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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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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professorship in Character Education

(314) 516-7521
469 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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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

Bill Kyle is the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education. 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 high school sc...
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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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Michael V Smith, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professorship in Music Education

(314) 516-5365
221 Music Bldg.
smithmv@umsl.edu