School of Journalism

Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business

School of Law

College of Human Environmental Sciences

david kurpiusDean David Kurpius
Glen Cameron
Mike McKean
Shelly Rodgers
CDIG Exec. Co-Director Randall Smith
Dean Ajay Vinzé
J Scott Christianson
Murali Mantrala
Detelina Marinova
Bruce Walker
Dean Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
Peter Davis
William B. Fisch
sanford rikoonDean Dr. J. Sanford Rikoon
Bimal Balakrishnan
Kitty Dickerson
MyungHee Sohn
Sarah Song
Rob Weagley

College of Arts and Sciences

James Endersby
Monika Fischer
Jonathan Krieckhaus
Carsten Strathausen

College of Education

Sanda Erdelez
Joi Moore
Laura Wedman

College of Engineering

C. Alec Chang
Henry He
Yuyi Lin
Carlos Sun

Truman School of Public Affairs

Thomas G. Johnson
Jim Scott

Randall Smith

Executive Co-Director

Randall Smith, BJ ’74, is the first Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism. He joined the Missouri School of Journalism in August, 2009. His 30-year career at The Kansas City Star began in 1979, and he has worked on both the news and business sides. Smith started as a copy editor, rising to the positions of business editor and deputy managing editor, and most recently, to director of strategic development.

Smith is a former president of the Society of American Business Writers and Editors (SABEW) and a recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He played a major role in conceiving the idea and raising the money for the School’s SABEW endowed chair.

He is the vice chair and first non-family member of the board of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships. The author of the book “A Kenyan Journey,” Smith has lectured to classes in China, Africa and the U.S. Throughout his career Smith has been involved with helping promote young minority journalists, and he played a key role in getting Knight Ridder to adopt the Rotating Internship Program, which placed more than 250 journalists into newspapers during a 20-year run.

As an editor Smith has worked with award-winning newsroom teams that have earned the profession’s top awards and honors. One team won a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for coverage of the Kansas City Hyatt skywalks disaster in July 1981. Other staff recognitions include a Sigma Delta Chi award, an Eppy award, a Philip Meyer Award, twelve Missouri Press Association Gold Cups and a Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award.

Smith received the Mizzou Alumni Association’s highest recognition, the Faculty-Alumni Award, in 2005.

Monika Fischer

Program Director

Monika Fischer is a Teaching Professor in the German and Russian Studies Department. She received a PhD from the University of Oregon and a MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College CUNY. She previously was the Director of a summer German language program at Portland State University and Deputy Director of Deutsches Haus at New York University.
Her main fields of research & teaching are global and transnational studies with an emphasis on human rights and narratives of citizenship. The interdisciplinary courses she teaches concentrate on the basic concepts of globalization engaging current issues. Specific case studies explore the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals in Sub-Saharan Africa and Islam in Europe.
Professor Fischer has traveled widely and developed a passion for global learning and experiential education. Recent faculty development seminars led her to Mongolia, Turkey, Senegal and Jordan and a trip to Ghana with students led to work with several NGOs.
She is a faculty affiliate for Peace Studies, the Honors College, the Center for the Digital Globe, the Council of International Initiatives and the College of A&S Study Abroad Committee.

    J. Scott Christianson

    Assistant Teaching Professor - Management

    Prior to joining the Trulaske College of Business, Scott was a business owner with more than 21 years of experience in videoconferencing technology, project management and information technology. For a complete and current CV, current office hours, and more information, see


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