HIGH POINT, N.C., July 9, 2021 – High Point University is honoring retiring professor Dr. Mariann Tillery with dean emeritus status in recognition of her 30 years of service.
“We are grateful for Dr. Tillery’s leadership, commitment and service to High Point University,” said Dr. Daniel Erb, senior vice president of Academic Affairs. “All of us and our future students will continue to benefit from her vision and her legacy.”
Tillery has served HPU in a variety of positions, including most recently as department chair for leadership studies. Prior to that she was the dean of the Stout School of Education. Working with her faculty, she was instrumental in securing several grants for the School of Education.
Under Tillery’s leadership, the School of Education established the university’s first doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership, which is focused on preparing transformational leaders whose practice is grounded in research, culturally responsive pedagogy, data-informed strategic thinking and improved student outcomes. She has developed several B.A. to M.Ed. programs in Literacy, STEM, Educational Leadership and Special Education for students to continue their study at HPU to receive master’s degrees in these concentration areas. The School of Education also has become a LEGO Education Service Provider for North Carolina, offering training to educators across the state on how to use educational manipulatives to teach the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Her research interests focused on identifying the variables most closely connected with beginning teacher retention, the impact of pre-service training programs on mentoring beginning teachers, and the effectiveness of differentiated instructional strategies with K-12 students diagnosed with learning and attention disorders. She has presented her research at state and national conferences including the Council for Exceptional Children, the North Carolina Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In August 2017, Tillery was appointed by the N.C. General Assembly to serve on the N.C. Teaching Fellows Commission representing private colleges and universities with educator preparation programs in the state.
“As I look back, I relish my time at High Point University,” said Tillery. “There are few words to truly express how blessed I am to have had such a rewarding career in my role as professor and later dean of the Stout School of Education. I am so very grateful for the wonderful colleagues and students with whom I have worked with over the years and will always cherish our HPU family.”
Tillery, a Phi Beta Kappa inductee, has published numerous articles on facilitating collaboration between special and regular education teachers and implementing an inclusion model of instruction. In her tenure at HPU, she has served as chair of the university’s Advisory Board for Educational Assessment and co-authored the 2006 QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan). In 2009, Tillery was the recipient of one of the Piedmont Triad’s 2009 Women Extraordinaire Awards, given by Business Leader Media. She is also a North Carolina-licensed psychologist.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in school psychology from North Carolina State University.