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Leslie Hossfeld, Ph.D.

Dr. Leslie Hossfeld is trained in rural sociology from North Carolina State University with 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. Dean 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, Executive Board member of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, and a member of the Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA), which awarded her a lifetime achievement award in February 2019. Dr. Hossfeld has also served as co-chair of 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. Prior to joining Clemson, Dean Hossfeld was head of the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Social Work at Mississippi State University from 2015-2018, and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2012-2015. She has developed economic recovery projects for rural North Carolina counties and food sovereignty projects in the Mississippi Delta using health as an economic development strategy. Her current research focuses on multi-disciplinary strategies and collaborative partnerships around food and nutrition security. Dr. Hossfeld has helped secure over $4 million in external grant funding to support the Building Healthy Communities and Clemson Rural Health initiatives at Clemson University in efforts to bridge U.S. local food systems research to health disparities to develop policy coherence linking health and agriculture policy.

Dean Leslie Hossfeld, Ph.D.

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

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.

Denise Anderson, Ph.D.

Bryan Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Bryan Lee Miller is the associate dean of research and graduate studies (ADR) and professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Clemson University. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Sociology from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida. Prior to coming to Clemson, he served as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and a Research Affiliate for the Rural Health Research Institute (RHRI) at Georgia Southern University. His work has evaluated drug abuse, probation practices, offender reentry, deviant peers, and drug treatment. He has worked on projects funded by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in jail, evaluate treatment courts, design law enforcement led initiatives to respond to individuals with mental illnesses, and support justice led programs to implement evidence-based practices to reduce substance abuse. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles as well as the books Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution (2014, Springer) and Marijuana in America (2022, ABC-CLIO). He is the Founding Director of the Clemson University Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research (CJSR), served as the 49th President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, past Chair of the Drug and Alcohol Research Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice. He was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar at Tampere University, Finland, a recipient of the 2019 Clemson University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, a recipient of the 2022 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award, and recipient of the 2022 College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Research - Senior Scholar.

Bryan Miller, Ph.D.

Lior Rennert, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Health Sciences

Dr. Rennert is the associate dean for health sciences and an associate professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is also the founding director for the Center for Public Health Modeling and Response. Dr. Rennert received his PhD degree in Biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Pearlman School of Medicine. He is an NIH and NSF-funded researcher, where he works closely with collaborators from Prisma Health and Clemson University. His work focuses on development and application of models to guide health-related decision making. His work has led to over 60 peer-reviewed publications in top scientific and medical journals, including lead author publication in the Lancet and Nature journal families. Dr. Rennert’s NIH R01 focuses on development of an epidemiological modeling framework to identify communities at high-risk for opioid-use disorder, HCV, HIV, and respiratory infectious diseases, including Covid-19. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop a toolkit to help inform decision making for resource allocation to medically underserved and at-risk communities.

Lior Rennert, Ph.D.

Deanna Sellnow, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication

Deanna Sellnow serves as the chair of the Department of Communication. She joins Clemson from the University of Central Florida where she served as a professor of strategic communication in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. As chair, she cultivates an environment of excellence in research, teaching and service and prioritizes the student experience so that all communication students are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in their future endeavors. Her primary area of research focuses on strategic instructional risk and crisis communication in a variety of contexts such as natural disasters, health epidemics and pandemics, biosecurity, terrorism and agricultural biotechnology. She has conducted funded research for agencies such as the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has served as president of the Central States Communication Association where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

Deanna Sellnow, Ph.D.

Sarah Griffin, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences

Sarah Griffin is interim chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is also a professor in the department and a faculty scholar in the Clemson University School of Health Research. Griffin brings over 30 years of public health experience to the position and has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at over 75 scientific meetings. Her research focuses on the dissemination, implementation and effectiveness of evidence-based approaches for prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic diseases.

Ron Gimbel, Ph.D.

