Wilkins Named Associate Dean of Graduate SchoolMay 28, 1998
Dr. Kenneth T. Wilkins, professor of biology and director of graduate studies for the department of biology at Baylor University, has been named associate dean of the Graduate School by Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and Dr. Donald D. Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The appointment will be effective June 1.
"I am looking forward to working with Dr. Wilkins," said Dr. Larry Lyon, dean of the Graduate School and professor of sociology. "Ken possesses an outstanding record of scholarship and administrative experience, and I plan for us to work as a team in strengthening Baylor's graduate programs."
Wilkins received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his master's degree from Texas A&M University. He earned his doctorate in zoology from the University of Florida in 1982 and began teaching at Baylor in 1983.
Specializing in mammalogy, Wilkins has performed numerous research projects dealing with small and subterranean mammals such as rodents and bats. From 1992-95, the National Institutes of Health funded his research on the ear anatomy in below- and above-ground rodents, and in 1995-96, he conducted an inventory of the small-mammal community on Klondike Ranch in Johnson County, Texas. He also has performed research for the Texas Nature Conservancy and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
A widely-published author, Wilkins has written articles for such scholarly publications as the American Midland Naturalist, the Southwestern Naturalist, the Journal of Mammalogy and the Texas Journal of Science. Additionally, he has supervised thesis and dissertation work for several graduate students in the biology department.