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Presidential Engagement Fellows

The University of Missouri System is proud of the excellent teaching, breakthrough research and creative achievements and meaningful engagement of our faculty. The Presidential Engagement Fellows program was established to share these accomplishments with the citizens of Missouri in their own communities. This effort allows our faculty to make personal connections and deliver on our important mission to disseminate and apply knowledge for the benefit all Missourians.

To participate in the Presidential Engagement Fellows program, faculty members are nominated or can self-nominate at the campus level based on their demonstrated excellence, as well as their ability to communicate their research to the public. Fellows participate in a training and orientation session and represent the UM System at a minimum of 3-5 speaking events per year.

This program is administered by the UM System Office of Engagement and Outreach.


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2020-2021 Cohort

Scott Christianson
Business Management,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

Speaker Bio & Photo (PDF)
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Kathleen Preble
Human Environmental Sciences/Social Work,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

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Dima Dandachi
Medicine,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

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J. David Rogers
Geosciences and Geological and
Petroleum Engineering,
Missouri University of
Science and Technology

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Jill B. Delston
Philosophy,
University of Missouri-
St. Louis

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Lee Slocum
Criminology and Criminal Justice,
University of Missouri-
St. Louis

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William Horner
Political Science,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

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Julija Šukys
English and Creative Writing,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

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Jamila Jefferson-Jones
Law,
University of Missouri-
Kansas City

Bio coming soon
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Dave Westenberg
Biological Sciences,
Missouri University of
Science and Technology

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Joey Lightner
Nursing and Health Studies,
University of Missouri-
Kansas City

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Virginia Ramseyer Winter
Human Environmental Sciences/Social Work,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

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Joan McDowd
Psychology,
University of Missouri-
Kansas City

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Guirong (Grace) Yan
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering,
Missouri University of
Science and Technology

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Jerome Morris
Education/Educator Preparation and Leadership,
University of Missouri-
St. Louis

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>>For information about past Presidential Engagement Fellows, please visit the Previous Cohorts webpage.

 

Request a Fellow Visit

Members of the Presidential Engagement Fellows Program are available for speaking engagements. Requests for speakers can be submitted through the Request Form.

Request a Presidential Engagement Fellow

As you complete your request for a speaker from the Presidential Engagement Fellows program, please keep the following in mind:

  • There is no cost to your group to host a speaker; their participation is covered as part of the Presidential Engagement Fellows program.
  • Speakers are booked on a first come, first served basis, with preference to groups of 25 or more. We encourage groups to come together in requesting speakers.
  • Speakers are scheduled according to availability; some speakers may be unavailable for an event.
  • Plan ahead to allow sufficient time for the University to make necessary travel arrangements with the speaker and prepare travel logistics.
  • Consider your audience and provide the necessary information with your request so speakers can tailor their remarks to fit your group.
  • Consult the speaker information above for supporting materials.

If you have questions about requesting a speaker, please reach out to Ashley Rhode (rhodea@umsystem.edu) before completing your speaker request form.

 

Engagement

See where fellows (from current and previous cohorts) have been in Missouri and beyond. Click on the markers on the map below to learn more about where fellows have presented across the state and around the country.

 

Reviewed 2020-08-25