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College of Education professor awarded 2019 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

March 11th, 2019

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COLUMBIA, Mo. –Latha Ramchand, University of Missouri provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Steve Sowers, president and CEO of the central and eastern Missouri region of Commerce Bank, today awarded a 2019 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the College of Education.

College of Education dean Kathryn Chval, Ramchand, administrators and staff surprised Fellabaum-Toston by honoring her with the fellowship, which includes a $10,000 check. Kemper Fellowships are awarded to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri each year.

This is the 29th anniversary of the William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, which were established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions at banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank manages the trust fund.