UMKC School of Graduate Studies Staff

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

Jennifer Friend, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
347 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1196



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