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Karl Kunkel

CASSH - Dean
Dean's Office-CASSH
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Higher Education Administration, Political Economy of Crime Control, White Collar Crime, Criminal Courts, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


Ph.D. in Sociology (1989) with emphasis in Deviance, Crime and Social Control from the University of Missouri - Columbia.


Professional history

I hold a Ph.D. in Sociology with emphasis in Crime, Deviance, and Social Control from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent 17 years at Missouri State University as a faculty member (assistant to full professor), with over eight of those years serving as Department Head of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. From 2011 - 2016 I was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and then was appointed Provost at Southeast Missouri State University from 2016 - 2018.  After spending one year as a faculty member and Interim Department Chair at Southeast Missouri, I began my current appointment as Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at UWL.



Karl Kunkel and Charles Martin-Stanley, both College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities, presented "The Liberal Arts at UWL" at UW System Dean's Meeting on Oct. 31, 2019 in River Falls, WI. Dean Kunkel and Associate Dean Martin-Stanley represented the college at this meeting which was geared towards discussing the importance of the liberal arts, sharing aspects of progress on CASSH's strategic plan, and highlighted the re-naming and re-branding of the college.

Submitted on: Feb. 13, 2020