The Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences begins its first fall semester after reorganization with 17 new faculty members across many of the departments that make up the college. College leadership is excited to welcome these faculty members, who will enable student learning and contribute to the planned growth of the college. The new faculty members by department are as follows:

The Department of Communication

Gregory Cranmer serves as an assistant professor and teaches courses in Communication Theory and Communication, Sport and Society. Cranmer is a member of the Southern States Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association and National Communication Association. His research is primarily concerned with athlete experience, including interactions with coaches and teammates and athlete socialization. Cranmer received his Ph.D. in sport and organizational communication from West Virginia University, where he also received a master’s degree in communication theory and research and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies.

The School of Nursing

Jennifer Bagwell has joined the School of Nursing faculty. She previously worked as a clinical nurse educator and staff nurse at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. She has eight years of experience in acute care oncology with specialized training in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and developed and implemented the “Basics of Oncology” course for new oncology nurses. In 2015, she received the Bon Secours Nursing Excellence in Leadership Award. Bagwell received a master’s degree from Walden University with a specialization as a nurse educator. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University and her associate’s degree in nursing from Tri-County Technical College.

Elizabeth Hassen serves as faculty in the RN/BS completion and accelerated/second degree nursing programs. Most recently, she has served as an oncology nurse at Spartanburg Regional Health Center. She has previously served as a staff nurse and then charge nurse on the oncology unit at AnMed Health as well as manager of the infusion center. Hassen is a Ph.D. student in Healthcare Genetics at Clemson University. Hassen received her master’s degree in nursing with a specialization as a nurse educator from the Medical University of South Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University.

Tracy Lowe serves as faculty in the School of Nursing. She previously served as a lead RN with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and she has experience in intensive care, cardiac care and long-term care. Lowe has taught classes at Clemson University in the BS, RN/BS and MS nursing programs. She continues her role in the nursing honors program working with Dr. Nancy Meehan in mentoring junior and senior nursing students. Lowe is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the healthcare genetics program. Lowe received her master’s degree in nursing with a specialization as a nurse educator from Clemson University. She received the prestigious master’s excellence award for academic, leadership and scholarship excellence. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University.

Jennifer Rice serves as faculty in the MS and RN/BS nursing programs. As a family nurse practitioner, she brings extensive experience in pediatrics, family practice, retail health, older adults and home-based primary care. Rice has previously served as a critical care nurse at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, Providence Hospital and Greenville Memorial Hospital. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama. Rice received a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization as a family nurse practitioner and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University.

Kathleen Valentine has been named director and associate dean of Clemson’s school of nursing and chief nursing academic officer at Greenville Health System effective Sept. 1. Valentine will provide leadership for the School of Nursing and director the academic mission in nursing for Greenville Health System. Valentine has previously served as dean of nursing at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She has also served as associate dean for clinical affairs and community engagement at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions; associate dean for outreach at Florida State University’s College of Nursing; and department chair and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Valentine holds a Ph.D. in human service program evaluation and a master of science in health administration from Cornell University, a master of science in psychiatric and mental health nursing from Syracuse University, and a bachelor of science in nursing from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Thomas O’Rourke serves as a professor of practice teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He currently serves as executive director of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. O’Rourke will also work with other faculty members to assist communities, agencies and practitioners with strategic planning, training and financial stability. The faculty’s efforts will focus on creating innovative and entrepreneurial models and solutions to issues facing the field. O’Rourke received a Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Jamie Cathey serves as a lecturer in the department and has previously served as adjunct faculty in the department. She is the former program director for the City of Clemson Parks and Recreation Department, and began her career in recreation with the Richland County Recreation Commission. She has been named to the South Carolina Recreation and Park Association’s Leadership Enhancement and Development Institute and has received the distinguished service award from Clemson’s parks, recreation and tourism management department. Cathey received a master’s degree in sport management from Adelphi University and an undergraduate degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee.

