Interim Dean, Cook-Cole College
Dr. Jennifer Apperson joined Longwood in 1985. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stephen's College in Missouri; a master's degree in Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology both from the University of Akron in Ohio. She teaches introductory psychology, personality, interviewing, psychology and the law, and graduate classes in counseling.
Dr. Apperson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia and maintains a small clinical practice in the area. Prior to teaching at Longwood, she gained clinical experience working in outpatient mental health centers (CSBs) and at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Ohio. Her research interests include factors that affect University students' assessment of instruction and the use of presentation graphics in university instruction.
Dr. Apperson served as chair of the department of Psychology from 1994-1996 and again from 1999-2006. She also served as Interim Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1996-1998, and as Director of Graduate Studies in 1998-99.
Joanna H. Baker
Assistant Dean for Academic Services and College Relations
Joanna H. Baker has been at Longwood since January 1988, serving as Assistant Dean in the Cook-Cole College since 1995. She is responsible for a wide range of student and faculty academic support, and serves on many College and University wide committees. She holds a BS in Sociology and a MS in College and Community Counseling, and has taught Psychology at Longwood and at Southside Virginia Community College.
Mrs. Baker is married with one adult daughter and resides in Midlothian.
Assistant Dean for Assessment and Program Improvement
Edward L. Kinman has been at Longwood since 2002, serving as Professor of Geography, and currently as Assistant Dean of the Cook-Cole College. He was awarded a bachelor's degree in History from Furman University, a master's degree in Communications from Wheaton College, and a doctorate in geography from the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for a wide range of assessment activities for the college and serves on many college and university committees. Working with the Virginia Geographic Alliance, he promotes geographic education from kindergarten to the baccalaureate level.
Dr. Kinman has collaborated with artists, epidemiologists, geographers, nurses, and physicians on seven journal articles, two book chapters, seven technical reports, and an art installation on a variety of subjects. He is married with one daughter and lives in Farmville.
Cynthia M. Thompson
General Administrative Supervisor
Message from the Dean
On behalf of my faculty colleagues, I welcome you to the Cook-Cole College. We are delighted that you are interested in pursuing one of our programs.
You can be assured that our faculty members engage all Longwood students in the breadth and depth of intellectual inquiry that make up a vibrant liberal arts education and we are committed to helping our students become citizen leaders who can think critically and communicate effectively.
In addition to an excellent classroom environment, all of our students enhance their learning experience through an internship, guided research, or a creative project mentored by a faculty member.
On our web site you will find information about our faculty members and our many academic programs. Whether you are interested in biotechnology or Bach, archaeology or art education, you will find something here to challenge you!