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Academic Department Chairs

Professor, Chair, Department of Educational Psychology
785-864-9701
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 618

Steven Lee received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in School Psychology in 1986. He has been on the faculty of the University of Kansas for 28 years. He is a Professor in the School Psychology Training Program. He teaches courses in psychological consultation, therapeutic... more

Professor, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
785-864-9721
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 418

Susan B. Twombly is professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her PhD is in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include postsecondary faculty member’s careers, international higher education... more

Professor, Chair, Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences
785-864-0784
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center, Room 104D

Joseph P. Weir, Ph.D. is currently the Chair of the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas. Dr. Weir received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 1993-1995, he was a faculty member in the Applied Physiology program... more

Associate Professor, Elementary Education - Social Studies, Chair, Department of Curriculum & Teaching
785-864-9662
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 330

Steven H. White, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 1994. White earned a BS.Ed. from Angelo State University in elementary education, an MS.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University, and the Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M... more


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