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									                                 UMKC New Faculty 2007

The College of Arts & Sciences

Art and Art History

Ricky Allman
Assistant Professor of Painting/Drawing- Contact information: allmanrw@umkc.edu, FA206,
office phone: 235-2995
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA Massachusetts College of Art; AS, Utah Valley State

Professor Allman is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. His latest work
focuses on ideas about the coexistence of utopia and dystopia, creation and destruction, and
other apocalyptic themes and metaphors. He draws inspiration from his childhood in Utah, the
landscape and the interaction of nature and architecture. His work is exhibited nationally in Los
Angeles, New York, Miami and elsewhere. This fall Professor Allman will teach Painting and
Foundation Drawing.

Lance Duffin
Visiting Instructor, Art History, Department of Art and Art History, 205 Fine Arts Building, e-mail:

Mr. Duffin joins the Department of Art and Art History as the coordinator of the UMKC Gallery
of Art, lecturer in art history and principal undergraduate adviser. He earned both his B.A. and
M.A. in art history at the University of Utah. Before joining the faculty at UMKC, he was
instructor of art history at the University of Utah, where he specialized in teaching courses
focusing on women's issues and cultural diversity. In addition, he taught a series of innovative
courses in photography using digital imagery and computer generated designs.
His research specialty deals with contributions of African-American visual artists to the Harlem
Renaissance during the 1920s and 1930s.

Communication Studies

Michael McDonald
Associate Professor of Communication Studies- Contact Information: 202 Haag Hall, 235-1337.
Ph.D., University of Kansas, M.A., University of Missouri at Kansas City, B.A., University of
Missouri at Kansas City

Professor McDonald has taught for 21 years at Rockhurst University. His research focuses on the
Rhetorical and Organizational aspects of communication. An interest in the critical approaches
to organization has led him to examine language as it operates as power in organizations.
Professor McDonald is interested in organizational rhetoric, organizational culture, intercultural
communication, political communication, interpersonal communication and qualitative
methods. This fall Professor McDonald will teach Introduction to the Study of Human
Communication and Interpersonal Communication.


Anthony Sze-Fai Shiu
Assistant Professor of English - Contact Information: shiua@umkc.edu
Cockefair Hall 117, Office Phone: 235-5205
Ph.D., American Studies, Michigan State University,M.A., English, University of Vermont
A.B., English, Ohio University

Professor Shiu was an assistant professor of English at Springfield College, where he taught
courses in composition, American literature, and American ethnic literatures. He has published
essays on a variety of topics including Filipino American literature, the interracial dynamics of
musical production and expression, and the relationship between racial equality and state
power. He also served as guest editor of CR: The New Centennial Review for the “As/Am:
Declarations of Asian America” special issue. Professor Shiu will teach courses in American
literature and African American literature and will help develop new courses for the English
Department, such as Asian American literature.

Christie Hodgen
Assistant Professor of English - Contact Information: hodgenc@umkc.edu
Dept. of English, CH – 112
B.A., University of Virginia; M.F.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Christie Hodgen is the author of the novel "Hello, I Must Be Going (Norton 2006), which was
featured in Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers series, and the short story collection
"A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw" (University of Massachusetts Press 2003), winner of the AWP award
in short fiction. Her fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and has
won several awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature
Grant, the Faulkner Society Novella Prize, and the Ernest Hemingway Award for Short Fiction. In
addition to fiction writing she will teach classes in contemporary literature and the history of the
short story.

Jennifer Frangos
Dr. Frangos joins the English Department from Texas Tech University. A specialist in eighteenth-
century British literature, her research focuses on print culture and discursive practices; she is at
work on a study of sexual relationships between women in the period and, with Cristobal Silva,
an edited collection, “Teaching the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century” (forthcoming from
Cambridge Scholars Press). Dr. Frangos is an editor of the academic journal, The Eighteenth
Century: Theory and Interpretation. She received a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, an M.A.
from the University at Buffalo, and an A.B. from Vassar College.
Hadara Bar-Nadav
Assistant Professor of Poetry - Contact information: barnadavh@umkc.com
Dept of English, CH – 121
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; MA, Montclair State University; BA, William Paterson

Hadara Bar-Nadav’s first book of poetry _A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight_ (MARGIE/IntuiT
House, March 2007) was chosen by Kim Addonizio as the winner of the 2005 MARGIE/ /Book
Prize. Her Pushcart-nominated poetry has appeared in such journals as the Beloit Poetry Journal,
Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, TriQuarterly, and Verse. Bar-Nadav was an
Assistant Professor of English at St.John’s University in Minnesota before joining the English
Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Over the next year, she will be teaching
the Writing of Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, and Black Women Writers.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Andrew Billing
Visiting Assistant Professor of French – Contact Information: Scofield 213, ph. 235-2826
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; M.A., University of Canterbury, New Zealand; B.A. (Hons),
University of Otago, New Zealand.

Professor Billing recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine.
His research explores the intersections between literary fiction, politics, and moral and political
philosophy in the French Enlightenment, with particular attention to the literary and political
works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His teaching interests include eighteenth-century French
literature, Enlightenment political and moral philosophy, intellectual history, narrative, and
critical theory. This fall Professor Billing will teach Masterpieces of French Literature and
Second-Year French Language.

Larson Powell
Assistant Professor of German - Contact Information: powelllar@umkc.edu, Scofield 206A, office
phone: 235-1316.
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D, Columbia University; B.A., Harvard College.

Prof. Powell taught at Texas A&M University, U Mass Amherst and Fordham University before
coming to UMKC. His first book on modern German poetry will be published by Camden House
in 2008; a second book on post-1945 media art (electronic music, radio plays, film
soundtracks) is in preparation. He has published and lectured in German, French and English, on
German film and literature as well as on musicology, psychoanalysis and philosophical
aesthetics. He will be teaching a survey of German 20th century literature and a course on
German film, along with language courses, in 2007-2008.

