John Kuykendall, III, Ph.D., was appointed dean of the School of Education effective July 1, 2018. He most recently served as a tenured associate professor of education and as the director for the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In his administrative role at Little Rock, he oversaw 27 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in teacher education and educational leadership. Before arriving at Little Rock, he was a faculty member at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he oversaw the College of Student Affairs Program and taught graduate courses in higher education.
Kuykendall’s research areas address several of the most pressing concerns in higher education today: achieving college readiness for first-generation students, developing new models for college recruitment and retention, and how social class structures impact children’s abilities to attend and be prepared for higher education. He plans to continue these lines of scholarly inquiry and to seek external funding to support these important projects.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Kuykendall began his baccalaureate studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology education. He earned a Master of Science in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, and earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in higher education administration. Read more