CAS hosts annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony

Dean Wayne Vaught speaks at the 2017 CAS Fall ReceptionThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences hosted its annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 15, 2017, in the Atterbury Student Success Center’s Pierson Auditorium. Dean Wayne Vaught delivered a “State of the College” address, followed by faculty and staff awards.

“We remain the largest academic unit at UMKC, and we continue to play a critical, in fact an indispensable role, for almost every other unit on campus,” Vaught said. “We have the most diverse, accomplished, nationally and internationally recognized and award winning faculty on campus. We are clearly the most engaged academic unit within the Kansas City community and we have produced some of the most accomplished alumni to ever graduate from UMKC.”

Vaught went on to say that he believes the College has the power to thrive, despite a national trend away from liberal arts programs, cuts in state funding and declining enrollment.

“I think there is a bright future ahead for the College,” Vaught said. “It is going to require us to band together, to breakdown any silos that prevent us from effective collaboration and to work together to draw on the energies of our highly creative faculty and staff to improve what we do and how we do it.”

Dean Vaught also presented the 2017 Faculty and Staff Awards, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of the College’s outstanding teachers, scholars and staff.

Staff Award

The 2017 Staff Member of the Year Award was presented to Asia Williams, Business Support Specialist in the Department of Chemistry.

Teaching Awards

The 2017 Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award for NTT Faculty was presented to Ricardo Marte, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychology.

The 2017 Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Rebecca Best, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.

The 2017 Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Jennifer Frangos, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English.

Norman Royall Professorships

The Dean also presented four inaugural Norman Royall Professorships, the highest recognition the College offers. The Royall Professorship rewards faculty who are committed to research and/or teaching excellence, creativity and interdisciplinary studies.

Robert Riggs, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Daniel McIntosh, Ph.D., Associate Professing in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Jennifer Phegley, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature

Massimiliano Vitiello, Associate Professor in the Department of History