UMKC School of Graduate Studies Staff

Dr. Peggy Ward-Smith 
Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies 
WardSmithP@umkc.edu
344 Administrative Center
(816) 235-5624

Dr. Joe Parisi
Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
ParisiJo@umkc.edu
345 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1057

Dr. Candace Schlein
Interim Program Director, Graduate Student Development
SchleinC@umkc.edu
Education building, room 319
(816) 235-5754

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Nancy Hoover
Student Services Coordinator II
HooverN@umkc.edu
346 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1731

Responsibilities:
Conduct technical review of theses and dissertations and advise students on formatting problems
Liaison for Graduate Council and Graduate Officers Committee
Maintain databases, coordinate graduate course requests and graduate/doctoral faculty appointment process
Maintain/update Graduate Regulations section of catalog

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Alphia Curry 
Business Support Specialist II 
CurryA@umkc.edu
340 Administrative Center
(816) 235-6281

Responsibilities:
Assist with academic dishonesty process
Handle monthly financial reconciliation & process Non-PO vouchers
Manage fellowships, fee remissions, non-resident fee waivers, & SGS student travel grants
Provide administrative support to the Dean’s office
Supervise Work Study students
Upload semesterly newsletter articles to WordPress and distribute to constituents

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Michelle Heiman
Senior Office Support Assistant 
HeimanM@umkc.edu
343 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1161

Responsibilities:
Annual Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Annual event planning for 3-Minute Thesis and Community of Scholars
Assessment of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. and Preparing Future Faculty programs
Assist in monitoring Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student progress
Certification and Cultural Orientation of international GTA/GRA applicants
Commencement Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Distribute birthday cards to graduate alumni
Liaison for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee
Maintain/update Graduate Studies website and social media
Manage student account holds for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
Monitor regulation compliance for undergraduates in graduate classes and graduates in undergraduate classes, as well as graduate student exceptions to half- and full-time status
Oversee departmental solicitation in consultation with the UMKC Foundation
Provide clerical assistance – general graduate student support, tracking incoming departmental paperwork, Tree of Knowledge updates
Serve on Graduate Writing Committee and University Assessment Committee
Supervise Graduate Assistant
Write SGS newsletter articles

 
Cassandra Whitney 
Graduate Assistant
Cecnqf@mail.umkc.edu
(816) 235-1019

Responsibilities:
Graphic design for SGS
Provide clerical support as needed
Support for Graduate Student Council
Support for Graduate Writing Initiative

 
Marianna Aloisio
Work Study
Mla4f3@mail.umkc.edu
(816) 235-1301

Responsibilities:
Answer incoming phone calls from faculty, staff and current and prospective students
Clerical Assistance to SGS staff
Front desk duties
General graduate student support

 
Anhar Sabri
Work Study
Ahsr3d@mail.umkc.edu
(816) 235-1301

Responsibilities:
Answer incoming phone calls from faculty, staff and current and prospective students
Clerical Assistance to SGS staff
Front desk duties
General graduate student support