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Leslie HossfeldLeslie Hossfeld, Ph.D.

Dr. Hossfeld is trained in rural sociology from North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and has extensive experience examining rural poverty and economic restructuring. She has made two presentations to the U.S. Congress and one to the North Carolina legislature on job loss and rural economic decline. Dr. Hossfeld has served as Co-Chair of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Public Sociology, Vice President of Sociologists for Women in Society, President of the Southern Sociological Society, Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology, the Mississippi Food Policy Council, and on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) for which she received the NCSA Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2019. Currently, Dr. Hossfeld serves as Co-Chair on the USDA SERA-47 multi-state initiative, Strengthening the Southern Region Extension and Research System to Support Local and Regional Food Needs and Priorities in 13 states in the southern region. Dr. Hossfeld has worked extensively on economic recovery projects for rural North Carolina counties, and food sovereignty projects in the Mississippi Delta. Her current research focuses on multi-disciplinary strategies and collaborative partnerships to understand and alleviate persistent poverty in the Southeast, particularly around local food systems development, food access and food security. Hossfeld works to bridge U.S. local food systems research and initiatives to nutrition, malnutrition (obesity), and health outcomes and health disparities to develop policy coherence linking health and agriculture policy, and health as an economic development strategy.

Denise AndersonDenise Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Faculty Affairs

Denise Anderson has been on the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management faculty since 2003. From 2009 until 2015, she also served as the department’s graduate coordinator. Anderson’s major research interests involve youth development, youth sport, leisure education and student development, and girls’ and women’s access to recreation opportunities. Prior to coming to Clemson, she served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s in physical education from Eastern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in leisure behavior from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Rachel Mayo, Ph.D.

Rachel Mayo, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Rachel Mayo is the Wallace R. Roy Distinguished Professor in Public Health Sciences, and she has also served as Research Coordinator and Associate Chair for the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research interests include health disparities and cancer prevention and control among minority and underserved, particularly African American and Latino populations. She has been the principal or co-investigator on more than $4 million in grants and contracts to support this work. She is the PI on a DHHS-funded cohort study to examine an early treatment model for infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to opioid-addicted mothers, and she has previous NIH funding examining medical and nursing students’ readiness to treat Latino patients and to increase breast and cervical cancer screenings through a statewide intervention in African American churches. She currently serves on the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee for Young Women with Breast Cancer.

Joe MazerJoseph P. Mazer, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication

Joseph Mazer joined the Clemson faculty in 2010 and assumed the department chair position in July 2018. He served as associate department chair from 2011-2018, and continues to provide leadership for the university’s Social Media Listening Center. Joe’s research interests include social media and new technologies, communication in teaching and learning contexts, and measurement issues and trends in communication research. He has been ranked in the top 1% of prolific scholars in the communication discipline for the past 10 years and is listed among the top five influential scholars in instructional communication. He earned a Ph.D. in communication studies from Ohio University, a master’s degree in communication from Illinois State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Mansfield University.

jeff hallo

Jeffrey Hallo, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Jeffrey Hallo, a professor who has served as the department’s honors director and graduate coordinator, began his Clemson University career in 2007. His research and teaching focus on understanding, planning for and managing visitor use in parks, forests and other protected areas. He has co-authored more than 65 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, books and book chapters over the course of his career, and has been an interviewed expert for articles in a variety of noted national news outlets. He earned his Ph.D. with an emphasis in natural resources from the University of Vermont, and he has a master’s degree in technical (project) management from John Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in wildlife/fisheries biology and chemistry from Frostburg State University.

Ron Gimbel, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Ron Gimbel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences

Ron Gimbel joined the Clemson faculty as chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences in July 2014. He came to Clemson from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, where he had served as the interim chair for biomedical informatics. In addition to his duties as chair, Gimbel leads the graduate certificate in clinical and translational research, a program in partnership with the Greenville Health System. He is Clemson’s primary facilitator for new innovative research and education partnerships with the Medical University of South Carolina, and he serves on an advisory board with the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute. His research spans clinical and public health settings and focuses on decision making (clinicians and patients), clinical documentation, and mobile health. He has an earned doctorate in public administration and policy from SUNY Albany (N.Y.).

Jeffrey PeakeJeffrey Peake, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

Prior to joining the faculty at Clemson, Jeffrey Peake was professor of political science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A Clemson alumnus (B.A., political science), he received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Peake's research interests focus on the Presidency, the media, and Congress. More specifically, Peake has written on presidential leadership of the media and the public, presidential-congressional relations, agenda-setting, and the domestic politics of treaties. He is co-author of two books, including Breaking Through the Noise: Presidential Leadership, Public Opinion, and the News Media and the Rise of Executive Agreements: International Commitments in a System of Shared Powers.

Pat RaymarkPat Raymark, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology

Pat Raymark has served as the chair of the Department of Psychology at Clemson since 2010. Prior to serving as chair, he served as the graduate program coordinator for the department. He originally arrived at Clemson in 1998 after spending several years as a faculty member at the Ohio State University. His research interests largely revolve around applied decision making within the context of personnel selection and evaluation. More specifically, he has conducted research investigating the decision making processes used in employment interviewers, job analysis, and performance appraisal.

Ann Wetsel Kathleen Valentine, Ph.D.
Director, School of Nursing, and Chief Nursing Academic Officer

Before coming to Clemson, Kathleen Valentine served as dean of nursing at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; associate dean for clinical affairs and community engagement at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions; associate dean for outreach at Florida State University’s College of Nursing; and department chair and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She has also led regional and national initiatives to advance professional nursing practice and consulted with national and international health care organizations that range from Mayo Clinic to the Moscow Psychologic Institute. Her research focuses on the economic value of human caring, nurse-managed primary care clinics, and interprofessional collaboration. She holds a Ph.D. in human service program evaluation and a master of science in health administration from Cornell University, a master of science in psychiatric and mental health nursing from Syracuse University, and a bachelor of science in nursing from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Katherine WeisenseeKatherine Weisensee
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Katherine Weisensee joined the Clemson faculty in 2008 and became interim chair of the department in March 2017. Her research interests include human skeletal biology, forensic anthropology and morphometrics, and she currently teaches Introduction to Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Human Variation and Human Remains Recovery. She earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Brandeis University.