Faculty Fellowship Awards

Pat McCown - Vice Chair Trustee Awards, Anil Kumar Ph.D. - Faculty Fellows Award, Mark Brodwin Ph.D. - Faculty Scholar Award, Massimiliano Vitiello Ph.D. - Faculty Scholar Award, David Westbrook - UMKC Trustee

The UMKC Trustees' Faculty Fellowship award was established in 1987 by the Trustees to recognize the most distinguished faculty members at UMKC who have distinguished themselves through scholarship and creativity. The recipients serve as role models and mentors and encourage other faculty members and students in pursuit of academic excellence. Two categories of awards are available. 

Faculty Fellow Award

The Faculty Fellow Award annually honors two established UMKC scholars for a sustained nationally and internationally recognized record of research and/or creativity. The recipients are full-time, regular faculty members who have been employed by UMKC for a minimum of three years prior to the date of nomination and who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievements at UMKC.  The award consists of a stipend of $15,000.

Faculty Scholar Award

The Faculty Scholar Award annually recognizes two faculty members who show exceptional promise for outstanding future research and/or creative accomplishments. Awardees have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievements at UMKC while at the rank of assistant professor and have been employed in this position for a minimum of two years prior to the date of nomination. The award consists of a stipend of $5,000.

To apply for a Faculty Fellowship Award, click here.


















Meet a Faculty Scholar Award recipient


Reza Derakhshani
Assistant Professor
School of Computing and Engineering

What is your current research?
My research is in biometrics and biomedical signal processing in general and ocular biometrics in particular.


How did the award help you in your research?
I used the award to upgrade some computing resources and also paid a graduate student to help me with my biometric research. This came at a crucial point when the University discontinued its support for computer replacements due to current budgetary issues.


Is there anything you’d like to say to the Board of Trustees?
I wish to thank the Board of Trustees for this prestigious recognition and
heart-warming endorsement of my efforts here at UMKC. Such recognition, especially for junior faculty such as I, goes a long way by reminding us how much our community cares and appreciates our endeavors to make UMKC an even better place for the students and community that we are so privileged to serve.

Click here to read more about Professor Derakhshani's research.