Nacer Khelouz
Visiting Assistant Professor of French – Contact Information: SH 204, X5996
Licence, Maîtrise (Université de Paris VIII); Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
Professor Khelouz is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on
the omnipresence of the political aspect in the Algerian and extensively Maghrebian
Francophone Novel during the French colonization. An ignored double articulation that
dominated Francophone novels in Maghreb countries during this period – subject writing and
writing the subject – led him to re-question the repetitive and western mechanical
categorization of these novels not only as Ideological (i.e. Condolences). Considered from this
angle, his interest is to emphasis Aesthetic and literary dimensions within these novels from
which they were kept apart. His teaching interests give a large credit to the
intersection/interaction between French Literature/civilization and Francophone writers in their
local realities. This Fall semester, Professor Khelouz will teach Intermediate French 1, Oral
French and Francophone World.


Pellom McDaniels III
Assistant Professor of History and American Studies – Contact information:
mcdanielsp@umkc.edu, 203 Cockefair Hall, office phone: 235-1339
Ph.D., M.A., Emory University; B.S., Oregon State University

Professor McDaniels is a recent graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research
focuses on African American masculinity and the historical development of the black sports hero
as a cultural icon of resistance, manhood and citizenship. McDaniels’ research interests include
histories and philosophies of resistance; representations of the black sports hero in twentieth
century literature; nineteenth century African American masculinities; and, representations of
African American manhood in popular culture. Professor McDaniels is also interested in African
American art and literature, folklore, and photography. This fall Professor McDaniels will teach
Masculinity in History, and a History of Sport.


Dana Tulodziecki
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Office: 219 Cockefair Hall
Contact Information TBA, Philosophy Department General Phone Number: (816) 235-1331
Ph.D. 2007, M. Phil. 2002, M.A. 2001. Columbia University
M.Sc. History and Philosophy of Science 1999, B.Sc. Philosophy (First Class Honours) 1998. The
London School of Economics.

Professor Tulodziecki earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2007. Her research focuses
on the history and philosophy of science, especially on questions of the philosophical
implications of scientific method. She recently published a paper called ‘Breaking the Ties:
Epistemic Significance, Bacilli, and Underdetermination’ in Studies in History and Philosophy of
Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
(forthcoming). Professor Tulodziecki has particular interests in the history and philosophy of
medicine. A native of Germany, Professor Tulodziecki is fluent in several languages, and has also
published translations of philosophical works. In the fall she will be teaching "Logic and the
Scientific Method" and "Epistemology."

Anthony Caruso
Assistant Professor of Physics - Contact information: carusoan@umkc.edu
Ph.D., M.S., University of Nebraska – Lincoln; B.A. Bethany College

Professor Caruso is a recent transfer from North Dakota State University (NDSU) as a Research
Professor whose duties included leading groups in organic spintronics and nuclear batteries.
 Previous to NDSU, Dr. Caruso was a graduate from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where
a dissertation prize regarding interfacial electronic structure was awarded. At UMKC, the Caruso
group will study the relationship between the electronic and magnetic structure in organic-
based solids, as it relates to understanding room temperature transition behavior, with ultimate
application in advanced magneto electronic devices. Additionally, the Caruso group has interest
in resolving the incident energy of neutrons emitted from fissile materials, whose application is
directly related with homeland security.


Jared Bruce
Assistant Professor of Psychology - Contact Information: Department of Psychology, 4825 Troost
Bldg, Rm 111-G. E-mail: brucejm@umkc.edu, Office phone: 235-5429. Office fax: 235-1062.
Ph.D., M.S., The Pennsylvania State University; B.A., The University of Maine

Dr. Bruce recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Brown
Medical school. His research focuses on the applied aspects of medical neuropsychology, with a
particular emphasis on patients with multiple sclerosis, concussions, and mild cognitive
impairment. Teaching interests include neurological disorders of behavior, neuropsychological
assessment, and clinical psychology. This fall Dr. Bruce will teach psychobiology and intellectual

Social Work

Monica Nandan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Social Work - Contact Information: 4825 Troost, Suite 116
816-235-1025, nandanm@umkc.edu
Ph.D. and M.S.W. from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL., M.B.A. in Health
Administration from August University in Augusta, GA., M.B.A. in Finance and earned her
Bachelor’s degree in Business from India.

Teaching interests include the following: community organizing, policy practice, management of
non-profit organizations, gerontology, program evaluation and research. She will be teaching
research methods courses for the School of Social Work, M.S.W. graduate program at UMKC.
Her research interests have included aging in America, intergenerational programs, and political
and civic engagement in schools and on college campuses. She has added social
entrepreneurship to her research repertoire. Her articles have been published in journals such
as Social Work Research, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Roundtable, and Gerontology
and Geriatric Education; recently her manuscripts were accepted for publication in the Journal
of Cross-Cultural Gerontology and Community Education Journal; her research has also been
published in several conference proceedings. She has presented at several national and regional
conferences. She is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary approaches to ameliorate social
problems; she uses business acumen with social work skills to address deep-seated societal

Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology

Jennifer Huberman
Assistant Professor of Anthropology – Contact information: hubermanj@umkc.edu; Manheim
106H, office phone: 235-5424
Ph.D., University of Chicago; M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., Boston University

Professor Huberman’s doctoral work and current research explores the ways that lower class
children in urban India experience city life and navigate some of the new forms of wealth,
poverty, work, and consumerism that have emerged in the context of globalization. She taught
in the Social Science Core Curriculum at the University of Chicago and also instructed in Hindi.
She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at UMKC in 2006-2007. She will teach courses on
qualitative research methods, the anthropology of childhood, economic anthropology, and
introduction to cultural anthropology.

Sookhee Oh
Assistant Professor of Sociology – Contact information: ohs@umkc.edu Manheim 203A, office
phone: 235-5848
Ph.D., The New School; Master of City Planning, Seoul National University; B.A., Ewha Woman’s
University, Korea

Professor Oh most recently was a post-doctoral research associate working on immigrant
political incorporation with Professor John Logan in the Department of Sociology at Brown
University. Her dissertation was a study of suburban Koreans in the New York-New Jersey
metropolitan area. Through her research she has learned GIS techniques, and she attended a
summer institute summer at the University of California-Santa Barbara on “Spatial Analysis for
the Undergraduate Social Science Curriculum.” She will teach courses on research methods and
on urban sociology.

