Lynn University names new dean of its College of Liberal Education

Carter-Tellison selected after serving as the chair of the university’s innovative core curriculum

Published May. 16, 2011

Katrina Carter-TellisonKatrina Carter-Tellison was recently named dean of Lynn’s College of Liberal Education, after serving as the chair of the university’s nationally-recognized, innovative core curriculum, The Dialogues of Learning, and as associate professor of sociology.

“Dr. Carter-Tellison brings an intimate knowledge of our core curriculum and teaching philosophies to her new role as dean of the College of Liberal Education,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “As one of the key people responsible for implementing our new core that puts liberal education at its center, I can’t think of a better choice and more capable, deserving person for this role.”

As faculty chair of the core, her work focused on course development, assessment and faculty development throughout every stage of the implementation process for the new curriculum.

In February, one of higher education’s most prestigious national trade publications, Inside Higher Ed, published the article “Ramping Up Rigor” which held Lynn's new core curriculum up as shining example of how colleges and universities can increase the rigor of their academic offerings and improve the comprehensive education of their students. In 2010, the core was also praised by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as “inspirational.”

“Dr. Carter-Tellison has been instrumental in the implementation of our new core curriculum,” Cynthia Patterson, vice president for academic affairs, said. “Her colleagues praise her as a thoughtful, dedicated and passionate educator who is deeply devoted to both student learning and excellence in every phase of academic life.  I have no doubt Dr. Carter-Tellison will excel as dean of the College of Liberal Education, and I am delighted to welcome her as the newest member of our academic leadership team.”

Carter-Tellison’s intellectual interests and research pursuits have mainly focused on three areas: curriculum, immigration and inequality, and social stratification. She joined Lynn’s College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor of sociology in the fall of 2004. She began her career at Lynn by teaching sociology courses, including Contemporary Social Problems, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Current Perspectives in Substance Abuse.

In 2006, she was promoted to chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. In addition to participating in the development and implementation of the new core, she developed and taught a course in the Dialogues of Learning titled, America’s Journey towards Equality in the US: From King to Obama.

“The most important part of leadership is service. I hope to lead with respect, compassion, and equity,” Carter-Tellison said. “As an educator, it has always been my goal to inspire students to have a thirst for knowledge and the world around them. As the dean of College of Liberal Education, I will work hard to be a resource and advocate for faculty and students while continuing my work in the Dialogues of Learning. I will continue the tradition of building and delivering a strong liberal arts education in my new role.”

Prior to coming to Lynn, Carter-Tellison earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Miami. Her major area of concentration was race and ethnic relations with a minor concentration in cultural studies and criminology. The topic of her dissertation was “Skin Tone and Perceptions of Discrimination among African Americans: Evidence from the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality.”

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