Faculty & Staff E-news 3.16.15

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This week, we are pleased to host two candidates for the position of Associate Professor of Higher Education. Dr. Michele Maher gave her presentation this morning; Dr. Juan Carols Gonzalez will give his presentation on Wednesday, March 18th, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in room 307. Faculty and staff feedback on our candidates is an important factor in our hiring process and I further encourage your attendance as your schedules allow.

As we start to wind down the semester, rest assured that we have a lot going on! First, I encourage faculty and staff to nominate deserving SOE students for the Vice Chancellor’s Spring 2015 Honor Recipients. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 31st; a list of eligible candidates and the nomination form were forwarded in an email from Mel Tyler on Monday, March 9th.

On March 6th, the SOE hosted 43 Prep KC high school students who are interested in becoming teachers. My thanks to Ms. Erica Hernandez-Scott, Ms. Dea Marx and Dr. Uzziel Pecina who provided the students with very helpful and important information and initiated good conversations as the students weigh their career options.

We held our first Saturday Graduate Information Session on March 7th which was attended by 17 prospective students. My thanks to Ms. Christine Timmerman, student Jerad Green, and Drs. Rita Barger, Beverlye Brown, Gus Jacob, Ellen Lavelle, Johanna Nilsson and Uzziel Pecina who gave up part of their weekend to lead academic breakout sessions and otherwise assist. Our next Graduate Information Session will be Thursday, April 9th, from 5-30-6:30 p.m.

I am excited that Dr. Patty Alvarez-McHatton has arranged for the University of Denver’s Dr. Maria Salazar to spend the day with us on Friday, April 3rd and I encourage all faculty to save the date from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for some very important work. While Dr. Salazar’s expertise is in teacher preparation, her presentation will focus on the alignment of professional, program and state standards, and the development of signature assessments, all of which is relevant to all SOE programs. Please RSVP. Please also extend your appreciation to Dr. Etta Hollins for her financial assistance in bringing Dr. Salazar to campus.

In connection with the UMKC Office of Diversity and Inclusion, I also am pleased to announce that the SOE will co-sponsor the screening of the film “Education is Not a Crime” for the UMKC community to promote awareness of the injustice in the persecution of religious minorities. The film will be shown in room 117 of the Education building on Wednesday, April 16th, with an introduction/welcome at 6:00 p.m. The hour-long film will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests that will conclude at 8:00 p.m. Please plan to join us.

As follow-up to our successful Urban Education and Community Forum on March 3rd, an article and slideshow are now available on the SOE website.

A reminder that nominations for the 2015-16 Dean’s Small Grant Awards and the Dean Young Pai Memorial Endowment Fund will be accepted electronically through April 3rd.

And, finally, given the university’s spring break next week, we will not publish enews next week but resume on March 30th.

Enjoy the weather . . . spring officially arrives on Friday!