Monday, March 24, 2014

Kinsey Institute Director Candidates Presentations

Indiana University's famed Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction has been in search of a new director during this academic year. I have served as chair of the search committee, and I am pleased to say that the committee has now identified four excellent finalists.


Each of the candidates will be presenting a public lecture on campus, and I urge each of you to encourage your faculty, staff, and students to attend as many of the presentations as possible.


The four Kinsey director candidates are:

  • Professor C. Sue Carter: Dr. Carter is Professor of Psychiatry at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Visiting Research Professor at Northeastern University in Boston. She also has been a professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Brain-Body Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
  • Professor J. Dennis Fortenberry: Dr. Fortenberry is Professor of Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine as well as a core faculty member of IU's Center for Sexual Health Promotion and a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute.
  • Dr. Debby Herbenick: Dr. Herbenick is co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Public Health-Bloomington and an Associate Research Scientist in the School of Public Health's Department of Applied Health Science. She is also a Sexual Health Educator for The Kinsey Institute's Kinsey Confidential website and a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute.
  • Professor Deborah L. Tolman: Dr. Tolman is Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology at the Hunter College of Social Work and the Graduate Center at City University of New York and co-founder of SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge). She recently led an editorial team and more than 80 authors to complete the two-volume, 1300-page American Psychological Association Handbook on Sexuality and Psychology.

Each candidate will make her or his presentation at the Maurer School of Law, Moot Court Room (Room 240) from 4:30 to 5:30 on the following dates:


Tuesday, March 25                          Debby Herbenick

Tuesday, April 1                                Dennis Fortenberry

Thursday, April 3                              Sue Carter

Monday, April 7                                Deborah Tolman


Following each presentation, you are invited to meet the candidates at a reception in the Maurer School of Law Faculty Lounge, Room 310. 


The internationally recognized Kinsey Institute is one of IU Bloomington's most well-known research centers and a true asset to our campus. The Search Committee is pleased to bring these candidates to campus over the next two weeks.  We will hope to see you at the presentations or in other meetings for the candidates.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me or contact Sherry Knighton-Schwandt (


Brad Wheeler, Chair

Kinsey Institute Search Committee