School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., applauded faculty who recently received promotions and tenure during a reception on Sept. 8, saying it is their hard work and efforts that make the medical school what it is today.
He said that serving as a faculty member at the School of Medicine is a special privilege that presents the opportunity to help shape the future through teaching and discovery.
“It’s everything you do that makes this school what it is,” Kanter said. “It’s the big things, and it’s every single little thing, which taken together adds up to high quality education for our learners, a caring and thoughtful and individualized approach to mentoring and advising, cutting edge research, state of the art patient care, and an environment that values professionalism.”
This year’s promotions included 48 faculty members who received the rank of associate professor and 14 who were appointed to the rank of full professor.
“Congratulations to each of you.,” Kanter said. “You have earned these promotions by evidence of your commendable teaching, research and service. We are very proud to have you as members of the School of Medicine family.”
View this year’s complete faculty promotion and tenure list on our website at https://med.umkc.edu/faculty-promotion-tenure/.
Faculty and students were also honored with awards for their outstanding work in the areas of mentoring and diversity. A new award was also presented for excellence in medical education research.
- Louise E. Arnold Excellence in Medical Education and Research Award: Presented to Louise Arnold, Ph.D., former associate dean for medical education and research
The inaugural award was presented to Dr. Arnold in recognition of significant contributions in medical education.
- Mentoring Awards
Betty M. Drees, M.D., Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award: Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, adjunct professor basic medical science and anesthesiology, director of student research
Betty M. Drees, M.D., Excellence in Mentoring Award: Pamela Nicklaus, M.D., associate professor of surgery, specializing in otolaryngology in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Fellowship Director for Pediatric ENT
The awards are presented to faculty who have made significant contributions to enhance and develop the careers of faculty and trainees through generosity, listening, objectivity, and constructive feedback regarding career and professional/personal development.
- Excellence in Diversity and Health Equity in Medicine Awards
Faculty/staff/resident award: Fariha Shafi, M.D., associate professor of medicine and docent
Student award: Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
- Service award
Jane Knapp, M.D., retiring as associate dean for Children’s Mercy Hospital programs, was recognized for her longtime service to the School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics.