Sara R. Helfrich

Sara R. Helfrich
Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences

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Sara R. Helfrich joined the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences as Inaugural Dean in June 2023. Dean Helfrich comes to UMKC from The Patton College of Education at Ohio University where she most recently served as Interim Dean and Professor of Teacher Education. Her research interests include pre-service and in-service teacher self-efficacy related to teaching literacy, teacher preparation programming, and the role of partnerships in teacher education. She is co-editor of the book, Exemplary Clinical Models of Teacher Education and her research has been published in such journals as The Reading Teacher, Journal of Research in Reading, and Reading Psychology. She has presented at conferences for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, National Association of Professional Development Schools, International Literacy Association, and Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Dean Helfrich lives in Kansas City with her husband, Chris Hayes, who serves as Chair of the Music Division in the UMKC Conservatory, and their yellow lab, Jackson.