Dr. Dean Kyne
Associate Professor of Sociology

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Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
1201 W. University Dr., ELABN 3.343
Edinburg, TX 78539
dean.kyne@utrgv.edu; deankyne99@gmail.com

Current Professional Positions

Associate Professor of Sociology (tenure-track), Department of Sociology
Director, Disaster Studies MA Program
Coordinator, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
Journal Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Disaster Response and
Emergency Management (IJDREM)

Education

PhD, Arizona State University.
Graduate Certificate in GIS, Arizona State University
MPS, Cornell University.
MPA, Pennsylvania State University.
Post-doctorate, Karlsruhe University, Germany.
Post-doctorate, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
PhD, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand.
MA, The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
B.Ag., Yezin Agricultural University, Burma.

Area of Specialization

Teaching: Introduction to Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Disaster and Society, Geographic Information System for Disaster and Emergency Management

Research: Disaster and Emergency Management, Sustainability, Resiliency, and Social Capital, Environmental Justice, Application of Geographic and Information System (GIS) to Disaster Studies, Nuclear Power Induced Emergencies and Disasters Management  

Professional Positions Held

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (September 1, 2019 – Present)
Assistant Professor of Sociology (tenure-track), University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (August 29, 2015 – August 20, 2019)
Director, Disaster Studies MA Program (June 1, 2019 - Present)
Visiting Researcher, Arizona State University. (July 9, 2014 - June 2016).
Director of Research and Evaluation, Maricopa County Education Service Agency, Maricopa County Government. (June 9, 2014 - August 15, 2015).
Committee, Arizona Geographic Information Council, Arizona State Government. (June 1, 2014 - August 15, 2015).
Research Analyst, ASU Online Administration, Arizona State University, Arizona. (February 1, 2012 - June 9, 2014).
Research/Data Analyst, Arizona Charter Schools Association, Phoenix, Arizona. (August 1, 2011 - February 1, 2012).
Graduate Research Associate, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, Arizona. (August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2011).
Postdoctoral Fellow, Karlsruhe University, Karlsruhe, Germany. (May 1, 2006 - July 30, 2006).
Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. (January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2005). 

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Poster Award (Dr. Tom Phelan Award), 21st Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emmitsburg, Maryland (June 5, 2019)
ADVANCE Leadership Institute Cohort 2018 Award, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (November 20, 2017)
University of Texas System the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award 2018 Nominee, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (October 3, 2017)
Faculty Excellent Award, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. (May 4, 2017).
Distinguished Community Engagement Partner Award, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. (April 20, 2017).
Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University. (August 2009).
Presidential Scholarship Award, Pennsylvania State University. (2008).
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany. (2006).
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. (2005).

Grants and Research

Dean Kyne (PI), William Donner. A New Understanding of Hurricane Evacuation Behaviors: Developing Decision Support Tools with Nobel Spatial Data for Emergency Authorities Using an Integrated Approach. National Science Foundation (NSF). Submitted on September 15, 2017. ($1,161,667)

Dean Kyne (PI), William Donner. RAPID: UTRGV Harvey Recovery Project. National Science Foundation (NSF). Submitted on September 13, 2017. ($258,700)

Professional Memberships

International Sociological Association. (2015 - Present).
Association of American Geographers. (2009 - Present).

TEACHING

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

SOCI 1301, Intro to Sociology
SOCI 3312, Environmental Sociology
SOCI 3348, Disaster & Society
SOCI 4385, Special Topic: GIS for Social Sciences
SOCI 6315, Special Topic: Environmental Sociology
SOCI 6331, Disasters and Society
SOCI 6332, GIS for Disaster Management
SOCI 6376, Directed Study
SOCI 7300, Thesis I
SOCI 7300, Thesis II

RESEARCH

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book

Kyne, D. (2017). Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies in the United States: Managing Risks, Demographics and Response (pp. 361). Springer.

Journal Article

Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Editorial: Aiming toward Building Disaster Resilient Communities," International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management 2, no. 1 (June 2019).

Dean Kyne, William Donner, and Arlett Lomeli. "Information Seeking and Evacuation Decision Making in Hypothetical Hurricane Events in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas," International Journal of Emergency Management 15, no. 1 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2019): 54-80.

Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Editorial: Preparedness and Response For Future Disasters with Increasing Intensity and Severity Under Climate Change ," International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management 1, no. 2 (December 2018).

Kyne, D. and Donner, W. (2018). "Kyne-Donner Model of Authority’s Recommendation and Hurricane Evacuation Decisions: A Study of Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas ," Springer: Population Research and Policy Review.

Kyne, D., Donner, W. (2018). "Editorial: A Newly Born Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management ," International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management 1, no. 1.

Kyne, D., Donner, W. and Lomeli, A. (2018). "Information Seeking and Evacuation Decision Making in Hypothetical Hurricane Events in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas," International Journal of Emergency Management.

