Jean M.K. Miller
Professor of Art
Jean M.K. Miller serves as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to her appointment at UMSL in 2013, she held administrative positions and the rank of Professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the at University of North Texas (2010-13), College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University (2004-2009), and College of Fine Arts at Marshall University (2001-2004). She began her teaching career as Head of Studio Art-Painting in the College of Arts and Sciences at East Tennessee State University (1991-2001). She earned a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Painting at California College of the Arts in Oakland-San Francisco. Additional studies were completed at Harvard University, New York University, and Long Island University, as well the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Miller was elected to the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (CAA) in 2010 and President of National Council of Art Administrators (NCAA) in 2008. She is currently Co-chair of the Cultivation and Stewardship Task Force in the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). Her other professional organizations include National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Americans for the Arts, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Ms. Miller has exhibited her oil, watercolor, and mixed media paintings nationally and internationally since 1980. She is often called upon to act as a juror for visual art competitions, most recently at Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, SC), Exxon Mobil Corporation Headquarters, and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Among her accomplishments, she cites her involvement with the UNT President’s Council for Community Engagement; Design Research Center in Dallas; Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute, Texas Fashion Collection, and Print Institute of North Texas as points of pride.
In support of global initiatives, Ms. Miller has led numerous study abroad tours for students and community members to Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, and Great Britain. In January 2013, she traveled to Bangkok, Thailand with a representative group of deans to visit universities, recruit graduate students, and establish partnerships for faculty and students.
David Gonzalez is the most recent addition to the UMSL Fine Arts and Communication and Touhill team, joining in June 2014 as Director of Development.
Director of Development, CoFAC
Previously, David worked as the Vice President of Workplace Giving at the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Inc. While there, David worked on 13 community campaigns, raising over $70 million annually.
David has worked in the non-profit world for over 16 years. While in college, David was an after school counselor at a local community center. After graduating from college, David started working for the United Way in Des Moines, IA.
David is the recipient of the St. Louis Business Journals’ 2008 30 Under 30 Award. He is a graduate Drake University in Des Moines, IA. David has lived in South St. Louis city for more than twelve years.
He is excited to be working on campus and with UMSL Fine Arts and Communication.
Engagement Manager, CoFAC/Touhill PAC
Michael Sieveking, a St. Louis native, joined the staff of the Touhill Performing Arts Center in November of 2009, and took additional responsibilities with CoFAC in September of 2013. He is a passionate advocate for audience education/engagement, performances for young audiences, and the growth of all forms of performing arts.
Prior to joining the CoFAC/Touhill Team, Mr. Sieveking was employed by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Muny, COCA, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
James E. Richards
Senior Associate Dean for Academics & Scholarship, CoFAC
Professor of Music
Phone: (314) 516-4571
James Richards serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academics and Scholarship for the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Richards held the positions of Interim Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College, and Chair of the Department of Music. He is a member of the 2005 class of the University of Missouri Leadership Development Program of the President's Academic Leadership Institute. Dr. Richards holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and degrees in orchestral conducting and music theory, as well as a Performer's Certificate in Violin, from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied orchestral and opera conducting with Walter Ducloux, Paul Vermel, and Gustav Meier, and participated in the Conductor's Program of the Aspen Music Festival.
In addition to conducting the University Orchestra, Dr. Richards currently serves as conductor and music director of the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis. Prior to these appointments, he served as conductor and music director for the Saint Louis Chamber Orchestra, conductor of the Kirkwood Symphony Orchestra for nineteen seasons, and as associate conductor of the Kammergild Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared frequently as a guest conductor and clinician for band and orchestra festivals throughout the United States, including numerous guest appearances with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Discovery Series. In June, 2009, Dr. Richards conducted the New York premiere of the music theatre work, Booth!, by Harbach, Coker, and Yordy, at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Richards has recently completed terms as President of the Missouri Association of Departments and School of Music (MADSM) and the Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (MoASTA). He has been a reviewer of new string literature for the American String Teacher Journal, served for three years as national chair of the ASTA Merle J. Isaac Composition Competition, and authored chapters on works by William Grant Still, Johann Strauss, Jr., and Elliot Del Borgo in volume III of the Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra series published by GIA.
As a violinist, Dr. Richards has performed with a variety of professional ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Kammergild Chamber Orchestra, the Fox Theatre Orchestra, the Dance St. Louis Orchestra, the St. Louis MUNY Orchestra, and the Landolfi String Quartet. In 1999, Dr. Richards received a University of Missouri Research Board Grant to study Baroque violin performance at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Dr. Richards has been the recipient of the St. Louis Suburban Music Educator's Association's Merit Award "in recognition of significant contributions for the advancement of music education," the Artist/Teacher of the Year Award from the MoASTA, and the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Associate Dean for Advising, Retention, and Academic Enrichment, CoFAC and A&S
Teaching Professor of Japanese
Associate Dean Beth Eckelkamp joined the administration of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Fine Arts and Communication in May of 2012. She served as the Director of Language Programs in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages from August of 2009 through August of 2012. She continues to hold an appointment as Teaching Professor of Japanese and has been teaching Japanese at UMSL for nearly 20 years after earning an MA in East Asian Studies from Washington University in 1991.
Representing the Colleges in planning new student initiatives such as Orientation and the First Year Experience course is central to the Associate Dean of Students’ position and is a role that Beth is very passionate about. Working with advisors and students in the College Advising office is also very rewarding and Beth feels privileged to be part of a team that is dedicated to supporting students as they make academic progress toward graduation.
Associate Dean for Professional and Continuing Studies, CoFAC and A&S
Teaching Professor of Spanish
Deborah Baldini serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences/School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication/School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a Teaching Professor of Spanish in the Department of Anthropology Sociology and Languages.
Dr. Baldini provides leadership for the Advanced Credit Program, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, the SUCCEED Program, the Foreign Language Connection, and the Write Stuff Chancellor’s Certificate in Writing.
Dr. Baldini is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Foreign Language Teachers Association, Missouri ACE Network State Planning Committee, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. She has served on the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright Program and the ACTFL/CAEP Board of Examiners. Dr. Baldini received the Governor’s Council on Disability 22nd Annual Inclusion Award in 2013.
Dr. Baldini received a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and an MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Missouri. In addition, Dr. Baldini completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.