Provost’s Academy • Inaugural Year •2021
The purpose of the Provost’s Academy is to provide leadership experiences and opportunities to ETSU faculty interested in learning more about the services and responsibilities of The Office of the Provost. Academy members will work toward completion of a project identified as a critical need in the Provost’s Office. Academy members will also receive individual leadership coaching and professional development opportunities necessary to successfully complete the identified project and to build upon the existing strengths of Academy members.
- Provost’s Academy membership constitutes a 1-year commitment.
- During the calendar year, Academy Members will devote 60% of their workload to the Provost’s Office.
- The Provost’s Office will provide necessary tools, professional development, and leadership experiences necessary to accomplish the goals of the identified project.
- Academy members will be active members of the Provost’s leadership team.
- The Provost’s Office will provide replacement costs to the Academy Member’s department to support the instructional needs of the academic unit.
- A summer stipend or replacement for instructional costs will be negotiated with the candidate and his/her department upon appointment to the academy.
Inaugural Provost's Academy Scholars
Dr. Ginni Blackhart graduated with a PhD in social psychology from Florida State University and came to ETSU in August 2006 as an Assistant Professor in Psychology. Her primary research interests examine factors that impact self-regulatory resources and self-control, such as social anxiety. She also conducts research examining rejection sensitivity, predictors of online dating, the teaching of psychology, and research methodology within social psychology. Dr. Blackhart is currently serving as the Vice President for the ETSU Faculty Senate. She also served as an Assistant Chair in the Department of Psychology for over 10 years.
During the Academy, Dr. Blackhart will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Mike Hoff to implement a new faculty activities reporting system.
Kelly N. Foster
Kelly N. Foster, Ph.D. is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Applied Social Research Lab (ASRL) at ETSU. Her expertise is in survey research methodology, applied sociolgy, and she has worked in public opinion reserach for 17 years. Dr. Foster is passionate about community engagement and working to provide partnerships between ETSU and the Larger regional community. Since coming to ETSU in 2012 she has worked with various community organizations including the United Way of Bristol TN/VA, The United Way of Greater Kingsport, Jonesborough Community Chest, the City of Johnson City, the City of Kingsport, Ballad Health, Appalachian Sustainable Development and various other community organizations in order to collect needed data for community planning, research and evaluation efforts. She is a member in good standing of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and currently serves on the executive council for the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) where ASRL is a member organization.
During the Academy, Dr. Foster will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Cheri Clavier to begin implementing the recommendations of the Community Engagement Task Force.
Kason O'Neil is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and is the Program Coordinator for K-12 Physical Education in the Department of Sport, Exercise, Recreation, & Kinesiology. Prior to coming to ETSU, he completed his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Virginia. Kason's work at ETSU focuses on youth physical activity, fitness education, and improving school physical education. He currently represents Clemmer COllege as a faculty senator and serves as a member of Clemmer's CAEP accreditation team. He enjoys being physically active and coaching his three sons in numerous youth sports. Kason and his wife, Jennifer, are both natives of upstate New York.
During the Academy, Dr. O'Neil will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Sharon McGee to plan enhancement strategies for summer and winter terms.