The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee is the policy making body for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. studies at the campus level. The Committee is a representative body composed of the Coordinators of the disciplines participating in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. 

Committee Meeting Times

Meetings are held approximately once per semester, and as necessary otherwise. These dates and times, once determined, will be posted.

Minutes from past meetings.


2018-19 Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee


Faculty/Divisional Representative Term Expires Phone Email
Art History, Dr. Rochelle Ziskin 2021 2991 ziskinr@umkc.edu
Biomedical and Health Informatics, Dr. Jenifer Allsworth 2021 1781 allsworthj@umkc.edu
Cell Biology and Biophysics/
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Dr. Karen Bame
2021 2243 bamek@umkc.edu
Chemistry, Dr. Zhonghua Peng 2021 2288 pengz@umkc.edu
Computer Networking and Communication Systems, Dr. Sejun Song 2021 5661 songsej@umkc.edu
Computer Science, Dr. Yugyung Lee 2021 5932 leeyu@umkc.edu
Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Candace Schlein 2021 5754 schleinc@umkc.edu
Economics, Dr. Linwood Tauheed 2021 8167294326 tauheedl@umkc.edu
Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations, Dr. Shirley Marie McCarther 2021 2451 mccarthers@umkc.edu
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Masud Chowdhury 2021 2432 masud@umkc.edu
Engineering, Dr. Ceki Halmen 2021 1286 halmenc@umkc.edu
English, Dr. Joan Dean 2021 2764 deanj@umkc.edu
Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Dr. Brian Anderson 2021 2316 andersonbri@umkc.edu
Geosciences, Dr. James Murowchick 2021 2979 murowchickj@umkc.edu
History, Drs. Lynda Payne & Matthew Osborn 2021 5704 paynel@umkc.edu & osbornmw@umkc.edu
Humanities Consortium, Dr. Larson Powell 2021 1316 powelllar@umkc.edu
Mathematics, Dr. Yong Zeng 2021 5850 zengy@umkc.edu
Music Education, Dr. Joseph Parisi 2021 2919 parisijo@umkc.edu
Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Dr. Mary Walker 2021 2825 walkermp@umkc.edu
Pharmaceutical Science, Dr. Kun Cheng 2021 2425 chengkun@umkc.edu
Pharmacology, Dr. Hari Bhat 2021 5903 bhath@umkc.edu
Physics, Drs. Mark Brodwin & Paul Rulis 2021 2508 & 5945 brodwinm@umkc.edu & rulisp@umkc.edu
Political Science, Dr. Max Skidmore 2021 2535 skidmorem@umkc.edu
Public Affairs and Administration, Dr. Arif Ahmed 2021 2319 ahmedar@umkc.edu
Religious Studies, Dr. Gary Ebersole 2021 5728 ebersoleg@umkc.edu
Social Science Consortium, Dr. Doug Bowles 2021 1394 bowlesdh@umkc.edu



Committee Responsibilities

Committee Bylaws

• Monitors and reviews goals of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and recommends major changes in goals, policies and procedures to the Doctoral Faculty for final approval.

• Monitors the quality of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and its implementation by means of periodic reviews based on reports from existing bodies, councils, committees, and external reviewers.

• Recommends to the Graduate Council and Research Board, policies and criteria concerning internal funding of research, research-related travel, and all other matters.

• Reviews other policy matters as required.