|Position:||Assistant Director of Academic Support|
Amelia Howard was named Assistant Director of Academic Support in July 2015, after serving as the Learning Services Coordinator for the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) since July 2011. Howard joined the full-time staff in 2011 after working in different capacities for SASSO from 2008-2011.
As the Assistant Director of Academic Support, Howard assists in the oversight of the educational development of 240 student-athletes as she oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of SASSO which includes a robust mentoring & transition program, tutoring program, study hall, summer bridge program, and learning specialist services. She serves as the campus SAAC advisor and is the director of student-athlete development programming, including the scheduling and implementation of speakers, workshops, bystander training and APPLE Team programming. She works collaboratively with the athletic training room to create and implement mental health education training for all student-athletes, coaches and department staff. Serving as the Learning Specialist for SASSO, Howard works as the department liaison for Disabilty Services and coordinates all assessments and accommodations for student-athletes with learning disabilities. Additionally, she works with at-risk student-athletes on a weekly basis, providing structured and objective skill instruction and study sessions. She also provides counseling to student-athletes in the areas of course enrollment, major selection, university requirements and progress towards graduation requirements. Howard has developed a stronger, more skill-instruction based, Mentoring Program in conjunction with monthly workshops available for all student-athletes. She created and implemented the first Summer Bridge Program in 2011 for the incoming UMKC student-athletes. Additionally, Howard serves as a liaison to many on-campus resources including the Math and Science Tutoring, SI and the Writing Studio.
Howard is a member of the UMKC Strategic Planning Committee, the UMKC Mental Health Task Force and the UMKC Green Dot Team.
During the 2010-11 school year, Howard served as an Academic Specialist and an Academic Mentor for SASSO. During this time she mentored and tutored individual at-risk student-athletes by tracking academic progress on a weekly basis. She provided them with weekly skill instruction including test taking, note taking and organizational skills. She created the Mentor Manual and handbook in addition to enhancing the Tutoring Manual. She also initiated and implemented academic success workshops open to all student-athletes.
Prior to serving as an Academic Mentor, Howard was an NCAA tutor and proctor for SASSO from 2008-2010. She worked with student-athletes in all levels of English and Language Arts courses as well as proctored the study hall on a weekly basis.
Howard is an active member of N4A and served as the Learning Concerns and Enhancement Committee chair in 2016-2017. Currently she is a faculty member of the N4A Professional Development Institute's Learning Specialist track and serves on the N4A Strategic Future Task force for 2018-19. Howard was awarded the N4A Professional Promise Award in June 2014. She is also a member of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA), and graduate of NACWAA's Institute for Administrative Advancement 2014.
Howard earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Secondary Education - Language Arts from the University of Kansas in 2008. While completing her undergraduate degree, she was an active member of the Women's Lacrosse Team from 2005-2007, earning academic all-American honors in 2007. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction - English from UMKC in 2011.
Howard and her husband Nathan reside in Kansas City, Missouri.