Media Room

Faculty and Staff Experts

Missouri Western has hundreds of faculty and staff members with expertise in a wide variety of areas that are available for media interviews. Listed below by topic are a few of our experts. Please contact Kent Heier, 816-271-4124, to arrange an interview with one of these experts, or to find an expert in a field not listed here.

Topic Name Title
Arts Dr. Bob Willenbrink Founding Dean, School of Fine Arts
Athletics: MWSU and College Athletics Brett Esely Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations
Biology: Biochemistry, Microbiology Dr. Jason Baker Professor of Biology
Biology: Ecology (especially aquatic ecology), Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians, Conservation Issues Dr. Mark Mills Assistant Professor of Biology
Chemistry: Organic Chemistry Dr. Jonathan Rhoad Associate Professor of Chemistry
Communication: Intercultural Communication and Cultural Differences Dr. Mei Zhang Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Conservation Issues Dr. Mark Mills Assistant Professor of Biology
Economics: General, Labor and Employment Dr. Patrick McMurry Professor of Economics
Economics: Banking in Tough Conditions, Global Monetary System, Health Care, Housing, National Debt Dr. Reza Hamzaee Professor of Economics
Education: Differences between China and U.S. Dr. Mei Zhang Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Education: Foreign Language, Second Language Acquistion Dr. Susan Hennessy Professor of French
Fossils Dr. Karen Koy Assistant Professor of Biology, Geology
French: Language, Culture, Politics Dr. Susan Hennessy Professor of French
Geology: Earth Processes (rivers, flooding, glaciations, erosion, large-scale climate); Rocks, Minerals, Earth’s age and formation Dr. Karen Koy Assistant Professor of Biology, Geology
Infectious Diseases Dr. Jason Baker Professor of Biology
Life Sciences Industry Dr. Jason Baker Professor of Biology
Literature: Children’s and Young Adult Dr. Mike Cadden Professor of English, Chair of English and Modern Languages
Mining Dr. Karen Koy Assistant Professor of Biology, Geology
Natural Disasters (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunami) Dr. Karen Koy Assistant Professor of Biology, Geology
Orthopedics Maureen Raffensperger Associate Professor and Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Petroleum Dr. Karen Koy Assistant Professor of Biology, Geology
Physical Therapy Maureen Raffensperger Associate Professor and Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Politics Dr. Jon Euchner Assistant Professor of Political Science
Politics Dr. Melinda Kovacs Assistant Professor of Political Science
Politics Dr. Ed Taylor Assistant Professor of Political Science
Vaccines Dr. Jason Baker Professor of Biology