New dean for Kennesaw State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences named
Robert H. “Robin” Dorff brings vast research and national security expertise to…
(May 1, 2012) —
Robert H. “Robin” Dorff brings vast research and national security expertise to university’s
largest academic college
KENNESAW, Ga. (May 1, 2012)— Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Robert H. “Robin” Dorff
dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective July 1. He succeeds
Richard Vengroff, who has served as dean of the college since 2006.
Dorff is research professor of national security affairs with the Strategic Studies
Institute at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), which he joined in June 2007. A leading
expert on strategy, strategy formulation, and strategic thinking, he also holds the
General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research. He has held several positions at the
USAWC including the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair and chair of the Department of
National Security and Strategy.
Dorff was among a pool of 71 candidates who vied for the position in a national search
chaired by Kathy Schwaig, interim dean of KSU’s Michael J. Coles College of Business.
“We look forward to welcoming Robin Dorff to Kennesaw State,” said W. Ken Harmon,
provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His vast academic and research expertise,
combined with his passion for the liberal arts and his enthusiasm for Kennesaw State,
is the perfect mix to lead the university’s largest academic college.”
In addition to his positions with the USAWC, Dorff has served as an adjunct faculty
member for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies since 1999. He was also associate
professor of political science at North Carolina State University and assistant professor
of political science at Michigan State University. He is a frequent speaker on the
topic of national security strategy and is the author or co-author of three books
and numerous journal articles.
“It is both an honor and an incredible opportunity to serve the faculty, staff, and
students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and to be a part of this
very special University,” said Dorff. “Even before I first came here, I had a strong
impression that Kennesaw State was not ‘just another university.’ But once I set
foot on the campus and actually got to meet some of the people, I knew it was unique.
The levels of commitment and energy are quite frankly amazing. I am really excited
about being a member of the team.”
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences houses undergraduate and graduate programs
in communication, English, foreign languages, geography and anthropology, history
and philosophy, political science and international affairs, psychology, and sociology
and criminal justice. The college is also home to more than five centers and 10 graduate
programs including a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management, the university’s
first Ph.D. program.
Dorff holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College and an
M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80
graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and
nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit
University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution
with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.