Kristin Bechtel
Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice -- Contact information: bechtelka@umkc.edu,
Manheim Hall 206-I, office phone: 235-5955
M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City; B.S., Sam Houston State University

Kristin Bechtel is a doctoral student in Criminal Justice & Criminology at the University of
Cincinnati. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for
incarcerated offenders reentering the community. Over the last several years she has assessed
scores of correctional treatment programs across the United States, determining the extent to
which they meet the best practices for behavioral intervention. Her areas of teaching expertise
include research methods, principles of corrections, white collar crime, ethics in police behavior,
and criminological theory.

Mitch Brian
(Screenwriting) received his BA in Film Production from California State University, Northridge
and his MA in Communication Studies from UMKC.

Before teaching at UMKC he taught screenwriting at Columbia College, Hollywood. He has
written teleplays for all the major networks as well as HBO and FX. He co-created and wrote
episodes for Batman: the Animated Series and co-wrote the NBC mini-series The 70’s. He has
written feature screenplays for directors Chris Columbus, Oliver Stone, Luis Mandoki and Robert
Schwentke as well as for producers including Gina Davis, Mike Medavoy and James Ellroy. His
screenplays have dealt with a variety of historical figures including John Brown, Frank Luke,
Thomas Jefferson, J. Paul Getty and Lana Turner. His literary adaptations include Far From the
Madding Crowd, Dracula, The Totem and Seven Days in May. He will be teaching Introduction to
Cinema and Screenwriting 1 this Fall and in Screenwriting 2 and The Horror and Science-Fiction
Film in the spring.

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Mary Stewart
WGS is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Stewart, Professor of Sociology and Director of
Women’s Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, will be joining our faculty next year (WS 08)
as the Martha J. Starr Visiting Professor in Women’s & Gender Studies! Before joining the
faculty at the UNR in 1989, Dr. Stewart spent 14 years at UMKC where she was both a former
member of Department of Sociology and a founding member of the Women’s Studies program.
In fact, it was Dr. Stewart who pioneered the development of our Program’s minor. Since then,
Dr. Stewart has dramatically expanded the undergraduate program in Women’s Studies at UNR
and also just established a new M.A. in Gender, Race, and Identity Studies. In addition to her
administrative positions, Dr. Stewart is also a noted researcher. She is the author of Silicone
Spills: Breast Implants on Trial and Ordinary Violence: Everyday Assaults Against Women. Prof.
Stewart is currently completing her book-length project, Heck Road, a socio-biographical
analysis of the changes in the lives of four generations of women over the last century as well as
launching a video project exploring issues of gender and sexuality.

Conservatory of Music and Dance

Marciem Bazell
Assistant Professor and Director of Opera
B.M., Temple University

Marciem holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from Temple University and has done
additional work in oboe performance with Louis Rosenblatt of the Philadelphia Orchestra and
internship in directing with Adelaide Bishop at the Hartt School of Music. She comes to us from
Southern Methodist University where she served as Director of Opera. Before SMU, Marciem
was a faculty member at the University of Texas at El Paso. Additional stops and guest directing
opportunities occurred at Curtis Institute, the Hartt School of Music, and Temple University. She
has studied privately with Margaret Harshaw, Beverly Johnson, and Ellen Rulau. Her most
recent directing experiences include La Traviata with the El Paso Opera, Cosi fan tutte and La
Tragedie de Carmen at Southern Methodist University and Lucia di Lammermoor at the
Chautauqua Opera.

Anthony Humrichouser
Assistant Professor and Director of Music Theatre
M.F.A., Rhode Island College; B.F.A., Western Michigan University

Anthony holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, an
M.F.A. in Acting from Rhode Island College and a Certificate from Brown/Trinity Consortium. He
comes to us from Drake University where he served as Director of the musical theatre program
and has also served as a faculty member at Western Michigan University and The Studio--A
School of Performing Arts in New Canaan, Connecticut. His most recent directing experiences
include Hello Dolly! and The Wizard of Oz at the Des Moines Playhouse as well as The Boyfriend
and Quilters at Drake University.

Aidan Soder
Assistant Professor of Voice
D.M.A., M.A., Rice University; B.M., University of Nebraska at Omaha

Aidan holds a B.M. Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and
a Masters as well as a D.M.A. in Voice Performance from Rice University. She comes to us from
the University of South Dakota where she held the title of Assistant Professor of Music and has
also worked at Kingwood College in Kingwood, Texas. Major teachers include Dr. Joyce Farwell
and Dr. Randall Stroope. Recent performances have occurred at the Kennedy Center, with
Glimmerglass, and with the Houston Symphony.

Vinson Cole
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artist in Residence
Honorary D.M., William Jewel College; Artist Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music; M.M. Candidate,
Philadelphia Musical Academy; B.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Vinson Cole has enjoyed an international career which has taken him to all of the major opera
houses across the globe, including the Metropolitan Opera, Opera National de Paris, Teatro alla
Scala, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, San Francisco Opera,
Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia, and the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden. He held
the position of Senior Artist in Residence at the University Of Washington School Of Music during
the 2002-03 and 2003-04 academic years. Mr. Cole performs regularly with the most
prestigious orchestras throughout the world and has appeared with such eminent conductors as
Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin
Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Gerard Schwartz, and Giuseppe Sinopoli.
School of Biological Sciences

Alexander Idnurm
Alexander Idnurm completed graduate research investigating the plant pathogenic fungus
Leptosphaeria maculans in the laboratory of Barbara Howlett (University of Melbourne,
Australia). He spent the last five years as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Joseph
Heitman (Duke University Medical Center, NC) studying virulence mechanisms in the human
pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, and light sensing in C. neoformans and the model
fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus. Dr. Idnurm’s future research focus is to gain insight into the
evolution and maintenance of virulence in fungi to prevent or control disease.

Dmitry Belostotsky
Associate Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry - Contact information: School of
Biological Sciences - BSB312
Ph.D. Institute of General Genetics USSR Academy of Sciences
BS/MS Kiev State University

Dmitry Belostotsky has joined UMKC after 10 years at the State University of New York. His
group is studying molecular mechanisms of gene expression in bakers yeast as well as in
flowering plants, using the tools of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, genetics and
genomics. He will be teaching biochemistry and cell biology at undergraduate and graduate

Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration

Erin E. Blocher
Instructor of Business Communication - Contact Information: erinblocher@gmail.com, 204 Bloch
School, Office Phone: 816-235-2624.
M.A. University of Kansas

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a
Minor in History in 2003, Erin worked as Field Director for a Congressional Campaign in the 3rd
Congressional District of Kansas and in 2005 served as Corporate Fundraising Coordinator for
the National Agriculture Council. Erin completed her Masters of Arts in Communication Studies
at the University of Kansas in 2007, with emphasis in Political Communication, Rhetoric, and
Organizational Communication. She served as an instructor for several undergraduate courses
at KU, including Business Communication and Honors Public Speaking. Her research interests
include American Public Address, Political Candidate Image, and Emotional Intelligence. She will
be teaching Business Communication at the Bloch School of Business and aiding in the
development of the School's Business Communication Center.