Bob Barcelona, Ph.D
Professor and Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Bob Barcelona, Ph.D., CPRP currently serves as Department Chair/Head and Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Dr. Barcelona’s research and professional interests focus broadly on increasing access to sport and recreation programs and facilities, and on improving the quality of recreation experiences through partnerships, planning, creative financing, staff training, and professional development. He is specifically interested in research that relates to access and constraints to public recreation opportunities and investigating the benefits of active recreation participation. Dr. Barcelona has partnered with the NH Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DNCR) on numerous Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (SCORP), and has worked with federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Department of Education on various research and program evaluation efforts. Dr. Barcelona also provides leadership for the Community Planning and Research Collaborative (CPARC), conducting community engaged research, strategic, and master planning with parks and recreation agencies throughout the country. Prior to working at Clemson University, Dr. Barcelona held faculty appointments at the University of New Hampshire and Indiana University and worked in collegiate athletics and recreational sports at the University of Mississippi and the University of California-Berkeley. He currently serves as the Chair of the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT), and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Recreational Sports Journal. Dr. Barcelona was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in 2019 where he serves as Chair of the Research for the Profession Committee.

Bob Barcelona, Ph.D.

Joe Ura, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

Joe Ura serves as the chair for the Department of Political Science. A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Ura credits his love for school, history and politics to teachers and professors throughout his life who encouraged his curiosity and supported his academic interests. As chair, he plans to prioritize the student experience so that all political science students feel empowered to contribute to their communities, pursue their passion and enter the workforce after graduation. Additionally, he plans to expand the department’s graduate programs and foster a culture of high-quality graduate education that equips students for careers in academia, public service and the private sector. His primary area of research investigates American national politics – specifically, how the United States Supreme Court interacts with public opinion, how and why public opinion changes over time and how public opinion impacts policies and elections.

He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in political science from George Washington University. He has served as director of undergraduate programs, associate department chair and director of the American Politics Program during his time at Texas A&M University. Most recently, Ura is completed an appointment at Texas A&M’s international branch campus in Doha, Qatar where he was previously chair of the Liberal Arts Program.

Joe Ura, Ph.D.

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.

Pat Raymark, Ph.D.

John Whitcomb , Ph.D.
Professor and Director, School of Nursing

John Whitcomb is Director for the School of Nursing. He is a professor in the department and a faculty scholar in the Clemson University School of Health Research. Whitcomb brings over 38 years of critical care nursing experience to the position. Prior to Clemson University he served in the United States Navy for 26 years, both as enlisted and an Officer, retiring in 2009 as a Commander. He served as the Specialty Advisor to the Surgeon General, Critical Care Nursing having oversight of critical care nursing stateside, overseas and in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He served as the Trauma Training Officer for the White House Medical Staff. His research focuses on the critical care setting, such as end of life issues, family visitation, functional status post cardiac arrest and cardiac arrest outcomes and the study of delirium in the critical care setting. He is a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine.

John Whitcomb, Ph.D.

Katherine Weisensee, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Katherine Weisensee joined the Clemson faculty in 2008 and became chair of the department in 2018. 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.

Katherine Weisensee

Ron Gimbel, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Health Sciences & Director of CBSHS Clemson Rural Health

Dr. Gimbel is a former health administrator who transitioned into academia as a second career. He previously served as a faculty member in the School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Gimbel arrived in Clemson in 2014 where he served as Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences through 2021. In July 2021 he transitioned from the department chair role to lead CBSHS Clemson Rural Health on a full-time basis, demonstrating Clemson University’s commitment to improving health equity and outcomes in underserved and rural communities. Dr. Gimbel is an active researcher focusing on projects that leverage technology to improve the quality of health services and patient outcomes.

Ron Gimbel, Ph.D.

Ed Bowers, Ph.D.
Professor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and Special Assistant to the Dean Clemson Elevate Pillar III

Dr. Bowers, oversees the operationalization of Clemson University’s bold strategic plan, Clemson Elevate, by expanding the College’s framework to measure engagement, service and outreach through its continual initiatives of building healthy communities. Bowers is also a professor of Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University. Dr. Bowers received both B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. Prior to arriving at Clemson, he served as a post-doctoral fellow and research assistant professor in the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD) at Tufts University. Dr. Bowers' primary research interest is on the influence of youth-adult relationships (e.g., with mentors, coaches, teachers, youth leaders) in promoting healthy and positive development in young people.


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