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Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Awards

The late Muriel McBrien Kauffman established an annual gift to the Conservatory to reward outstanding faculty and staff through the excellence in teaching and service awards. The first awards were presented in 1991 and continue to underscore the Conservatory’s commitment to excellence.  In 1998 the Excellence in Teaching award was increased with the encouragement of Muriel’s daughter Julia Irene Kauffman.  In 2003, the awards were increased to the four we currently enjoy.  All honorees, selected by a group of constituent leaders, students, and former award-winners, receive a monetary prize and a plaque.

The Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented at a Spring recognition ceremony each year.

Here is a list of all of the awardees (including the years before the official gift from Muriel McBrien Kauffman).


2016 David ThurmaierExcellence in Teaching
2016 Zhou Long, Excellence in Research and Creativity
2016 Thomas Stein, Excellence in Faculty Service
2016 Gary Abbott, The UMKC Friends of the Conservatory of Music and Dance Faculty Excellence Award
2016 Philip EdelmanGraduate Teaching Assistant Award
2016 Dana SelfExcellence in Staff Service
2015 Richard Jeric, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2015 Jason Scheufler, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award 
2015 JoDee Davis, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award

2015 Diane Helfers Petrella, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2015 Andrew Granade, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Research/Creativity Award
2014 Robert Weirich, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award

2014 Jane M. Carl, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2014 Joseph Parisi, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Research/Creativity Award
2014 James Elswick, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2014 William Shaltis, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2013 William Arlie Everett, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award

2013 Charles R. Robinson, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2013 Melita Jean Belgrave, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Research/Creativity Award
2013 Wayne Nagy, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2012 Deanna M. Hanson-Abromeit, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award

2012 Chen Yi, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2012 Robert Michael Watson, Jr., Muriel McBrien Kauffman Research/Creativity Award
2012 Cheryl Adam, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2012 Daniel Keown, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2011 Steven Dean Davis, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry Award

2011 Aidan Leigh Soder, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2011 Paula B. Weber, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2011 Barbara Ann Lutman, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2011 Erika D. Kinser, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2010 Zhou Long, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry Award

2010 Andrew Granade, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2010 Laura  Gayle Green, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2010 Brad Bradford Baumgardner, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2009 William Arlie Everett, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry Award

2009 Joseph Parisi, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2009 Jane Schaefer, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2009 Kari Marie Johnson, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2008 Paul Rudy, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry Award

2008 Mary Posses, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2008 Paula B. Weber, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2008 Helen M. Perry, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2008 Melissa Lein, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2007 Mary Pat Henry, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry Award

2007 Carter Enyeart, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2007 Robert Thomas Beck, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2007 Melissa McCabe, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2006 Thomas Stein, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2006 Charles R. Robinson, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2006 Chen Yi, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Research/Creativity Award
2006 Nick Phillips, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2005 Sheri Robb, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award

2005 Joseph Parisi, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2005 Robert Michael Watson, Jr., Muriel McBrien Kauffman Research/Creativity Award
2005 Kyle Johnson, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2004 Rebecca Sue Sherburn, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2004 Robert Groene II, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award
2004 James C. Mobberley, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Research/Creativity Award
2004 Timothy A. Place, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2003 Robert Wayne Weirich, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry Award

2003 William Arlie Everett, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2003 Susan Hathaway, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Staff Service Award
2003 Rhonda Hackworth, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2002 Robert Groene II, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2002 Michael Ramsey, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2001 Paula B. Weber, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award

2001 David Beccue, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
2000 Shirley Bean, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
2000 Andy Anderson, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
1999 Charles R. Robinson, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award

1999 Janet Fetterman, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
1998 Eph Ehly, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award
1998 Michael McFerron, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Assistant Award
1997 Paula B. Weber, Kauffman Award
1997 William Frederickson, Kauffman Award
1997 Linda Ross-Happy, Trustees Award
1997 Jeanne Tomelleri, Trustees Special Award
1996 Matthew Lata, Kauffman Award

1996 John Ditto, Kauffman Award
1996 Ruth Anne Rich, Trustees Award
1995 Anne De Launay, Kauffman Award

1995 James C. Mobberley, Kauffman Award
1995 Patricia M. Higdon, Trustees Award
1994 Kay Norton, Kauffman Award

1994 Lawrence Kaptain, Kauffman Award
1994 Robert John McIntyre, Trustees Award
1993 Kenneth Lidge, Kauffman Award

1993 Mary Posses, Kauffman Award
1993 Catharine Greenhagen, Trustees Award
1992 Mary Pat Henry, Kauffman Award

1992 Eph Ehly, Kauffman Award
1992 Keith Benjamin, Trustees Award
1991 Merton Shatzkin, Kauffman Award

1991 Charles R. Robinson, Kauffman Award
1991 Richard Lee Williams, Trustees Award
1990 Randall Pembrook, Kauffman Award

1990 Martha Longmire, Kauffman Award
1989 Lee Riggins, Kauffman Award
1989 Tatiana Dokoudovska, Kauffman Award
1988 Inci Bashar, Kauffman Award

1988 Gary Hill, Kauffman Award
1987 LeRoy Pogemiller, Kauffman Award

1987 Richard Cass, Kauffman Award
1986 Joanne Baker, Kauffman Award
1986 Shirley Bean, Kauffman Award