Department of Philosophy
Alex Howe is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Religious Studies, both from San Diego State University. Alex has previously served three years as GPC Treasurer, and one year as national Employment Concerns Chair for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS). In addition to his duties as GPC President, Alex is also the Kline Research Assistant in his home department. Please don’t hesitate to contact Alex with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.
Alex currently serves as the National Director of Outreach for NAGPS.
Department of Communication
Josh is a PhD Candidate is the Department of Communication. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science and his MS from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in Communication. He currently researches political communication with a emphasis on political campaigns revolving around both elections and issues.
Department of Psychological Science
Glenn Baker is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the department of psychological sciences, with a focus on social/personality psychology. His research topics include the study of beliefs and emotions, focusing on how they influence judgments and decisions. Glenn earned a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa in 2013. Previously, Glenn has served as the vice-president and president of the Psi Chi Honors Society at the University of Iowa.
Department of Philosophy
Al Willsey is a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department. He received his B.S. in Philosophy and B.S. in Mathematics from Mizzou in 2015, and received his M.A. in Philosophy from Mizzou in 2017. In addition to his duties as GPC Treasurer, Al is the Kline Research Assistant in his home department.
Director of Programming
Department of Sociology
Kristen Kalz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology with an emphasis in Environment & Technology, and Science, Knowledge, & Technology. Broadly speaking her research interests are in the study of Risk, Health, and Environment. Her current research is on the environmental uncertainty that surrounds residents who live and work around West Lake landfill and Coldwater Creek, both of which contain cold-war era radioactive waste. Prior to coming to Mizzou, she received both a B.S. in Psychology & Sociology, and a MA in Sociology, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). She looks forward to working with graduate students and hopes to plan community based events to highlight the vast skills of graduate and professional students at Mizzou.
Director of Communication
Department of Biochemistry
Rebekah is a third year PhD student is the Department of Biochemistry. She received her BS in Chemistry from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. She currently researches wound responses and wound signaling in plants with an emphasis on jasmonic acid signaling. In addition to being the Director of Communication for GPC, she also holds the position of Speaker Selection Chair for ACES and she serves as the Secretary for IPG-SPO. She looks forward to working to find ways to increase awareness of everything graduate and professional students are involved in.
Director of National Affairs
Director of State Affairs
Department of Political Science
Mike is a doctoral student in the Political Science Department researching different aspects of Chinese investments in Latin America. He is also pursuing the certificates of Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Global Affairs, and Grantsmanship from the Truman School of Public Affairs. He holds a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in development from the University of Delaware. During his time as an undergraduate, Mike had the opportunity to intern in the district office of U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. as well as for Delaware’s Attorney General Beau Biden. He received his M.A. in Comparative Politics and International Relations with a minor in international development here at Mizzou. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2011, Mike served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua for 27 months (2011-2013). After his service in Nicaragua, Mike extended his Peace Corps service as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in China for 6 months. For the past two years, Mike has been one of the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows on campus. With this fellowship opportunity, Mike had the pleasure to work as the Latin American outreach coordinator for Services for Independent Living here in Columbia as well as promote and support Peace Corps activities on and off campus. With his work at Services for Independent Living, Mike became closely affiliated with the Cambio Center here at Mizzou, and had the distinct honor to be named a Cambio Center Fellow. He has served as a GPC representative for the Political Science Department since 2015, and has been an active member on the National Affairs Committee and the Persons with Disabilities Committee. Mike is looking to expand the role for the Director of State Affairs by creating a committee of its own that will focus on working hard towards graduate and professional student initiatives at the state level. If you are interested in joining this committee or have any other questions, concerns, or comments for Mike, please do not hesitate to contact him.
Immediate Past President/Ex Officio
Department of Theatre
Dr. Mark Lucas
Director of Student Life
(Department of Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs)
Mark has worked in Higher Education for 28 years, all of them in Student Affairs. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mark left his home-town of State College, Pennsylvania (where both parents were professors at Penn State University) to attend the University of Maryland in College Park. Mark was a student-athlete at Maryland, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Maryland. After working for 4 years in Florida following graduation, Mark went back to school and received his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Western Michigan University. Mark’s next stop after Michigan was to Rutgers University in New Jersey where he was an Assistant Dean of Students for ten years. Mark worked full-time in Student Affairs while completing his Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration from Rutgers University. Mark’s Doctoral dissertation was written on the origins of student life in 18th and 19th Century American Colonial Colleges. In 1997, Mark accepted a position at the University of Missouri where he continues as the Director of Student Life and Dean of Students. Mark is pleased to serve as the GPC advisor and looks forward to assisting the organization in providing the best possible programs and services to MU graduate students.
Past Executive Board Members
GPC remembers the service of previous officers at our past executive board members page.