Love of Teaching Excites Stephens about Kent State
Dr. Margaret C. “Peggy” Stephens is joining the public health faculty to focus on teaching and to serve as a resource for grant development. She’ll be teaching Public Health Research and Social Determinants of Health Behaviors. Stephens, who has a background in substance abuse and prevention, comes to Kent State from The University of Akron, where she was associate professor in public administration and urban studies. She is a long-time colleague of Dean Sonia Alemagno. “We’ve collaborated for many years on research projects related to health policy and substance abuse treatment,” says Stephens. Working with students is her passion. “I love to work with students as a teacher and to help further their research agendas,” she says. Teaching undergraduates for the first time in 10 years this fall, Stephens looks forward to the Kent State classroom. “Public health students in general have a higher level of real-world experience. When students come prepared with the fundamentals, it’s a whole different way of teaching. I’m very excited,” she says. In addition to teaching, Stephens will be available to assist faculty and graduate students with grant development, owing to her strengths in quantitative methods and research design. At The University of Akron, she served on 18 dissertation committees, chairing a half-dozen.