Title: Associate Dean Emertia
Company: University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC)
Location: Kansas City, MO, United States
Reaner G. Shannon, Associate Dean Emerita at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education.
Now retired, Dr. Shannon led a prolific career as a medical technologist, educator, and administrator for several decades. Most recently, she excelled as the Associate Dean of the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) from 2000 until her retirement in 2008. Dr. Shannon began her career as a senior medical technologist at Kansas City General Hospital, rising to become a supervisor of the hematology lab in 1962, and the director of the Special Hematology Laboratory in 1969. In 1974, Dr. Shannon became an instructor for the School of Medical Technology at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine.
Soon thereafter, Dr. Shannon was promoted to an assistant professor at UMKC, later rising to an associate professor. In addition to her career with UMKC, she also taught healthcare administration at a satellite classroom of the Central Michigan University Institute for Professional Development, where she would remain as an instructor through the 1988 to 1989 academic year.
Prior to embarking on her professional journey, Dr. Shannon earned a diploma from the Kansas City General Hospital School of Medical Technology in 1960. Consequently, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Park College in 1976 and a Master of Arts from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1978, becoming the first member of her family to attend college. In 1983, she concluded her academic efforts with a Doctor of Philosophy from UMKC. In order to remain aware of developments in the field, she has been affiliated with the American Society of Coagulationists, the American Society for Medical Technology, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, for whom she organized several workshops and conferences. In her retirement, Dr. Shannon is active in her faith as a ministry leader and deaconess of the Paseo Baptist Church, a member of Midtown Kiwanis Club, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
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