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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 of 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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Guidelines
  • The Presidential Engagement Fellows are selected from all four University of Missouri System Universities: University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) and University of Missouri – Saint Louis (UMSL).  There are 3 faculty members each from:  UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL, and 6 from MU.
  • Fellows can be nominated, self-selected, or recruited to be nominated. Fellows serve as Ambassadors for their respective University, and as a part of the UM System program, under the guidance of the UM System Office of Engagement.
  • A review committee made up of members of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) from each university, who may choose to delegate this to another faculty member, former Presidential Engagement Fellows and University Engagement Leaders will review all applicants from each respective university and work with the UM System Office of Engagement to vet the nominees.
  • The review committee scores each applicant and looks for diversity in content, discipline, school, department, area of study, past presentation and engagement experience, and outreach in the community.
  • The UM System President will review and approve the final list of applicants.
  • To complete the vetting process, applications will go to the Office of General Counsel, University Title IX offices, and Department Chairs on each university.  The Department Chairs will be responsible for obtaining the signatures from the Office of General Council and their respective Title IX offices as well as signing off on the application themselves. The signatures form will need to be returned to the applicant before the application can be submitted. The applicant will then submit the application.  Please allow at least a one-week turnaround time to obtain the signatures from the above offices.
  • Faculty under any type of litigation, HR restrictions, or Title IX violations may not serve as a Fellow until the dispute is resolved. Should this arise during their term of service, they will be asked to discontinue the program until the dispute is resolved.
  • The Fellows also serve to support the University of Missouri System Compact for Excellence in Engagement and Outreach.
  • The Fellows help to personalize our universities by sending top notch faculty and researchers into all corners of the State, to share their research and expertise, to get to know Missourians, and to serve as outreach for the UM System Universities.
  • Those unwilling to serve as Ambassadors, or participate as a member of the Presidential Engagement Fellow group should not apply.
  • There is a minimum time commitment of 3-5 speaking engagements, which Fellows can fill over the course of their 12-month term. Requests may occur from online applications, marketing, and speakers themselves identifying opportunities to do engagements.
Job Description
  • Each Class of Engagement Fellows serves for a term of 12 months. 
  • Each group of Presidential Engagement Fellows may be utilized by their respective university as an ambassador during their term. 
  • Each Fellow will participate in a required training (week of June 21, 2021 via zoom) to learn about the program, hone presentation skills for non-academic audiences and enhance multi-media communication (interviews via radio, tv, print, social media, etc.) 
  • As university and UM System representatives, Fellows realize their remarks, relative to this role, will reflect on the institution.  If any situations arise, please alert the UM System Office of Engagement, and/or your local university news bureau staff. When in doubt, ask first.
  • There is a minimum time commitment of 3-5 speaking engagements, which Fellows can fill over the course of their 12-month term.  Requests may occur from online applications, marketing, and speakers themselves identifying opportunities to do engagements.
  • Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 and be reimbursed for in state travel expenses.
  • The Presidential Engagement Fellows term of service is one year.  While we will not continue to schedule them as speakers, a goal is that they will continue to provide outreach for their university.  Fellows from previous years will be listed on the Presidential Engagement Fellows webpage. 
  • For More information Contact:  Ashley Rhode, UM System Office of Engagement, rhodea@umsystem.edu 573-884-3257
 

2020-2021 Cohort

Scott Christianson
Business Management,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

Speaker Bio & Photo (PDF)
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Kathleen Preble
School of Health Professions,
University of Missouri-
Columbia

Speaker Bio & Photo (PDF)
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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

Speaker Bio & Photo (PDF)
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Jill B. Delston
Philosophy,
University of Missouri-
St. Louis

Speaker Bio & Photo (PDF)
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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

Speaker Bio & Photo (PDF)
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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
School of Health Professions,
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 2021-04-30