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CAS presents inaugural Norman Royall Professorships, the College’s Highest Honor

Normal Royall Distinguished Professor AwardThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented the inaugural Norman Royall Professorships to four faculty members during the College’s 2017 Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Royall Professorship is the highest honor bestowed by the College.

“As the highest recognition in the College, the Royall Professorship will reward faculty committed to research and/or teaching excellence, creativity and interdisciplinarity,” said Dean Wayne Vaught during the presentation.

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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.

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Leaders in Learning: a celebration of faculty achievement

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

“One of the best things about UMKC is that UMKC actively seeks to partner with the city in a way that is constructive. It’s not just a school where they teach people, it’s a school where they engage people and have those people engage the community,” James said. Continue reading

Lundgren named Associate Dean of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D.The UMKC College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D., as the new Associate Dean, effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Lundgren is taking over the Associate Dean position previously held by Michael Kruger, Ph.D., who has accepted a new position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota. Continue reading

Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor’s Play Shows Life During Wartime

Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor's Play Shows Life During WartimeDid Nazis fall in love?

Of course they did, though it may be hard to associate the idea of that emotion with a society that committed human atrocities. But as the Third Reich was rising, individuals in Germany fell in love with each other just like people all over the world fall in love every day.

Kansas Citians have a chance to hear what that felt like when actors stage a script-in-hand reading on Sunday, June 4, 2017, thanks to a trove of letters between two wartime lovers. Continue reading

UMKC Humanities Consortium Receives Grant for Performance of Letters from Nazi Germany

Group seeks to spark community conversations with special project and performance

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Humanities Consortium – a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program – is the recipient of a 2017 Missouri Humanities Grant totaling $2,500. Continue reading

UMKC English Professor Selected for Guggenheim Fellowship

Michelle BoisseauUMKC English Professor Michelle Boisseau has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Professor Boisseau, a poet, teaches in UMKC’s MFA program, is Senior Editor of BkMk Press and is Contributing Editor of New Letters. She is the recipient of two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Continue reading

UMKC Art Professor’s public artwork seen on famous Sunset Strip

Professor Barry Anderson, chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, has a video on public display in West Hollywood, California.

The piece, Totemic Persona, is a two-channel video animation that was created with the help of UMKC Studio Art students. Continue reading

UMKC History Professor Reconstructs the History of Surgery before Anesthesia

The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88Lynda Payne publishes new book about “the best surgeon” in 18th century England.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce the publication Professor Lynda Payne’s new book, The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88, about the influential English surgeon Percivall Pott, whose practice of surgery was praised for being methodical, skilled and measured.

Payne, a specialist in the history of science and medicine, challenges the belief that the practice of surgery prior to the invention of general anesthesia was “a realm of screaming patients and larger than life eccentric medical men whose primary aims were to operate as fast as possible.” The goal of her new book is to humanize and historicize medical practices by looking at the biography of this landmark teacher and practitioner. Continue reading