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Heather Hartman is UT’s new SACSCOC liaison and assistant vice provost for accreditation. She took on this new role January 1.

Heather Hartman is UT’s new SACSCOC liaison and assistant vice provost for accreditation. She took on this new role January 1 .
Assistant vice provost for accreditation Heather Hartman.

Hartman, who has worked in the Office of the Provost for four years as coordinator of summer sessions, previously worked at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as substantive change coordinator. She has served as UT’s interim SACSCOC liaison since September 1, providing leadership to the campus in maintaining compliance with SACSCOC and US Department of Education policies and standards. She also will continue to lead the university’s accessibility initiative regarding information, materials, and technology. She reports to the vice provost for academic affairs.

In addition to several years of experience in banking compliance, Hartman has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University, a master’s degree in management from Troy University, and an EdS from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has a PhD from the University of Alabama–UAB joint doctoral program in educational leadership, with minors in business administration and instructional technology. During her doctoral studies, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant offering an introductory educational technology course.

Before coming to UT, Hartman worked at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. As director of online learning, Hartman developed a rigorous certification process for future online instructors. As associate vice president and SACS liaison, she led Brenau through a nearly flawless reaffirmation of accreditation and numerous substantive changes, including introduction of its first doctoral program.

“I am very excited to resume the important work of accreditation and to further my career at this great institution,” Hartman said. “I look forward to working with UT’s faculty, staff, and administrators to maintain the institution’s regional accreditation and the established culture of assessment.”