2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Faculty and Administration



Board of Trustees

Scott D. McRuer*
Chair of the Board
Parkville, Missouri

Jeanette E. Prenger, ‘09*
Vice Chair of the Board
Parkville, Missouri

N. Lynn Craghead*
Treasurer of the Board
Kansas City, Missouri

Jacqueline Snyder, Ed.D.*
Secretary of the Board
Parkville, Missouri

Michael M. Collins, ‘04*
Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Kansas City, Missouri

Vince Clark
Kansas City, Missouri

James Cornelius
Kansas City, Missouri

Dennis D. Fisher, Ph.D.
Kansas City, Missouri

Kristopher S. Flint, ‘97
Kansas City, Missouri

W. Ann Hansbrough
Kansas City, Missouri

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Keller
Leavenworth, Kansas

Anthony Melchiorri
Far Rockaway, New York

William L. Perry ‘67
Dallas, Texas

Rosemary Fry Plakas, ‘63
Alexandria, Virginia

Danny K. Sakata
Parkville, Missouri

Andrew A. Shoffner
Leavenworth, Kansas

Cyprienne Simchowitz
Mission Hills, Kansas

Troy Teague
Kansas City, Missouri

Eric J. Wade, ‘82, M.P.A., ‘85
Lenexa, Kansas

David A. Warm*
Kansas City, Missouri

Ami E. Wisdom
Assistant Secretary
Parkville, Missouri


Honorary Trustees

John C. Brown
Past Chair of the Board
Kearney, Missouri

Charles A. Garney
Kansas City, Missouri

Virginia B. McCoy
Past Chair of the Board
Parkville, Missouri

L. Louise Morden
Lewiston, New York

Gerald R. Moss, J.D.
Decanso, California

*Denotes Executive Committee Members

Academic Leadership

Michelle E. Myers, Ed.D.
Provost

Michelle Forrest
Executive Assistant to the Provost

Kelsey Ruoff
Administrative Assistant

Katie Werth
Administrative Assistant

Katie Ervin, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Operations

Emily D. Sallee, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

Brian Shawver, M.F.A.
Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and Health Professionals

Angela Dahlstrom
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean, CEHP

Kirby Brown, M.S.
Dean, College of Management

Kelli Clevenger
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean, COM

James F. Pasley, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Glenda Holder
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean, CLAS

Executive Leadership

Greg R. Gunderson, Ph.D.
President

Michelle E. Myers, Ed.D.
Provost

Brian E. Bode
Chief Financial Officer

Laure A. Christensen
Chief of Staff

Roger P. Dusing, Ph.D.
Chief Human Resources Officer

Emily D. Sallee
Associate Provost

Shane B. Smeed
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

David N. Whittaker
Chief Information Officer

Full-Time Faculty

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

A

Mohamed Abualhaija
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)
Associate Professor of Accounting.
College of Management  
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2006;
D. B.A., Argosy University, 2012. (2017)

Alla Adams
(Austin, TX)

Assistant Professor of Health Care.
College of Education and Health Professions    
Administration. M.S., Kiev Medical Institute,1991;
M.S., Health Care Administration, 2000;
Ph.D., Capella University, 2006. (2016)

Azin Agah
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Chemistry.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences    
B.S., Purdue University, 1991;
M.B.A., Baker University, 2014;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1996 (2018)

Cindy Anderson
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences   
B.S., Winona State University, 1988;
M.S., Winona State University, 1990 (2012)

Stephen Atkinson
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of English.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1972;
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1979. (1994)

B

Gary Bachman
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions  
B.S., Kansas State University, 1975;
M.S.W., University of Texas at Austin, 1982. (2003)

Linda Bell
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer, Accounting.
College of Management 
B.S., Fort Hays State University, 1979;
M.B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1984. (2013)

Stephen Bell
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Economics.
College of Management 
B.A. University of Missouri-Rolla, 1976;
M.A.University of Arkansas, 1977;
Ph.D. University of Arkansas, 1981;
J.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1987. (2007)

Karen Bleier
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Collection Management and Resource Sharing Librarian.
B.A., B.S., Truman State University, 1990;
M.L.S., Emporia State University, 2003.
(2017)

