Meet the Faculty
With more than 150 years of combined experience in various educational administrative fields, UCM's CPPP professors offer students real-world knowledge, experience and resources.
A professor of school administration in the CPPP with 15 years of related field expertise, Bowman reflects experience-based learning to students. Bowman, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, teaches Ethics in Leadership, School and Community Relations, and Research Problems.
After serving 29 years as a superintendent in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri school systems, Jinks became a UCM faculty member in 2006. Jinks currently instructs Public School Finance for the CPPP. He believes prioritizing and decision making are just as important as numbers in the budgeting process and reflects this belief in his course.
Practical experience as a classroom teacher, director of special education and a building-level principal, Martin offers 39 years of real-world expertise to her CPPP students. Currently, Martin instructs the Administration of K-12 Curriculum course. Additionally, she works with the collaborative doctoral program between UCM and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Cliff Mohn began his UCM career in 2001, after 32 years in the Independence School District. While in Independence, MO, he served as a teacher, coach, building administrator and central office administrator. Mohn is currently focusing on the Elementary/Secondary School Administration and School Law courses in the CPPP.
After 33 years of serving as a teacher, principal, and in a variety of district level senior administrative positions in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Russell has been at UCM since 2009. He teaches the Foundations of Education Administration, School Supervision, and Instructional Leadership and School Improvement courses. Russell is the current facilitator of the CPPP and serves as graduate advisor for all CPPP students.
Doug Thomas began teaching at UCM in 1997 after experiencing 18 years as a middle school teacher and principal in Oklahoma. Currently, he instructs the Administration of Middle Grades course, which involves visits to area middle schools where CPPP students highlight and discuss the best administrative practices and programs.