Kyne, D., Lomeli, A., Donner, W., and Zuloaga, E. (2018). "Who Will Stay, Who Will Leave: Decision-Making of Residents Living in Potential Hurricane Impact Areas During a Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Kyne, D. (2016). A Fukushima-Like Disaster in New York City and Possible Issues Associated with the Extreme Event Management System. Journal of Extreme Events, 3(1), 26.

Kyne, D. (2016). Living with the Invisible Risks in U.S. Urban Areas: Potential Nuclear Power Induced Disasters, Urban Emergency Management Challenges and Environmental Justice Issues. Hazards, Risks, and Crisis in Public Policy, 7(4), 33.

Kyne, D., Bolin, B. (2016). Emerging Environmental Justice Issues in Nuclear Power and Radioactive Contamination. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 19.

Kyne, D., Harris, J. (2015). A Longitudinal Study of Human Exposure to Potential Nuclear Power Plant Risk. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 6(4), 399-414.

Kyne, D. (2015). Managing Nuclear Power Induced Disasters. Emergency Management Journal, 13(5), 417-430.

Kyne, D. (2015). Public Exposure to US Commercial Nuclear Power Plants Induced Disasters. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 6(3), 238–249.

Kyne, D. (2012). Aiming for resilience and adaptation in managing environment: an emerging environmental and emergency leadership in the twenty-first century. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 3(1), 42–51.

David Pimentel, D. P., Whitecraft, M., Scott, Z. R., Zhao, L., Satkiewicz, P., Scott, T. J., Phillips, J., Szimak, D., Singh, G., Gonzalez, D. O., Kyne, D. (2011). Ethics of a sustainable world population in 100 Years. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd ed., 2.

Kyne, D. (2010). Cleanup after Katrina: an analysis on policy, process, priorities, problems, and politics. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 19(3), 314–332.

Pimentel, D., Whitecraft, M., Scott, Z. R., Zhao, L., Satkiewicz, P., Scott, T. J., Phillips, J., Szimak, D., Singh, G., Gonzalez, D. O., Kyne, D. (2010). Will limited land, water, and energy control human population numbers in the future? Human Ecology, 38(5), 599–611.

Kyne, D. (2008). An empirical investigation of relationships between official development assistance (ODA) and human and educational development. International Journal of Social Economics, 35(3), 202–221.

Khang, D. B., Kyne, D. (2008). Success criteria and factors for international development projects: A life-cycle-based framework. Project Management Journal, 39(1), 72–84.

Kyne, D., Gehbauer, F., Senitz, S., Mueller, M. (2007). Balanced scorecard for natural disaster management projects. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 16(5), 785–806.

Kyne, D., Pathranarakul, P. (2006). An integrated approach to natural disaster management: public project management and its critical success factors. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 15(3), 396–413.

Kyne, D. (2005). Managerial networking of public and private sector: a study of Thai executives. Public Administration and Management, 10(4), 278–324.

Presentations Given

Dean Kyne. "Service-learning for promoting diversity, inclusion, and unity for disaster resiliency," 21st Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emmitsburg, Maryland (June 2019)

Dean Kyne. "Developing an experiential learning for both students and instructor in disaster and emergency management discipline," AAG Annual Meeting 2019, American Association of Geographers, Washington DC (April 2019)

Dean Kyne. "A Service-Learning Component in Disaster Studies for Meaningful Engagement, Greater Impact, and Self-Reflection," Engaged Scholar Symposium 2019, Engaged Scholarship & Learning, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Edinburg (April 2019)

Dean Kyne. "Developing New Professionals for Building Disaster Resiliency: A Service-Learning Approach," NEXUS-Spring 2019, College of Liberal Arts, UTRGV (April 2019)

Kyne, D. (October 2018).  "Nuclear Power Emergency in United States of America: Challenges Associated with Standard Operation Procedures and Emergency Evacuation," International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public, CNREP 2018, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria

Kyne, D. (July 17, 2018). "Do Individuals Prepare for Major Disasters in Rio Grande Valley, Texas?," XIX International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association (ISA), Toronto, Canada (

Kyne, D., Donner, W., (April 20, 2018). Understanding Individual Disaster Preparedness in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: A Case of Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2017 Association of American Geographers in New Orleans.

Kyne, D., Donner, W., (April 7, 2017). A Model of Evacuation-Decision Making for a Potential Hurricane Event in Rio Grande Valley, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2017 Association of American Geographers in Boston.

Kyne, D., Bolin, B., (March 29, 2016). Emerging Environmental Justice Issues in Nuclear Power and Radioactive Contamination, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2016 Association of American Geographers (AAG) in San Francisco, CA.

Kyne, D., (April 16, 2015). Nuclear Power Risk Culture Undermining Effectiveness of Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan: A Case Study of Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference Association of American Geographers in Chicago.

Kyne, D., (October 26, 2015). GIS and its Application to Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies Symposium, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Ballroom.