Monica Brannon
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Sociology.
College of Education and Health Professions   
B.A., University of San Francisco, 2006;
Ph.D., The New School for Social Research, 2014 (2016)

Silvia Giovanardi-Byer
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Modern Languages.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Universita di Torino, Italy, 1990;
M.A., University of North Carolina, 1997,
Ph.D., University of North Carolina., 2008. (2004)

C

Cynthia Cerrentano
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Psychology in Industrial/Organizational.
College of Education and Health Professions  
B.A., Northern Illinois University, 2003
M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2007
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 2013

Ho-Soep Cha
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Geography.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Korea University, 1999;
M.A., The Ohio State University, 2002;
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2008. (2018)

Samuel Chamberlin
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Mathematics.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Portland State University, 2002;
M.A.,University of California Los Angeles, 2005;
Ph.D., University of California Riverside, 2011. (2011)

Gina Chambers
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Education.
College of Education and Health Professions  
B.A., University of Missouri, KC, 1979,
M.A.,University of Missouri, KC, 1987,
Ed.S., University of Missouri, KC, 1991,
Ph.D., University of Missouri, KC, 1997. (2012)

Donna Hwa Choi
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Education.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S., Ewha Womans University (South Korea), 1986;
M.A., Ewha Womans University (South Korea), 1989;
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000. (2006)

Katy Chowning
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Visiting Lecturer in Accounting.
College of Management 
B.S. Univeristy of Kansas, 2001;
M.A.C (AIS), University of Kansas, 2003. (2017)

John Cigas
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)
Professor of Computer Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Rockhurst College, 1982;
M.S., U. of CA, San Diego, 1983;
Ph.D., University of CA, San Diego,1988. (2007)

Gregory D. Claycomb
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)
Associate Professor of Chemistry.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., University of New Mexico, 1997;
Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2006. (2008)

Lora Cohn
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Communication.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
B.S. in Education, Northeast Missouri State University, 1986;
M.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1993;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2005. (2005)

Frank Conforti
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer, Marketing.
College of Management 
B.S., Drake University, 1967;
MBA, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1997. (2013)

Brian Cowley
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Psychology.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S., Utah State University, 1987;
M.S., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1989;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1998. (2003)

Julie Creek
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

AssociateProfessor of International Business.
College of Management 
B.S., Park University, 2003;
M.B.A., University of Texas; Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2015.(2012)

Teresa Crowder
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Nursing.
College of Education and Health Professions  
B.S.N., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2006;
M.S.N., Graceland University, 2010. (2016)

D

Amber Dailey-Hebert
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Education.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S., Texas A&M University, 1998;
M.S., Texas A&M University, 1999;
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002. (2000)

John Dean
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Computer Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S.,University of Kansas, 1985;
M.S., University of Kansas, 1988.
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2013. (1993, 2001)

Penelope DeJong
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Marketing.
College of Management 
B.S., Northwest Missouri State University, 1988;
M.B.A. Northwest Missouri State University, 1990;
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2002. (2010)

Geri Dickey
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S.W., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1990;
M.S.W., University of Illinois-Urbana, 1993;
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2009. (2014)

Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Public Affairs.
College of Management  
B.S., Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, 1967;
M.S., University of Utah, 1970;
Ph.D., University of Albany, State University of New York, 1995. (2004)

E

Donna Ehrlich
(Gilbert Campus Center)

Associate Professor, Computer Information Management.
College of Management  
B.S., Friends University, 1995;
M.S., Friends University, 2001;
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2007. (2016).

F

Lacey Finley
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor in Management.
College of Management 
B.A , Emporia State Univeristy, 2001;
M.B.A., Univeristy of Phoenix, 2004;
M.S., Emporia State Univeristy, 2006;
Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2016. (2017)

Toni-Rochelle Ford
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Marketing.
College of Management 
B.S., Mississippi University for Women, 2007;
M.B.A., Mississippi State University, 2008. (2014)

David Fox
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Instructor of Geography.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1993;
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2001. (2005).

G

Dmitry Gimon
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics.
College of Management 
B.S., Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, 2001;
M.S., Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, 2003;
Ph.D., Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, 2007. (2017)

Nichole Goergen
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Nursing.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S.N., University of Central Missouri, 2010;
M.S.N., Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, 2015. (2016)

Stephen David Grover
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of English.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
B.A., Brigham Young University, 2007;
M.A., Ohio State University; 2009;
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2017.

