Dr. Dianne Kerr | Kent State University

Dr. Dianne Kerr

Dianne Kerr

I graduated from Slippery Rock State University in 1976, taught in private schools for 3 years, and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Master's Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1981. I taught in Colleges and Universities for a number of years and received my PhD in Health Education from The Ohio State University in 1992. I have been at Kent State University for over 20 years. I have spent most of my career (since 1984) working on the HIV/AIDS epidemic conducting AIDS Education teacher training in national and state venues and teaching about HIV at Kent State. I have been awarded the Ohio AIDS Service Award twice. Some of my career was spent as the AIDS Education Project Director for the American School Health Association where I taught school personnel how to teach about AIDS early in the epidemic. My research encompasses HIV education, sexual minority health, and women's health issues. I have approximately 60 publications and have written grants totaling over $3 million. Recently I was humbled to have been awarded a Distinguished Alumna Award from Slippery Rock State University, my undergraduate alma mater. I also serve on two boards for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. I am currently serving as a Provost’s Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at KSU, working on women’s issues and sexual minority issues. I am a strong believer in the statement "Give to the world the best that you have, and the best will come back to you." I am fortunate to love my career and be able to help my students to find their passion and see them succeed in their own careers.



Job Title

Full Professor

Job Department

Health Sciences