Virginia Moxley

Virginia Moxley

Dean Emeritus

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. in Education, Kansas State University (1977)
  • M.S. in Family Counseling, Kansas State University (1969)
  • B.S. in Clothing and Textiles, Kansas State University (1968)

Professional Biography

Virginia Moxley is professor and co-director of the Institute for Academic Alliances. In June 2013 she retired as dean of the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University and entered phased retirement. Prior to becoming dean in 2006, Moxley served as associate dean of the college. She came to K-State from Emporia State University where she was a professor and head of the Department of Sociology, Family Sciences and Anthropology.

Moxley's accomplishments include leadership in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) - which, since its inception in 1994, has grown to a nation-wide alliance sponsoring multi-institutional undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Moxley was a founder of the alliance and was the first chair of the Great Plains IDEA Board of Directors. She currently serves as the first chair of the Great Plains IDEA Cabinet, and she administers management services for the alliance.

Moxley's work with the Great Plains IDEA supported the development of the Great Plains IDEA Model for multi-institutional academic programs which has been replicated by other higher education academic alliances. Moxley co-administers K-State's Institute for Academic Alliances that provides consultation and management support for higher education alliances nation-wide.

Prior to the publication of the 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs by the National Center for Educational Statistics, Moxley led a team of representatives from six professional associations and two federal agencies to implement a major redefinition of the fields of study within the human sciences - the first major correction in four decades.

Additionally, Moxley has served as past national president of Omicron Nu Honor Society (now Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society), co-founded the Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences, and helped establish a Human Sciences program at the National University of Paraguay. She currently serves on the Advisory Panel for the Food and Agriculture Education Information System. Moxley was honored by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Board on Human Sciences as the recipient of the 2009 Public Service Award.

Moxley holds a B.S. in Textile Science, an M.S. in Family Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Education, all from Kansas State University.

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