exactly how to succeed and if you do it you will!”

2. Dr. James Sheppard, philosophy department


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Dr. Sheppard, the department chair of the philosophy department, has published several papers on subjects from Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture to the ethics of urban sustainability and the work of the environmental philosopher Holmes Rolston. Dr. Sheppard has received an overall quality of 4.6 out of 5 on
“Dr. Sheppard is my absolute favorite professor! He is funny and engaging and has a lot of enthusiasm for his material. This is a very enlightening class and he is a very eye-opening teacher. And he’s not bad to look at, either,” says one commenter.

3. Dr. Mona Lyne, political science department


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Dr. Mona Lyne, department chair and associate professor of political science, has been with UMKC since 2008 and has received multiple awards for her writing.
Dr. Lyne specializes in comparative politics and international relations and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently.
She is also a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwestern Political Science Association.

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