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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


Professor Sturkie was first licensed as a marriage, family, and child counselor in California 35 years ago and practiced full-time as a child and family therapist for seven years before joining the Clemson faculty in 1982. 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. Professor Sturkie is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. He previously 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 Vice President and President of the Clemson University Faculty Senate. Professor Sturkie has received several major professional recognitions during his career including the Outstanding Contribution to Marital and Family Therapy Award presented by the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (2000) and the Clemson University Class of 1939 Award for Excellence (2003). 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.