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East Tennessee State University

The James H. Quillen

About The Quillen Chair

The James H. Quillen Chair of Excellence in Teaching and Learning honors former First District Congressman James H. Quillen's strong commitment to educational improvement in the region. The chair was established specifically to address issues related to teaching, its relationship to learning, and innovative practice and problem-solving.

The holder of the chair is responsible for assisting the College of Education in building on its reputation as the principal provider of education and related service professionals in East Tennessee. The chairholder actively participates in the life of the campus by teaching one or two classes per semester, engaging in a progressive program of scholarship (particularly scholarship directed at the unique needs of our region), faculty mentoring, and grant-seeking activities.

Chairholder Dr. James McLean came to ETSU in 2000 with 32 years of teaching experience and 22 years of administrative experience; he had directed, co-directed or administered more than 100 research, assessment and evaluation projects funded in excess of $5 million. Before joining the university faculty, McLean was research professor and founding director of the Center for Educational Accountability in the School of Education at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

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