UMKC School of Graduate Studies Staff

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

Dr. Joe Parisi
Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
345 Administrative Center
(816) 235-1057

Dr. Candace Schlein
Interim Program Director, Graduate Student Development
Education building, room 319
(816) 235-5754

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
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
Planning for annual events – 3-Minute Thesis and Community of Scholars
Program and curriculum monitoring for graduate programs


Michelle Heiman
Senior Student Support Specialist
343 Administrative 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
Assist in monitoring Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student progress
Certification and Cultural Orientation of international GTA/GRA applicants
Commencement Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students
Liaison for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee
Manage student account holds for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program
Serve on Graduate Writing Committee
Supervise Graduate Assistant

Cassandra Whitney 
Graduate Assistant
(816) 235-1019

Graphic design for SGS
Provide clerical support as needed
Maintain/update Graduate Studies website and social media
Support for Graduate Student Council
Support for Graduate Writing Initiative