Recognition of faculty accomplishment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City entered a new phase in 2016 with the debut of the Leaders in Learning celebration, a gala dinner event at the Intercontinental Hotel.
The event represented an upgrade and expansion of what had previously been an annual daytime, on-campus recognition of faculty who had received promotions or earned tenure. The new format is an evening of dinner and jazz, and recognition was expanded to include new and existing endowed faculty, Curators’ Professors, and other awards of distinction.
The promotion and tenure process at UMKC involves a lengthy and rigorous review of academic performance in teaching, scholarship and service. Each of the academics recognized at the celebration has demonstrated to their peers and to the administration that they have met high standards for sustained contributions and outstanding performance.
“The awards, recognitions, promotions and conferrals of tenure that we celebrate tonight are true milestones, and deserve to be treated as such,” said Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, provost and executive vice chancellor. “This evening, you are being recognized as leaders in your disciplines, in higher education, and in the life and progress of our community.”
School of Education faculty recognized were:
Donna Davis, Ph.D., promoted to professor in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations division, effective September 1. Dr. Davis joined the SOE as an assistant professor in 1999 and currently serves as coordinator of the Foundations of Education program. She holds her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Justin Perry, Ph.D., promoted to professor with tenure in Counseling and Educational Psychology and named Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation/Missouri Endowed Chair. He joined the School of Education July 15 as dean and holds his doctorate from Boston College.