Dincer Guler
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Mathematics.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Middle East Technical University-Turkey;
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2006. (2010)

H

Scott Hageman
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Geology/Geoscience.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., University of Kansas, 1991;
M.S., University of Kansas, 1994. (1998)

John Hamilton
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A.,University of Kansas, 1975;
M.P.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1988;
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2004. (2003)

Brandi Handley
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in English.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2010;
M.F.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2014 (2018).

Matthew Harris
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Political Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Syracuse University, 2009;
M.A., Stony Brook University, 2012;
Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2015. (2016)

Merrick Shawn Henry
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Graphic Design.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Kansas Wesleyan University, 2000;
M.A., Kansas State University, 2004.

Brian Hoffman
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Biology.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Park College, 1986;
Ph.D., St. Louis University, 1996. (1995)

Kathleen Howe
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Education.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., University of Kansas, 1990;
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000;
M.A., Middlebury College, 2000;
Ed.S. University of Georgia; 2014;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2012.

Wen-Jung Hsin
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Computer Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., National Taiwan University, 1983;
M.S., University of California, San Diego, 1985;
Ph.D.,University of Missouri-Kansas City,1995. (1995, 2004)

J

Clarine Jacobs
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer, Industrial Organizational Psychology.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., Fort Hays State University, 2000
B.S., University of Saint Mary, 2014
M.S., Fort Hays State University, 2002
Ph.D., North Central University, 2016

Kathy Jackson
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor in Nursing.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S.N., Marquette University, 1982;
M.S.N., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1997.(2015)

Adrian James
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)
Assistant Professor, Management.
College of Management 
B.S., Northwest Missouri State University, 2003;
M.B.A., Northwest Missouri State University, 2004;
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2014. (2018)

Donna Jean
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Chemistry.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1991;
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1999.(2007)

Leslie Jensby
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S., Newman University, 2001
M.S.W., Newman University, 2003

Andrew Johnson
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Psychology.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., Missouri Western State College, 1991;
M.S., Kansas State University, 1993;
Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1995. (1997)

K

Robert Kao
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Finance.
College of Management 
M.S.,University of Nebraska, 1980;
Ph.D., Texas University, 1985. (2008)

Susan Keim
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Public Administration.
College of Management  
B.A., University of Kansas, 1979;
M.P.A., University of Kansas, 1986;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2013. (2017)

Stacey Kikendall
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

AssociateProfessor of English.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A. , Illinois State Universtiy, 2003;
M.A., University of South Carolina, 2005,
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2012; (2013)

Jeffery Kimmons
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Biology.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Drury University, 1998;
M.S., Missouri State University, 2003;
Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2012. (2014)

Walter Kisthardt
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., Elizabethtown College, 1975;
M.S.W., University of Hawaii, 1983;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1997. (2005)

Brad Kleindl
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Marketing.
College of Management 
B.S., Southern Illinois University, 1981;
M.B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1982;
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1996. (2011)

Nicolas Koudou
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Marketing.
College of Management 
B.A., University of Indianapolis, 1987;
M.B.A., Butler University,1989;
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1998.(1998)

Gregg T. Krumme
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Biology.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Missouri Western State University, 1992;
B.S., Missouri Western State University, 1995;
M.S., Missouri State University, 2001.

Rebecca Kudrna
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Director, Associate Professor of Fitness and Wellness.
College of Education and Health Professions  
B.S., Truman State University, 2004;
M.S., Midwestern State University, 2006;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2014.

L

Kari Lamer
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S.W., University of Kansas, 1998;
M.S.W., University of Michigan, 1999.

Jolene Lampton
(Austin Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Management/Accounting.
College of Management 
B.S.E., Truman State University, 1974;
M.B.A.,University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1994;
Ph.D., St. Louis University, 2002. (2003)

Andrea Lee
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Art.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.F.A, University of Kansas, 1993;
M.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1999;
Ph.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2006. (2015)

Glenn Lester
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)
Assistant Professor of English.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Hope College, 2005;
M.F.A., University of North Carolina, 2009. (2013)

Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Instructor /Accompanist of Music.
International Center for Music  
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.M., Moscow State Conservatory, 2002;
M.M., Moscow State Conservatory, 2004. (2013)

Kathy Lofflin
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Education
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., Ottawa University, 1977;
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1985;
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kasas City, 1992.

