Annette McDanielAssociate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Innovation | Kay Vaughan Innovation Fellowshe/her/hers

Growing up in a farming community and being the first person in my family to attend college, I was baffled by the process of choosing a major. Thankfully, an advisor encouraged me to take a course in human ecology. I was hooked. The applied, interdisciplinary approach to understanding and improving the quality of human life was thrilling! My human ecology education transformed my life and continues to serve me well, both personally and professionally.

In my role as associate dean, I oversee four pillars of undergraduate education: teaching and learning; advising and student services; career development; and academic planning.

Portrait of Annette McDaniel, a white woman smiling, with curly grey hair, wearing a navy blue dress.


  • MS, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BS, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia


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