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Kerry K. Robinson

Assistant Professor


Kerry Robinson comes to UT with a BA in English Literature from Michigan State University, a MS in Special Education from Kean University, and PhD in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kerry began her teaching career as a special education teacher in New Jersey and then in Virginia and held a variety of positions as an administrator for nine years: an elementary assistant principal, a district-level instructional specialist, a director of instructional administration, and a director of assessment and data. Prior to coming to UT, she worked as the research director for Project ALL, a $5.2 million federally funded grant at Virginia Commonwealth University that prepares the next generation of administrators for Richmond City Schools.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UT, Kerry will work with Masters, Education Specialist, and administrator certificate students through UT’s online programs. Additionally, she will work with students in the Leadership Academy through the Center for Educational Leadership. With her wealth of experience as a teacher and administrator, Kerry hopes to establish a strong research agenda that will benefit students in all education programs, the department as a whole, as well as the entire College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Robinson’s advise for aspiring leaders:

“Things in education always seem to keep evolving. It is important to keep current with changes that are going on at the local, state, and federal level. One way to keep current is to get involved with leadership opportunities where you work. Getting on things like leadership teams and school improvement committees can only help expand your knowledge and will make you a much more marketable candidate when you are applying for those first administrative positions.”

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  • Phone: 865-974-6161
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