Dr. Kiernan has more than 20 years of experience in communications, journalism and writing.
Dr. Kiernan worked for nine years as a senior editor and senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly trade newspaper and daily website in Washington, D.C. His research centers on science and medical journalism, specifically on the relationships between journalists and the scientific establishment.
Dr. Kiernan is the author of numerous books and professional publications, including Embargoed Science, Writing Your Dissertation with Microsoft Word and Finding an Online High School: Your Guide to More Than 4,500 High School Courses Offered Over the Internet. In Embargoed Science, he critically examines news coverage of the latest research published in scientific journals.
Currently, Dr. Kiernan is dean of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America where he serves as the school’s chief executive and academic leaders, guiding its vision, generating resources, promoting the school’s visibility and managing all aspects of the school’s operations.
He was previously the associate dean for graduate academic affairs at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. Prior to that, Dr. Kiernan was an associate dean at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies where he directed a bachelor’s program for working adults.