Jae C. Jung
Assistant Professor of International Business - Contact information: 208 Bloch School
Ph.D. University of Western Ontario; M.B.A. Korea University; B.A. Korea University
Professor Jung pursued doctoral studies in strategy and international business at the University
of Western Ontario. His primary research focus is on multinational enterprise (MNE) strategy,
exploring whether and how country of origin and time influence MNE ownership strategy. He
also has studied how firm performance affects internationalization. His areas of teaching
interest are international business and strategy.

Dirk Libaers
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Contact information:
libaersd@umkc.edu, 235 Bloch School
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology; M.Sc. University of Sussex, UK; M.B.A. George Washington
University; B.S. Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Professor Libaers pursued his doctoral studies at Georgia Tech with a major in science,
technology and innovation policy, with a minor in the management of technology and
entrepreneurship. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer with additional training in
business administration and with a specialized degree in technology and innovation
management, his main research focus now is on technology commercialization and technology-
based economic development. His teaching interests in include entrepreneurship, technology
and innovation management, strategic management, and technology commercialization. He
also will be affiliated with the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Georgia Smedley
Assistant Professor in Accounting - Contact information: smedleyg@umkc.edu, 315 Bloch
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University; M.S.A. University of Arkansas; B.A. Mesa College; A.A. Mesa

Professor Smedley joins the Bloch School after serving as an assistant professor for six years at
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her major area of interest is accounting information
systems. She has taught accounting information systems, systems theory and application, e-
commerce, and financial accounting. Her recent research has centered on procedural
knowledge acquisition during knowledge-based system use.

Lisa Z. Song
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Contact information:
songl@umkc.edu, 236 Bloch School, office phone: 235- 2211
Ph.D. Cornell University; A.B.D University of Tennessee; M.S. Cornell University

Professor Song completed her doctoral studies at Cornell University in Applied Statistics with
additional doctoral study at the University of Tennessee in Finance. For the last seven years, she
has been co-founder of GlobalTech and Investment Management, a private technology
management and investment consulting firm. Her teaching and research interests are in
international entrepreneurship, product innovation management, statistical methods, and
venture capital investment. She also will be affiliated with the Institute for Entrepreneurship
and Innovation.
School of Computing and Engineering

Praveen Rao
Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department, School of
Computing and Engineering – - Contact Information: Praveen@CS.Arizona.edu, 550H Flarsheim
Hall, office telephone: 816-235-2705
Ph.D. in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, University of Arizona at Tucson

Professor Rao joins the CSEE department as an Assistant Professor. Praveen Rao received his BS
degree in Computer Engineering from the University of June in 1999 and MS degree in
Computer Science from the University of Arizona in 2001. He spent a year as a software
developer at Amazon.com. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the
University of Arizona. His research interests encompass the data management challenges
imposed by applications that produce and consume large volumes of data, and store them
either in a centralized fashion or in a distributed way. He is particularly interested in issues such
as indexing, query processing, filtering, aggregating and Internet-scale dissemination of XML
data. He is also interested in data management challenges that arise in science disciplines such
as astronomy and linguistics. He is currently a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and
Data Engineering and Information Systems journals. Professor Rao's teaching interests include
Database Systems, Operating Systems, Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures, and Computer
Programming. He recently received the Graduate Student Research Award from his

Walter D. Leon-Salas
Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department, School of
Computing and Engineering – Contact Information: daniel@torpedo.unl.edu, 560E Flarsheim
Hall, office telephone: 816-235-2346
Ph.D. in Engineering (Electrical Engineering), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Professor Leon-Salas comes to UMKC from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) where he
received a Ph.D. degree in December 2006. While at UNL, he worked on the design and test of
several integrated circuit projects including a PN sequence generator chip for spread spectrum
communications, a single chip camera chip with data compression, an ultra-wideband
transceiver, and several mixed-signal circuits. Recently, he was an Associate Researcher with the
Department of Electrical Engineering at UNL and worked on the development of an all solid-
state sensor network for nuclear proliferation detection. His research interests include low-
power mixed-signal circuits; on-sensor processing; ultra-wideband RF circuits; sensor networks;
data compression and CMOS focal plane arrays. His publications appear in different IEEE
journals. His efforts are creating some innovative solutions at the circuit and system levels that
enable the integration of computational circuits and sensing devices. The impact of such
integration will be the development of low-power, low-complexity deployable sensor nodes. His
teaching interests include analog and digital integrated circuit design, RF circuits, data
compression, and VSLI design. Professor Leon-Salas is a member of the IEEE, IEEE Circuit and
Systems Society, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). He looks forward to
working with the UMKC engineering student chapters of these organizations and to becoming
an active faculty at UMKC.
Greg King
Assistant Professor in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Computing
and Engineering – Contact Information: kinggr@umkc.edu, 350H Flarsheim Hall, office
telephone: 816-235-2350
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Dr. King received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas (KU) in
August 2006. His background is in biomechanics, and his previous research activities include
assessment of varied step length on balance recovery ability, effects of localized muscle fatigue
on upper and lower extremity motor control, and effects of age on balance recovery and lower
extremity motor control tasks. These research efforts are being continued at UMKC, with
specific emphasis on evaluating age-related changes in lower extremity joint dynamics during
balance recovery maneuvers. Dr. King’s teaching interests include circuits, mechanics, bio-
instrumentation, and biomechanics. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, American Society of Biomechanics, and International Society of Biomechanics. He is
looking forward to engaging students in teaching and research capacities, and contributing to
the growing life sciences activities at UMKC.

