Renanda Dear is a Senior Academic Professional in the School of Social Work. She is a licensed master social worker with experience as a social work practitioner for numerous healthcare facilities, private adoption agencies, substance abuse clinics, and behavioral health organizations. Additional research interest includes gender and leadership issues, healthcare disparities, and career development. She holds a M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of Georgia, and a B.S.W. from Georgia State University. Ms. Dear recently completed a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University in December 2016.