Dr. Mariann Tillery
Dean, School of Education
Director of Teacher Education
Stout School Of Education 239
Under Dr. Tillery’s leadership, the Stout School of Education has developed nationally accredited programs emphasizing trends in 21st century STEM careers in science, technology and educational leadership. Through a substantive partnership with LEGO Education, the School of Education has hosted more than 10,000 students in grades K-12 for STEM summer enrichment camps, robotics competitions and community events. Dr. Tillery has worked to develop leadership opportunities for students through the School of Education’s BA to M.Ed. programs in Elementary STEM or literacy, Special Education and Educational Leadership. Most recently, a May internship program focusing on educational policy, advocacy and leadership development at The Washington Center in Washington D.C. has been added to the options for students pursuing BA to M.Ed. degrees.
Working with her faculty, Dr. Tillery was instrumental in the School of Education being the recipient of two of the largest university awarded grants. In 2016 HPU was one of five North Carolina institutions to be awarded a 1.87 million dollar grant by the North Carolina Association School Leadership Development to prepare aspiring teachers to become transformational school leaders. In October 2018 the School of Education, in partnership with A&T State University and Guilford County Schools, was awarded a 3.7 million dollar US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant. The TQP grant will provide the resources needed to address recent challenges in recruiting and retaining high quality teachers in North Carolina, particularly in schools designated as highly impacted. The university’s first doctoral degree program in educational leadership was offered by the School of Education beginning in 2012. Currently, this program has more than 80 doctoral students enrolled and since graduating the inaugural class in 2016, three of these candidates have been named N.C. School Superintendents.
Appointed by the General Assembly, Dr. Tillery also currently serves on the N.C. Teaching Fellows Commission, representing the Independent Colleges and Universities across the state. Dr. Tillery is a licensed psychologist and a Phi Beta Kappa inductee.