Evelyn M. Mobley, Ph.D.

The Maxinevelyn-mobleye Smith Fellows Program is a prestigious Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) initiative conceived under the Geier Consent Decree. The purpose of the Maxine Smith Fellows program is to provide professional development opportunities for African-American TBR employees. My process was mediated by Dr. Hewlett and the nomination to the selection committee came from Dr. Catanzaro. Qualified applicants are individuals who demonstrate leadership potential. As part of this 10 month fellowship, I have the opportunity to observe senior level administration. This opportunity includes more than an explanation of the individual’s position; it includes the day to day operations, decision making process and issues facing higher education, as well as policy decisions at the institutional, state and national level. Moreover, I have built a relationship with my mentor, Dr. Janet Smith, President of Columbia State Community College. As her mentee, I have been exposed to Columbia State’s institution, policies, standards and Dr. Smith’s leadership style and abilities. The opportunity with the Maxine Smith Fellows Program has broadened my perspective and provided experiences beyond my role as an Associate Professor in the Math and Sciences division. Nearing the end of the fellowship, I have the opportunity to develop, write and orally present a project. Tentatively, my project involves best practices for the assessment of student learning outcomes, which is imperative for an institution’s accreditation. For faculty, this has the potential to enhance course changes placing an emphasis on data driven continuous improvement. This experience has been life changing and I am fortunate to have been selected for this honor.