Mark Long
Lecturer in Computer Science .
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Central Missouri State University, 1980;
M.A.T., Webster University, 1999.

M

Jack Adam MacLennan
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Political Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., St. Thomas University, 2009;
M.A., University of Windsor, 2011;
M.P.P., University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2011;
Ph.D., Carleton University, 2017. (2017)

Elizabeth R. Martinez
(Gilber Campus Center)

Lecturer in English.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1997;
M.A., Seton Hill University, 2004.

Teresa Mason
(Metropolitan District of Washington Campus Centers)

Associate Professor of Psychology.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., George Mason University, 1992:
M.A., George Mason University, 2001;
Ph.D., George Mason University, 2007. (2003)

Summer Masters
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Chair, Associate Professor of Nursing.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S.N., Graceland University, 2007;
M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2009;
PostMaster Certificate, University of Massachusetts, 2014;
D.N.P., University of North Florida, 2017.

Eugene Matthews
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Upper Iowa University, 1999;
M.A., Webster University, 2005;
Ph.D., Capella University, 2013. (2014)

Abhijit Mazumdar
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Communication.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., University of Lucknow, India, 2000;
M.S., University of Illinois, 2013;
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2018 (2018).

Steven McDonald
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Music.
International Center for Music  
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.M., Boston University; D.M.A, University of Kansas (2016).

Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of English.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Truman State University, 1997;
M.A., University of Missouri, 2001;
Ph.D. English. The Ohio State University, 2007. (2015)

Nicholas Miceli
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Management/Human Resources.
College of Management 
B.S., Central Missouri State University;
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1996. (2011)

Elaina Michalski
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Interior Design.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, 2000;
M.F.A., University of Florida, 2004.

Steve Modrcin
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer, Management.
College of Management 
B.S.B.A., Rockhurst University, 1977;
M.A., University of Phoenix, 2005. (2018)

Greg Moore
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Finance.
College of Management 
B.S., Colorado State University, 1992;
M.B.A., University of Kansas, 2010;
D.B.A., Walden University, 2014. (2017)

Ricki Moran
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S.W., Park University, 2011
M.S.W., Park University, 2012

Joshua Mugg
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
B.A., Religion and B.S. History, Missouri Baptist University, 2008;
M.A., Philosophy, York University, 2010;
Ph.D., Philosophy, York University, 2015. (2018)

N

Pooya Naderi
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., Western Oregon University, 2003;
M.A., Portland State University, 2006;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2016.

J. Mark Noe
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Communication Arts.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1978;
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1980;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1996.(1985)

O

Roxanne O’Rourke-Sherrod
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Interior Design.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Mount Mary University, 1999 (2018).
M.S, Chatham University, 2011.

Debra Olson-Morrison
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.M.M.T., University of Evansville, 1998;
M.S.W., University of Utah, 2001;
Ph.D., University of Utah, 2009. (2015)

Burcin Ozcan
(Gilbert Campus Center)

Lecturer in Mathematics.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2010;
M.S., University of Houston, 2012;
Ph.D., University of Houston, 2015.

P

Linda Passamaneck
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Education.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S., Colorado State University;
M.Ed. Colorado State University;
Ph.D., Capella University

Bin (Crystal) Peng
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Computer Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, 1998;
Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2005. (2014)

Chelsea Platt
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Sociology.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., Texas Tech University,2008;
M.A., Texas Tech University, 2011;
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2016.

W. Gregory Plumb
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Criminal Justice.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1973;
J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1975. (1990)

Q

Samantha F. Quinn
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Norbert College, 2008;
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2010;
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School, 2018.

