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Source: Carol Shanklin, 785-532-7927

Friday, March 10, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School at Kansas State University, has been elected as member-at-large of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools. The member-at-large serves a four-year term on the executive committee in the roles of member-at-large, chair-elect, chair and past chair.

According to Duane Nellis, provost and senior vice president at K-State, "Carol's election to this regional association certainly reflects the high regard her professional colleagues have for her and her leadership skills."

The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools is a regional affiliate of the Council of Graduate Schools. Member colleges and universities are accredited institutions of higher education in the central U.S. that offer graduate programs leading to master's, specialist and doctorate degrees.

In addition to being dean of the Graduate School, Shanklin holds the rank of professor in the department of hospitality management and dietetics. A veteran administrator and educator in food service and dietetics, she was named dean of the Graduate School in January 2009. She had been the Graduate School's interim dean since October 2007; before that she served as acting dean and associate dean. She joined the K-State faculty in 1990.

Shanklin has been president of the Kansas Dietetic Association and, at the national level, has served the American Dietetic Association as chair of its Council on Education and its Commission on Dietetic Registration and represented Kansas in the association's House of Delegates. She currently serves as chair of the Education Committee. This year, she received the Founder's Award at the 14th Hospitality Graduate Education and Graduate Research Conference, recognizing her for outstanding dedication, commitment and leadership in the field of tourism and hospitality.

Her most recent publications target food safety, particularly in restaurants and schools. As a researcher she also has investigated the quality of life for the state's older residents. She has received extramural funding to support her research in food safety in retail foodservice, environmental issues, and customer satisfaction in continuing care retirement communities.

Shanklin received her bachelor's degree in home economics education from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She received her master's degree and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in home economics and food systems administration.