Office of the Provost
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 Academic Affairs at this amazing institution that is transforming the lives of others every day.
Dr. Kimberly D. McCorkle
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Key Updates for ETSU Faculty/Staff
Academic Structure Task Force
ETSU has launched a task force charged with developing a proposal to examine the academic structure of our colleges and ensure that we continue to create clear and seamless pathways toward degree completion, provide holistic support for our students, and align with the goals in our Strategic Plan. The task force, which is chaired by Dr. Virginia Foley and Dr. Nick Hagemeier, is now in place and is posted on the Academic Structure Task Force webpage. As its work develops, updates will be posted on this page.
May teaching retreat
A Center for Teaching Excellence teaching retreat will take place at the Carnegie Hotel on Wednesday, May 17, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact Phillip Smith for additional information.
Go Beyond the Classroom
ETSU's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Go Beyond the Classroom, focuses on enhancing and expanding the community-engaged learning opportunities for our students. This videoincludes a variety of voices from across our campus sharing their perspectives of the importance of community-engaged learning. Their voices are part of a tapestry that is the “why” behind Go Beyond the Classroom. For more updates about Go Beyond, visit etsu.edu/gobeyond.
General Education Redesign
We have launched our review of the general education curriculum. The General Education Redesign task force has begun meeting under the co-chairmanship of Dr. David Harker and Dr. Sharon McGee. This committee is in full motion, focused on examining our general education curriculum.
University Council Minutes: Looking for the most recent minutes from our monthly University Council meeting? Visit here.
Why I Teach: Conversations with ETSU Faculty
During my first semester at ETSU, I visited each of the ETSU colleges where I met with the faculty and students and learned about their initiatives and plans. The accounts of how ETSU has inspired them were truly transformative.
I was so inspired by those stories that I have launched a new podcast series – Why I Teach: Conversations with ETSU Faculty – in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of University Marketing and Communications that is dedicated to telling the incredible stories of the ETSU faculty.
You can access the podcast here or find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, PodBean app,or on Spotify. Special thanks to Professor Martin Walters for creating the music for this podcast.