Dean's Bio

Dr. Katherine Hawkins became Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences in 2011. Before joining the faculty at Radford University, she served as a member of the faculty at Texas Tech University and at Wichita State University. She was chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University for eight years before moving to Radford University to serve as Professor of Communication and College Dean. She has held leadership positions in a number of regional and national scholarly organizations, including the Southern States Communication Association and the National Communication Association.

Dr. Hawkins earned her B.A. (with Distinction) in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Virginia. She earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research focuses on health communication, particularly as it impacts decisions young people make about their health. While at Wichita State University, she administered over $5 million in grants from the Kansas Health Foundation, an organization whose vision is to make Kansas the best state in the nation in which to raise a child. She has presented and published her work in national and international scholarly venues. She recently finished a five-year term as the editor of Communication Currents, a publication of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Hawkins’ current top priority is to lead a successful move into the college's new 143,600 square foot building, which is the largest academic building on campus.  The building houses a number of specialized teaching and research facilities including an Emergency Operations Center, a Mock Trial/Moot Courtroom, a Forensics Lab and a TV studio.  Looking to the future, Dr. Hawkins is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty deeply committed to engagement with students in transformational learning experiences and to maintaining an active role in the scholarly conversations in their disciplines, as well as to engaging Radford University alumni and friends in enhancing financial support for students.