The University of Missouri College of Education & Human Development’s Office of Advancement has recently announced the newest recipients of endowed faculty fellowships.
“These fellowships are a tremendous resource for our faculty, because it honors their work and provides resources to help that work expand,” said Interim Dean Erica Lembke. “Our generous donors use these gifts to not only recognize important people in their own lives, but know that their gift is going to impact the lives of so many others.”
Casandra Harper Morris, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, is the recipient of the John C. Weaver Faculty Fellowship in Higher Education Administration for the next three years. Tom and Karen Weaver established the fellowship in honor of Tom’s father, John Weaver, the 15th president of the University of Missouri in Columbia and the second University of Missouri System president.
Harper Morris’s research focuses on the differential effects of college on students, racial identification patterns of college students, and parental involvement, campus climate, and financial aid.
Lisa Dorner an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, is the recipient of Charles H. Koelling, Ed.D. Fellowship for the next three years. Charles Koelling had a long career in higher education administration at the University of Missouri, and is the father of Karen Weaver.
A longtime Faculty Fellow and Executive Board Member of the MU Cambio Center, Dorner’s research centers around educational policy and politics, language education, and immigrant childhoods.
Laura Zangori, associate professor of Science Education in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, is the William A. and Jean S. Stauffer Faculty Fellow in Education for the next three years. The Stauffer Faculty Fellowship in Education was established in memory of William Stauffer and to honor Jean Stauffer, who were married for 62 years. William retired as the chief operating officer of Blue-Cross-Blue Shield, Iowa. Jean was an education major at the University of Missouri and taught in elementary school for several years.
Zangori’s research focuses on supporting teacher curriculum material co-design for science explanation construction, student learning using model-based explanations, and embedding model-based explanation generation within issue-based curriculum materials.
Christopher Slaten, Department Chair in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, is the recipient of the Norman C. Gysbers, Ph.D. Faculty Endowment in Counseling Psychology for the next three years. Gysbers is a Professor Emeritus and is considered to be the father of modern school counseling.
Slaten’s research focuses on academic belonging in education, educational equity and inclusion for marginalized youth, mental health services advocacy in K-12 schools, and school counseling training.
Laurie Kingsley, a teaching professor in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, is the recipient of the Bess Schooling Endowment Fund for Outstanding Professors in Elementary Education for the next two years. The fund was established by Dr. Herbert Schooling, MU education alumnus who was chancellor of the University of Missouri Columbia campus from 1972-1978, in honor of his wife, Bess.
Kingsley’s expertise is in preservice and inservice teacher education, and influences on teacher beliefs, knowledge, and practice. She is interested in the impact of politics and policies on literacy education, and is currently working with students and stakeholders seeking ways to diversify the teaching profession.