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NSU Appoints Ronald J. Chenail Associate Provost for the Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies

Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D.

Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D.

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D., has been appointed associate provost for Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (DAIS). The announcement was made recently by NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., and was effective Aug.1.

As associate provost, Chenail will provide leadership for DAIS’ Center for Psychological Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, and Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice. He will be responsible for furthering the Division’s efforts to achieve its goals as part of the University’s Vision 2020 Business Plan with special focus on collaboration, fiscal performance, extramural research, fundraising, and student recruitment.

“Dr. Chenail has a solid track record of research and scholarship achievements,” said Hanbury. “His facilitative style of leadership and extensive knowledge of the disciplines within the Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies and its programs will be instrumental in helping the University reach its strategic goals.”

Prior to being appointed associate provost, Chenail served as NSU’s vice president of Institutional Effectiveness, assistant to the president for Academic Affairs, dean of the School of Social and Systemic Studies (the former name of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences – SHSS), and interim dean of the Center for Psychological Studies. He is also a professor of Family Therapy in SHSS and editor-in-chief of NSU’s The Qualitative Report, the world’s first online interdisciplinary qualitative research journal.

Since becoming a faculty member at the University in 1989, Chenail has secured 12 grants and contracts for NSU totaling over $1 million; produced over 120 publications including four books (Medical Discourse and Systemic Frames of Comprehension; Practicing Therapy: Exercises for Growing Therapists; The Talk of the Clinic: Explorations in the Analysis of Medical and Therapeutic Discourse; and Qualitative Research Proposals and Reports: A Guide), and given more than 180 formal academic presentations at conferences and meetings. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the flagship research journal of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, for two terms.

“It is truly an honor to lead the DAIS team working with Deans Kimberly Durham, Karen Grosby, Roni Leiderman, and Honggang Yang to achieve our collective goals,” said Chenail. “We are all dedicated to advancing a ‘One NSU’ culture to ensure our continued research, academic, and fiscal success.”

Chenail received his bachelor’s degree in history from St. Bonaventure University; his master’s degree in education from the University of Houston; and his doctoral degree in family therapy from then Nova University.


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