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Tusculum College names Dr. Lisa Johnson interim assistant vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Paul Fox named interim director of School of Education

Posted on 27 July 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named interim assistant vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College, and Dr. Paul Fox has been named interim director of the School of Education.

Both will begin their new duties at Tusculum College on August 6. Johnson steps into the position previously held by Dr. Melinda Dukes who has been named interim vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Johnson previously served director of the School of Education and as assistant professor of education.

In her new role she will direct academic support programs for the College, including the Registrar’s Office, Faculty Services, the Teaching and Learning Initiative, Academic Advising and the Academic Resource Center. She will also serve to support the efforts of the interim vice president for Academic Affairs.

“Dr. Johnson has contributed to the success of Tusculum College for many years in the various leadership and administrative roles she has held,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “She has guided our School of Education to become a model for teacher education and has been a strong mentor to our faculty in the program.”

Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from East Tennessee State University, also earned her master’s degree and doctorate of education, both in educational leadership and policy analysis, from ETSU.

As director of the School of Education, she was responsible for all aspects of the Teacher Licensure Program, including elementary education, middle grades, secondary education, special education, early childhood education, physical education, athletic training in education program, sports management and sports science.

“I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and leadership team as we move Tusculum College forward through the development of new programs, continued service to our community, and the provision of solid, excellent educational experiences for our students.”

Dr. Lisa Johnson

Dr. Johnson also currently serves as a program evaluator for the Tennessee Board of Examiners.

With Dr. Johnson’s change in position, Dr. Paul Fox will step in to lead the School of Education as interim director.

Dr. Fox has 25 years of administrative experience in education, including serving as school improvement specialist and supervisor for the Greene County School System. He has also taught in the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum.

Dr. Paul Fox

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tusculum College in 1977 and holds a master’s degree in reading and a doctorate in educational administration, both from ETSU.

“My involvement with Tusculum College began more than 37 years ago as an undergraduate student. Now, it is such a high honor to come back ‘home’ and to be associated with this institution of learning, its administration, its faculty, its students and its alumni,” said Fox.

Dr. Fox has served as president of the Greeneville-Greene County Retired Teachers Association and has taught at Union College in Kentucky and at ETSU.

“I am confident that Drs. Johnson and Fox will provide key leadership to move Tusculum College forward with our vision of being known throughout the mid-South for adherence to Judeo-Christian values, allegiance to the liberal arts, and avenues for career preparation and civic engagement, all delivered through innovative course structures and personal attention from outstanding faculty,” said Moody.

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Open House for new Education Lab at Knoxville Regional Center to be held April 15, 4-6 p.m.

Posted on 12 April 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be opening a new Education Lab at the Knoxville Regional Center. This lab will allow curriculum development materials to be displayed and checked out for student and faculty utilization. The Education Lab will be utilized for active learning opportunities to include, but not limited to, lesson and unit plan development from curriculum materials, development of classroom materials, classroom laboratory setup, and other related activities.

The School of Education will be hosting an Open House on Friday, April 15, at the Knoxville Regional Center, from 4-6 p.m. Everyone is invited.

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Tusculum College hosts local high school students for Junior Conference

Posted on 08 April 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Visiting high school students examine slides of germs during the medical technology session.

“What are you going to be when you grow up?”

Local high school students were given information to help them answer that question and how to get there during the Junior Conference at Tusculum College on Thursday.

Eleventh graders from all five high schools in Greeneville and Greene County attended the second annual event at Tusculum, hosted by the College’s Office of Admission and the Alumni Executive Board.

Welcoming the high school students to campus, Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody encouraged the juniors to pursue education following graduation whether it is at a technical school, a community college, a state university or a private college.

Keynote speaker for the opening session of the conference was Nathan Honeycutt, an owner of Honeycutt Architecture who has been the lead designer on many architectural and master planning projects in the United States, the United Arab Emirates and China.

Honeycutt told the students that he was fortunate in that he knew he wanted to be an architect at an early age, and encouraged them to begin to think about their future. “Today would be a good day to begin,” he said. “What will your story be?”

Those who may be exploring that question of a career should look at what they enjoy doing and even consider the television shows, movies and other activities they enjoy. Honeycutt also told the students to not be afraid of failure, but to persist in pursuing their goals.

Following the opening session, the students attended two sessions from the more than 20 college track, vocational track and career track sessions offered.

The career/professional and vocational tracks included such areas as sport management, nursing, education, athletic training, business, law, pharmacy, speech therapy, medical technology respiratory therapy and real estate.

Representatives from Mountain States Health Alliance, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Coffman Oil Company, Parrish Property Management, the Tennessee Technology Center, the Greeneville School System and the Greeneville Astros volunteered their time to lead the sessions.

 

In the sessions, students learned first-hand about the educational requirements for various careers and positions, income levels and the daily tasks of individuals in those careers and positions.

The College Track sessions, led by Tusculum College staff members, involved sharing information about college admission test preparation, college interviews, financial aid and admission processes and college life.

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