An interim dean has been named for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Education and Health Professions. Associate Dean Shannon Collier-Tenison, who is an associate professor of social work, has been tapped to serve as the interim dean.
She will be replacing Dr. Ann Bain, who was recently named the new provost and executive vice chancellor for the university.
In her new role, Collier-Tenison will be charged with overseeing the largest student enrollment at UA Little Rock. The College of Education and Health Professions consists of the School of Education, School of Social Work, Department of Nursing, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, and the School of Counseling, Human Performance, and Rehabilitation.
“I am pleased to be able to continue my work with the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education and Health Professions,” Collier-Tenison said. “While I know there will be challenges ahead, our college is strong and well positioned to move forward. I am very optimistic about our university leadership with Chancellor Christy Drale and Provost Ann Bain at the helm.”
Collier-Tenison joined UA Little Rock in 2006 as an assistant professor and served as the coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work program from 2010-2014. In addition, Collier-Tenison was the restructuring liaison for the College of Social Sciences and Communication and the interim co-director of the School of Social Work.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hendrix College, and a master’s degree and doctorate in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
“Dr. Collier-Tenison has demonstrated able leadership in several positions over the last nine years and has earned the respect of her colleagues through her conscientious and collaborative administrative activities,” Chancellor Christina Drale said in a statement. “I have every confidence that Dr. Collier-Tenison will be an excellent interim dean. She brings to the position perspective, experience, superb interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic. She is well-prepared to lead the College of Education and Health Professions through the next phase of our journey to a strong and flourishing university.”