Announcing new Deans
Queens warmly welcomes the following new Deans to the University:
Dr. Kevin Burke, Dean of the Blair College of Health; and Dr. Sarah Fatherly, Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs.
Dr. Burke is currently chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University. Previously, he had served as chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Sciences at East Tennessee State University.
A native of Gastonia, N.C., Dr. Burke earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and recreational studies (double major) with a minor in sociology, from Belmont Abbey College. He earned the doctor of philosophy degree in sport psychology from Florida State University and an education specialist degree in counseling from Georgia Southern University.
Among his accomplishments in publishing he has co-authored two sport-related books and is co-editor of 10 editions of the "Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology." He has also served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (Associate Editor), Journal of Sport Behavior, and Strategies, and is past associate editor for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Research in Physical Education.
He also has assisted athletes at all levels, from recreational to professional, as a sport psychology consultant. His current research interests are in humor, optimism, personal control, momentum, superstitions, rituals, and college coaching contracts.
Dr. Fatherly comes to Queens from Otterbein University where she is currently Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of University Programs, and chair of the Integrative Studies program. Previously, she had served as chair of both the History and Political Science Department and the Women's Studies Program.
She has been engaged in general education curriculum transformation work at the local and national levels through her involvement with the Association of American Colleges & Universities "Shared Futures: General Education for a Global Century" initiative. An historian with expertise in early American and women's history, she has earned teaching and research awards, and is published and presented widely. She earned a bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a master's and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
An active and respected scholar, her book, "Gentlewomen and Learned Ladies: Women and Elite Formation in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia" won the Philip S. Klein Book Award 2010, given by the Pennsylvania Historical Association for the best book on Pennsylvania history published in the previous two years.
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