Feb. 6, 2013 — Morehead State University has announced that Dr. Emma Gillespie Perkins has been named assistant vice president of University College.
“I am pleased that Dr. Perkins has accepted the position in University College. She is a well-respected faculty member with a great deal of credibility on campus and throughout the state. Her commitment to student success will help us move Morehead State University forward,” said Dr. Karla Hughes, provost.
Dr. Perkins served in the interim assistant vice president role since the retirement of Dr. Charlie Patrick last year.
She graduated from MSU and The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in art studio and art history and earned her master’s degree from MSU. Dr. Perkins earned her Ed.D. degree in instruction and administration, art education from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Perkins, who has held several positions on campus, joined the MSU family in 1995.
She has been an active faculty member who continues to focus upon student mentoring, teaching and community outreach. She served as Cultural Studies Director and as Director of the Center for Leadership and Professional Development. During this time, she organized and presented numerous cultural diversity conferences and professional development programs for the MSU community. Some of these event topics included Appreciative Advising, Academic Success for Underrepresented students, Integrated Course Design, Critical Thinking and MSU student learning strategies. She worked to expand and develop MSU professional learning communities (PLCs) in areas such as student success, university mandates in Kentucky, technology, community outreach, diversity and international education.
An alumnus of MSU’s President’s Leadership Academy, she served as director and mentor for the PLA class of 2012 and as a mentor and facilitator for first year faculty. She is the past president of the Kentucky Art Education Association and was the distinguished Kentucky Art Educator of 2007 and 2008. Prior to her current career in academia, she was a statewide director who managed operations and budgeting for 10,000 field and office employees in the health sector.
She is co-author of Retention and Recruitment Plan: Closing the Gaps, Reaching the Summit, and is active in a variety of retention efforts both on the MSU campus and in Kentucky.
Dr. Perkins has published work in the fields of creativity, visual literacy and student learning, as well as English as a second language. She has presented more than 35 papers at regional and national venues on teaching, student learning and retention.
Additional information may be obtained by calling Dr. Perkins at 606-783-2884.