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The Faculty Affairs division of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor supports UMKC faculty in all aspects of faculty work and across all stages of faculty careers. Faculty Affairs is responsible for oversight and implementation of faculty-related policies and procedures including the Promotion and Tenure process, faculty evaluations, faculty awards and recognitions, faculty support and professional development, New Faculty Orientation, the Faculty Code of Conduct, and the academic grievance process. You will find information about all of these topics and more on this website. Please contact us at any time with questions.

Who We Are 

Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs -Diane Filion, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs provides leadership and support in all faculty-related matters including coordination and oversight of the campus-wide Promotion and Tenure process, faculty evaluation, faculty awards, faculty hiring, and new faculty orientation.  In addition, the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs oversees faculty support and development initiatives including the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE).  The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs is also responsible for ensuring compliance with all faculty-related policies, including the Standards of Faculty Conduct and the Academic Grievance Procedure. 

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  • Location: 336B Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
  • Phone: (816) 235-1249

Director of Faculty Support and Interim Director of Service-Learning – Alexis Petri, Ed.D.
Associate Research Professor, Division of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations, School of Education

As director of faculty support, Dr. Petri works with the vice provost for faculty affairs to facilitate, design, coordinate, advertise, implement, assess and document outcomes of UMKC’s faculty development and support programs. Dr. Petri serves as pillar lead for Research and Creativity and for Service and Engagement in the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, or CAFE. As part of her work in Research and Creativity, she also leads focused efforts to support faculty in grant writing and coordinating the submission of funding proposals related to institutional transformation or faculty initiatives. Currently, Dr. Petri is part of 3 funded National Science Foundation projects. Dr. Petri has an appointment as Associate Research Professor to the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations in the School of Education. 

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  • Location: 336C Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street or 307 Cherry Hall, 5030 Cherry Street
  • Phone: (816)235-5872

Program Director, Instructional Support - Molly Mead, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies

Program director of instructional support serves as campus liaison to the Office of eLearning (OeL) with primary role of facilitating OeL-to-campus communication and raising awareness among UMKC faculty of OeL resources and programs. In addition, the director will coordinate programming within the Teaching and Learning pillar, develop and deliver faculty support workshops and resources focused on face-to-face and hybrid instruction and meet regularly with academic units to assess and address instructional support needs.

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  • Location:  336E Administrative Center
  • Phone: (816) 235-1128

Faculty Affairs Specialist - Chris Popoola

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  • Location: 336A Administrative Center 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
  • Phone: (816) 235-2721

Academic HR Specialist - Susan Hankins

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  • Location: HR Department, Administrative Center 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
  • Phone: (816) 235-6670

Faculty Ombudsperson - Carla Noack

The mission of the Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson is to contribute to a fair, equitable, and respectful work environment by providing independent, neutral, confidential, and informal consultation to faculty who visit the Ombudsperson. Read more about what an ombudsperson does.

Faculty Affairs Newsletter Archive

To view past issues of the Faculty Affairs Newsletter, FAN, visit the archive website

NCFDD Summer Faculty Success Program