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Faculty and Staff Profile

Kinly Sturkie

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Office: 170-H Sirrine Hall
Phone: 656-5987

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Social Work (Family Therapy)
University of Southern California 1979

MSW Social Work
University of South Carolina 1973

BA Sociology
Newberry College 1970

 Courses Taught

Child Abuse and Treatment
Social Construction of Mental Illness
Marriage and Intimate Relationships


Kinly Sturkie joined the Clemson faculty in 1982 and is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in CBBS. His principal responsibilities include providing College-level support for all undergraduate programs, the CBBS Undergraduate Advising Center, and the Office of Student Enrichment. He also handles many of the day to day issues that arise within the College and serves as a liaison to many University administrative units. Prior to his service as an Associate Dean, Professor Sturkie served for nine years as the Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and two and a half years as Interim Chair of the Department of Political Science. He is also a former President of the Clemson University Faculty Senate and was the 2003 recipient of the Clemson University Class of 1939 Award for Excellence. Professor Sturkie earned his PhD at the University of Southern California and was first licensed as a marriage, family, and child counselor in California 35 years ago. He practiced full-time as a child and family therapist for seven years before joining the Clemson faculty. His clinical work included three years as the Director of Treatment in a research-demonstration project funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Other activities have included service as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the National Examination in Marital and Family Therapy, President of the S.C. State Board of Examiners for MFTs & LPCs, and as an expert witness in numerous Family Court hearings relating to child maltreatment, termination of parental rights, child custody, and post-divorce visitation facilitation.

 Research Interests

For two decades, Professor Sturkie's research focused principally on the treatment of sexually abused children and family therapy with maltreated adolescents. More recently, his research has focused on how psychotherapists are regulated by State licensing boards and by professional organizations. He has published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Social Work, Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Health and Social Work, and the Clinical Social Work Journal, among others. From 1997 until 2002, he was a member of the Children's Mental Health Alliance, a New York based group, that provided training in child therapy and child protective services to over 200 professionals from eighteen former Soviet bloc countries. These trainings occurred in Russia, Poland, and Hungary.

 Research Publications

Nie, Lulu, Ye Luo, William M. Wentworth, and K. Sturkie (2014). "Gender, family, socioeconomic status, and work values in China." American International Journal of Social Science, 3(2):53-64.