Brett Wright, Ph.D.
Brett Wright is currently serving a term appointment as dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. Prior to his appointment as dean, he was interim dean of the University’s College of Health, Education and Human Development and chair of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. He also serves as co-chair of the U.S. Play Coalition, which is housed in the University. He came to Clemson in 2002 from George Mason University, where he chaired the Department of Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources, directed the Center for Recreation Resources Policy, and served as an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Biology’s Environmental Science and Public Policy Program. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State University and his doctorate from Texas A&M University. He is a past president of the National Society of Park Resources and a fellow and board member of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.
Denise Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
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 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.
Bryan E. Denham, Ph.D.
Campbell Professor of Sports Communication and Chair, Department of Communication
Bryan Denham, who has held the Campbell Professorship in Sports Communication since 1999, became acting department chair in June 2015. He received his Ph.D. in communications with an interdisciplinary minor in applied statistics from the University of Tennessee, and his research focuses on how media portrayals of issues linked to sports and health impact public perceptions and policy formation. He has published approximately 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, 50 non-refereed articles, book and documentary reviews, and 35 commercial magazine articles, in addition to presenting more than 60 conference papers.
Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
David Eitle joined the Clemson faculty in July 2016. He came to Clemson from Montana State University, where he served as associate professor and head of the sociology and anthropology department. He previously served as assistant professor in the Florida International University Criminal Justice Program, and visiting assistant professor in the University of North Florida sociology, anthropology and criminal justice department. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University Bloomington and master’s and bachelor's degrees from Ohio State University. His research interests explore how race and racial stratification are associated with crime and criminal justice response. In 2010, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education identified Eitle as one of the most prolific scholars across the prior decade in prestigious criminal justice and criminology journals.
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.).
James R. McDonell, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Jim McDonell's work focuses primarily on neighborhood indicators of child safety and family well-being. He has particular interests in child maltreatment, adolescent dating violence, and teen pregnancy. He led research to examine the effectiveness of community-based intervention for pregnant and parenting teens in high-need South Carolina counties, as well as a study to identify individual, family, organizational, and community-level factors on rural adolescent dating violence. His other projects focus on strengthening community support to improve the well-being of young people and their families in rural communities and on the development of neighborhood-level child and family well-being.
Francis A. McGuire, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus Fran McGuire has been named interim chair of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM), stepping in for Brett Wright, who is serving as interim dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. On the PRTM faculty since 1981, McGuire co-founded Clemson’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a continuing education program and membership organization for older adults. He also has served as interim director of program development for Clemson’s Pre-Collegiate Programs Office. The author of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles, McGuire, along with a wide variety of collaborators, has received more than $4 million to support research and programs related to his primary interest area: leisure and aging. He is a proud honorary member of the Clemson University Class of 1939.
Jeffrey 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 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, Ph.D., RN
Interim Director, School of Nursing
In addition to her current position as interim director, Ann Wetsel has served the School of Nursing as graduate program coordinator and led the school’s RN/BS Completion Program, which allows registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Clemson. She also has led the school’s efforts in psychiatric and mental health nursing education. With a research focus on public health implications of limited nutrition and poverty, Wetsel has been the principal investigator for more than $4.5 million in external research funding related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Community-University Partnership Program.
Kathy Headley, Ed.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Division of Collaborative Academic Services
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
College of Education
Kathy Headley leads the Division of Collaborative Academic Services, which provides support to the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and the College of Education in the areas of academic advising, research support, information technology services, and public relations. A professor of reading education, she has been a faculty member at Clemson University since 1987. She began her career as an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist in Georgia before completing her doctorate in reading from Auburn University. In addition to her position as senior associate dean, she continues her collaboration with the Center of Excellence in Adolescent Literacy and Learning as the research director, having previously served as co-director of the center.