Dr. Mariann Tillery
Dean, School of Education
Director of Teacher Education
343 Roberts Hall
Dr. Mariann Tillery has served as Dean of the School of Education since 2005. Formerly a school psychologist, she received her doctoral degree in School Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Tillery’s particular research interests focus on the perceptions of preservice special and general education teacher education majors for inclusionary methods and
practices. Dr. Tillery has published several articles on the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs in shaping the attitudes of preservice teachers toward inclusion and has presented her research at state and national conferences. In 2003 the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) recognized Dr. Tillery’s presentation, Preparing Student Teachers for Inclusionary Coteaching: Do We Practice What We Preach? as one of ten most significant presentations at its National Convention in New York City.
Under Dr. Tillery’s leadership the School of Education has implemented Literacy and STEM Master’s degree programs in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts (MAT) Program in Elementary Education and a highly successful graduate degree cohort program in Educational Leadership. In the fall of 2012 the School of Education began offering the university’s first doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Tillery has served as the chair of the university’s Advisory Board for Educational Assessment and was co-author of the 2006 QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan). In 2009 Dr. Tillery was the recipient of one of the Piedmont Triad’s 2009 Women Extraordinaire Award, given by Business Leader Media.
Dr. Tillery is a licensed psychologist and a Phi Beta Kappa inductee.