Faculty & Staff E-news 10.6.14

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As we are now well into the academic year, please help me welcome Dr. Hohsung (Sung) Choe, Ph.D., as a visiting scholar from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Korea) for the 2014-15 year. Dr. Choe will be working closely with Dr. Candace Schlein and focusing his research on non-native English speaking teachers’ narrative inquiry into the professional development experiences, highlighting their status as non-native speaking teachers in the English as a Native Language context. He also hopes to further investigate non-native graduate students’ learning and teaching experiences in a U.S. tertiary setting. He is an Associate Professor of Language Education within the Department of TESOL and English Linguistics at Hankuk and holds his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington. Please stop by room 372 to welcome him to the SOE!

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Annetta Toomey who starts today as Senior Student Support Specialist in Continuing and Professional Education. Ms. Toomey most recently served as Executive Director of Mustard Seed Community Learning Environment in Lee’s Summit and is completing her Ed.S. degree at the University of Central Missouri. Ms. Toomey’s passion for education and ability to forge relationships with the community will be welcome assets as we work to build our CPE enrollment and programs.

As you are aware, changes are underway for the University’s medical plans and you’ll be required to select a medical plan or waive coverage during this fall’s Annual Enrollment. Please join us after the faculty meeting on October 17th to learn about the important changes from Ted Stahl, UMKC senior benefits specialist, and Laurie Goldstein, UMKC wellness coordinator. It will be a great opportunity to get your questions answered and lunch will be provided! Please RSVP (password: benefits).

The SOE retreat is this Friday from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Plaza, Hyde Park and Brookside Rooms in the Administrative Center and will focus on assessment and accreditation. I hope to see all faculty and Student Services staff there as we will be discussing necessary steps to ensure that our programs meet the new CAEP standards.  If you haven’t already submitted an RSVP (password: retreat) please do so.

I’d like to provide you a second reminder of the November 3rd deadline for Graduate Assistance Fund applications. The funds are designed to assist women graduate students with the completion of requirements for graduate and first professional degrees. Support is available 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.

As always, I wish you a productive and fulfilling week.