by Walter Kraft, Published February 20, 2013
YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has named Jeffrey Kentor as its new associate provost and associate vice president for graduate studies and research, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The appointment will be effective May 1, 2013.
Kentor joins Eastern from the University of Utah (1999-present) where he is senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of sociology in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Previous appointments at the University of Utah include assistant and associate professor, graduate director, and chair of the Department of Sociology. Prior to joining the Utah faculty, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Other prior appointments include a Research Professorship at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies, and five years as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, during which time the journal became one of the top 25 journals in the discipline.
"Dr. Kentor has established himself as a leading administrator, researcher and scholar," said Eastern Michigan University Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Kim Schatzel. "He is a strong advocate of institutional research and the importance of faculty scholarship and creative work. He also brings respected administrative leadership as we continue to focus on the excellence of our graduate programs."
Kentor's responsibilities at the University of Utah include curriculum, academic standards, interdisciplinary programs, graduate and adjunct teaching appointments, strategic planning, and information technology.
During his time as Senior Associate Dean, external funding has increased from $2,100,000 to $5,500,000, with projected funding this year of $7,000,000. In addition, a new junior faculty sabbatical program was created to help junior faculty by providing time for intensive scholarship and research activities.
"Eastern Michigan University is an exciting opportunity for me," said Kentor. "It is a wonderful and historic university, where faculty and students engage in research and where thousands of graduate students have the opportunity to participate in nearly 200 degree programs. I was immediately struck by the friendliness and sincerity of everyone I met during the interviewing process. I look forward to working collaboratively with faculty and administration to enhance existing graduate programs, develop new programs, and expand overall scholarly and creative activity across the university."
Kentor also is familiar with Eastern Michigan University on a different level. His daughter, Rachel, is pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Eastern.
Kentor's research is located within the broad area of macro-level social change. His work focuses on long-term processes and structures of the world economy, frequently referred to as "globalization," and its impact on economic development, income inequality, health, international migration, and the environment. His research has been published in leading sociology journals, including the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, International Sociology, and Social Problems. He has also published a monograph, Capital and Coercion (Routledge 2000), which examines the long-term economic and military processes that shape the global economy. He is a recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation and the World Society Foundation among others, and has received numerous research and teaching awards.
Kentor's annual salary will be $163,000. He is a native of Pittsburgh and grew up outside of Chicago. He received his bachelor's degree from George Washington University with Special Honors in Psychology, his master's degree from Antioch University in Human Development Research, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The Johns Hopkins University.
About the Eastern Michigan University Graduate School
Eastern Michigan University has nearly 5,000 graduate students pursuing master's degrees, graduate certificates, specialist degrees and doctoral programs in more than 180 unique academic programs. EMU welcomes students from more than 85 nations around the world, the diversity of whom adds to the richness of our campus community as we provide excellent, globally relevant education. More information can be found at http://www.emich.edu/graduate.