Project Description


The D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award is the highest research honor bestowed at USU, marking sustained excellence over the course of a career. This year, we honor 2018 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Awardee Joyce Kinkead.

Dr. Joyce Kinkead, a professor of English, led the undergraduate research program for 11 years. Since coming to USU, she has taken on the role of director of the Writing Center and then director of the Writing Program, created the Writing Fellows program, and served as associate dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, vice provost, and associate vice president for research, among other roles.

Kinkead received her master’s in English from the University of Central Missouri and her doctorate from Texas A&M, with emphases in composition and rhetoric, and American literature. Before coming to Utah State in 1982, she was an assistant professor of English at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

Kinkead led the USU undergraduate research program for 11 years as the associate vice president for research, from 2000 to 2011. During her time, she brought about many advances in the program, including Research on Capitol Hill, an annual event where Utah State and University of Utah students present their research to Utah policymakers; as well as the Undergraduate Research Fellows program, which provides scholarship funding and opportunities for students to engage in research from their first day on campus. She also established the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR). Kinkead has helped increase the number of students participating in undergraduate research, as well as increased the number of those students winning awards for their research.

Along with her passion for student research, Kinkead has dedicated her time to further her own research in the field, with focuses in writing studies and undergraduate research. Over the years, she has mentored 20 undergraduates, served on 20 master’s and doctoral candidates’ committees and headed the initiative to provide research funding to those in the humanities.

Attend the D Wynne Thorne Lecture to hear Dr. Kinkead speak about her research and career experiences.


April 8, 2019

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Library South Atrium (+Main Atrium), Merrill-Cazier Library

Open Invitation

Casual Attire


All faculty, staff, students and friends of USU are invited to this event.