Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Faculty

  • Phyllis Moore, Ph.D., professor and director, School of Liberal Arts

    Dr. Phyllis Moore is director of the School of Liberal Arts, program head of the creativing writing program and coordinator (with Dr. Reed Anderson) of the Paris Study Abroad Program. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois...Read More
  • Michele Fricke, professor and program head of art history

    Michele Fricke, professor and program head of art history, teaches ancient and renaissance art and the history of textiles and ceramics. A practicing artist, Fricke creates fiber work that has been shown in exhibitions across the country and which is...Read More
  • Milton Katz, Ph.D., professor and associate vice president for academic affairs

    Dr. Milton Katz teaches American studies; art, literature, and film of the Holocaust; and peace and conflict resolution. He is the author of "Ban the Bomb: A History of SANE, the Committee for Sane Nuclear Policy," 1957-1985 (Greenwood Press, 1986...Read More
  • Rush Rankin, professor

    Rush Rankin, who joined the KCAI faculty in 1975, teaches creative writing, fiction, poetry and aesthetic philosophy. Rankin earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University; an M.A.C.T. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and an M.F...Read More.
  • Hal Wert, Ph.D., professor

    Hal Wert, professor of history, teaches the history of World War II, the Cold War and Modern Japanese Literature. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles of which the most recent is "Years of Frustration: Herbert Hoover and W.W.II," in...Read More
  • Sherman Reed Anderson, associate professor

    Reed Anderson, Ph.D., who holds a doctorate in American art from the University of Kansas, has taught a variety of classes since coming to KCAI in 2004, including "The Artist's Role in Society," "History of Prints and Printmaking," "History of Graphic...Read More
  • Steve Cromwell, associate professor

    Steve Cromwell teaches history of photography, history of film, contemporary European art, Latino art of the 20th century, 19th century painting, aesthetics and art criticism, women in contemporary art, modern sculpture and American art since 1945...Read More.
  • Jan Kennedy, associate professor

    Jan joined the liberal arts faculty at KCAI in 2006, previously working as a lecturer at KCAI and as an adjunct assistant professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. Jan has taught a wide range of classes at KCAI, including "Asian Art...Read More
  • Anne Boyer, assistant professor

    Anne Boyer is the author of a book of poetry, "The Romance of Happy Workers" (Coffee House 2008), and the forthcoming novel "JOAN." Her interests include small press and micro-publishing, and she has published many smaller works and...Read More
  • Cyrus Console-Soican, assistant professor

    Cyrus Console Soican holds a B.S. degree in organismal biology from the University of Kansas, an M.F.A. degree in writing from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College and a Ph.D. in literature  and creative...Read More
  • Rebecca Dubay, assistant professor

    Rebecca Dubay, Ph.D., joined the KCAI faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor of art history, specializing in contemporary art and theory. Her teaching interests include global contemporary art, art theory and criticism, art and gender, post-World...Read More
  • Shelly Cline, lecturer

    Shelly Cline, who teaches in the KCAI liberal arts department, is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of history at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation focuses on the SS Aufseherinnen in theconcentration camp system and the role of ordinary women in...Read More
  • Erin Dahl

    Erin Dahl is an adjunct professor with the Kansas City Art Institute and Metropolitan Community College. Dahl has previous experience teaching with the University of Kansas, Rockhurst University and Pembroke High School. Dahl’s teaching philosophy is...Read More
  • Deborah Dickson, lecturer

    Deborah Dickson has a dozen years of teaching experience and has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute since 1999. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology and, in 1997, a Master of Arts in art history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her...Read More
  • Chuck Haddix, lecturer

    Chuck Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 340,000 historic sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Haddix hosts the “Fish Fry,” a popular radio program featuring...Read More
  • Caitlin Horsmon, lecturer

    Caitlin Horsmon is an artist, teacher and curator based in Kansas City, Mo. She makes films, videos and installations, and her work has been exhibited around the world in wildly diverse venues from micro cinemas to...Read More
  • Anton Jacobs, lecturer

    Anton Jacobs, a lecturer in the School of Liberal Arts, received his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri; M.Div. degree from Eden Theological Seminary; M.A. degree from the University of Louisville; and Ph.D. degree from the University of Notre...Read More
  • Tracie Whiting Kipper, lecturer

    An alumna and former coordinator of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, Tracie Whiting Kipper formerly served as an economic analyst with the Consulate General of Japan in Kansas City. She has taught Japanese through the Communiversity...Read More
  • Eleanor Lim-Midyett, lecturer

    Eleanor Lim-­Midyett, Ph.D., has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute since 1994. She received a B.A. degree in English literature from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and earned  M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian languages and...Read More
  • Alison Miller, lecturer

    Alison Miller holds M.A. degrees in asian art history and museum studies from the University of Kansas. She is currently a doctoral candidate at KU, specializing in modern and contemporary Japanese art with additional...Read More
  • Madeline Rislow, Ph.D., lecturer

    Madeline Rislow, Ph.D., received her doctorate from the University of Kansas with the dissertation "Dynamic Doorways: Overdoor Sculpture in Renaissance Genoa." She also holds an M.A. in art history from...Read More
  • Adam Rollins, lecturer

    Adam Rollins has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute since Fall 2012. He studied critical and postcolonial theory at Georgetown University, and he currently teaches classes in First-Year Writing and Western Thought. His research at Georgetown focused...Read More
  • Paula Rose, lecturer

    Paula Rose, a lecturer in the School of Liberal Arts, has a master's degree in art history from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history from KCAI. Her areas of specialization include modern and contemporary...Read More
  • Jordan Stempleman, lecturer

    Jordan Stempleman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he was a Leggett Schupes Fellow in Poetry. He is the author of six books of poetry: "Their Fields" (Moria, 2005), "What's the Matter" (Otoliths, 2007), "Facings...Read More
  • Lesley Wheeler, lecturer

    Lesley Wheeler is a writer, artist and teacher in Kansas City, Mo.  Born in central Massachusetts, she is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her...Read More

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