Finalists Announced For Dean Of Graduate Studies
March 16, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May
Three finalists have been selected to interview at Sam Houston State University for dean of Graduate Studies, according to John Pascarella, dean of the College of Sciences and chair of the search committee for the position.
“It was difficult to choose from an outstanding pool of applicants,” Pascarella said. “The three finalists each bring a unique set of experiences and skills to help SHSU sustain and grow its graduate program offerings.”
The finalists include:
Kenneth E. Hendrickson III, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences at Sam Houston State — A native of Wichita Falls, Hendrickson holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history from Texas A&M University. Previous appointments include serving as associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University from 2013-2016, where he was involved with college assessment, graduate affairs, the EWCAT program, and strategic planning initiatives. Hendrickson is a professor of history at SHSU, where he has been teaching since 1994. His scholarship includes works on Texas, European, religious, military, and social history. He will interview on campus on Tuesday, April 5.
Denise Hopkins-Chadwick, vice president of academic affairs, Army Medical Department Center and School Health Readiness Center of Excellence, Joint Base San Antonio, U.S. Army — Hopkins-Chadwick holds a Ph.D. in nursing research from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College, a master’s degree in critical care nurse specialist from The University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Previous appointments include serving as dean of the Academy of Health Sciences, from 2012-2015, and department chief, Nursing Sciences, from 2010-2012, both at the U.S. Army Joint Base San Antonio. Hopkins-Chadwick has conducted more than $1 million in funded research on nursing education and has published extensively in this area. She will interview on campus on Thursday, April 7.
Carolyn A. Kapinus, acting associate vice president of research and dean of the Graduate School at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana — A native of Texarkana, Kapinus has a Ph.D. in sociology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in sociology from Texas Tech University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Centenary College in Shreveport. Kapinus previously served as associate dean of the Graduate School at Ball State University from 2011-2016. She has been at Ball State since 1999 and is a professor of sociology with research interests in parent-child relationships, sociology of gender and sexuality, and social psychology. She will interview on campus on Tuesday, April 12.
Each candidate will present a public forum presentation on “A Vision for Graduate Education at Sam Houston State University,” followed by questions. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to attend.
Hendrickson and Hopkins-Chadwick will present at 2 p.m. in SHSU Lowman Student Center Room 320 on April 5 and 7, respectively, and Kapinus will present at 2 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214 on April 12.
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