The Department of Public Health Sciences

Amelia Clinkscales serves as a lecturer and teaches Human Health as well as Disease and Determinants of Health Behavior. Her work experience includes corporate wellness for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Michelin. For the past five years, she has been a lecturer at Furman University. Clinkscales has taught group fitness classes including yoga, cycling and others for more than 10 years. She received a master’s degree in public health and a certification in school health from the University of South Carolina. Clinkscales earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a certificate in markets and management from Duke University.

John Long serves as an instructor and degree coordinator in the department. He has previously served as faculty at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Clemson University, Lynchburg College and the University of Tennessee. Long has also served as an academic program director and consultant with numerous grants including a DUKE Endowment multidisciplinary health professions education program with the Greenville Health System. He earned a Ph.D. in health education and public health from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Western Carolina University.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology

David Eitle serves as chair of the sociology and anthropology department. He previously served as department head of the Montana State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He previously served as assistant professor in the Florida International University Criminal Justice Program. His research interests lie in exploring how race and racial stratification are associated both with crime and the criminal justice response to crime. In 2010, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education identified Eitle as one of the most prolific scholars across the prior decade in prestigious criminal justice and criminology journals. Eitle received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University Bloomington. He received a master’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Ohio State University.

Tamela Eitle serves as professor in the department. She comes from Montana State University, where she served in many roles since 2006. Eitle served as professor in the university’s sociology and anthropology department as well as serving as director of liberal studies and associate dean in the university’s College of Letters and Science. Her research interests include exploring health disparities and educational inequality across diverse populations. Eitle received a Ph.D. and master’s degree in sociology and from Indiana University. She received bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and personnel administration from the University of Kansas.

Candace Coffman has joined the sociology and anthropology faculty. She has previously served as lecturer and adjunct at several schools throughout Southern California including California State University and Chapman University. Coffman’s research has included work with the Juaneno-Acjachema, a population indigenous to California. Coffman received a Ph.D. in social sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the Univeristy of Rochester.

Andrew Mannheimer serves as a lecturer and teaches Sociology in Education and Introductory Sociology. His research interests include education, race, ethnicity and culture and his dissertation examined secondary teachers’ views and uses of Hip Hop culture. While pursuing his doctorate at Florida State University, Mannheimer helped develop and teach a Sociology of Hip Hop Culture course, and he received the Best Graduate Student Teaching Award from department. Mannheimer received a Ph.D. and master’s degree in sociology from Florida State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University.

Marissa Yingling serves as assistant professor and teaches Policy and Social Change, Sociology of Mental Illness and Social Policy Analysis. Yingling has more than 10 years of experience working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, their families, and professionals in home-, community- and university-based settings. Currently, she is working with the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to investigate access to behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Yingling received a Ph.D. in social work from the University of South Carolina. She received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Marshall University.

The Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Megan Kyle serves as a nurse practitioner in the Joseph F. Sullivan Center after previously serving the center as a graduate assistant and part-time nurse practitioner. Kyle previously worked as a staff nurse at AnMed Health and an adjunct nursing instructor at Tri-County Technical College. She also served as assistant director of nursing and interim director of nursing at Leesville Rehabilitation Hospital in Leesville Louisiana. Kyle earned her MSN and certification as a clinical nurse educator from Clemson University. She also earned her BSN from Clemson University and an associate’s degree in nursing from Tri-County Technical College.

Master of Public Administration Program

Keshav Varma has joined the Clemson’s Master of Public Administration Program. Varma will guest lecture and advise students on research projects. He will also assist in the development and implementation of a new special topics course on managing organizational change and a two- to three-week study abroad program focused on public administration and regional development in India. Varma was the founding director of the World Bank’s Global Tiger Initiative, which is largely responsible for facilitating partnerships between the 13 tiger range countries and international partners to save the globes remaining wild tigers. During his tenure, Varma guided and coordinated the formulation and development of projects with multiple organizations, raising over $225 million for implementing activities under the Global Tiger Recovery Program. Prior to his conservation work, Mr. Varma served as sector director of the East Asia Urban Development and Disaster Management program and head of Global Urban Programs for the World Bank. He also served as municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad, India, a city of over 6 million people.