President Rex E. Lee has announced two new appointments in the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University.
Richard H. Jackson is the new chairman of the department of geography, replacing Dale J. Stevens, who will return to full-time teaching in the department. Kyle Lynn Pehrson will become the director of the School of Social Work, replacing Barbara Wheeler, who will be retiring.Jackson received bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU and a doctorate from Clark University, where he was a National Science Foundation trainee. He has been a member of the BYU faculty since 1969.
A much-honored teacher at BYU, he was the first recipient of the outstanding teacher award in the department of geography from the BYU Alumni Association in 1985 and has been granted a Karl G. Maeser Outstanding Teaching Award in 1988 and an Alcuin Teaching Award in 1993.
Pehrson, a graduate of Weber State College, received his master of social work degree from the University of Utah and a doctorate of social work from Catholic University of America. He also completed a two-year advanced fellowship in child and family studies at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
He served from 1971 to 1983 as a full-time Army clinical social work officer based in San Antonio and Fort Leavenworth, and was awarded the Army Medical Department's "A" Proficiency designation in 1990 as a reserve officer.
In 1983 he joined the BYU-Hawaii as an associate and later a full professor of social work and has been a member of the BYU social work faculty since 1990.