R

Tamara Radohl-Sigley
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Social Work.
College of Education and Health Professions 
M.A., Washburn University, 1999;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2013. (2014)

Marion Ricono,
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Management.
College of Management 
B.S., University of Missouri-Rolla, 1970;
M.B.A, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1974. (2015)

Henry Roehrich
(Grand Forks AFB Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Marketing/Management.
College of Management 
B.S., Wayne State College, 1979;
M.S.A., Central Michigan University, 1996;
Ph.D., University of North Dakota, 2003. (2010)

Brenda Royals
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Biology.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1989;
M.S., Louisiana State University, 2004. (2010)

Patricia Ryberg
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Biology.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2003;
B.S., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2003;
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2009. (2012)

S

Ben Sayevich
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Music.
International Center for Music  
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Churlonis School of Performing Arts, 1971;
Tel Ma-Yelin School of Arts, 1977;
New England Conservatory of Music, 1985;
Artist Diploma, New England Conservatory of Music, 1987. (2006)

Marsha Shapiro
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Accounting.
College of Management 
B.M.E., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1981;
M.S.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000. (2010)

Kristin Shaw
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Instructor in Communication.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
M.S.J, Northwestern University, 2007;
B.J., University of Missouri, 2006. (2015)

Debra Sheffer
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of History.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S.E., Central Missouri State University, 1980;
M.A., Central Missouri State University, 1986. (1990)
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2008.

Alexander Silvius
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Physics.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Missouri University of Science & Technology, 2000;
M.S., Missouri University of Technology & Science, 2003;
Ph.D., Missouri University of Science & Technology, 2006. (2012)

Charles Smith
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Mathematics.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., William Jewel College, 1981;
M.A., University of Kansas, 1983;
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002. (1986)

Jeff Smith
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Graphic Design.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.F.A., Kansas State University, 1998;
M.F.A., Kansas State University, 2002. (2011)

Peter Soule
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Economics.
College of Management 
B.A., Park College, 1972;
M.A., University of Oklahoma, 1975;
M.A.P.A., University of Oklahoma, 1975;
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1988. (1991)

T

Suzanne Tiemann
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)
Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Undergraduate Programs.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S., Texas A&M University, 1991;
M.Ed., University of Houston, 1998;
Ed.D., University of Houston, 2004.

Guillermo Tonsmann
(Austin Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Computer Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., Universidad of Nacional de Ingenieria, 1984;
M.A., Potchefstroom University, 1993;
B.S. University of South Africa, 1995;
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2001. (2007)

V

James Vanderleeuw
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Professor of Public Administration.
College of Management  
B.A., Ramapo College, 1976;
M.A., University of Nevada-Reno, 1980;
Ph.D., University of New Orleans, 1988. (2016)

Daniel Veis
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Music.
International Center for Music  
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Prague Conservatory, 1972;
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 1974;
Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, 1979. (2010)

W

Yongzhi Wang
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Computer Science.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S.E., Xidian University, China, 2004;
M.S., Florida International University, 2013;
PhD., Florida International University, 2015 (2018)

Timothy Westcott
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of History.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Avila College, 1988;
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1994;
Ph.D., The Union Institute, 2002. (1999)

Jennifer Whitley
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Lecturer in Mathematics.
College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.A., Black Hills State University 2015. (2018);
M.S., Kansas State University, 2015;

Jennine Wilson
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Nursing.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S.N., Mid America Nazarene University, 2010;
M.S.N., Mid America Nazarene, 2014. (2017)

Brant Winn
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Education & Director of Fieldwork.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.S., Missouri State University, 1994;
M.S. University of Central Missouri, 1998;
Ph.D., Columbia International University, 2010. (2017)

Arthur Donald Wise
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Instructor of Public Affairs.
College of Management  
B.A., University of Nebraska, 1976;
M.A., Ohio State University, 1980. (2010)

Amy Wolf
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Education.
College of Education and Health Professions 
B.A., University of Missouri, 1991;
M.A., University of Missouri, 1994;
Ph.D., University of Missouri—Kansas City, 2006. (2006)

Y

Stacy Yeager-Okosi
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Assistant Professor of Graduate ISBA
College of Management  
B.S., Kansas State University, 1998
M.S., Friends University, 2003
D.B.A, University of Phoenix, 2010

Steven Youngblood
(Parkville Daytime Campus Center)

Associate Professor of Communication.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
B.S., University of Kansas, 1983;
M.A., Kansas State University, 1996. (1997)

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Merlin Findlay
Chair of Science