Kevin P. Kirkpatrick
Assistant Teaching Professor in the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department, School
of Computing and Engineering – Contact Information: KPKirkpatrick@umkc.edu, 450K
Flarsheim Hall, office telephone: 816-235-2349
M.S., University of Missouri-Columbia; B.S., University of Missouri-Rolla; both in Electrical

Professor Kirkpatrick received an M.S. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1989.
He has been employed by Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City, MO and by National
Semiconductor in Santa Clara, CA. In addition, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical
Engineering Technology at the University of Southern Indiana. His research focuses on the
control of electric machines and power systems in which there is a time delay in communication.
Teaching interests include control systems and electric power systems. He is a member of IEEE
and ASEE. He is a continuing student in the UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. This fall he
will teach Electromechanical Conversion I, Microcomputer Architecture and Interfacing, and
Systems Lab. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri. He looks forward
to becoming an active member of the faculty at UMKC and continuing to teach electrical and
computer engineering courses.

School of Dentistry

Mujib Ashrafi
Fellow - School of Dentistry Department of Oral Surgery – Contact information:
ashrafim@umkc.edu ; Dept X2026
B.D.S., Gov’t Dental College & Hospital, Nagpur, India; GPR, TMC-E

Dr. Ashrafi obtained his B.D.S. in 1996 at the Government Dental College and Hospital then
lectured and worked there as a dental surgeon from 1997-2000. For four years, he served as a
dental surgeon for the Ministry of Health in Al-Baha region, Saudia Arabia. He obtained his GPR
certificate in 2005 and is currently near completion of a residency program in Oral and
Maxillofacial Radiology. His expertise and interest are in Cone Beam CT. Dr. Ashrafi’s research is
focused on image quality of Cone Beam CT images on different types of print media. He has
training in conventional and advanced imaging modalities in the oral and maxillofacial region
including Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Ultra-
Sound. He has also intensively worked on I-Cat cone beam CT (CBCT).

Maria del Cielo Barragan-Adjemian
Clinical Assistant Professor School of Dentistry – Joint appointment Oral Biology and Special
Patient Care Clinic - Contact information: barraganc@umkc.edu, Office: X2127
D.D.S., Intercontinental University, Mexico City; Ph.D., UMKC

Dr. Maria del Cielo Barragan-Adjemian is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Special Patient Care
Clinic with a joint appointment in the Department of Oral Biology. Dr. Barragan-Adjemian
received her D.D.S. from the Intercontinental University, Mexico City in 1995. She pursued a
career in research completing her Ph.D. in Oral Biology and Cell Biology and Biophysics from the
University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006. Research interests include the molecular
mechanisms of bone remodeling as well as the interaction with teeth. At present she provides
dental care to patients with serious medical conditions and is starting to bridge between basic
and clinical sciences. Her research involves translational research focusing in understanding the
relationship between the use of intravenous bisphosphontes in patients with metastatic cancer
and the appearance of necrotic lesions in the jaw bones, as well as the characterization of risk
factors and potential treatment for patients with the condition.

Marsha A. Black
Assistant Professor – School of Dentistry Division of Dental Hygiene - Contact information:
blackma@umkc.edu, Dept. X2050
M.S., University of North Carolina, B.S.D.H., University of North Carolina, Certificate Dental
Assisting, University of North Carolina, B.S., Pfeiffer College

Professor Black attended the University of North Carolina where she obtained a Masters degree
in Dental Hygiene Education with a minor in Biological Science. She was the founding Dental
Hygiene and Dental Assisting Program Director at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in
Sanford, North Carolina. During this time, she assisted in obtaining grant funding for the
development and subsequent initial accreditation of both programs at CCCC. She has worked as
a clinical dental hygienist in private practice, a clinical research assistant at UNC School of
Dentistry, and a certified dental assistant (CDA) private practice, university and hospital settings.
Professor Black will teach Oral Health Education, Biomaterials, and will assist with clinical

Nicole Boxberger
Fellow – School of Dentistry Department of Pediatric Dentistry - Contact information:
nrbc42@umkc.edu Dept. X2145
B.S., Fort Hays, KS; D.D.S., UMKC

Dr. Nicole Boxberger received her D.D.S. in May 2007, and is now serving as a Fellow in the
Department of Pediatric Dentistry. During her predoctoral years she showed a definite interest
in the specialty. Her ultimate goal is to pursue Advanced Studies in the specialty of Pediatric
Dentistry, has proven to be a valuable asset and most reliable.

David E. Cohen
Clinical Assistant Professor – School of Dentistry Generalist Department - Contact information:
cohende@umkc.edu, Clinic Team -1: X2148; X6224
B.S., Indiana University; DDS, UMKC

Dr David E. Cohen completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University, receiving a BS in
Biology in 1973. After graduating from UMKC School of Dentistry in 1976, his professional
experience includes being part-time faculty at the school from 1976-1978 in the Restorative and
Pedodontic Departments. From 1976-1981, he was full time Assistant Professor in the
undergraduate clinic for Restorative and Endodontics. He also was a part-time faculty in the
Radiology Department, 1996 to 2001. Dr Cohen was on active staff for 22 years at Overland Park
Regional Medical Center. He obtained postgraduate continuum certification in Esthetic Dentistry
in 1997, wrote a weekly newspaper column, was listed in the 2003-2004 Guide to America’s Top
Dentists, and was in private solo practice over 30 years in Leawood, KS.

Laura Iwasaki
 Associate Professor and Leo A. Rogers Chair leading the Division of Orthodontics and
Dentofacial Orthopedics Graduate Studies at UMKC School of Dentistry- Contact information:
iwasakil@umkc.edu, DS; Office X2134; Ortho Department X2141.
B.Sc, D.D.S., University of Alberta – Edmonton; Orthodontics certificate, M.Sc., University of
Manitoba – Winnepeg; Ph.D.

Born in Peace River, Alberta, she received her dental degree in 1983, and did her graduate
studies in Orthodontics and Preventive Dental Science then received her certificate and MSc in
1987. She completed her PhD program in 1992 and became board certified in 2002. A
clinician/scientist and active investigator with research support from NIDCR and the AAOF, since
1992 she has been a full-time faculty member, spending 4 years at the University of Manitoba
and over 10 years at University of Nebraska in Lincoln, teaching both graduate and
undergraduate students.

