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About Molly Kerby

I am Director of QEP Implementation in Academic Affairs and an associate professor in the Department of Diversity & Community Studies at Western Kentucky University. I teach primarily in the Diversity and Community Studies undergraduate major and the Masters of Arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities (SRSC) graduate program. I also teach courses in the Gender & Women’s Studies minor and the Global Pathways to Sustainability and Gender & Women’s Studies graduate certificate programs.

I completed my undergraduate degree in sociology and environmental science in 1994 and my master’s degree in public health/environmental health in 1999 at Western Kentucky University. In 2007, earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Louisville. My current research focuses on issues pertaining to higher education, sense of place, food justice & politics, social policy, community-based research, and sustainability/resilience.


Present Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University Diversity and Community Studies
Present Director of Quality of Enhancement Plan, Western Kentucky University Academic Affairs

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Excellence Public Service Award CHHS, Western Kentucky University (2017)
  • Faculty Service Award Nomination, CHHS, Western Kentucky University (2016)
  • Faculty Teaching Award Nomination, CHHS, Western Kentucky University (2016)
  • Faculty Teaching Award Nomination, CHHS, Western Kentucky University (2015)
  • Faculty–Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) award, Western Kentucky University (2012)
  • Wynne Korr Dissertation Award, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh (2010)
  • Women’s Studies Student Research Fund, University of Pittsburgh (2007)
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award, Provost Office University of Pittsburgh (2004-2006)
  • Teaching Fellowship, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh (2005)
  • Faculty Honor Roll, University of Pittsburgh (2003) - nominated by undergraduate students
  • Who’s Who among American Teachers (2002) - nominated by Dean’s List undergraduate students.


2007 Certificate, Western Kentucky University
2007 PhD, University of Louisville
1999 Master's in Public Health, Western Kentucky University ‐ Public Health
1994 Bachelor of Arts, Western Kentucky University

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