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Kathleen Burns


Kathleen Burns is the director of the Advanced Credit Program in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. As director she manages all aspects of UMSL’s Dual Credit Program for over 60 area high schools.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and is an alumna of UMSL, earning her master’s degree in Educational Administration in 1996 and her PhD in Teaching and Learning in 2003.

Prior to taking on her current role, Burns was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield and chair of the Education Department at MacMurray College. She has also taught high school social studies and held administrative positions at the high school level. Burns’ area of research is in the field of educational technology. She has written and presented on the topic and developed courses in the area of technology for teachers.

Allan Crean

Allan Crean serves as the director of the Computer Education & Training Center, School of Professional & Continuing Studies, at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Founded in 1982, the Program began with one computer lab and several basic courses on the UMSL campus. Under Allan's leadership, the Program has developed an extensive selection of computer course offerings, ranging from introductory courses in standard Microsoft Office applications to advanced classes in Web development, database, and programming. Over the past 20 years, the program has enrolled 300,000 registrants in 24,000 classes. The Program currently reaches 11,000 registrants annually.

In 1988, the West County Computer Center was opened. This facility had eight computer classrooms located at a convenient location near Manchester and I-270. With the move to the new university owned West County Continuing Education Center in the fall of 2009, the program offers classes in facilities specifically designed to enhance the computer learning experience.
Recognizing the importance of listening and serving the community, Allan created an advisory board that represents major corporations and organizations in the area. The Program is well known in the business community and has been a primary source for computer education in the metropolitan area.

With educational quality and customer service as primary goals, Allan has overseen an exceptional program that has shown strong growth while maintaining the highest standards. He is known for his ability to recognize future computing trends and was instrumental in the growth of the Program.

Amy Dooley

Amy Dooley is manager of Professional & Continuing Studies for the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Amy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI, she studied Social Sciences Education with an emphasis in U.S. History, American Government and Geography. Amy continued her education at Lindenwood University completing her M.A. in Educational Administration. Since then, Amy’s interest in educational leadership has been conducted and fostered in both formal and informal educational institutions. She has held a wide variety of positions including Youth Program Supervisor at the Memphis Zoo, Director of Conservation Education for the American National Fish and Wildlife Museum and AmeriCorps Program Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the Nixa R-II School District. Prior to coming to UMSL, Amy coordinated the opening of a new 207-acre working, educational farm park in Springfield, Mo. She has worked in continuing education at UMSL since May 2011.

Brenda Shannon-Simms

Brenda Shannon-Simms is manager of Professional & Continuing Studies in the College of Education.  

She graduated from William Woods University with a BS in business administration. Brenda has worked at the university the last 30 years and is responsible for the management of off-campus credit courses, and non-credit workshops and conferences offered through the College of Education. In addition she is serves as the director of the Empowering Young Women conferences held each year for middle and high school girls.