UMKC School of Graduate Studies Staff

Dr. Chris Liu 
Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Dr. Stephen Dilks
Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Joseph Parisi
Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
(816) 235-2919

Dr. Candace Schlein
Director, Preparing Future Faculty program
Education building, room 319
(816) 235-5754

Nancy Hoover
Program Manager I, Student Support Services
120A Atterbury Success Center
(816) 235-1731

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
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
Program and curriculum monitoring for graduate programs


Michelle Heiman
Senior Student Support Specialist
120B Atterbury Student Success Center
(816) 235-1161

Admissions for the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
Annual Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Assessment of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. and Preparing Future Faculty programs
Certification and Cultural Orientation of international GTA applicants
Commencement Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Liaison for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee
Marketing and recruitment efforts for graduate programs
Manage student account holds for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
Monitor Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student progress
Planning for annual events – 3-Minute Thesis and Community of Scholars
Serve on Graduate Writing Committee, Mental Health Council, and Academic Support and Mentoring Advisory Council
Website management


Marcus Meade, Ph.D.
Graduate Writing Specialist
122 Atterbury Student Success Center
(816) 235-8660