College of Human Sciences
Auburn University, USA
Dr. June Henton is Professor and Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. Dean Henton provides leadership for teaching, research, and outreach programming in subject areas such as: nutrition and wellness; hospitality and service management; sustainable human development; relationships and health; the science of design; and women’s wealth and philanthropy. The commitment of the College is to produce graduates who are not only professionally competent, but globally aware and socially engaged. In addition to her role as Senior Dean, Dr. Henton also serves as Associate Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn’s liaison to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, serving the citizens of the state, nation, and world.
Throughout her administrative career, Dean Henton has focused on the creation of innovative initiatives to position students for success in a rapidly changing world. Notably, the Hotel and Restaurant Management program partnered with the West Paces Hotel Group to establish a service excellence program based on the quality sciences, that is unique in the nation. In addition, she was co-founder and initiated Auburn’s charter membership in the National Textile Center University Research Consortium. In recent years, the College of Human Sciences has developed Auburn’s only International Minor and established its first permanently endowed, year-round overseas campus in Ariccia, Italy. Moreover, since 1994, the College has sponsored the International Quality of Life Awards at the United Nations to honor leaders who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels professionally as well as in humanitarian endeavors. Also, under Dean Henton’s leadership in 2004, Auburn University was invited to be the first academic partner with the UN World Food Programme in a university hunger campaign. Since that time, more than 150 institutions of higher education have joined the coalition of Universities Fighting World Hunger.
Dr. Henton earned her Ph.D. in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. During her years as a faculty member, she taught a variety of courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Her publication record includes a list of books, book chapters, and articles reflecting her primary areas of research, viz., interpersonal dynamics, relationship violence, and relationship stability. Examples include a Dryden Press book, Hers and His: A Problem Solving Approach to Marriage and refereed articles in journals such as Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Journal of Social Psychology. She also received a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. from the University of Nebraska.
Area(s): Social Sciences, Sustainability