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Carol Shanklin

Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of dietetics

Carol Shanklin

Carol Shanklin, dean of K-State's Graduate School and professor of dietetics, has served the dietetics profession for more than 25 years and has served as mentor to more than 100 graduate students.

As dean of the Graduate School, Shanklin coordinates all aspects of graduate education at K-State, including recruitment and retention of graduate students, professional development activities, promoting graduate and professional education, facilitating program quality, and advocating for graduate students. She represents the Graduate School on numerous university committees and task forces. She also continues to mentor graduate students and supports K-State's Graduate Student Council as co-adviser. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools.

Shanklin's research has focused on food safety and biosecurity in food-service operations, the improvement of food service operations in long-term care retirement communities, on alternative approaches to waste management and the minimization of solid waste in food service operations. She is a member of the research team for the Center for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition at K-State, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Since joining K-State in 1990, Shanklin has taught master's and doctoral courses in food service and hospitality management and has mentored many graduate students. She was named dean of the Graduate School in January 2009.

Shanklin has served as chair of the Midwest Association of Graduate Deans and as president of the Kansas Dietetic Association and, at the national level, has served the American Dietetic Association as chair of the education committee, chair of the Council on Education, chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration, chair of the research committee, and has represented Kansas as a member of the association's House of Delegates. She has served as Chair of the Great Plains IDEA Graduate Deans and cabinet representative and the Kansas Graduate Deans Council. 

She was named one of eight recipients of the American Dietetic Association's 2001 Medallion national award for her research, leadership, advancement of the profession and commitment to dietetic education. Shanklin was selected for the University of Delaware's Michael D. Olsen Research Award in recognition of her research and mentoring of graduate students in 2004. In January 2009 she received the Founder's Award for her leadership and contributions to the creation of knowledge and development. She was selected to receive the 2015 Excellence in Research Practice for Dietetic Research Award by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ingram's Kansas Business Magazine named her as one of their 2017 Icons of Education. She was awarded the Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award from Kansas State University Alumni Association in 2018 for her support of outreach efforts worldwide in collaboration with the Association.

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

She can be reached at 785-532-6191 or shanklin@k-state.edu.


Dr. Carol Shanklin was awarded the 2018 Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award from Kansas State University Alumni Association. The award honors a current or emeritus K-State faculty or staff member for his or her advocacy of alumni relations, with a special emphasis on support and participation in alumni programs that engage members of the Wildcat family.  

Dean Carol Shanklin accepting her award  Dean Carol Shanklin accepting her award

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