Provost Lynette Olson has announced the selection of Dr. Pawan Kahol as the new dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Pittsburg State University. Dr. Kahol, who was the interim dean of the graduate college at Missouri State University, comes to Pittsburg State with more than 30 years of experience in higher education.
“Dr. Kahol stood out in an incredibly talented field of finalists,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lynette Olson. “He brings a great deal of experience in and enthusiasm for higher education. I’m confident Dr. Kahol’s leadership will allow Pittsburg State to continue to be a destination of choice for graduate students.”
“I’m very pleased and honored to be the next dean of graduate and continuing studies,” said Kahol. “Pittsburg State has a strong reputation for its academic quality and focus on student success. I’m looking forward to working alongside its outstanding faculty and administrators to continue this trend into the future.”
Olson said she was thankful for the hard work and dedication of the search committee, led by Dr. Karl Kunkel, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Their efforts were responsible for making this such a successful search,” Olson said.
Kahol earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from Panjab University in India. He has also worked at the University of Leeds, England, during 1979-82; as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Stuttgart University, Germany, during 1983-84; as a research associate at Stuttgart University, Germany, during 1984-86; and as a research fellow at the University of West Virginia during 1986-88.
Kahol began his educational career as an assistant professor of physics at Wichita State University in 1988. He was named a professor of physics at Wichita State in 1998 and chairperson of the physics department in 2001. In 2003 he became associate dean of WSU’s graduate school. In 2005 he moved to Missouri State University, accepting a position as the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Math Sciences, and was later named associate dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. In 2011 he was named the interim dean of MSU’s Graduate College.
During his professional career, Kahol has published more than 165 refereed research papers in physics, chemistry and materials science. He made more than 170 national/international/regional presentations, chaired sessions at national/international conferences, received in excess of $2.5 million in research funding, served as a review panelist at several funding agencies, and co-written 16 volumes of solution manuals for both the calculus-based and the trigonometry-based introductory physics textbooks, which were published by Addison Wesley. He was also recognized with the 2009 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Missouri Professor of the Year Award.
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