J. Malcolm Good
Professorship and Endowed Chair of Mathematics

Mary Barlow
Professorship of English and Literature

Edward F. Lyle
Professor of Finance and Director of the Graduate Program in Business

Emeriti Faculty

Donna Bachmann, M.F.A.
M. Virginia Brackett, Ph.D.
Carol Getty, Ph.D.
Jeffry Glauner, Ph.D.
Dorothy May, Ph.D.
Dennis Okerstrom, Ph.D.
William Pivonka, Ph.D.
G.Ann Schultis, M.A.L.S. and M.A.
Linda Seybert, Ed.D.
Blanche Sosland, Ph.D.
Daley Walker, M.A.

Commencement Speakers

Semester

Year

Speaker

Class Year

Title

Spring

1927

Honorable Perl D. Decker

1897

Missouri State Representative

Spring

1928

John Morris Gillette, Ph.D

 

 

 

1929

Henry Nelson Wieman, Ph.D

1907

 

Spring

1930

The Reverend James E. Congdon, Jr.

 

 

Spring

1931

The Reverend Harry Clayton Rogers, D.D.

 

(Dedication of the 1st Graham Tyler)

Spring

1932

John Edward Calfee, D.D.

1905

 

Spring

1933

Webster E. Browning, D.D.

1891

 

Spring

1934

Ernest H. Lindley, Ph.D.

 

Chancellor University of Kansas

Spring

1935

Paul Austin Wolfe, D.D.

1918

 

Spring

1936

Ernest Minor Patterson, Ph.D.

1902

Professor of Economics at Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania

Spring

1937

James M. Matthews, L.L.D.

1903

Director, Division of Distribution, School of Business Administration Babson Institute

Spring

1938

Robert J. Kerner, Ph.D.

 

Professor Modern European History, University of California

Spring

1939

Frederick William Hawley, D.D., LL.D.

 

President Emeritus, Park College

Spring

1940

Paul Calvin Payne, D.D.

1913

General Secretary, Board of Christian Education Presbyterian Church, United States of America

Spring

1941

William Lindsay Young, D.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

 

President of Park College, Retiring Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA

Spring

1942

The Reverend L. Wendell Taylor, D.D.

 

Pastor, President, Church of the Covenant, Detroit, Michigan

Spring

1943

President William Lindsay Young, D.D., LL.D., Litt.D., L.H.D.

 

President, Park College

Spring

1944

Merrill E. Otis, LL.B., LL.D.

 

United States District Judge, Western District of Missouri

Spring

1945

Arnold H. Lowe, M.Th., D.D.

 

Minister Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spring

1946

John Bailey Gage, A.B., LL.B.

 

 

Spring

1947

The Reverend James W. Clarke, D.D.

 

Minister Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri

Spring

1948

Dr. Harold C. Hunt, M.A., Ed.D., LL.D.

 

Superintendent of Schools, Chicago, Illinois

Spring

1949

Russell J. Hopley

 

President, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Omaha, NE

Spring

1950

Paul A. Dodd, Ph.D.

1924

Dean of College of Letters and Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Spring

1951

Roy A. Roberts

 

President of the Kansas City Star

Spring

1952

The Reverend Samuel McCrea Cavert, D.D

 

General Secretary of National Council, Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., New York City

Spring

1953

Mr. David Thomas Beals

 

President, Inter-State National Bank, Kansas City, Missouri

Spring

1954

The Honorable Albert L. Reeves

 

 

Spring

1955

Mr. Warren Lee Pierson

 

 

Spring

1956

Robert E. Long

 

President of Park College

Spring

1957

The Reverend Paul Austin Wolfe, D.D.

1918

Minister, The Brick Presbyterian Church, N.Y., New York

Spring

1958

Mr. Robert L. Gibson

1925

Vice President, General Electric Company, Pittsfield, Mass.

Spring

1959

Honorable Margaret Chase Smith

 

United States Senator from Maine

Spring

1960

Charles N. Kimball

 

President, Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, MO

Spring

1961

Fred Chase Koch

 

President, Rock Island Oil and Refining Company, Wichita, Kansas

Spring

1962

Edward L. Cushman

 

Executive Vice President, American Motors Corporation, Detroit

Spring

1963

James Wesley McAfee

 

President, Union Electric, St. Louis, Missouri

Fall

1963

Tilton Davis, Jr.

