Honors College Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Christ

Honors College Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Stephen Christ joined the Honors College team at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Read further to learn more about Dr. Christ!

  1. What courses do you teach at UMKC?

This semester, I taught Social Deviance, Anchor H299: Social Justice, and Anchor H399: Self, Society and the Sacred. In the spring, I will teach Social Deviance, Social Problems, and Anchor H298: The Idea of Culture.

  1. Of the classes you are teaching in the spring, which class are you most excited about?

Social deviance, because everyday you get to talk about something that is pretty wild.

  1. Where did you receive your educational background?

University of Missouri-Columbia.

  1. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy being active in sports (tennis, running, golf), reading, playing guitar, stargazing, and making time-lapse videos.

  1. What is the best advice you would give to a college student?

Believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, you won’t take no for an answer—you won’t be devastated if you don’t get a scholarship. You’ll keep going.

Spotlight on Dr. Magaña

1. Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in the Kansas City area and I’m thrilled to be able to live here again! My educational background is in biology but my interests are quite broad.

2. What courses do you teach at UMKC?
I teach the Senior Honors Thesis/Project Practicum, Anchor courses, and Biology courses.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?
I love gardening and taking care of my five snakes.

4. What is the best advice you can give to a college student?
Don’t run yourself ragged; take a break when you need to. It’s an investment in your well-being and prevents burnout.