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 fifteen UMKC faculty representatives who are members of the UM Doctoral Faculty. In accordance with the procedure set forth in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee By-Laws, ten members of the Committee are elected by the Doctoral Faculty of UMKC and five members are appointed by the Chancellor in consultation with the existing membership of the Ph.D. Executive Committee, Academic Program Directors and Deans.

IPhD Supplementary Application Coordinator Guide

Committee Meeting Times

Committee meeting time will be 2:00-3:30 pm. (Generally the second Friday of each month)

September 9, 2016 – Plaza Room – Joint meeting with IPhD Coordinators

October 14, 2016 – Brookside Room

November 11, 2016 – Brookside Room

December 9, 2016 – Brookside Room

January 13, 2017 – Brookside Room

February 10, 2017 – Brookside Room

March 10, 2017 – Brookside Room

April 14, 2017 – Brookside Room

May 12, 2017- Brookside Room

June 9, 2017 – Brookside Room

July 14, 2017 – Brookside Room

Minutes from past meetings.


2015-2016 Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee

Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Engineering Sciences Subcommittee

Faculty/Divisional Representative Term Expires Phone Email
Dr. Zhonghua (Josh) Peng, Professor, Chemistry  2016-17, E 2288 pengz@umkc.edu
Dr. Tina Niemi, Professor, Geosciences 2017-18, E 5342 niemit@umkc.edu
Dr. Masud Chowdhury, Associate Professor, CSEE 2018-19, A 2432 masud@umkc.edu

Biological and Chemical Sciences Subcommittee

Faculty/Divisional Representative Term Expires Phone Email
Dr. Julie Banderas, Professor, School of Medicine 2016-17, E 5249 banderasj@umkc.edu
Dr. Xiaolan Yao, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (MBB) 2017-18, A 2330  yaoxia@umkc.edu
Dr. Orisa Igwe, Associate Professor, Pharmacology  2018-79, E  1996 igweo@umkc.edu

Social and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee

Faculty/Divisional Representative Term Expires Phone Email
Dr. Peter Eaton, Associate Professor, Economics 2016-17, A 2832 eatonp@umkc.edu
Dr. Erik Olsen, Associate Professor, Economics 2017-18, E* 2405 olsenek@umkc.edu
Dr. Yifei Liu, Associate Professor, Pharmacy 2018-19, E 6820 liuyif@umkc.edu

Humanities and Arts Subcommittee

Faculty/Divisional Representative Term Expires Phone Email
Dr. Joseph Parisi, Professor, Music Education 2016-17, A 2919 parisijo@umkc.edu
Dr. Lynda Payne, Professor, History 2017-18, E 5882 paynel@umkc.edu
Dr. Larson Powell, Professor, Foreign Languages & Lit. 2018-19, E 1316 powelllar@umkc.edu

Administrative and Information Sciences Subcommittee

Faculty/Divisional Representative Term Expires Phone Email
Dr. Li Sun, Assistant Professor, Global Entrepreneurship 2016-17, E 6070 sunsli@umkc.edu
Dr. Loyce Caruthers, Associate Professor, ELPF 2017-18, E 1044 caruthersl@umkc.edu
Dr. Michelle Maher, Professor, Educational Leadership 2018-19, A 2325 mahermi@umkc.edu

*Completing term for Dr. William Brazelton

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.

• Reviews and approves the proposed programs of study for each Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student to ensure that each program meets the minimum requirements of the program. In these matters, the committee acts on behalf of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. This process is administered by five designated subcommittees of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee.

• 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.