Phillip D. Payne

Associate Dean of the Graduate School

109 Eisenhower Hall

Phillip D. Payne joined the Graduate School as Associate Dean in June of 2024. In this role, Dr. Payne guides programs in curriculum development and assessment strategies designed to meet the needs of Next-Gen K-State academic innovation. He guides program creation and supports student success in all areas while also focusing on professional development for faculty and staff.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Payne served as Associate Director for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance where he led MTD as the Music Executive for Accreditation, oversaw curriculum and assessment, and managed day-to-day aspects of MTD including teaching loads, funding requests, and line scheduling. He also served as Professor, Chair of Music Education, and Lead Advisor at Kansas State University specializing in Instrumental Music Education. Other duties included teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in music education, supervising student teachers, and overseeing all operational aspects of the music education program at K-State.

His research interests include curriculum and assessment, student and teacher mental wellness, job satisfaction, and transfer students’ experiences and successes. He remains an active researcher, clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for districts and arts entities throughout the United States.