Oct 15, 2012    #132
Contact: John Martellaro

UMKC School of Education Adds Four New Faculty

Four outstanding educators have joined the faculty of the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kimberly J. Langrehr has been named assistant professor of counseling psychology. Langrehr received her Ph.D. from the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. She also has a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include transnational adoption issues, mental health of non-traditional college student populations and multicultural education and training.

sj Miller has been named associate professor of urban teacher education/language arts and secondary English. Miller comes from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured associate professor. Miller received his Ph.D. in educational thought and sociocultural studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He also has a master's degree in Jewish communal services and Jewish studies from Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. His primary research interests are framed by studies within critical pedagogy, critical race theory, critical discourse analysis, critical literacy, feminist theory, spatiality/hybridity theories, anti-bullying pedagogy and liberatory pedagogy.

Kindel Nash has been named assistant professor of urban teacher education/language & literacy. Nash comes from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, where she was an instructor in the College of Education. She has experience as a classroom teacher in California, Georgia, South Carolina and Wiesbaden, Germany and is interested in critical race theory, critical sociocultural theory, as well as instruction and teacher education for social justice. Nash received her Ph.D. and M.A.T. from the University of South Carolina.

Laurel B. Watson has been named assistant professor of counseling psychology. Watson received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, Atlanta. She comes from the University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center in Eugene, where she was a pre-doctoral intern. Watson's work and research has focused on themes of social justice, including the psychology of women, sexual objectification of women, interpersonal violence and trauma, eating disorders, LGBTQIQ concerns, power and privilege, feminist pedagogy and feminist research methodologies.

"These outstanding educators are a welcome addition to an already exceptional faculty and staff at the UMKC School of Education," said Wanda Blanchett, Ph.D., dean of the School. "I look forward to their contributions to our efforts to provide relevant and socially just solutions for our students and communities."

About the UMKC School of Education:

The mission of the UMKC School of Education is to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America's diverse urban communities. The School aspires to provide for an increasing diversity of educational specialists who are grounded in both theory and practice and can deal effectively with the problems and needs of a culturally, socially and politically diverse society. For more information about the UMKC School of Education, visit

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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