Portrait: Jane Sumner

Jane Sumner Creates Website to Help Diversify Syllabi

In order to make varied perspectives more accessible, Jane Sumner, professor of political science, created the Gender Balance Assessment Tool in 2016. The website generates an estimate of a syllabus' racial and gender makeup using a probability algorithm, making it easier and faster for professors to diversify their course content. Lorena Muñoz, an assistant professor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, is also quoted.

CLA Celebrates Faculty Excellence

The College of Liberal Arts gathered as a community to honor the creative, scholarly, and instructional work of our outstanding and internationally renowned faculty at Faculty Excellence held on Tuesday, April 17 in the Best Buy Theater at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. This annual event is held to celebrate faculty retiring from the College of Liberal Arts.
A swing set sits submerged in floodwater from the Mississippi River, April 21, 2013, in Clarksville, Mo.

Mississippi Rising

By redirecting floods on the Mississippi river in the North, we are accelerating the water downstream and increasing the threat of flooding in the South. Scott St. George, associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, writes.