Kyne, D., (October 19, 2015). An Empirical Investigation of Hispanic Populations Living with the Invisible Risks in the US, 2015 NAHLS International Research Forum The National Association for Hispanic and Latino Studies in South Padre Island, TX.

Kyne, D., Harris, J., (July 13, 2014). Development of a Nuclear Power Plant Potential Risk Index, The 59th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society The Health Physics Society in Baltimore, MD.

Kyne, D., (November 11, 2011). Linking School Siting, Accountability and Academic Performance, Arizona Education Research Organization (AERO) 2011 Conference Arizona Education Research Organization (AERO) in Tucson, Arizona.

Kyne, D., (April 16, 2010). Geography of Unemployment: Do Space and Time Really Matter?, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2010 Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Washington D.C.

Media Contributions

Magazines, TV News, and Newspapers

Hernandez, Maria Elena. UTRGV students share disaster preparedness research findings with area officials. UTRGV Newsroom. (June 30, 2019).

Martinez, Jolanie. Hidalgo County Emergency Management prepared for storms. Valley Centeral TV News. (June 12, 2018)

Perez-Hernandez, Danya. UTRGV researchers focus on Valley’s ability to recover from natural disasters. The Monitor Newspaper. (June 24, 2018)

Hernandez, Maria Elena. Team of UTRGV professors researching the Valley’s hurricane preparedness. UTRGV Newsroom. (June 12, 2018).

Kyne, D. and William, D. (2017). Two IGI Global Editors-in-Chief discuss the multiple tornadoes in east Texas on April 29: Tornado Touch Down in East Texas. IGI Global (May 5, 2017)

Staff Reporter. Environmental sociology students will let the weekend go to 'waste.' Valley Morning Star Newspaper. (November 3, 2016).

Magahern, Jimmy. Core Concern, Phoenix Magazine. February Issue, 2016. (August 31, 2016).

Wasser, Miriam. The Millennial's Dilemma: A Young Writer's Search for Our Nuclear Future in Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Phoenix. (October 27, 2016).

George, Michele St. Nuclear energy, at-risk populations part of unique study by doctoral grad. ASU Now. (May 6, 2014)

Licensures and Certifications

RASCAL 4.3, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
ESRI Certificate, Introduction to ArcGIS I, Arizona State University.
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS), Arizona State University.
ESRI Certificate, ArcGIS Desktop I: Getting Started with GIS, Cornell University.

SERVICE

Department Service

Committee Member, Sociology Outreach Committee.
Committee Member, Sociology Website Committee.

College Service

Committee Member, Disaster Studies Assessment Committee.
Committee Chair, Three-Year Lecturer Search Committee.
Committee Member, Emergency Faculty Search Committee.
Committee Member, Sociology General Education Core Assessments.
Faculty Mentor, Faculty Mentor for Amie Bostic.
Faculty Representative, MA Disaster Studies Program Exhibition Booth at the Graduate Fair 2017 at UTRGV.
Faculty Representative, Undergraduate Sociology Degrees Exhibition at Sociology Booth at Discover UTRGV Fair.
Committee Member, Core Assessment Method.
Committee Member, Search Committee for Tenure Track Faculty Position for Medical Sociology.
Committee Member, Search Committee for Tenure-tracked Assistant Professor of GIS/Immigration.
Committee Member, Search Committee for Three-Year Untenured Lecturer.

University Service

Committee Member, M.A. Disaster Studies Program.
Committee Member, Environmental Studies Program.
Conference-Related, Southwestern Texas Asian Symposium, UTRGV.
Guest Speaker, ENVR 1402.01 Introduction to Environmental Science II.
Committee Member, Undergraduate Research Initiative Review Committee.

Professional Service

Committee

Committee Member, Research Committee on Disasters, International Sociological Association.
Workshop Organizer, Association of American Geographers (AAG), San Franscisco, CA.

Editor-in-Chief

Editor, Journal Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management, Hershey, PA.

Reviewer

Reviewer, Journal Article, Social Justice Research Journal.
Reviewer, Grant Proposal, Decision, Risk and Management Sciences; Division of Social and Economic Sciences; Social,   Behavioral and Economic Sciences; Directorate National Science Foundation (NSF).
Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Emergency Management.
Reviewer, Journal Article, Sustainability Journal.
Editorial Review Board Member, Eco Rio.
Reviewer, Journal Article, Transactions in GIS.
Reviewer, Journal Article, Infrastructure Journal.
Reviewer, Journal Article, PLOS ONE, San Francisco, California.
Reviewer, Journal Article, Atmosfera.
Reviewer, Journal Article, Risks, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, Hoboken, NJ. \
Reviewer, Journal Article, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment.

Public Service

Committee Member, Arizona Geographic Information Council, Phoenix, Arizona.
Board Member, Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa City Council, Arizona, Mesa, Arizona.