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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Stephens College School of Integrative Studies. Our mission is not just teaching students, but instilling in them a lifelong love of learning and an appreciation for the pursuit of knowledge and creativity. At Stephens, we are proud of our legacy and take great pride in the cultural, educational and artistic gifts, and the opportunities we offer our students.

The School of Integrative Studies offers programs in many academic disciplines in the creative arts and humanities. The arts and humanities truly thrive in Columbia, Missouri, as dozens of on- and off-campus performances occur year-round at Stephens, making the College one of Columbia’s premier centers for the performing arts.

Our programs are led by an accomplished and dedicated faculty who are well-respected and nationally known artists, educators, researchers and writers in their disciplines. Read about our faculty, explore our programs, and learn how the School of Integrative Studies can help you to build your unique future.

Kate Berneking Kogut, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Integrative Studies


About the Dean

Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut

Before becoming Dean of the School of Integrative Studies, Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut was an associate professor of English and creative writing, specializing in scriptwriting and new script development. Her plays have been produced, showcased and workshopped in California, New York, Chicago and in venues in the South and the Midwest. Kogut also writes, directs and produces short films through her production company, Envelope Sky Creative. Her current research interests include character development, fictional world-building and transmedia storytelling, which explores ways a story unfolds through various media. She earned her Ph.D. in theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Faculty + Staff

Undergraduate Programs

Business Administration | Communication Design | Digital Filmmaking | Education | English + Creative Writing | Fashion | Humanities


Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting


Business Administration

Dr. Scott Taylor
Assistant Professor, Business Administration Program Chair
DBA., California Southern University; MA, University of Missouri; BS, Missouri State University

Dr. Scott Taylor earned a Doctorate of Business Administration from California Southern University. His doctoral project focused on the economic impact of entrepreneurial policy. Taylor has also completed post-graduate work in public affairs at the University of Missouri, where he obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Missouri State University.

Before accepting his current position at Stephens College, he served as an adjunct instructor for Stephens College since the Fall of 2018. He taught full-time at Moberly Area Community College, serving as the lead business faculty since the Fall of 2007. He was also an advisor to MACC’s award-winning Collegiate DECA chapter for over fourteen years and has received the National Collegiate DECA Advisor of the Year award multiple times.

Outside the classroom, Taylor serves on several boards and advisory committees and works as a subject matter expert for multiple publishing companies. He resides in Moberly, MO, on a horse ranch with his wife, Kendra. Over the years, Scott and Kendra have donated multiple horses to the Stephens College equestrian program. Scott has three adult children and two adult stepsons.


Communication Design


Dr. Bethanie Irons
Assistant Professor, Communication Design Program Chair
Ph.D., University of Missouri; MFA., University of Missouri; BFA., University of South Dakota

Dr. Bethanie Irons earned a B.F.A. in Art from the University of South Dakota and M.F.A. in Art from the University of Missouri. Irons also earned a Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Missouri with an emphasis on higher education and teaching with technology. She is an artist and educator who is passionate about creative expression and its power in cultivating social change and personal growth. She seeks to empower and guide students in creating authentic, innovative work that expands their worldview and prepares them to become future design leaders.


Wilson Minshall


MFA, University of Missouri

Wilson MinshallWilson Minshall is an intermedia artist from Little Rock, Arkansas and received their MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2021. Their work begins with drawing and uses elements of collage to span varying media such as painting, design, printmaking, weaving, video and sound installation. Accumulating information from past historical archives as well as their own recorded memories, they materially alter research samples and pull forth localized networks of traces from their chosen source material. In doing so, they take the stance that excavating or refiguring overlooked pieces of lived experience across time, space and media allows for non-binary navigations of history and identity without privileging surface-level stereotypes. They recently co-organized, designed and curated the experimental exhibition Cage in Como: A Weekend with the John Cage Trust and Friends in 2021 at Hitt Records and the Sinquefield Music Center (Columbia, MO). They also co-curated the NIXED_INDEX juried art exhibition at the University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery in 2019 (Columbia, MO), and have performed sound pieces at the Marshall Arts Gallery (Memphis, TN) in 2018 and Cafe Berlin (Columbia, MO) in 2019. They have exhibited their work at the Marshall Arts Gallery in Memphis, TN (2017), the Hanger Gallery in Kansas City, MO (2019), the Serial Box Gallery in Columbia, MO (2018) and St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, MO (2020).

