Provost’s September Newsletter

September students returning to class

University of Missouri

The fall semester is underway. Welcome back! For many, this is a time of excitement, energy, and anticipation for what the coming year will bring. I am energized as well; there is much to be accomplished and many good people who will help.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of our newest faculty members. Their credentials and scholarly records are impressive, and their knowledge and expertise will add to our strong campus community. In addition, we have several newly-filled leadership positions.

  • In July, Dr. Kathryn Chval took up duties as Dean of the College of Education.
  • Dr. Marshall Stewart, our new Vice Chancellor and Director of Cooperative Extension, began work August 15.
  • Dr. Pelema Morrice has been hired as Vice Provost for Enrollment Management; he will be starting September 15.

In my own office, I recently welcomed

  • Christine Holt, J.D. as Associate Provost,
  • Dr. Anna L. Ball as Faculty Fellow for Faculty Development,
  • Dr. Mitchell S. McKinney as Faculty Fellow for Academic Personnel.

I am confident all of these individuals will provide clear vision and strong leadership in the year to come. We have several active searches being conducted for leadership positions; here is a link that will provide you an update if you are interested in how they are progressing.

Lastly, I would like to recognize faculty who recently reached important milestones in their academic careers. Please take a moment to view your colleagues achievements on my website and congratulate them on their accomplishments!

This year I will continue my traveling office hours, and I invite you to join me to discuss anything that is on your mind. The next session will be Wednesday, September 28 at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Future dates and locations can be found at

Until next month,

Garnett S. Stokes
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs


Congratulations and sincerest thanks to allstaff award recipients, including Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award winners Susan Lasley, Hoke Eichelberger, Doris Eagle, and Delvin Mellerup.

College of Business Academic AdvisorDarius Whitaker has received the 2016 Faculty-Staff Recognition Award from the Legion of Black Collegians.

Medical school faculty members David Brogan, Urmeka Jefferson, Jonathan Mitchem, and Rachel Proffit have been admitted to the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences KL2 Career Development Awards Program.

The Mizzou School of Accountancy is now ranked in the top 15 for both its undergraduate and Master’s program in the 2016 Public Accounting Report.

Education professor Lisa Floreshas received the 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology.

Congratulations to KBIA-FM personnel for winning 5 prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Cherokee Nation chief and tribal council have recognized Assistant Professor of English Joseph Erb for his leadership in language, culture, and the Remember the Removal program.

Professor Wendy L. Sims is the recipient of this year's National Association for Music Education Senior Researcher Award.

Health Psychology professor Brick Johnstone has received the Missouri Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Theatre professor Cheryl Black has garnered critical praise for her new co-edited book "Interracial and Cross-Cultural Exchange in American Theatre."

Billie Cunningham, a professor in the business school, has received the 2016 J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook Prize Award for superior teaching.

The School of Health Professions ended the 2015-16 academic year with a 100% student pass rate on licensure and certification exams.

Paul Tatum, an associate professor of family and community medicine, has received the 2016 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award for Outstanding Care of Patients Near the End of Life.

The National Academy of Inventors has inducted engineering professor Shubhra Gangopadhyay as a Fellow.

Associate professor Tom Vox has been elected at the national level to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Committee on Research.

MU has received a presidential “E” award for export service thanks to the International Trade Center, a partnership of MU Extension Business Development Program, Missouri Small Business Development Centers, and the Trulaske College of Business.

The Mizzou Alumni Association has named genetics professor Jerry Taylor as recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award and for its Faculty-Alumni award has selected Leo Saguiguit and Nicole Monnier (A&S),James Noble (engineering), Earnest Perryand Jennifer Rowe (journalism), and John Howe (business).

Journalism professor Randy Smith has been honored with the 2016 Provost Award for Leadership in International Education.

Do you or a colleague have an accomplishment I should know about? Update me here.


On September 8 the College of Education welcomes Adam Kay to speak about underrepresented students in high school Advanced Placement courses.

The Division of IT will host training on Box cloud storage beginning this month . See the IT website for more information.

The School of Health Professions hosts its annual Fall Mum Fundraiser September 14-16. Proceeds support the MU Adult Day Connection.

Enjoy the School of Social Work’s “Population, Education, and Health” Seminar on September 15.

The CAFNR Tiger Ag Classic Golf Tournament will take place on September 16.

Sponsored by the College of Education, Rich Milner, author of “Start Where You Are But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms” will be on campus for multiple events September 20-21.

On September 20, guest speaker Mariah Zeisberg will discuss U.S. global leadership and the separation of powers.

On September 21, unwind in style with “Yoga at the Missouri Theatre.”

On September 21, the Museum of Art & Archeology offers a guided tour of the current exhibition “DISTINCTION: Five Centuries of Portraiture,” which explores portraits from the early modern, modern, and contemporary periods.

The journalism school will host nationally syndicated columnist and author Leonard Pitts Jr. for a September 21 reception, book signing, and lecture on politics and press responsibility.

The Truman School of Public Affairs hosts Jaeuk Ham September 22 discussing his experience helping relocate Seoul to rural South Korea.

The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy will host a lecture on "The Demise of Fact in Political Discourse" on September 23.

Celebrate National Museum Day September 24 at the Museum of Art & Archeology, State Historical Society, and other venues.

On September 27 the STEM research outreach program "Science on Tap CoMo" offers a relaxed presentation at 9th Street Public House.

The International Center presents "Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa, the Musical" onSeptember 28 at Jesse Auditorium.

On September 29, enjoy a talk about ancient Egyptian leader Ptolemy I as part of the 21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture Series.

The medical school’s Center for Health Ethics presents a conference from September 29-October 1, “Health Ethics and Storytelling in a Digital Age.”

Explore family-friendly fun at the South Farm Research Center Showcase on October 1.

Monthly podcast JuntoCast Live will be recorded at Mizzou on October 7, addressing the topic of elections in early America.

Bringing Up Business, a week-long celebration of mid-Missouri's inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, and supporters, will be held October 7-16.

A Walk-a-Jog-a-Bike-a-Thon at Katy Trail onOctober 8 benefits the Ronald James Georgian Diabetic Children’s Camp and Rainbow House.

The MU Center for Agroforestry’s annual Missouri Chestnut Roast will take placeOctober 8.

The School of Medicine's Coulter Program Awards will be presented October 11.

Find details on these and other events here.