Kim Dooley, Ph.D., a longtime educator and former administrator, has been appointed associate dean for faculty affairs in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“Dr. Dooley is a skilled, deeply experienced educator and researcher who will play an important role in recruiting and retaining the best faculty for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,” said Jeffrey W. Savell, Ph.D., vice chancellor and dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Dooley, who previously served as associate dean for academic operations in agriculture and life sciences, will begin her new role Sept. 1.
A nationally and internationally recognized professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dooley has been recognized as a Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellow by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and received a distinguished teaching award from the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M. She is also a Montague Scholar-Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M and a U.S. Department of Agriculture Excellence in Teaching honoree.
Her other research accolades include the Distinguished Research Award and the Outstanding International Agricultural Education Award from the American Association for Agricultural Education, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education.
Classroom, international experience
Dooley’s research focuses on experiential and service learning, use of technology for teaching and learning, community engagement, resiliency and impact learning.
Her international work includes providing leadership to the American Farm School and building connections to create study abroad opportunities within the College.
Dooley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in educational curriculum and instruction and her doctoral degree in educational human resource development – all from Texas A&M.
Dooley takes over for X. Ben Wu, Ph.D., who for the last four years has served in the associate dean for faculty affairs role.
Wu is an award-winning administrator “whose enthusiasm and engaging approach has helped move the College forward through several key initiatives and outreach,” Savell said.
Wu will continue his duties through Aug. 31 before returning to the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology as professor.