Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy

Dean Elizabeth Kennedy, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy became dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology in 2017, after serving as interim dean, associate dean of academic programs, and interim associate dean for the past several years. The College offers nationally accredited associate and bachelor's degree programs in a variety of technical areas.

Kennedy has led initiatives related to curriculum and new degree development, and worked with business and industry leaders to deliver relevant and innovative academic programming to students. She also has worked closely with the Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials and the Police Academy, which are both part of the College.

Kennedy, who joined UA in 1997, is a professor of social science in the Department of Applied General and Technical Studies and a Fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology. Earlier in her career, she chaired the department for five years.

The dean earned both a B.A. in Psychology in 1990 and an M.A. in Psychology in 1993 at UA before continuing on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology (Applied Cognitive Aging) here in 2000. She also has earned a Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement from the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

Kennedy also serves as an educational advisor for the Northeast Ohio Medical University Palliative Care Advisory Board. Her research interests center on death education, and loss and bereavement issues.

College Deans

Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy
Dean
330/972-6529
eak2@uakron.edu

Dr. Michael Johanyak
Interim Associate Dean, Academics
330/972-6022
mfjohan@uakron.edu

Kelly Herold
Assistant Dean
330/972-8832
kherold@uakron.edu

Dee Dee Pitts
Assistant Dean, Student Success
330/972-5326
dpitts@uakron.edu

Dean's Office
330/972-6375

Greg Dieringer
Director, College Credit Plus
330/972-7572
gdierin@uakron.edu

Mary Lafferty
Administrative Assistant
330/972-3247
mlaffer@uakron.edu

Avril Wiebe
Coordinator, Business and Operations
330/972-6372
awiebe@uakron.edu

Shannon Davis
Administrative Secretary
330/972-6375
sld56@uakron.edu