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Leadership

Leslie Hossfeld, Ph.D.
Dean
lhossfe@clemson.edu

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 and 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. Currently, Dr. Hossfeld serves 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 and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 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 local food systems development and nutrition security. She works 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
dander2@clemson.edu

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.



Rachel Mayo, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
rmayo@clemson.edu

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 Department of Health and Human Services-funded cohort study to examine an early treatment model for infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to opioid-addicted mothers, and she has previous National Institutes of Health 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.

Rachel Mayo, Ph.D.


Bryan Denham, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Communication
bdenham@clemson.edu

Bryan Denham is interim chair in the Department of Communication, having previously served as chair from 2015 to 2018. He has held the Campbell Professorship in Sports Communication since 1999. Denham is author of the text Categorical Statistics for Communication Research and has published approximately 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His research has focused on the media, policy and health aspects of substance use in sport and society, in addition to issues in social identity and research methods.

Bryan Denham, Ph.D.


Sarah Griffin, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
sgriffi@clemson.edu

Sarah Griffin is interim chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. She 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.


Jeffrey Hallo, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
jhallo@clemson.edu

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.

Jeffrey Hallo, Ph.D.


Jeffrey Peake, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
jpeake@clemson.edu


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, 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.

Jeffrey Peake, Ph.D.


Pat Raymark, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
praymar@clemson.edu


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.


Kathleen Valentine, Ph.D.
Director, School of Nursing, and Chief Nursing Academic Officer
klvalen@clemson.edu


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.

Kathleen Valentine, Ph.D.


Katherine Weisensee
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
kweisen@clemson.edu


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.

Katherine Weisensee

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