 

Director of Education, Headquarters, 5th U.S. Army Chicago

Spring

1964

Dr. John A. Gates

 

Distinguished Professor Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri

Fall

1964

Dr. Guy Moore

 

President William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri

Spring

1965

Dr. Elder G. Hawkins

 

Moderator, General Assembly of United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

Fall

1965

Dr. Joseph C. Shipman

 

Director, Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, Missouri

Spring

1966

Honorable William R. Hull, Jr.

 

U.S. Representative, Sixth District, Missouri

Fall

1966

Dr. Paul Hoover Bowman

 

Executive Director Institute Community Studies

Spring

1967

Henry C. Haskell

 

Associate Editor, Kansas City Star

Fall

1967

Honorable Harold E. Stassen

 

Former Governor of Missouri

Spring

1968

Harry Belafonte

 

Artist, Peace Corps Advisor, Board of Directors Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Fall

1968

Robert D. Swanson

1937

President, Alma College, Alma, Michigan Group Vice President, Operations Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Fall

1969

Honorable Thomas F. Eagleton

1969

U.S. Senator from Missouri

Spring

1970

Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller

 

(Geodesic Dome)

Fall

1970

Sister Olive Louise Dallavis, C.S.J.

 

President, Avila College, Kansas City, Missouri

Spring

1971

Dr. John R. Everett

1942

President, New School for Social Research, New York, New York

Fall

1971

Dr. John Hirschfield

1971

Professor, History of Western Culture, Park College

Spring

1972

Mr. Robert A. Cromie

 

Chicago Illinois

Fall

1972

Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann

 

Professor of Political Science, Park College

Spring

1973

Robert Wedgeworth

1973

Executive Director, American Library Association

Fall

1973

Dr. Ferrel Heady

1973

President, University of New Mexico

Spring

1974

Dr. Theodore I. Murguia

1951

President, San Jose City College, California

Fall

1974

Mr. George Lehr

 

County Executive of Jackson County, Missouri

Spring

1975

Donald Rumsfeld

 

Assistant to the President of the United States

Fall

1975

Dr. Young Pai

1975

Professor of Education, UMKC

Spring

1976

Dr. Ruth Snyder Sherman

1932

Radiologist, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Fall

1976

Dr. John H. Patton

1976

Professor of Religion, Park College

Spring

1977

Dr. Arthur Kamitsuka

1945

Director of Special Ministries to Japanese in New York (one of our Nisei Students)

Fall

1977

Mr. Eugene A. Davidson

 

Chairman Conference on European Problems

Spring

1978

Dr. Roy V. Magers II

1958

Assistant Professor of Music, Winthrop College

Spring

1979

Mr. Donald H. Chishlom

 

Attorney and Former Chairman of Board of Trustees

Spring

1980

The Honorable E. Thomas Coleman

 

Member of Congress

Spring

1981

Dr. Robert D. Swanson

 

President Emeritus, Alma College

Spring

1982

Walt Bodine

 

Dean of Kansas City Broadcast Newsman

Spring

1983

Dr. Barbara J. Higdon

 

Vice President/Dean for Academic Affairs

Spring

1984

Dr. Robert H. Ferrell

 

Distinguished Professor of History, Indiana University

Spring

1985

Harriet Woods

 

Lieutenant Governor, State of Missouri

Spring

1986

Robert P. Corbett

1938

United Missouri Bank South, Chairman Emeritus

Spring

1987

The Honorable Ike Skelton

 

United States Congressman, Missouri Fourth District

Spring

1988

Donald J. Breckon

 

Thirteenth President Park College

Spring

1989

Ambassador Alan Woods

 

Administrator, Agency for International Development

Spring

1990

Mr. Alvin L. Brooks

 

Director, Department of Human Relations, Kansas City, Missouri

Spring

1991

Dr. Lois Spier Gray

1943

Professor, Cornell University

Spring

1992

Dr. Hugh B. McAfee, Jr.

1941

Member of Park College Board of Trustees (Great Grandson of the Founder of Park College)

Spring

1993

Dr. R. Lynn Bondurant, Jr.

