Faculty & Staff E-news 3.6.17

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I want to give a shout-out to Drs. Connor Warner, Etta Hollins and Clare Bell who presented at AACTE in Tampa last week on Redesigning Preservice Teacher Preparation.


Thanks to those of you who supported our candidates for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor in Instructional Technology and Design during their open forums last week.  This week we welcome our third candidate, Ms. Jenna Kammer, who will present on March 9 from 10-11 a.m. in 307.  Hope to again see many of you there.


I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting three candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Higher Education for on campus interviews in March.  I encourage faculty and staff to attend their one-hour presentations as your schedules allow.  All presentations will be in room 307 as follows:

  • Melissa Patterson Hazley – Monday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Meredith Billings – Tuesday, March 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Expected to defend, June 2017)
  • Tiffani Riggers-Piehl – Monday, March 20, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Lucerna, the UMKC Honors College’s undergraduate research journal, is inviting all UMKC undergraduates to submit their research papers or scholarly essays for possible publication.  Final submission deadline is May 13, with submission information posted online.  Please encourage your best student writers to submit their work!


The annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) will be April 27-May 1 in San Antonio and I am thrilled that we have so many SOE faculty who will be presenting:


Greim, R., & Friend, J. (2017, April). Perceptions of Climate of NCAA Division I Athletic Departments by LGBT and Non-LGBT Student-Athletes.


Johnson, K. & Friend, J.  (2017, April). “Invisible Life in the Academy: Experiences of African American Women Staff in Higher Education”

(Both Robert Greim and Kimberly Johnson are graduates of the Ed.D. Higher Education program.)


Hollins, E., Bell, C. V., & Warner, C. (March 2017). Redesigning preservice teacher preparation:  Meeting new demands for accountability.  Session accepted for the 69th Annual Meeting of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Tampa, FL.


Maher, M. A., Roksa, J., & Custer, S. (2017, April). Exploring URM students’ paths to the biomedical science Ph.D.

(Stacey Custer is currently enrolled in our MA in Higher Ed program.)


Nash, K. (April 2017).  High Leverage Early Literacy Practices in Urban Schools.


Nash, K. (April 2017).  High Leverage Early Literacy Practices in Urban Schools (with Dr. Etta Hollins and Ms. Leah Panther).


Peterman, N. (April 2017).  AERA Symposium “Consuming identities: Identity and agency in adolescent transactions with branded young adult literature”.  Symposium title: “Critically Engaging with Children’s and Young Adult Literature by, about, and with Latinas/os”.


Schlein, C., Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2017, April). Suppressed curriculum histories and emerging futures of desegregation: Experiences of African American educators and students.


Schlein, C., & Taft, J. R. (2017, April). Intercultural competence at the intersection of culture and behavior in  social studies classrooms.


Schlein, C., Ukpokodu, O., & Waddell, J. (2017, April). An exploration of exemplar educators in diverse and urban schools.


Strekalova-Hughes, E., & Wang, X. C. (2017, April). Image of refugees in children’s literature: A content analysis.


Taft, R. J., Barger, R., & Lee, D. (2017, April). Observations from the Field on Behavior Intervention Support Team.


Wang, X. C., & Strekalova-Hughes, E. (2017, April). “I don’t want sad stories!”: Refugee families’ storytelling with young children.


Warner, C., Hollins, E., & Bell, C. V. (April 2017). Leveraging reform mandates for program improvement: Developing transparency, cohesion, and shared ownership in an urban teacher preparation program. Poster.


Wilson, J., & Caruthers, L. (2017, April). Jigsaw giftedness: A multifaceted approach to support African American males.


Wilson, J., & Caruthers, L. (2017, April). Invictus Minds: A critical heuristic case study of giftedness in African American males.

(Jermaine Wilson is a graduate of the IPh.D. program, Educational Leadership Policy & Foundations/Curriculum and Instruction.)


Wofford, A., Maher, M. A., Roksa, J., & Feldon, D. F. (2017, April). The early emergence of doctoral student attrition: Perspectives on early departure in the biomedical sciences.

(Annie Wofford is a recent graduate from our MA Higher Ed program.)


The Counseling and Educational Psychology division will be hosting its APA site visit May 1-2, and thus welcoming Drs. Thomas Cafferty (University of South Carolina), Ted Packard (University of Utah)—as chair—and Sharon Scales Rostosky (University of Kentucky) to campus as we work to complete another successful accreditation cycle.


And, as you know, this year’s Urban Education and Community Forum features Dr. Alfred Tatum of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Register now for the April 3rd event, which runs from 5-6:30 p.m. in the UMKC Student Union (Room 401).  Doors open (and seating encouraged) starting at 4:30 p.m.