Celebrating Excellence: UMKC Faculty and Staff Awards

2010 Recipient

Tamera Murdock

Tamera Murdock
Professor and Chair
Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

“Her students leave UMKC…ready to make important contributions to the fields of psychology and education… She is a highly sought-after mentor with a demonstrated record of student success.”

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Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Graduate Mentoring

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Title: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring

Established: October 2009

Description: UMKC’s highest honor to a University employee with a long-established career at the University who has made significant contributions to higher education through exceptional mentoring of graduate students.
Purpose: Recognize graduate faculty advisors who have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout their professional career in mentoring or advising graduate students through matriculation of a master’s or doctoral degree by helping them formulate and achieve intellectual, career and personal goals.

Eligibility: Recipient must be a current, full-time tenured associate or full professor with a minimum of five continuous years at UMKC.

Nature of award: One $1500 stipend award plus commemorative wall plaque distributed annually

  • Amount: $1500 and commemorative wall plaque
  • Funding Source: Chancellor’s Office
  • Number of Awards: 1
  • Terms of Award: One-time, lump-sum, non-renewable award payable to recipient as a taxable stipend. Previous award recipients ineligible for repeat awards.

Qualifying Criteria: Demonstrated record of graduate teaching excellence; a demonstrated record of chairing graduate supervisory committees with timely completion rates; an established record of mentoring and student professional development as demonstrated by examples such as student publication, external grant funding, and conference presentations,; an ability to attract graduate students to UMKC through active recruitment and academic/scholarly reputation; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity in the mentoring process.
Nomination process: The nomination process consists of a preliminary and a final selection phase. In the preliminary phase, the selection committee will develop a shortlist based on the nominee’s CV and doctoral mentoring documentation. The final phase requests additional information from the finalists and their academic unit.

  • Preliminary Phase - Graduate students and faculty may submit nominations prior to the November 1 annual deadline.Nomination packet must include: a letter from nominator describing the nominee’s qualifications as identified in the qualifying criteria above; letters of support from nominee’s Chair (or immediate supervisor) and Dean, a current faculty CV documenting teaching, research and service; all courses/seminars taught over the past five years, a complete list of doctoral and masters students mentored including student names, dissertation/thesis titles, research/teaching opportunities provided, time to degree (enrollment to completion), student awards and recognition, and student placement. Send electronic nomination materials to Provost Office prior to deadline via email to:
  • Final Selection Phase - Finalists will be invited to submit: 1) a three-page essay describing the faculty member’s mentoring philosophy as it is integrated with graduate professional development accomplishments, including specific examples of success and efforts to advance UMKC’s mission (essay will be published); 2) Complete email and contact information of mentored graduates who have received their degrees (each will be invited to submit a letter of support). Send final selection phase materials to Provost Office via email to:

Deadline for Submission of Nomination Materials: November 1 annually. Send electronic nomination materials to Provost Office via email to:

Selection Process: The Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor will assemble one Teaching Awards Selections Committee to review all teaching award nominations. The Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor will request multiple nominations from each academic unit and the Faculty Senate each spring to replace any vacated seats. The Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor selects committee members from all nominations received. The Selections Committee will consist of one faculty representative from each academic unit, and two Faculty Senate representatives; Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor will appoint committee Chair. Selections Committee members will serve three-year, staggered terms. The Selections Committee will meet once to review preliminary nomination materials and select finalists, and again to review finalist submissions.

The Selections Committee will meet as often as necessary thereafter to determine the most qualified recipient based upon the guidelines above and submit its recommendation to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor prior to December 31. The Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chancellor will make the final decision based upon the committee’s recommendations. The Chancellor will announce the award recipients at a spring semester award ceremony. The Selections Committee may recommend that outstanding but unsuccessful nominations be carried forward for one or, in exceptional cases, two years. Such nominations could be updated if the nominator so chooses, but this is not required. In such cases, the nominators should be notified.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor will assign a non-voting staff coordinator to accept, assemble and distribute nominations materials, coordinate committee meetings, track award details for website posting and communications announcements, order commemorative plaque, and obtain award check for presentation to recipient.

Award Date: Award will be presented prior to April 30.

Recognition: Recipient will be recognized on the UMKC Awards Web site, and presented with award check and commemorative plaque at appropriate UMKC awards event.