Summerlin And Price Present At ACA Summit

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - by Collette Bliss, Lee University

Lee University’s Dr. Delia Price, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Donna Summerlin, chair of the Department of Language and Literature, presented at the annual Appalachian College Association Summit in Kingsport, Tn. 

The summit brings together faculty, staff, and administrative leaders from across the ACA to engage in ongoing collaboration and share best practices in preparing students for achievement. 

Their presentation, titled “Effective Teaching Practices for Student Engagement,” provided research-based strategies for instructors to support active learning in their classrooms, both with and without the aid of technology. 

Coming to Lee as a part-time faculty member in 2009, Dr. Price joined the full-time faculty of the Helen DeVos College of Education in 2013. Prior to Lee, Price worked in the Hamilton County public school system for 25 years, serving as a middle school teacher and, later, a principal at the Tyner Middle Academy. Dr. Price earned her doctorate and master’s in education from Trevecca Nazarene University and her bachelor’s from Tennessee Temple University. 

“Teaching is my great passion and has been my lifelong career, so I am always excited to share my knowledge to support excellent classroom practices,” said Dr. Price. “The session was overflowing with participants who willingly participated and exchanged ideas.” 

Dr. Summerlin joined the Lee faculty in 1988. In addition to serving as chair of the department, she also serves as a professor of English. She received the Excellence in Advising Award in 2003 the Excellence in Teaching award in 2016, fellowships from the ACA during the 1992 and 1993 academic years, and the Janet Rahamut Award for service to students outside the classroom in 2015. 

Dr. Summerlin earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, her Master of Education and Master of Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Lee University. 

“The session was well attended and participants seemed to benefit from the pedagogies we introduced,” said Dr. Summerlin. 

According to Dr. Price, the conference brought together teachers from approximately 35 private Appalachian colleges. Lee University was well represented, with a number of faculty and students presenting. 

For more information about the ACA Summit, visit https://acaweb.org/events/summit/.

For more information on the Appalachian College Association, visit https://acaweb.org/.


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