Meet the Dean

Patricia Koski

Patricia Koski was named dean of the Graduate School and International Education in November 2020 after serving for many years as the associate dean. She is the ninth dean in the school’s history and only the second woman in this position.

Koski was chair of the program in criminal justice at the University of Tulsa before coming to the University of Arkansas. In 1993, she was named chair of the [then] Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. In 1998, she was named the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. As associate dean, her professional affiliations were in the area of graduate education, where she served on various committees within the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

Koski has research interests in family violence and in cultural sociology, notably creation of the self. She earned a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University.