UMKC School of Graduate Studies Staff


Denis M. Medeiros, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
342 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1301
Biographical Information
Jennifer Friend, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
344 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1196

Annual Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Assessment of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. and Preparing Future Faculty programs
Coordinate the Graduate Writing Initiative with the Graduate Writing Advisory Group
Director, Preparing Future Faculty program
Faculty Advisor to Graduate Student Council (GSC)
Monitor Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student progression through the program
Provide support for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students and faculty advisors
Work with the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in policy development and compliance


Nancy Hoover
Student Services Coordinator II
346 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1731

Conduct technical review of theses and dissertations and advise students on formatting problems
Maintain databases, coordinate graduate course requests and graduate/doctoral faculty appointment process
Maintain/update Graduate Regulations section of catalog
Maintain/update Graduate Studies website

Quincy Bennett Johnson
Student Services Coordinator II
345 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1559

Coordinate admissions process for the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
Coordinate Plan of Study approvals for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Facilitate recruitment activities for the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
Manage SGS Fellowship Competitions

Alphia Curry 
Business Support Specialist II
340 Administrative Center
(816) 235-6281

Handle monthly financial reconciliation & process Non-PO vouchers
Manage academic dishonesty process
Manage fellowships, fee remissions, non-resident fee waivers, & SGS student travel grants Provide administrative support to the Dean’s office

Michelle Heiman
Office Support Assistant IV
343 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1161

Assist in monitoring Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student progress
Certification and Cultural Orientation of international GTA/GRA applicants
Commencement Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Coordinate graduate assessment activities
Monitor regulation compliance for undergraduates in graduate classes
Provide clerical assistance