Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Office: 170-H Sirrine Hall
Ph.D. Social Work (Family Therapy)
MSW Social Work
Child Abuse and Treatment
ProfileProfessor 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 Undergraduate Engagement and Assesssment 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 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 and as President of the S.C. State Board of Examiners for MFTs & LPCs. He continues to be affiliated with the National Exam program in Marital and Family Therapy, and during 2012 worked on a new role dileniation study that should result in the exam being used by aspiring practitioners in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.
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.