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UT has selected Ellen McIntyre, dean of the Cato College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as the next dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. She will join the university January 21, 2020.

Ellen McIntyre will become dean of UT’s College of Education, Health, and Education January 21, 2020.

McIntyre succeeds Interim Dean Jeff Fairbrother, who was appointed to the position in July after Dean Bob Rider informed the college of his plans to return to the faculty.

As dean, McIntyre will oversee operations of the college, including eight departments and 17 centers, institutes, and academies. The college’s Bailey Graduate School of Education was recently ranked among the top 50 public institutions and has earned a top rating for teacher preparation in Tennessee the past two years, annually preparing approximately 200 teachers for licensure.

“I am excited about the vision and experience that Dr. McIntyre will bring to UT. As dean at UNC Charlotte, she oversaw the creation of a new doctoral program, enhanced research, and revamped the teacher preparation program,” said Provost David Manderscheid. “I am confident that the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences will continue to build on its success and achieve great things under Dr. McIntyre’s leadership.”

Before joining UNC Charlotte, McIntyre served as the interim associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education at North Carolina State University; department chair of elementary education at North Carolina State University; professor and University Scholar at the University of Louisville; a classroom teacher at Newport Independent Schools in Newport, Kentucky; and a research assistant at SRI International, an independent nonprofit scientific research institute.

“I am thrilled to join the team at the University of Tennessee,” said McIntyre. “The quality of the faculty and staff in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences compelled me to want to become a Volunteer. During my visit, every person and group I met with inspired me. I’m excited about the possibilities ahead.”

McIntyre earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in reading education from Northern Kentucky University, and received her doctorate in language and literacy education from the University of Cincinnati.


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