Vandana Kumar
Assistant Professor – School of Dentistry Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Oral Medicine
Contact information: Radiology Dept. X2140
B.D.S., DAV Centenary Dental College, India; M.S. Dental Surgery, Operative Dentistry and
Endodontics, Amristar, Punjab, India; M.S., Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, University of North
Carolina – Chapel Hill

Dr. Vandana Kumar earned her Diplomate (Nov. 2006) in Oral and Maxillofacial radiology.
She received her DDS in 1992 from DAV Centenary Dental College, in India and later
completed her Master’s in Conservative Dentistry from Punjab Government Dental College at
Amritsar, India in 1996. She had a successful career as a Consultant Endodontist at Abu
Dhabi, UAE. During this time she developed a strong interest in Oral and Maxillofacial
Radiology. To pursue her interest, she joined the Graduate program at the School of
Dentistry, UNC at Chapel Hill which has enabled her to emphasize scientific methodology and
develop skills for conducting an independent clinical or laboratory research and providing
didactic and clinical instruction of dental, dental hygiene, and graduate students in oral and
maxillofacial radiology. Her research interests are in 3-D imaging. Her vision is to develop
state-of–the art methods of care to empower patients and clinicians with the latest advances
in 3-D volumetric cone beam CT and diagnostic imaging.

Jeff Nickel
Associate Professor and Director of the Advanced Education Program in the Division of
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at UMKC School of Dentistry -
Contact information: nickelj@umkc.edu ; DS; Office X2134 or Ortho Department X2141.
D.M.D., M.Sc., Orthodontics certificate, Ph.D University of Manitoba – Winnipeg.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan he received his dental degree in 1981, stayed for graduate studies
and in 1987 received his certificate in Orthodontics and M.Sc. in Preventive Dental Science. He
then completed his Ph.D. program in 1992 and became board certified in 2002. A clinician/
scientist and active investigator with research support from NIDCR and the AAOF, he joins our
faculty after 14-plus years of teaching graduate and undergraduate students as a full-time
faculty member at the Universities of Manitoba (1992-1996) and University of Nebraska in
Lincoln (1996-2006).

School of Education

Carolyn Barber
Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology
Carolyn Barber received a Ph.D. in Human Development, specializing in educational psychology,
from the University of Maryland - College Park in May, 2007. Prior to that, she received a M.A. in
Educational Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation, also from the University of Maryland.

She brings to the UMKC School of Education her service as a research assistant on the IEA Civic
Education Study, and with the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins
University. In addition, Carolyn has been involved in policy initiatives related to citizenship
education and school climate with the Education Commission of the States, and has taught
human development and research methodology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Barber’s
research interests focus on the relationship between formal and informal aspects of schools’
social context and the social and cognitive development of adolescent students. She also has a
special interest in gifted education, and her dissertation focused on how characteristics of
school context and individual motivation were associated with the identification of high-
achieving high school students by teachers and by test scores.

Shirley Marie McCarther
Assistant Professor in PK-12 Educational Administration
McCarther received her B.A. in Sociology from Wilkes College and M.A. and Ed. Specialist in
Reading and Elementary Administration from University of Missouri – Kansas City and earned
her Ed.D. in Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Shirley Marie McCarther, Assistant Professor in Educational Administration came to the UMKC
School of Education from UMKC’s Bloch School of Business and Public Administration where she
served from 1997 to 2007 as Senior Fellow and Director of the Forum for Early Childhood
Leadership and Organization Development. The primary work of The Forum is to increase
leadership, management and organizational capacity of current and emerging early education
leaders in the six-state Midwest region. Marie also held an appointment as Adjunct Professor in
the Bloch School’s Cookingham Institute of Public Affairs, where she regularly taught graduate
courses on leadership and management.

Marie McCarther is an experienced public service executive and leader, with extensive service in
education administration and curriculum development. She served as Director of Elementary
Education and Director of Reading K-12 with the Cincinnati City Schools and brings building-level
experience as Principal in both the Kansas City Missouri and Lee’s Summit R-7 School Districts. In
her former position with the Cincinnati City Schools, McCarther was instrumental in the
articulation of curriculum development across grade levels in each of the core content areas.
The result was a pre-K-12 unified curriculum for all students – a first for the city-wide school
district. While in Ohio, McCarther’s experience and training in the fields of social work and
education influenced the design and implementation of the nationally recognized community-
based partnership venture Families and Children First.

Marie is a skilled teacher and facilitator, and she consults locally and nationally with public and
private organizations on leadership development, community building, governance and board
effectiveness, strategic planning, and other aspects of leadership, management and
organizational effectiveness. Her work has focused on helping organizations strengthen systems
of performance and accountability, including outcomes assessment, service integration,
collaboration, team building, and community empowerment.

Uzziel H. Pecina
Assistant Professor in PK-12 Educational Administration
Pecina received his B.A. in Modern Languages and M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an
emphasis in Urban Education from Kansas State University and will soon complete his Ed.D. in
Educational Administration Leadership at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Uzziel Hernandez Pecina, Assistant Professor in Educational Administration came to the UMKC
School of Education from the University of Central Missouri where he served as an Assistant
Professor from 2001 to 2007. In this role, Uzziel taught courses related to multicultural
education and current educational theories associated with development and learning. He is a
founding faculty advisor to the Latino Student Union (LSU), and co-founded the Latino Advisory
Sub-Committee at UCM.

Uzziel brings ten years of professional experience in the field of alternative urban education as a
Spanish Teacher, five of which were in the role of Principal, in a predominantly Latino charter
high school in Kansas City, Missouri. His research centers on issues in effective contemporary
literacy strategies for English Language Learners. Other research topics include:
multiculturalism as a global perspective in international primary texts; Latino educational issues
in contemporary society; undergraduate pre-service teacher portfolio assessment and research;
and contemporary issues in Educational Administration Leadership.
Jovanna Rohs
Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education
Jovanna received her B.S.E. in Early Childhood Special Education and Elementary Education from
Central Missouri State University and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in
Early Childhood Education from UMKC. Jovanna is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation
research on the impact of teacher efficacy and instructional interactions on child outcomes in
Head Start classrooms. Jovanna’s other research interests include pre-service and in-service
teacher pedagogical beliefs and practices.