1961

Chief, Office of Educational Programs, NASA, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Spring

1994

R. Crosby Kemper III

 

President of United Missouri Bank, St. Louis, Missouri

Fall

1994

Dr. Lyushun Shen

 

Director, Public Affairs Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

Spring

1995

Dr. Dong Won Lee

 

President, International Research Center Republic of Korea

Fall

1995

Eric Bransby

 

Muralist and Professor Emeritus at UMKC

Spring

1996

William C. Clark

 

President, Urban League of Greater Kansas City and Former Trustee of Park College

Fall

1996

Bonnie Sue Cooper

 

State Representative, District 32, State of Missouri

Spring

1997

Larry Wheeler

 

President & COO, Valentine Radford Communications

Fall

1997

Fred Pouche

1981

Missouri House of Representatives

Spring

1998

Dr. F. Marian Bishop

 

Director of Graduate Programs, School of Medicine, University of Utah

Fall

1998

Chance Browne

 

Cartoon Illustrator, Hi & Lois

Spring

1999

Marjorie S. Sirridge

 

Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Fall

1999

Dr. Daniel E. Waite

 

Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry

Spring

2000

Dr. Edward Zigler

 

Sterling Professor of Psychology, head of the psychology section of the Child Study Center and Director of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University

Fall

2000

Larry J. Hackman

 

Director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Spring

2001

Bernice Thompson

1958

Social work therapist in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Chemical Dependency Service

Fall

2001

Dr. Hans Brisch

 

Chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education

Spring

2002

Cynthia Levin

1977

Producing Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre

Fall

2002

Jerzy Hauptmann

 

Professor Emeritus and founder of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, Park University

Spring

2003

Rosemary Fry Plakas

1963

American History Specialist at the Library of Congress

Fall

2003

Brigadier General (Select) Douglas L. Raaberg

 

United State Air Force

Spring

2004

The Honorable Ike Skelton

 

Congressman, Missouri’s 4th District

Fall

2004

R. Lynn Bondurant, Ph.D.

1961

President, Bondurant Consulting

Spring

2005

Ergys Prenika

2005

International graduate, Albania

Fall

2005

Ralph Reid

 

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sprint Nextel

Spring

2006

General Richard B. Myers

 

United State Air Force Retired

Fall

2006

Honorable Kay Barnes

 

Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Spring

2007

Jackie Snyder, Ed.D.

 

Chancellor, Metropolitan Community College

Fall

2007

Peter J. deSilva

 

President and COO UMB Financial Corporation

Spring

2008

The Honorable Christopher S. “Kit” Bond

 

United State Senator, Missouri

Fall

2008

Mary Jean Eisenhower

 

President and CEO, People to People International

Spring

2009

Danny O’Neil

 

Founder and CEO, The Roasterie, Inc.

Fall

2009

The Honorable Emmanuel Cleaver

 

U.S. House of Representatives

Spring

2010

Ambassador Jason C. Yuan

 

Representative of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Fall

2010

Eugene A. Ruiz

 

Chair, Park University Board of Trustees

Spring

2011

Jeanette Prenger

2009

Founder and President, ECCO Select

Fall

2011

Steve Youngblood

 

Associate professor of Communication Arts

Spring

2012

The Honorable Sly James

 

Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri

Fall

2012

Peter J. deSilva

 

President and Chief Operating Officer, UMB Financial

Spring

2013

Lt. Gen. (Ret) John E. Miller

 

Member, Park University Board of Trustees

Fall

2013

Deborah J. Frett

 

CEO, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

Spring

2014

Gary Guller

 

Mount Everest Summiter, Author & Keynote Speaker

Fall

2014

Terry Bassham

 

Chairman, President and CEO, Kansas City Power and Light

Spring

2015

Bob Marcusse

 

President and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council

Fall

2015

Greg Graves

 

Chairman and CEO, Burns & McDonnell

Spring 2016 Greg Gunderson, Ph.D.   President, Park University
Fall 2016 Bob Kendrick 1985 President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Spring 2017 John Fierro 1998, 2001 President, Mattie Rhodes Center
Fall 2017 Michael M. Collins   President and CEO, Port Authority of Kansas City, MO