Miranda Richardson


B.A., M.F.A., University of Missouri

Miranda Richardson is a visual artist and educator. Her art aims to break down imposed systems and highlight the absurdity of power and control of the familiar. Incorporating mediums ranging from installation and performance to sculpture, text, photography and most recently, painting - Richardson’s work is laborious in nature and involves extensive research. Her work ventures the loneliness of mothering, individuals in state-funded group homes, cancer survivors, and crime scene interior design. Richardson earned a B.A. in Art and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Missouri. Richardson has lived and worked in Indiana, Texas, and Tennessee before returning to Missouri. She is passionate about education and believes Stephens College is unmatched in culture and engagement.



Digital Filmmaking

Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut

Interim Digital Filmmaking Program Chair

Before becoming Dean of the School of Integrative Studies, Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut was an associate professor of English and creative writing, specializing in scriptwriting and new script development. Her plays have been produced, showcased and workshopped in California, New York, Chicago and in venues in the South and the Midwest. Kogut also writes, directs and produces short films through her production company, Envelope Sky Creative. Her current research interests include character development, fictional world-building and transmedia storytelling, which explores ways a story unfolds through various media. She earned her Ph.D. in theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Lizzie Germann
Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking 
M.F.A., Loyola Marymount University; B.A., University of Missouri

Lizzie Germann is a writer and director from Columbia, Mo., and is so excited to join Stephens College! A Mizzou graduate, she holds an MFA in Writing & Producing for Television from Loyola Marymount University. Lizzie's directorial work includes short films, independent pilots, web series and commercials. Her work has shown across the country, including TV pilot CRESCENDO, which premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival in 2020, and was accepted into the Catalyst Story Institute.




Dr. Sean Travis Clouse
Associate Professor and Education Program Chair
Ph.D., M.A., B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia

Sean ClouseDr. Sean Travis Clouse earned his B.S. in psychology, M.A. in human development and family studies, M.A. in counseling psychology and Ph.D. in counseling psychology all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A member of the Stephens faculty since 2006, he teaches courses in the Education, Psychology and Counseling programs. His courses focus on lifespan development, multicultural aspects of learning, social justice issues and counseling. He also serves as the certification officer for the early childhood and elementary education and school counseling programs. Clouse is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri and focuses his clinical work on adolescents and young adults.


Elizabeth Watson
Director of the Children’s School at Stephens College
B.A., Stephens College; M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia

Watson’s passion for education has been shaped over the past 16 years as a classroom teacher in both preschool and elementary and as an instructor in the college classroom. She started her career at Stephens College as an undergraduate student from Minnesota and received her early childhood degree and teaching certification. After her first year of teaching, she continued her education at the University of Missouri and received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading. This year, she will continue as a doctoral student at the University of Missouri in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in reading. As an early childhood and elementary educator, she believes the best way to enhance learning is to provide students with hands-on experiences which will create thought-provoking experiences for students to become independent creators.




English + Creative Writing

Dr. Ann Breidenbach
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, M.F.A., Pine Manor College, M.A., Western Michigan University, B.A., Central Michigan University

Dr. Ann Breidenbach is an assistant professor in the English and Creative Writing programs and teaches classes for the Women’s Studies minor. While working on her qualitative dissertation about the experience of menopause for second wave feminists living on women’s land in the Ozarks, she rediscovered her passion for writing. Breidenbach began taking seminars in creative nonfiction writing and eventually enrolled in an M.F.A. program. She brings an interdisciplinary approach and her identity as a writer to her teaching. She is working on a manuscript titled “Girlhood Cache,” which is a memoir told through a series of flash non-fiction essays. Her current research project, “Feminist Activism and the Women’s Film Festival: a Site for Social Change,” explores women’s film festivals as a means of feminist activism. Most recently she has presented her research at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference and the University Film and Video Association annual conference. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from the Solstice Low-Residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Boston. She earned her Ph.D. in rural sociology with a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Kristine Somerville
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
M.A., University of Missouri; B.A., College of the Ozarks

Kristine Somerville teaches contemporary literature, advanced composition, language ethics, nonfiction workshop, fiction workshop and the Harbinger publishing internship at Stephens College. Her short stories and prose poems have been published in various magazines, including The North American Review, Passages North, River City, Zone 3, The South Carolina Review and Quarterly West. Her essay "Katie Suber" received notable mention in Best American Essays, and her fiction has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her visual and “Found Text” features and omnibus reviews appear regularly in The Missouri Review. Somerville is the co-editor of TMR Books and faculty advisor of Harbinger and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.