Jovanna Rohs has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor for UMKC’s School of Education in the
early childhood program for the past two years. In this position, she has worked with pre-
service and in-service teachers in the university classroom, as well as in the field, and has taught
a variety of early childhood courses. In the Kansas City community, Jovanna serves as the
Missouri Public Policy Chair for the Mid-America Association for the Education of Young
Children, assists in the facilitation of the Western Region Early Childhood Support Group for
graduates of UMKC and Park University, and participates in the Early Childhood Collaboration
with Mid America Head Start.

Jovanna brings with her six years of teaching experience in early childhood inclusive classrooms
in both the public school setting, and the private, non-profit setting. She has also worked with
child care centers to facilitate the increased access of children with special needs to the general
curriculum through Missouri’s First Steps early intervention program. Through this program,
Jovanna worked closely with families and their children with special needs.

Debra Woodard
Assistant Teaching Professor, Counseling Education and Psychology
Coordinator of School Counseling/Practicum & Internship
Deb earned her B.A. in English Education from Ottawa University and her M.S. in Counselor
Education from Emporia State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is very
active in the Kansas Counseling Association in which she developed an awards system that has
resulted in the creation of a state-wide professional development team. She is also the
president-elect for the Kansas School Counseling Association.

Deb Woodard comes to the UMKC School of Education with 32 years of teaching and counseling
experience. She served as an English teacher and counselor in the Kansas City, Kansas public
school system and brings 21 years of practitioner experience with at-risk and urban core
students, including students in alternative settings who faced severe challenges to their
personal, social, and academic growth. It was because of this experience that Deb helped
develop School Linked Services, a non-profit organization whose vision is to coordinate and
provide services for students and families and thereby eliminate barriers to learning. Through
her continued work in a school setting, Deb worked with small learning communities to help
influence teaching and learning through educational reform. She then served as the Secondary
Lead Counselor, providing leadership and professional development to the district counselors
while maintaining her full-time position at Wyandotte High School. Deb has taken a special
interest in promoting school counseling, school reform and the school counselor’s role in
student success. She teaches students to understand and celebrate diversity and to discover
their own learning and leadership potential.
School of Law

Sean O’Brien
is an associate professor at UMKC Law School, where he teaches Criminal Law, Criminal
Procedure, and clinical programs providing pro bono legal representation to innocent prisoners
and death row inmates. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Public Interest
Litigation Clinic, formerly known as the Missouri Capital Punishment Resource Center, in Kansas
City, Missouri. Professor O’Brien has been representing people in capital trial, appeal and post-
conviction cases since 1983. His noteworthy cases include Schlup v. Delo, 513 U.S. 298 (1995),
Stewart v. Martinez-Villareal, 523 U.S. 637 (1998), and Amrine v. Roper, 102 S.W.3d 541 (Mo.
2003). In addition to his death penalty work, Professor O’Brien served as the Jackson County
Public Defender from 1985-1989. He has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of
indigent prisoners, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Lifetime Achievement
Award (2005), Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Lawyer of the Year (2003), the UMKC Alumni
Achievement Award (2002), the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Legal Service
Award (1998), the Missouri Association of Social Welfare Annual Recognition Award (1994), the
National Lawyers Guild Social and Economic Justice Award (1993), and the UMKC Law
Foundation Don Quixote Award (1987). In 2005, Professor O’Brien was awarded an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Benedictine College for his work against the death
penalty. Since joining the faculty of UMKC School of Law as a visiting professor in 2005,
Professor O’Brien has published several articles on the topic of legal services for condemned
prisoners, including Capital Defense Lawyers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,
105 Mich. L. Rev. 1 (March 2007); Kansas v. Marsh: Putting the Guesswork Back Into Capital
Sentencing, 105 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 90 (2006),
http://students.law.umich.edu/mlr/firstimpressions/vol105/obrien.pdf, and Finding
Redemption, 92 ABA Journal 59 (August 2006), for which he received the American Bar
Association's 2006 Ross Essay Award.

School of Medicine

Jon Andresen
Assistant Professor of Basic Medical Science – Contact information: e-mail and address TBD,
campus phone 816-235-5172
Postdoc- Baylor College of Medicine, Ph.D.- University of Iowa, B.A.- Grinnell College

Dr. Andresen is interested in cerebrovascular physiology. His research focuses on a recently
discovered class of potassium channels, the two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channels. In
particular, Dr. Andresen is interested in TRAAK, an arachidonic acid sensitive channel that is
expressed in cerebral arteries. Using a combination of molecular and physiological techniques
he is attempting to discern the physiological role of TRAAK in rodent cerebral arteries. Findings
resulting from this research could influence the practice of anesthesia and/or the treatment of
cardiovascular diseases such as stroke. Dr. Andresen will teach physiology in the Anesthesia
Assistant program.
School of Nursing

Mary O’Connor
Mary O’Connor is a graduate of St. Louis University (BSN) and Kansas University (Ph.D)

Dr. O’Connor is returning to teaching after 15 years as Coordinator of Kansas City Fetal Board. At
UMKC, Dr. O’Connor will continue her work with the Fetal Infant Mortality Review and the
Perinatal Periods of Risk project. Dr. O’Connor has interest in factors which impact fetal,
maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

School of Pharmacy

Kun Cheng
Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences – Contact information:
chengkun@umkc.edu; 210 Katz Pharmacy Building; 235-2425
Ph.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center; M.S., National University of Singapore;
        M.S., B.S., China Pharmaceutical University

Dr. Cheng is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His
research focuses on therapeutic delivery of oligonucleotides, siRNA, shRNA and plasmid for
treatment of liver disease, eye disease, cancer and diabetes.

Lindsey Collins
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice – Contact information:
collinsl@umkc.edu; Drug Information Center, 2464 Charlotte Street; 235-5490
Pharm.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Collins is an Assistant Director and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy’s
Drug Information Center. Her specialty areas include drug information practice and evidence
based medicine. Dr. Collins graduated from UMKC in 2006 and went on to complete her post-
doctoral training in the UMKC Drug Information Center's ASHP accredited drug information
specialty residency in 2007. She team teaches the Evidence Based Medicine and Senior Seminar
courses at UMKC.

Jack Fincham
Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice – Contact information: finchamj@umkc.edu; Division
of Pharmacy Practice, 2464 Charlotte Street; 235-5909
Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics, University of
        Aberdeen, Scotland; B.S. Pharmacy, University of Nebraska.

