It was in Gilbreath Hall on the ETSU campus where the inaugural faculty of East Tennessee State Normal School first taught more than a century ago. Those 18 faculty members trained at some of the most impressive institutions in the world, and they came to this campus with the shared belief that through education, lives can be changed and our communities could be made better.
Fast-forward over a 100 years later, and that same tradition continues. Today, hundreds of faculty call this institution home. Our faculty believe in the power of higher education, and that with a college degree, any dream is possible. Our faculty are champions for our students. They are leaders, mentors, scholars, innovators, and public servants. They are award-winning teachers and noted researchers in their fields of study. They meet the needs of others. They generate new ideas and develop solutions for our community.
And, they are all committed to the success of their students.
Welcome to East Tennessee State University.
It is my honor to serve as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics at this amazing institution that is transforming the lives of others every day.
Key Updates for ETSU Faculty/Staff
Dr. Joe Bidwell to lead Arts and Sciences as new Dean
Dr. Joe Bidwell, an internationally respected scientist who has published well received work on topics ranging from climate to reptiles, will lead ETSU’s College of Arts and Sciences as dean.
Bidwell, who served nearly two years as interim dean of the college, has a range of goals as he assumes his post. The College of Arts and Sciences, home to 18 departments, is the center of general education at the university.
Visit ETSU News to learn more about Dr. Bidwell.
SACSCOC Reaffirmation Timeline
Hundreds of ETSU faculty and staff will be part of our reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which is the accrediting body for degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Considerable time will be spent in 2022 preparing for our 2023 reaffirmation, and much of that work in the spring semester will be led by our writing teams. I want to thank Dr. Cheri Clavier for assisting in organizing these writing teams and for the guidance she has provided to them as they begin their work.
We will keep the campus informed throughout the reaffirmation process. Very soon I will share information regarding the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for ETSU. In the meantime, here are some of the important benchmark dates on our reaffirmation timeline.
- September 2022: Compliance Certification
- November 2022: Off-Site Peer Review
- February 2023: Quality Enhancement Plan
- April 2023: On-Site Peer Review
- December 2023: Decision Announced by SACSCOC
Dr. Tony Pittarese Named Dean of Business and Technology
Following the conclusion of a national search, Dr. Tony Pittarese has been named dean of the College of Business and Technology.
Pittarese recently helped pioneer a partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee that has led to the establishment of the BlueSky Tennessee Institute. The groundbreaking collaboration will provide Tennessee students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in computing and a job offer from BlueCross in just over two years.
The College of Business and Technology is ETSU’s second largest college, with more than 150 faculty and staff in seven departments and an undergraduate and graduate enrollment exceeding 2,800.
Read more about Dr. Pittarese at ETSU News.
Tenure/Promotion Recommendations Approved
Congratulations to the ETSU faculty members who were awarded tenure and/or promotion during the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, April 22, 2022.
New Vice Provost for Community Engagement & Director of QEP Named
Dr. Susan McCracken has been named Vice Provost for Community Engagement and Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In this new position, she will champion ETSU’s regional stewardship mission by leading our academic community engagement efforts and collaborating with our outstanding campus partners in Student Life and Enrollment in achieving our institutional goal of improving student success. She will also guide our new QEP initiative focused on community engaged learning and develop the final report for submission to SACSCOC.
Dr. McCracken comes to us from Appalachian State University (ASU) where, since 2015, she has served as Director of Career Development and Economic Engagement. In this role, she has overseen the operations of the Career Development Center which includes career services and advising, employer relations, student employment, and internships. She has served as the university’s liaison with those working in nonprofits, government agencies, business, and industry sectors who seek to cultivate relationships with university constituents.
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