MemberHeather Heckman-McKenna

…University Of Missouri…
…University of Missouri, PhD Candidate, English Literature
Simmons College, MA, English Literature
Emerson College, BFA, Writing, Literature, & Publishing, with a concentration on nonfiction…

Heather Heckman-McKenna is an English Literature Ph.D. Candidate, Research Assistant, and Graduate Instructor at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include British Romanticism and the eighteenth-century, nineteenth-century American literature, and women writers of the period. To date, Heather is also a memoirist and creative nonfiction writer.

MemberGreg Soden

I am an educator with experiences from kindergarten through college-aged students. After graduating from the University of Missouri in 2007, I worked as a camp counselor on the North Shore of Oahu before pursuing social studies and language arts teaching positions in northern Mexico and greater London, England.

Following these teaching appointments, I pursued a masters degree in education at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Canada. There, I studied critical pedagogy, curriculum and instructional theory, and focused my research efforts on the transition experiences of immigrant students in the United Kingdom. These professional and academic experiences helped form my identity as an advocate of social justice and equity.

For two years, I taught part-time in the College of Education at the University of Missouri. My teaching emphases are social studies pedagogy, democratic education, cultural studies, and multicultural and diversity education for schools and society. My academic publications appear currently appear in the Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Studies Research and Practice, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

From 2013-2018, I was a language arts and religious studies teacher in the Columbia Public School District in Columbia, Missouri. Since 2017, I have been a teacher and teaching assistant trainer for the University of Missouri College of Education’s Mizzou K-12 program.

I am the creator and host of The Classical Ideas Podcast, a show about religion, philosophy, and culture.

MemberAndrew Granade

…University of Missouri – Kansas City…

Andrew Granade is Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. His research focuses on the American Experimental Tradition, particularly the composer and instrument builder Harry Partch, and he is the author of Harry Partch, Hobo Composer. He also has an active interest in music history pedagogy, the relationship of music and media, and musical minimalism.

MemberScott Kleinman

I am Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, where I have taught since August 1999. Prior to coming to Northridge, I taught at the University of Missouri, Columbia. I work on medieval language and literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the fourteenth century with a special emphasis on Old English and early Middle English. My early work was on the history of the English language during the Old English period, especially the development of phonology and its dialects. More recently I have worked on regional and cultural diversity in historiographical and romance literature. I have a strong interest in Digital Humanities, particularly computational text analysis and digital editing. 

MemberKristen Schuster

I am a Lecturer in Digital Curation in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. I completed her doctoral work in May 2016 at the University of Missouri in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies. Before my doctoral work, I completed my Masters in Library and Information Science at Simmons College in 2012.  I currently teaches in knowledge organisation and representations, digital curation and digital cultural heritage, and gender issues/gender theories in King’s College London. My research interests include research data management in cultural heritage, and gender studies and theories in DH and information science.  

MemberDhananjay Suresh


Conference Publications

1. GRP receptor avid gold nanoparticle for Imaging and therapy, Nanofrontiers Conference Oct 27 2010,  Washington University at St. Louis, Published in proceedings

2. Mechanism of GRPR targeting nanocage uptake in cancer cells, Life Sciences Conference Apr 15 2013,  University of Missouri, Published in proceedings

3. Smart gold/polymeric-nanoparticles for theranostic and sensing applications in biomedical and environmental domains, 3rd International Conference on Nanotek & Expo Dec 04 2013, Las vegas, Published in proceedings

4. Personalized diagnostics: Receptor specific gold nanorods used for accurate diagnosis of EGFR expression in human tumor tissues, Clinical Research, 1903-1903 – October 2014, AACR San Diego,

5. Nanostructure Imaging on Plasmonic Gratings by Epi-fl…
…University Of Missouri…

I am a Nanotechnologist in the United States, specializing in bionanomaterials for biomedical and healthcare applications . I hold a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Missouri and investigate atomic and nanoscale phenomena in nanomaterials to harness their unique properties for nanomedicine or bioelectronic use. The significant advancements achieved through my work have been noted by media such as the U.S. Govt. of Veteran Affairs and MIT Technology Review. I currently develop RNAi nanotherapeutics using siRNA or CRISPR gene editing technologies towards efficacious Cancer therapies and to progress our understanding in the evolution of Drug-resistant oncogneic mechanisms.

MemberErin Walcek Averett

…B.A., Latin and Classical Archaeology, University of Georgia (1998)

M.A., Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri (2000)

Ph.D., Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri (2007)…

Erin Walcek Averett is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University and Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project on Cyprus. She earned her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Missouri in the Department of Art History and Archaeology in 2007.  She specializes in early Greek art and archaeology and the archaeology of Cyprus, focusing on terracotta figurines in the Geometric and Archaic periods in the Eastern Mediterranean. Dr. Averett has traveled and excavated throughout the Mediterranean and was a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in Greece from 2002-2004.  Other areas of interest include Greek and Cypriot religion, points of contact between the Near East and the Aegean, gender in the ancient world, and digital archaeology.  She also serves as Adjunct Curator of Antiquities at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE.

MemberJaquetta Shade-Johnson

Dr. Jaquetta Shade-Johnson is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri, where she teaches courses in rhetoric and composition, Indigenous literature, digital storytelling, and Native American and Indigenous studies. Her research at the intersections of cultural rhetorics, Indigenous studies, and environmental humanities is primarily focused on how Indigenous communities make meaning through rhetorical, embodied, and storied relationships with the land. She currently serves as chair of the 2020 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Nominating Committee, in addition to serving on the editorial collective as a founding editor for Spark: a 4C4Equality Journal, a digital, open-access, peer-reviewed journal addressing activism in writing, rhetoric, and literacy studies.

MemberSamuel Cohen

…ademy, “Revolutions,” Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, MU, June, Columbia, MO

Moderator, Pre-Seminar Workshop: Reversing the Decline in English Majors and Enrollments, Association of Departments of English-Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Summer Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2019

“Manuscripts, Mysteries, & Mulattoes: Clotel, Puddn’head Wilson, and the Exclusion Clause of 1820,” at the the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy conference “A Fire Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200,” Columbia, MO, February (participant)

“The Present & Future of Scholarly Publishing: The Faculty Editor’s View,” roundtable at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, January 2019 (organizer and speaker)
“The Uses and Misuses of Academ…

Samuel Cohen is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, where he teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s and co-editor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace and The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band that Matters. He is Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture. He is also author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and Literature: The Human Experience and is writing a book on the history of the American university press. He is 2019-2020 chair of the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities and is the 20th- and 21st-Century American Language, Literature, and Culture Forum Representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly.