Institution: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Assistant Director, Engineering Diversity Programs
Ms. Thompson has more than 5 years of progressive higher education experience. She serves as the Assistant Director, Engineering Diversity Programs, in the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) and joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2015. In her role, Ms. Thompson provides programming that contributes to the recruitment, retention, and graduation of historically underrepresented students and women within the TCE. She oversees pre-college programs and women in engineering initiatives. Prior to her role in the TCE, Ms. Thompson worked as the primary advisor for exploratory majors and supplemental advisor for undergraduate students at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG).
Ms. Thompson holds a BA degree in biology and psychology from Salem College and a Masters of Education degree in student personnel administration in higher education from UNCG.
America is facing a crisis of underrepresented minorities (URMs) entering the field of engineering, which can be traced back to their elementary and secondary school preparation (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, 2014). With competitive admission criteria, our URMs are not obtaining the necessary admission criteria to be accepted into most engineering programs across […]