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King University News :: Matt Roberts Named Dean of Academic Affairs for King College

Dr. Matt Roberts has received the appointment to dean of Academic Affairs for King College. 

“I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity,” said Roberts.  “My vision, in accepting this appointment, is that the faculty and staff of King College feel supported by the Office of Academic Affairs.  My approach to this position is that of a servant leader.  I am a life-long learner and look forward to working with, and learning from, the King community.”

Prior to his new role, Roberts served as the associate dean of Teaching and Educational Development and director of King’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) faculty development opportunities.

Roberts began his career at King College in 2008, where, in addition to his recent roles in QEP and as associate dean, he has served the College as assistant professor of Education, student teacher supervisor, and STEA-KE (Student Tennessee Education Association – King College) faculty advisor. 

“Dr. Roberts is an exceptional educator and leader,” said Dr. Paul Percy, provost for King College.  “We are confident of his leadership ability and the asset he will be to the Office of Academic Affairs, to the faculty, and the King community.”

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English and Foreign Language from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1997, Roberts completed post-baccalaureate work towards his teaching licensure at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in 1999.  He continued his studies at the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas, where, in 2000, he received his Master of Arts in Applied English Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition.  In 2008, Roberts received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with concentrations in Literacy Education, Educational Psychology, and Qualitative Research from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Roberts is a member of the Buechner Institute Governing Board.  He is also a member of the National Council on Teachers English (NCTE), International Reading Association and Tennessee Reading Association (TRA), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), as well as an advisor and member of the Tennessee Education Association. 

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