Faculty & Staff E-news 7.5.16

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As we begin our new fiscal year, I want to share with you that a decision on the campus wide proposals for UMKC FY17 strategic funding has been delayed.  As you know, the School of Education submitted three proposals [for an on-line graduate certificate in Instructional Technology, SOE website redesign and development, and (with the School of Computing and Engineering) the development of the MyCPE Enterprise Resource Planning System for operational efficiencies].  I am hopeful that our vision to move these projects forward will be realized; Provost Bichelmeyer will report to us as soon as a decision is made.


Summer camp at the SOE for 44 fifth and sixth graders from the Hickman Mills C-1 School District will be the week of July 18th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily.  Under the direction of instructor Ms. Leah Panther, ten of our graduate students and 15 undergraduate students will serve as teachers and instructional coaches as the elementary students work in teams to identify problems and design solutions.  On the final day, they will present their proposals and prototypes to five individuals serving as judges: Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Superintendent of Hickman Mills School District; Dr. Carl Skinner, Deputy Superintendent; Dr. Mike Camp, principal at C.A. Burke Elementary School; and two (as yet unconfirmed) faculty/administrators from the SOE.  I am excited by this collaboration and thank Leah for her dedication to this event’s success!


We are still awaiting details about what school supplies are needed for the annual backpack drive to support Jackson County foster children but we will alert you as soon as possible since the donation deadline remains Friday, July 22nd.  In the interim, know that cash donations are also appreciated and will go towards the purchase of the school supplies.   Donations can be brought to Student Services in the 129 Learning Commons area.


We continue to receive applications for the three one-year instructor positions in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and I wish to thank Dr. Clare Bell for replacing Dr. Raol Taft on each of the search committees due to conflicts in his schedule.  The other search committee members remain as announced in our last enews.


I am pleased to announce that Ms. Jessica Gomes has joined the SOE today as our new undergraduate recruiter!  Jessica comes to us from a year as a third grade teacher at Academia de Ninos, Alta Vista Charter School, prior to which she was a Teach for America corps member at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School for two years.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego and her Elementary Education Initial Professional Certification from UMSL.  Stop by and say hello; her office is in room 138, inside the UMKC computer lab on the first floor.


A reminder to faculty that you are invited to participate in UMKC’s annual New Student Convocation on Sunday, August 21st, from 12:30-2 p.m. before classes start this fall.  Convocation introduces new students into academia and their journey towards graduation.  Our students will adjourn to the SOE’s 129/Learning Commons at the conclusion of Convocation for information about the SOE, our student organizations and SOE resources.  You are welcome to attend the formal Convocation ceremony in representing the SOE as well as our SOE breakout session to welcome our incoming freshmen and transfer students to UMKC and the SOE.  Note that regalia orders through Ms. Christine Timmerman are due by Friday, July 15th.


Finally, dear colleagues, it has been my joy and privilege to work with all of you these past two years. As I complete my tenure as dean, I encourage your continued efforts towards delivering on our mission.  There is much work ahead and I am confident that we will continue to provide a quality educational experience that will prepare our students to be the next generation of leaders. I hope I have been a good example of what it means to be of service to others. I believe I have benefitted and grown as a professional largely due to my interactions with each and every one of you—a committed and productive group you have been. I leave this role proud of our remarkable faculty, staff and students and gratified by our alumni and donor support. It has been an honor to serve the School of Education—thank you for the opportunity and for your confidence and trust in me! I wish you productive semesters ahead and I look forward to our continued interactions.


Please join me in welcoming Dr. Justin Perry who will begin his tenure as Dean of the School of Education on July 15th.