Dr. Fincham has extensively researched economic, humanistic, and clinical outcomes of health
care services. He has authored nine books and over 200 refereed publications. He has teaching
and research interests pertaining to patient medication compliance, health policy, public health,
and international health issues. He is the editor of both the multidisciplinary Patient Education
Resource Center and the Journal of Public Health Pharmacy, and serves as an associate editor of
the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Dr. Fincham serves on the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration Nonprescription Advisory Committee, and grant review panels for the U.S.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He will teach in the social and behavioral
coursework segments in the School of Pharmacy.

Tatum Mead
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice – Contact information:
tatum.mead@gmail.com; Division of Pharmacy Practice, 2464 Charlotte Street; 235-1791
Pharm.D., University of Iowa

Dr. Mead’s specialty is adult internal medicine. She graduated from the University of Iowa in
2006 and went on to complete her post-doctoral training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City in
2007. Dr. Mead’s clinical practice site is with the Family Medicine Residency training program at
Research Medical Center.

Stephanie Schauner
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice – Contact information:
schauners@umkc.edu; Division of Pharmacy Practice, 2464 Charlotte Street; 235-1791
Pharm.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Schauner’s specialty is adult internal medicine. She graduated from the University of
Missouri-Kansas City in 2006 and went on to complete her post-doctoral training at St. Luke’s
Hospital in Kansas City in 2007. Dr. Schauner’s clinical practice site is with the Family Medicine
Residency training program at Research Medical Center.

Morgan Sperry
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice – Contact information:
sperrym@umkc.edu (until 7/31); Division of Pharmacy Practice, Drug Information Center, 2464
Charlotte Street; 235-1791
Pharm.D., Creighton University

Dr. Sperry’s specialty areas include drug information practice. She graduated from Creighton
University in 2006 and went on to complete her post-doctoral training in drug information at
Creighton in 2007. Dr. Sperry will be teaching students on rotation as well as teaching in the
Evidence Based Medicine course at UMKC. Her research focuses on the importance of
providing health care professionals and patients with the most accurate evidence based
information available. This fall Dr. Sperry will be involved with various projects relating to
the daily operation of a drug information center, as well as teaching.

Deepti Vyas
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice – Contact information:
vyasde@umkc.edu; 831 Lewis Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia; 573-882-1598
Pharm.D., Purdue University

After the completion of her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Purdue University, Dr. Vyas
completed a pharmacy practice residency with Moses Cone Health System in North Carolina.
Her main area of interest lies in internal medicine and she has a practice site with the internal
medicine teaching service at the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Primary
responsibilities with the School of Pharmacy include providing lectures to and precepting
Pharm.D candidates. Teaching responsibilities include the management of stroke, peripheral
arterial disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer disease.

Elizabeth Winans
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice - Contact: winanse@umkc.edu;
Division of Pharmacy Practice, 2464 Charlotte Street; 404-3336
Pharm.D., University of Oklahoma

Dr. Winans is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist. She graduated from the University of
Oklahoma in 1993 and went on to complete her post-doctoral training in psychiatric pharmacy
at The University of Texas-San Antonio. In 1994, she joined the faculty at the University of
Illinois at Chicago, and she was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in 2003. She joined
Ortho-McNeil Janssen, LLC as a Scientific Affairs Liaison in 2005. Dr. Winans’ research and
teaching interests include the appropriate use of atypical antipsychotics in the seriously
chronically mentally ill, and psychotropic drug-drug interactions. Her research has been
presented at many national meetings and published in major pharmacy and psychiatric journals.
Dr. Winans’ clinical practice site is at Truman Medical Center- Behavioral Health.

University Libraries

Rebecca Power
Rebecca Power is the new Reference Librarian at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries
as of January, 2007. Ms. Power has been serving in the Miller Nichols Library as Reference
Librarian Specialist. She earned her M.L.S from Southern Connecticut State University and her
B.A. in Biology from Smith College. Ms. Power also has provided reference services at the Kansas
City Public Library Special Collections and taught students at Randolph Union High School in
Vermont. Her background also includes extensive travel and research related to exhibits in
libraries and adaptive technologies. Her experience included work with the Australian
Conservation Foundation, the National Museum of Australia, and the Canterbury Museum in
New Zealand.

Fu Zhuo
Fu Zhuo is the new Library Instruction Coordinator in the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Libraries and began his appointment in February, 2007. Mr. Zhuo previously served as Public
Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Central Missouri State University. He holds a
M.L.I.S. from the University of Alberta, and M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies from the University of
Western Ontario. His B.A. and Graduate Diploma in English Language and Literature were
received from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China.

Cynthia Knowles
Cynthia Knowles began her work in September 2006 as Interlibrary Loan Reference Librarian at
the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries. Ms. Knowles completed her M.A. in Library
Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She holds a B.A in Oxbridge History from
William Jewell College and studied in Oxford, England in 2002-2003. She was previously the full-
time Children's Services Assistant at Mid-Continent Public Library where she managed
programming for 29 MCPL branches while serving at William Jewell College's Curry Library as
Weekend Supervisor in interlibrary loan, reference and circulation. Ms. Knowles will begin an
interdisciplinary PhD in Higher Education Administration and Public Affairs and Administration at
UMKC in the fall.

Melissa Muth
Melissa Muth is the new Reference Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Libraries/Miller Nichols Library as of January, 2007. Ms. Muth most recently was Head of
Information Services and Assistant Professor in Southeast Missouri State University's Kent
Library in Cape Girardeau. Previously, she served at Ball State University Libraries from 1991 to
2001 advancing from Reference Services Librarian to Assistant Head of Information Services. She
received her M.L.S. from Indiana University and holds a B.A. in English from Indiana State
University. Ms. Muth served on the MOBIUS Catalog Design Advisory Committee 2004 - 2006.

Tracey M. Hughes
Tracey Hughes joins the Dental Library as the new Instructional Resources Librarian. Ms. Hughes
previously served as Director of Library Services at DeVry University at the Fremont, CA campus,
and also served as Reference Librarian for Devry in Kansas City, MO. She earned her Master's
degree in Information Sciences and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri-
Columbia, and a B.S in Psychology from McPherson College. Ms. Hughes returns to UMKC
where she worked in the University Libraries Technical Services Division in the late 1990's.

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