Mary Monroe-Ellis, dean of Transitional Studies at Pellissippi State Community College, recently completed the yearlong Regents Academic Leadership Institute program.
RALI is administered by the Tennessee Board of Regents in conjunction with the Academy for Leadership and Development (the Chair Academy) in Mesa, Ariz. The institute’s purpose is to develop a network of problem solvers from the TBR system of colleges and universities who will work together to produce quality programs. Pellissippi State is a TBR institution, and RALI participants are selected by their colleges.
“Taking part was an opportunity to look at what effective leadership really is and how to implement it at Pellissippi State,” said Monroe-Ellis.
The dean attended workshops and completed a practicum. Through the practicum, she put into action an individualized professional development plan that applied skills learned during training. She also participated in a mentoring and coaching program.
Monroe-Ellis received the 2009 Pellissippi State Gene Joyce Visionary Award for her work in redesigning the college’s Developmental Studies Program in reading, writing and mathematics.
Having served for the past 20 years as a math professor at Pellissippi State, she became dean of the new Transitional Studies Department two years ago. Transitional Studies helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed at college-level courses. The department includes not only developmental reading, mathematics and writing but also English as a Second Language and College Success.
Monroe-Ellis has a master’s degree in Mathematics Education and a doctoral in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee. Her experience also includes teaching algebra and geometry at the middle- and high-school level.