Cherng Distinguished Scholars and Visiting Faculty

Each year we invite one leading scholar to campus to engage the campus and community, as deeply as possible, in an issue of contemporary importance. They spend several days on campus engaging with our students and faculty in a variety of settings, including a public lecture, brown-bag seminars, classroom visits, and more casually over meals and during receptions.

Future Cherng Prize and Distinguished Visiting Faculty will contribute to our ongoing discussions about education, history, medicine, government, agriculture, technology, and economics. They provide a means for MU students and faculty to connect with the broader world of ideas and challenges. And they stimulate deeper discussions between and among the MU community, members of the Columbia community, and people throughout the state of Missouri.


Dr. Paul A. Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is the second annual Peggy and Andrew Cherng Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Dr. Offit’s public lectureHow to Communicate Science to the Public Or Die Trying, in the fall of 2018 centers on how to effectively deliver accurate, and easily-understandable health information to the population at large.  A brief itinerary of Dr. Offit’s scheduled lectures and discussions can be found below.  To learn more about Dr. Offit’s work and achievements, click here.

Dr. Offit 2018 Cherng Visiting Scholar Itinerary


Dr. Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote, Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds the distinction as being the inaugural Peggy and Andrew Cherng Distinguished Visiting Scholar. She visited Mizzou in November 2017 to deliver a public talk, entitled We’ll Show You Boys How to Dance: Kiowa Dance and Painting, 1928-1940, and her visit focused on the issues facing American today regarding Native Americans–their history, treatment, challenges, and possibilities.She brought to light many issues about Native American stereotypes, separation of children from their families, and cultural struggles.  More information on Dr. Tone-Pah-Hote’s work can be found here.