Congratulations to Dr. Antoinette Landor (Human Development and Family Science) & Dr. Ginny Ramseyer Winter (School of Social Work) for being two of the 19 award winners of Presidential Awards across the entire UM System! Antoinette and Ginny are co-authors on a number of scholarly papers that meld their two interests areas—another wonderful example of how individuals in HES work together to produce new knowledge addressing contemporary social issues.
President’s Award for Early Career Excellence
Antoinette Landor, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science, MU College of Human Environmental Sciences
Since joining Mizzou in 2014, Dr. Landor has pushed researchers, academics and the public to think in new and more complex ways about discrimination. Her nationally-recognized work seeks to understand how skin tone and colorism (discrimination based on how dark or light a person is) are related to family functioning, romantic relationships and personal health. As one of few experts in this area, Dr. Landor has made a major impact, publishing on average more than four articles of primary research each year and receiving recognition from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the Society for Research in Child Development, two of the most prominent organizations in the field of human development and family science. She also engages in mentorship of African American undergraduate and graduate students on campus and works tirelessly to inform public discussions around race and skin tone. Dr. Landor’s work in Ferguson and at the University during moments of unrest over racial issues has built a community dialogue that encourages critical thinking and empathic rationality when facing emotionally volatile and often divisive issues. Dr. Landor is one of Mizzou’s finest scholars, recognized by her peers and students as an expert, and dedicated to improving society by helping our community think carefully about race, colorism and relationships.
President’s Award for Intercampus Collaboration
Ginny Ramseyer Winter, Assistant Professor and Director of Center for Body Image Research & Policy, MU School of Social Work
Sarah Pilgrim, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, UMKC
The Inter-Campus Collaboration Award recognizes faculty who engage in activities that foster collaboration across two or more universities of the University of Missouri System. At MU, Dr. Ramseyer Winter investigates body image and health disparities. At UMKC, Dr. Sarah Pilgrim focuses on the sexual health and decision-making of adolescents in foster care. Dr. Ramseyer Winter created the Center for Body Image Research & Policy with the help of MU colleagues, and faculty from other universities, including Dr. Pilgrim, are affiliated. The collaboration includes departmental affiliations with Psychology at Penn State Abington, Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Social Work at Washburn University, Social Work at the University of Arkansas, Public Health at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The range of collaborators and their departments speaks to Drs. Ramseyer Winter and Pilgrim’s dedication to interdisciplinary partnerships. Their work examines body image and sexual health among Missouri foster youth and utilizes mobile technology to provide foster parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to help decrease sexual health disparities. Importantly, this study would not be possible without intercampus collaboration. Drs. Ramseyer Winter and Pilgrim’s sincere desire to better the lives of underserved youth is energizing for all those involved. This collaborative project will go a long way to assisting the most vulnerable young Missourians by disseminating critical public health information.