Faculty & Staff E-news 4.20.15

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I wish to acknowledge the great mentoring of Drs. Dianne Smith, Loyce Caruthers, Donna Davis and Jennifer Friend of doctoral student Regina Anderson Ellis, whose dissertation, “Opening the gates to foster scholarship for urban students: Organizational policies and systemic practices in a high performing high poverty urban high school,” made the Top 20 on ProQuest’s top downloaded theses and dissertations for February 2015. The dissertation has been viewed 320 times since being added to the repository in August 2012. This is not only a testament to the impact our graduate students are making with their scholarship but to the commitment and excellence of our faculty advisors.

A reminder to several of you that the deadline to take the required Mandatory Reporter training was last week. This UM-System wide mandated training is not to be confused with the Mandatory Sexual Harassment training previously required. If you have not yet done so, please visit myHR to complete the 20-minute training at your earliest convenience.

As most of you know, the master’s degree and graduate certificate in Health Professions Education (a collaboration between the UMKC Schools of Medicine and Education) provide an educational research foundation for teaching, assessment and leadership in health professions education. Since the approval of the programs by the Board of Curators in January 2013, the administrative home for the program has been in the School of Education, with oversight well provided by Dr. Ellen Lavelle, who also has taught some of the program coursework. I regret to report that Dr. Lavelle will be retiring at the end of the spring 2015 semester and, given her departure, the administrative home of these programs will be moved to the School of Medicine, effective June 1, 2015. Please do help me congratulate Dr. Lavelle for her 4-1/2 years of dedicated and thoughtful years of service to the School of Education and our students. Her tenacity and commitment to building and growing our HPE programs is much appreciated and she will be missed!

While nominations for our faculty, staff and student awards closed last week, please know that we will recognize this year’s faculty and staff awardees from 1-1:15 p.m. in room 307, immediately after the May 6th workshop in the series “Difficult Conversations and Honest Discussions: Equity, Justice and You.” (Student awardees will be recognized at Fiesta on the Lawn.) The facilitator for our next “Difficult Conversation” will be Deth Im from Communities Creating Opportunities and the topic is “A Dialogue about Implicit Bias”.  It will be held from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (light lunch served at 11:00 a.m.) in room 307. All faculty and staff are invited; please RSVP.

Upcoming events this month:

  • Presentation to faculty on Telemental health by 2015 Alumni Achievement Award winner Dr. Larry Long. Wednesday, April 22nd, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in room 307.
  • RPDC’s Platinum Anniversary Open House Celebration, Friday, April 24th, from 1-5 p.m., Union Station, Suite 401. RSVP to kleinel@umkc.edu.
  • Fiesta on the Lawn, Thursday, April 30th, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.—rain or shine on the SOE patio/lawn. All SOE students, faculty and staff are welcome; please RSVP.

And, please mark your calendars for:

  • The Edgar L. & Rheta A. Berkley Child & Family Development Center’s Playground preschool playground dedication and ribbon cutting in connection with its 22nd birthday celebration and curriculum night, Thursday, June 11th from 4:45-6 p.m. The formal ribbon cutting will follow a short program that will begin at 5 p.m. RSVP to prendergastp@umkc.edu.

Finally, let me give a shout-out to Ms. Connie Fischer, Ms. Courtney Lee, Ms. Tamara Morris and Ms. Christine Timmerman for representing the SOE and volunteering with others from the UMKC community last week on Staff/Faculty Spring Service Day to help spruce up our campus!

Have a great week!