Dean, School of Education
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, specialization in elementary education and specialization in mathematics, University of South Florida
M.A., Elementary Education, University of South Florida
B.A., Finance, University of South Florida
Came to Tusculum: 2016
Dr. Tricia Hunsader has been named Dean of the School of Education at Tusculum College. Dr. Hunsader will also serve as professor of education.
“I am confident that Dr. Hunsader will provide key leadership to move Tusculum College forward and that she will guide our School of Education to continue to be a model for teacher education. She will be a strong mentor to our faculty in the program,” said Dr. Ron May, vice president for academic affairs at Tusculum College.
Dr. Hunsader is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in finance, a Master of Arts in elementary education, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in elementary education and specialization in mathematics education.
Dr. Hunsader came to Tusculum from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where she served as coordinator of assessment for the College of Education, chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, president of the Faculty Senate and vice president of the USF System Faculty Council.
Prior to her academic career, she worked as an asset manager for a commercial real estate investment group, an elementary and high school mathematics teacher and controller and event coordinator for Hunsader Farms.
Dr. Hunsader has co-authored two books and has published more than 20 articles and book chapters. She has presented her research in mathematics assessment nationally and internationally and serves as a reviewer for national and international mathematics education journals.
Dr. Hunsader is married to Michael Hunsader, a third-generation farmer. They have five grown children (four sons and one daughter), and two grandsons, most of whom live and work on Jeter Mountain Farm in Hendersonville, North Carolina, a 400-acre tomato and apple farm and event venue.