Endowed Professors

A hallmark of our College of Education is our ongoing commitment to partnering with the St. Louis community.  We have created an unprecedented number of partnerships and community collaboration with over 200 schools and school districts, particularly the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), and St. Louis community institutions like the Science Center, Art Museum, Symphony, Opera Theatre, Youth Organizations and Variety Club service providers to children with disabilities.

The College has 14 endowed professors holding rank and specializing in various aspects of children’s education. No other U.S. public university has more. Each professorship has formalized connections with the region's public cultural and science learning institutions, youth service organizations, and organizations serving disabled children. Representing a tremendous wealth of knowledge, these national leaders in their respective fields of study are committed to providing research, teaching and outreach programs to the St. Louis community.

Through these partnerships, our students learn about outreach and community resources that serve as diverse learning experiences.

The following fourteen endowed professorships, established at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, are located all or in part in the College of Education. These national leaders in their respective fields of study actively pursue external funding opportunities to build the collaborative programs outlined below to improve education for all in the St. Louis region.


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Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D.
Teresa M. Fisher Professorship in Citizenship Education

(314) 516-6818
411 Marillac Hall
althofw@umsl.edu

Wolfgang Althof is the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education and serves as the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Clearing House (CECH) at the College of Education and the Co-Director (with Marvin W. Berkowitz) of the Center for Character and Citizenship. Prior to coming ...
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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professorship in Character Education

(314) 516-7521
G12 Marillac Hall
berkowitzm@umsl.edu

Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor. He has also served as...
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Theresa Coble, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Experiential and Family Education

(314) 516-5951
100 Marillac Hall
coblet@umsl.edu

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Judith A. Cochran, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professorship in Tutorial Education

(314) 516-7302
206 Marillac Hall
cochranju@umsl.edu

Judith Cochran serves as Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Regional Institute of Tutorial Education (RITE), a collaborative of six universities, Jennings, St. Louis Public and Normandy School Districts and ten youth agencies. Before...
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Carl Hoagland, Ed.D.
Emerson Electric Company Endowed Professorship in Technology and Learning

(314) 516-4802
100 Marillac Hall
hoaglandc@umsl.edu

Carl Hoagland is the Emerson Electric Endowed Professor of Technology and Learning and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center. He previously served as the Executive Director of The Regional Consortium for Education and Technology, a technology center that served over 30 ...
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Patricia B. Kopetz, Ed.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Education of Children with Disabilities in conjunction with Variety St. Louis

(314) 516-4885
257 Marillac Hall
kopetzp@umsl.edu

Dr. Patricia Kopetz, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Education of Children with Disabilities, directs the Center for Research and Study of Disability, Education, and Culture (CRSDEC), serves on Boards of Directors for Variety St. Louis, the St. Louis Arc, and Miriam Sch...
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William C. Kyle, Jr., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professorship in Science Education

(314) 516-5375
357 Marillac Hall
kylew@umsl.edu

William C. Kyle, Jr. is the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education I. He received a BS in Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) and a MS and PhD in Science Education from The University of Iowa. Prior to joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1996, Professor Kyle taught middle and h...
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Keith W Miller, Ph.D.
Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences

(314) 516-4828
101 Marillac Hall
millerkei@umsl.edu

Keith W. Miller is UMSL's Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences. His Ph.D. is in computer science, and his research specialties are computer ethics, online education, and software testing. His Des Lee Collaborative community partner is the Saint Louis Science Center. H...
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Jerome Ellis Morris, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education

(314) 516-5927
258 Marillac Hall
morrisjer@umsl.edu

Dr. Jerome E. Morris is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education (in conjunction with St. Louis Public Schools) and a Research Fellow with the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research is grounded in sociology, anthropology, schoo...
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E. Wendy Saul, Ph.D.
Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor for Education in collaboration with Springboard

(314) 516-4580
361 Marillac Hall
saulw@umsl.edu

E. Wendy Saul serves as the Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor of Education and International Studies in Collaboration with Springboard to Learning. As an UMSL faculty member she teaches graduate courses in teacher research and literacy. To support Springboard she works with the organ...
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James A. Shymansky, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professorship in Science Education II

(314) 516-5046
355 Marllac Hall
jimshy@umsl.edu

Dr. James A. Shymansky is the holder of the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education II endowed professorship. He received his BS in Education from Bloomsburg State College, his MS in Physics from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. in Science Education from the Florida State Universi...
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Michael V Smith, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professorship in Music Education

(314) 516-6607
221 Music Bldg.
smithmv@umsl.edu