College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences welcomes interim associate dean

Kim Gainer

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) is welcoming a new member to its team, English Professor Kim Gainer, to fill the role of interim associate dean.

“For those who know her, they know her to have tremendous institutional memory, a deep understanding of organizational process, enviable organizational skills and a conscientious focus on detail,” said CHBS dean Katherine Hawkins. “She's also a reliable, supportive and trusted colleague with a wonderful sense of humor. All of these skills and personal qualities will serve the college exceptionally well as she assumes her new role.”  

Gainer is no stranger to Radford University, having been at the school for 25 years.

“This knowledge of policy and procedures has allowed me to serve my colleagues in a number of capacities, including as secretary of the Faculty Senate,” Gainer said. “Stepping into the position of interim associate dean will be a further opportunity to draw on my knowledge to assist my colleagues, and through them, my students.”

Gainer is part of the dean’s office team that is inaugurating the new CHBS building, which will open prior to the start of the fall semester.

“Adding to my pleasure at being tapped for this interim position is the fact that I will be moving with my colleagues into my college’s new building,” Gainer said. “I was already excited at the upgraded facilities; now I have a second reason to be excited.”  

Even though the appointment is on an interim basis, Gainer has a few goals while she holds the position.

“My goal is to assist my colleagues, and through them my students, in three ways,” Gainer said. “First: through continuing the practice of regularly updating the college’s website. Second: through collaborating with colleagues in the areas of academic integrity and assessment. Third: through effectively managing the routine tasks whose completion allows for my colleagues to get on with the business of teaching.”

The temporary appointment fills the position for the 2016-17 academic year. A search committee will be formed to fill the permanent position after the fall semester is underway.

Jul 29, 2016
Max Esterhuizen