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Leslie Hossfeld  Leslie Hossfeld, Ph.D.

Leslie Hossfeld began work as the dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences in July 2018. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was professor and head of the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University, where she also served as founding director of the Mississippi Food Insecurity Program and associate director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities. Dr. Hossfeld is trained in rural sociology from North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She has extensive experience examining rural poverty and economic restructuring and 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, and on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association. Dr. Hossfeld has worked extensively on economic recovery projects for rural North Carolina counties. 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 insecurity. She works to link 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.

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.

Eric MuthEric Muth, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Eric Muth is a professor of psychology and has been on the Clemson faculty since 2000. Before coming to Clemson, he served as an aerospace experimental psychologist in the U.S. Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Hartwick College, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. He served as the director of the Institute for Human Factors and Ergonomics Research at Clemson from 2009-2016. During 2008-2009, he was a Humboldt Research Fellow in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. His research focuses on two main areas: developing wearable mobile health technologies for studying and changing eating behavior, and understanding the physiology and prevention of motion sickness, with particular emphasis on head-mounted displays. He has over 80 publications and has received funding from a variety of agencies including the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health and several private corporations.

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.

Wayne FreimundWayne Freimund, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Wayne Freimund is the Arkwright Professor of Park and Protected Area Management at the University of Montana. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Forestry and Recreation Resource Management. He has twice served as the chair of the Department of Society and Conservation at the University of Montana and twice the director of the University of Montana Wilderness Institute and co-director of the International Seminar on Protected Area Management. He has an extensive record of scholarly publications covering a broad spectrum of topics from changing perspectives of conservation stewardship to building capacity in the management community-based tourism enterprises and other parks and protected areas.

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.