Stout School of Education

Dr. Mariann Tillery


Dr. Mariann Tillery
Department Chair, Leadership Studies
Professor, Education
Stout School Of Education 239
Drawer 45
(336) 841-9286


Formerly serving as the Dean of the Stout School of Education, Dr. Tillery now serves as Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies and project director for the PREPARE Teacher Residency Program.  Under her leadership, the Stout School of Education has developed nationally accredited programs emphasizing trends in STEM education 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. The Stout School of Education also now hosts the EDU-Fellows program which allows academic accelerated undergraduates majoring in education or seeking licensure to teach secondary education to participate in a scholarship-based cohort program with other fellows as they take common courses and participate in specialized activities, trips and service-based activities together.  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 the School of Education’s B.A. to M.Ed. degrees.

Working with her faculty, Dr. Tillery has been instrumental in the School of Education being the recipient of two of the largest university awarded grants to date.  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 N.C. 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 provides the resources needed to address recent challenges in recruiting and retaining high quality teachers in the Piedmont, particularly in schools designated as highly impacted.  Under Dr. Tillery’s leadership 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.