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Faculty Elections 2018

Shawn Alexander
Department of African and African-American Studies, Associate Professor, Director of the Langston Hughes Center, Graduate Advisor
Bailey Hall, Room 15
  • PhD from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004,
  • Prior to joining the University of Kansas, Professor Alexander taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Gettysburg College, and Yale University, where he was the first Cassius Marcellus Clay Fellow (2005-2007) in the Department of History.
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School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Associate Professor

Jerry Crawford is an associate professor in News and Information. His research focus is Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their units of journalism and mass communication.  His areas of expertise are accreditation of schools with journalism and mass communications programs, broadcasting, ethics and mass communication theory.  He teaches Ethics, Multiple Media Reporting, Advanced Reporting, Producing and Audio/Visual Documentary.


Director of Center for Environmental Policy, Economics, Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995
M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991
B.A., Yale University, 1987

Website - Institute For Policy & Social Research

Website - Economics

Department of Economics, Professor

Research Interest: Structural Economic Dynamics, Study of Economies

Office Hours:
Mon, Wed, & Fri 8:00-9:00



Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Associate Professor, Accreditation Coordinator
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 346
  • Ph.D., Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1979
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1974
  • B.A., Zoology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1970
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School of Education - Educational Psychology, Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 643
  • Ph.D., Quantitative Methods, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1994
  • BGS, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1985


Classroom assessment, evaluation methodology, spirituality index of well-being



Applied English Center, Cross-cultural Advisor, Language Specialist, Ed.D.
HSES, Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Lecturer/Academic Program Associate
BEST 350X Edwards Campus Administration

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion (2006) from Florida Atlantic Univerty in Boca Raton, Florida
Master of Science in
Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma  (2008) 
Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma  (2011)


Kirk McClure
Department of Urban Planning, Professor


B.Arch., University of Kansas, 1973;
B.A., Urban Studies, University of Kansas, 1974;
M.C.P, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978;
Ph.D., City Planning, University of California Berkeley.



School of Business, Associate Professor

Academic Areas

Marketing & Entrepreneurship


PhD Washington State
MBA Washington State
Master's Ohio State University
Bachelor's Indian Institute of Technology


  • Brands across cultures
  • New product development
  • Measurement and modeling issues in marketing and consumer behavior
  • Entrepreneurship and technology commercialization



Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Associate Professor
  • D.Sc., 1992, Unit of Biochemistry, The Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • Postdoctoral Training - Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Roche Research Center, Nutley, New Jersey; Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice, Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Profession, Cambrey Nguyen, earned a Pharm.D. from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2012.  After graduation, she worked for Walgreens as a Market Pharmacist then moved on to work with pharmaceutical companies as a Medical Information Specialist at ProPharma Group. She joined the KU School of Pharmacy in March 2016 as a clinical assistant professor in drug information and is a drug information specialist in the KU Drug Information Center.

School of Education - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson hall, Room 414

Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Iowa

MBA, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A. in Biological Sciences, University of Iowa


Eugene (Gene) T. Parker is an assistant professor of higher education in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He is interested in matters of diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to college students and organizations. His research has focused on the impact of collegiate experiences on college student outcomes, such as leadership and moral development. His also has research interests that are focused on organizational and institutional theories, governance, leadership and structures.


Department of French & Italian, Hall Distinguished Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature
Wescoe Hall, Room 2053

B.A., French, Whitman College

M.A., Romance Languages, Northwestern University

Ph.D., Romance Languages, French, University of Michigan


Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Director/Professor Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Ph.D. - University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Postdoctoral Training - Creighton University School of Medicine


Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science , Professor

• Ph.D. in Computer Science, Kansas State University, Kansas (1989)
• M.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science, Emporia State University, Kansas (1983)
• B.S. in Information Systems from Emporia State University, Kansas (1981)
• High School (12th grade only), Emporia High School, Kansas (1979)      

School of Pharmacy - Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor, Department Chair
Simons Laboratories, 236-C

Dr. Schöneich is the Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor for Bioanalytical Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas. He received his Diploma in Chemistry from the Free University Berlin, Germany, in 1987. Between 1987 and 1991 he worked in the Department of Radiation Chemistry at the Hahn-Meitner Institute for Nuclear Research in Berlin, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1990 from the Technical University Berlin, Germany. He joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas as a post-doctoral fellow in 1991, and as a faculty member in 1992; in 2004, he was a Visiting Professor at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland.


Department of Classics, Assoicate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 1033

Emma Scioli, Associate Professor of Classics, has a BA in Italian from Connecticut College (1993), and an MA and PhD (2005) from UCLA. She was an instructor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studiers in Rome in 2001-2002, and held a two-year Kress Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2003-2005). She teaches Latin at all levels in addition to courses on Roman civilization and literature in translation. Professor Scioli's research interests include Latin poetry, dreams and sleep in antiquity, and Roman art. Her book Dream, Fantasy, and Visual Art in Roman Elegy was published in 2015 (Wisconsin Studies in Classics). Her article on women's dreams in Latin epic poetry appeared inTAPA (May 2010). She also co-edited a volume of papers from an international conference entitled Sub Imagine Somni: Nighttime Phenomena in Greco-Roman Culture (Edizioni ETS: Pisa, 2010).


School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Associate Professor


  • M.A., Journalism, University of Missouri Columbia
  • Ph.D., Mass Communications, Syracuse University



Humanities, Lecturer

Sean Seyer received a PhD in the History of Technology from Auburn University. His research focuses on how political ideology and cultural values influence and are influenced by technoregulatory regimes. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and has presented at numerous academic conferences. His manuscript, under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press, analyzes how domestic and international factors coalesced into a specific American regulatory ideology for aviation and its institutionalization in the 1926 Air Commerce Act.


Sociology, Professor

David Smith is a specialist in sociological theory who studies inequality and the psychology of inequality. His writings include publications on classical and critical social theory, anti-Semitism, authority, authoritarianism, charisma, genocide, the Rwandan genocide, capitalism, and labor.  

Website - Sociology

Website -  Kansas African Studies Center

Professor, Chair, Speech-Language-Hearing

Dr. Storkel received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She received her master's in Speech-Language Pathology and doctorate in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Storkel completed her clinical fellowship year during her doctoral program by working in a private practice specializing in language disorders in children. Upon completion of her PhD, Dr. Storkel was a post-doctoral fellow in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Cognitive Psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She joined the faculty in the Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS in 2001.


Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

M.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

B.A., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Highest Distinction, Indiana University



Clinical Professor, Director, Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program

Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1999, Suzanne Valdez was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kansas. Valdez graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. She was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a research and teaching assistant, a participant in the Legal Aid Clinic, and winner of a Foulston & Siefkin Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and the 1996 Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award. An outstanding teacher, Valdez was the recipient of the 2000 Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2002 Moreau Award for commitment to advising students.

Courses Taught:
  • Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program
  • Deposition Skills Workshop
  • Practice in Kansas
  • Pretrial Advocacy
  • Professional Responsibility


J.D., Kansas, 1996; B.S., Nevada-Las Vegas, 1991



American Studies and English, Hall Distinguished Professor in American Literature and Culture

Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary
Department of American Studies and English

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