Dr. Evelyn E. Nettles

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs - Avon Williams / Extended Education

Evelyn Nettles PhotoDr. Evelyn E. Nettles, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tennessee State University (TSU), is charged with developing strategies for recruiting and retaining nontraditional students. She is also charged with the initiation of new academic programs and enhancements at the TSU Avon Williams (AW) located in the heart of downtown Nashville. To achieve the above mentioned goals, she provided oversight of the $23.5 million renovation of AWC and guided the approval and implementation of new academic programs for nontraditional learners. Her responsibilities include directing the day-to-day operations of the Williams and the Offices of Student Support Services for the Adult and Distance Learners or the “One-Stop-Shop”, the Transfer Center, Off Campus and Evening / Weekend Programs, and Distance Education & Multimedia Services, and Continuing Education. Dr. Nettles holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in English from Tennessee State University. She has held positions ranging from teaching faculty to administration at Langston University (Oklahoma), Florida A&M University, and South Carolina State University. Currently, she is also a tenured Professor of English at Tennessee State University.

Recent unit initiatives include: Developed Dual Admissions agreements with Nashville State Community College, Volunteer State Community College and Motlow State Community College; Selected as a national participant (TSU) in the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning Virtual Prior Learning Assessment Center; Developed a partnership with Academies of Nashville (Nashville Davidson County Public Schools); Netted a profit of $2.3M for distance education programming; Initiated agreement with Tom Joyner Online Education, LLC.

The following represents presentations and publications for Dr. Nettles: “Critical Issues Facing HBCUs: Consumer Driven Choices, Competition, Distance Learning, and Nontraditional Learning Options” at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), 9th Annual Member Universities Professional Institute and Exhibition (Charlotte, North Carolina); “Desegregation to Diversity: Transitions in Tennessee” at the 19th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE 2006), (Chicago, Illinois); “Role of Distance Education Course Delivery in the Partnership to Reform Teacher Education in South Carolina” at the National Board Academy, (Baltimore, Maryland); “Distance Education” to The Community Higher Education Council and Local Education Agencies Partnership to Reform Teacher Education in South Carolina, (Orangeburg, South Carolina). Publications include: Contributed and Edited Literary PerspectivesVols. 1 and 2 (aworld literature textbook)Introductory essays on: “Sappho,” “Frances E. W. Harper,” and “Maria de Zayas,” Kendall Hunt Publishers; Constructed modules to be used in South Carolina public school history curriculum entitled: “African American Women’s Contributions to Civil Rights Movements,” and “African American Women’s Contribution to Science.” South Carolina State Department of Education Publishers; Edited“Integrating Service Learning Into the Curriculum.”Published by the South Carolina State Department of Education Publishers; EditedProgram and Abstracts of the Association of 1890 Research Directors Ninth Biennial Symposium . Published by South Carolina State University Extension and Research; Constructeda reading module for use in General Humanities I at South Carolina State College, entitled: “Epic Conventions.”

Dr. Nettles also serves on several University and state-wide committees including: Tennessee State University Assessment and Improvement Council; Tennessee State University Strategic Planning Committee; Complete College Tennessee Academy – Committee Member; Tennessee Board of Regents Reverse Transfer Committee; Tennessee Higher Education Commission - Advisory Committee for the Articulation and Transfer Study; Tennessee Board of Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) Strategic Planning Committee; Adult Strategies Group: Making Opportunity Affordable – Tennessee (MOA-TN); and Nashville Civic Design Center – Executive Board Member (Recording Secretary).

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