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Briar Cliff University names Knealing provost, vice president for academic affairs

Dr. Todd Knealing has been named vice president for academic affairs and provost at Briar Cliff University.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Dr. Todd Knealing has been named vice president for academic affairs and provost at Briar Cliff University. In this position, Dr. Knealing has the broad responsibility of ensuring the University’s programs and faculty are of the highest quality. Dr. Knealing’s appointment is effective June 1, 2017.

Knealing, Todd

Dr. Todd Knealing

Dr. Knealing joined the Department of Psychology at Briar Cliff University (BCU) in 2006. He served as the chair of the department for 10 years, helped to establish and served as the first director of the Master of Science in Behavior Analysis graduate program, served as the director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), twice chaired the school of undergraduate studies, and participated as a member of the strategic leadership team at Briar Cliff University.

As a professor at BCU, Dr. Knealing’s primary teaching responsibilities have included introductory psychology, as well as courses related to his expertise in research methodology (e.g., Experimental Psychology), learning (e.g., Principles of Learning), and substance abuse (e.g., Drugs and Society). He maintains his expertise through research and publication in the areas of behavior analysis and behavioral pharmacology. This work includes collaboration with colleagues in those respective fields of study.

“I believe the future at Briar Cliff is very bright. We have a culture of academic excellence that I want to sustain and build on,’” says Dr. Knealing. “In my role as vice president and provost, I am eager to help develop and implement academic plans that will enhance our program offerings for students. Working in collaboration with faculty, I will ensure Briar Cliff produces the type of graduate employers are proud to hire.”

Prior to coming to Briar Cliff, Dr. Knealing was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, for 3 years. Some of the skills and experiences acquired during the fellowship have led to work in the community as a project evaluator for local government and non-profit agencies. Dr. Knealing also worked with an interdisciplinary team as an Associate Service Fellow at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) prior to joining the faculty at Briar Cliff University.

  Dr. Knealing has served as a Woodbury County Community Drug Court Judge since 2009 and has served as an at-large member of the Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis’s (Iowa ABA) Board of Directors, in addition to serving as its President-Elect (2013-2014), President (2014-2015), and Past-President (2015-2016).

Knealing holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota at Morris in Morris, Minn., a master’s degree in applied psychology: behavior analysis from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. and a doctorate in psychology: behavior analysis from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.



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