Kimberly D. Kendricks, Ph.D.
Director of Faculty Success
Kimberly Kendricks is the Director of Faculty Success. As part of the Office of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Kendricks leads initiatives that focus on faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement, and works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and academic and administrative units to strengthen and enhance university services and faculty resources. Prior to joining UNLV, Dr. Kendricks was Chair of the Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human Performance and Sensor Applications at Central State University in Ohio. In her tenure at Central State University, she served as the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator for over $4.5 million internally to the university, and a sum total of $8.2 million collaboratively with neighboring institutions.
Dr. Kendricks received both her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics (from Auburn University) and holds bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Business Administration (from the University of Pittsburgh). Dr. Kendricks has a sincere passion for mathematics and STEM education research, and has worked diligently to increase the success rate of students taking College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Differential Equations. Dr. Kendricks has led multiple, grant-funded programs (from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education) that have focused on improving student success in STEM, and she has published the results of these programs in peer-reviewed journals.
For her research, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Signature Program, and Clarkson Aerospace Engineering, she takes mathematical theories and applies them to real world problems in gait analysis. For example, she applied Groebner Basis Theory to a U.S. Department of Defense gait study project and expanded her research concentration to the areas of situational awareness and threat prediction.
In recognition of her leadership, Dr. Kendricks was selected to participate in the 2009 NSF-Leadership Development Institute, the 2010 American Association for Colleges and Universities’ Preparing Critical Faculty of Color Project, and in 2013, Drexel University’s Executive Leadership Academy for Technology and Engineering program. These programs focused on the professional development of academic leaders in the STEM. Within the community, Dr. Kendricks has served on the governing board of the Dayton Regional STEM School and has also judged regional K-12 science fairs and mathematics competitions.
Areas of Expertise
Groebner Basis Theory and its applications in robotics and gait analysis, and student retention and success in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)