ETSU professors to deliver ‘Great Lectures’ in ongoing series

Published 3:06 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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JOHNSON CITY – Drs. Julia Atiles, Stacey J. Fisher and Colin Glennon will be featured in the third installment of East Tennessee State University’s Great Lecture Series.
The new lecture series, which began in October 2023, celebrates and showcases the work of faculty who have recently been promoted to full professor at ETSU. Faculty play an integral role in the mission of ETSU through their teaching, research and service, and this lecture series provides them an opportunity to share their work with the broader community.
The third installment will be held Friday, March 1, at 2 p.m. in the East Tennessee Room on the second level of the D.P. Culp Student Center. It is free and open to the public.
“Interpersonal Alchemy: The Power of Relationships on the Path to Professorship” is the topic of Atiles’ talk. Atiles is a professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education. The Puerto Rico native has a special interest in Latino issues, both on the U.S. mainland and in Latin American countries. Her research focuses on difficulties faced by early childhood educators, and most recently, she has been addressing the challenges of teaching English as a foreign language to 4- and 5-year-olds in Costa Rica.
Fisher’s lecture is titled “Wait, What Was the Question?” Fisher is a professor on ETSU’s Sevierville campus and ETSU Online, and is a member of the graduate faculty. She serves as a cohort student adviser and as coordinator for ETSU at Sevierville’s K-5 elementary education program. The former public school teacher’s research focus is family literacy and financial literacy/personal finance for rural, first-generation college students and non-traditional students. She is an inaugural member of the Distinguished Educator Council for the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission.
“Statesmanship Lost to the True Believers. Can We Still Reverse Course?” is the topic to be addressed by Glennon, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, International Affairs and Public Administration. He teaches courses in public law and American politics and serves as the pre-law adviser and faculty adviser for the ETSU Mock Trial team. He has authored and co-authored works in the fields of constitutional law, American government and American political thought.
ETSU professors regularly produce premiere scholarship, with faculty and staff often winning competitive grants and fellowships.
For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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