College of Education professor awarded 2020 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

This is a photo of Dr. Zapata.

Angie Zapata

September 4, 2020
Contact: Liz McCune, 573-882-6212,

Latha Ramchand, University of Missouri provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Steve Sowers, president and CEO of the central and eastern Missouri region of Commerce Bank, today awarded a 2020 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to Angie Zapata, an associate professor of learning, teaching and curriculum in the College of Education.

College of Education interim Dean Erica Lembke and administrators surprised Zapata by honoring her with the fellowship, which includes a $10,000 check. Kemper Fellowships are awarded to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri each year.

This is the 30th anniversary of the William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, which were established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions at banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank manages the trust fund.

A bio of Zapata is available here.

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