Dr. Monica McMurry
Chair and Professor
Ph.D., M.Sc., University of Missouri-Columbia, B.F.A., Stephens College

Dr. Monica McMurry has 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in the fashion field. She previously served as Dean of the Stephens College School of Design, and chaired the fashion programs at both Stephens and Columbia College. McMurry graduated summa cum laude from Stephens College with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design. She received her Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri’s Textile and Apparel Management program and attended a design thinking workshop at Stanford. In her dissertation, "Jacqueline Kennedy’s Effect on Women: A Content Analysis of Her Style, Role and Thought as First Lady, 1958-1963," McMurry reviewed the most popular women’s magazines of the early 1960s and looked at how Jacqueline Kennedy was portrayed to the average woman via media mentions.

During her teaching career, McMurry has taught both studio and lecture courses for fashion design and product development and fashion marketing. Her areas of expertise include fashion history, curating and executing fashion exhibitions, menswear design, tailored design and couture and bespoke techniques. Other interests include sustainability, fair trade and textile upcycling. She is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), the Costume Society of America (CSA) and Fashion Group International. McMurry has presented both national and international juried fashion designs and scholarly research. Her work with the Costume Museum and Research Library at Stephens College has given her the opportunity to speak across the nation about historic dress.

Kirsteen Buchanan
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Kirsteen Buchanan, a Stephens alumna, has taught at Stephens for over 20 years. Her broad fashion industry experience in New York, Chicago and Dallas includes retail product development, branded design, product development for a sweater factory, domestic and offshore manufacturing, trend surveillance, creative fashion design and technical design. She also has designed costumes for the Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and for dance company productions in Dallas.

Buchanan has a Master of Arts specializing in visual communications from the Missouri School of Journalism. Buchanan's design practice aims to fuse beautiful product design with meaning. She focuses on the intersection of fashion, visual communication and language, using surface design and mixed media art to explore design concepts and a range of questions that center on transformation, connection, communication and storytelling. In 2019, Buchanan won the Next Generation Award in the Surface Design Association Exhibition in Print for her digitally printed designs: Borders That Unite, and Best Overall at the sustainable fashion show ScrapsKC ReVision for her dress made from contact lens packaging. She has exhibited work at several Surface Design Association international conference runway shows. She was a 2003 finalist in the GenArt/Florida Grapefruit Juice National Handbag Design Challenge, a 2002 finalist in the “Inspired by Threads” competition and a 2001 finalist in the Beefeater Bold Spirits Design Competition.


Tina Marks
M.F.A., University of North Texas

Tina Marks has taught at the University of North Texas, Stephens College, the University of Missouri and Purdue University. A Stephens alumna, she earned her bachelors in Fashion Design and Product and Development and her MFA in Studio Art - Fibers from the University of North Texas. Her fashion industry experience includes the J. Peterman Company, Lucia, Inc., the Cato Corporation, and her own company, Straight Grain Studio. While working on her MFA in Texas, she helped prepare and mount fashion exhibits for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Contemporary and the Meadows Museum and worked on textile conservation projects for NASA, the Medal of Honor Museum and Texas Woman's University, among others. Her main research interest encompasses sustainability in design and textile production and use. 




Dr. James Terry
Associate Professor
Ph.D., M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., Wesleyan University

Dr. James Terry is an archaeologist and art historian. He holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has participated in archaeological field work in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Tunisia and, as a Fulbright Scholar, spent a year living in North Africa researching Late Roman and Early Byzantine tomb mosaics. His research interests include human sacrifice in ancient Greek art and the paleolithic roots of artistic pleasure.


Mary Arnold
Admissions Navigator
B.F.A., Stephens College

Mary Arnold earned her B.F.A in creative writing from Stephens College in 2019. Mary involved herself on campus during her time at Stephens. She served as a leader and member of the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, Mortar Board, and Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, she was a former editor-in-chief for the college's award-winning literary magazine, Harbinger, and interned at the Missouri Review as a fiction/social media intern. Before joining Stephens College as an employee, Mary was the communications coordinator for a local nonprofit, overseeing the agency's communication, social media, newsletter, fundraising, and grant writing. Mary has plans to pursue an M.A. in English composition. Outside work, she enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, bingeing paranormal/crime shows, and sewing.

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