July 2, 2018

Dr. Kimya Dennis Named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Kimya Dennis has been selected as the next Salem Distinguished Professor.

This is a five-year award that recognizes exceptional merit in teaching, scholarship, leadership, and campus service. The selection is based on nominations and supporting documents, a recommendation from the Nominating Committee, and approval by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Dennis will begin her position as the Salem Distinguished Professor in the fall.

An associate professor of Sociology and Criminal Studies, Dr. Dennis joined the Salem College faculty in 2010 as an assistant professor. She developed and directs the Criminal Studies major and regularly teaches courses in the Sociology, Criminal Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies programs. She is an active scholar who has presented her research at more than two dozen academic conferences and given talks related to her research at more than forty community forums. She has published scholarly papers, encyclopedia articles, guest columns, and blogs, and she is currently working on a book entitled Being Black, a Woman, and Childfree: The Intersection of Race and Gender.

A noted expert on important sociological issues, she has given more than forty media interviews for such outlets as WFDD, the Winston-Salem Chronicle, and the Winston-Salem Journal. Her community service includes appointments on the boards of directors of the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County, LEAD Girls of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She was the honorary speaker at the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness International Women’s Health Summit last year. In campus service, in addition to directing the Criminal Studies program, she has served on the Coordinating Committee, the General Education Committee, the Strategic Council on College Programs, Scholarship Weekend interview committees, and the Curriculum Committee, which she chaired. She has advised two student organizations and brought various guest speakers to campus for Criminal Studies Week and other events.