Director of Ed.D. & Ed.S. Advanced Programs & Associate Professor of Education, Carson-Newman University, TN

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Julia Price, Director of Ed.D. & Ed.S. Advanced Programs & Associate Professor of Education

Meet Dr. Julia Price, a passionate educator and Carson-Newman University’s Director of Ed.D. and Ed.S. Advanced Programs and Associate Professor of Education.

What programs do you teach at Carson-Newman University? What drew you to this field of study? What keeps you excited about it?

I teach classes in advanced doctoral programs, Ed.D. and Ed.S. Administrative Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, and I am the director of advanced programs. I am the course coordinator for 11 of the courses involved in these programs, and I serve on multiple committees, including:

  • Graduate Studies
  • Quality in Online Education
  • Institutional Review Board

This program is natural for me because I’ve been involved in educational leadership for many years within the public sector as a teacher and principal. I love being involved with this area in higher education because it keeps me current in the critical area of guiding our educational leaders.

How will your programs better prepare/equip educators for the current climate they are facing? 

Our doctoral program is intended to serve educators who are currently in teaching and administrative positions. Our courses are specifically designed to engage them in relevant topics in which they are involved in their educational environment. Educational leadership theory and policy analysis, including ethical, social, and spiritual leadership principles, are involved.

Relevant practitioner areas include management of the school, legal issues, diversity, and exceptionality practice. All faculty in the doctoral program have public school teaching or administrative experience. This gives our faculty professional credibility and empathy for our students.

How will it help them tackle the challenges of COVID and post-COVID teaching?

Our courses have been addressing this issue in several ways. Leadership design helps students understand procedures for any complex decision-making and issues. Learning loss, absenteeism, and behavior issues have currently been part of their post-COVID challenges. Not only are these addressed in courses, but they are given many opportunities for student-to-student collaboration to see how others are meeting these challenges.

What attracted you to teach at Carson-Newman University? What sets them apart?

I was an adjunct professor at Carson-Newman University for many years before I retired from the public schools. Many years before that, both my brothers graduated from Carson-Newman, and so did I, so I have been a “Carson Newman-ite” for years and years.

As director of advanced problems, I am often asked what separates Carson-Newman. The answers are simple:

  • You are a name, not a number here
  • Programs are rigorous and prepare you for the global stage
  • It is a faith-based university

Every faculty member will tell you that we laugh, cry, celebrate, and pray with our students regularly. As a Christian university, Carson-Newman cares about you.

What is your professional background as an educator?

My professional background includes many years as a teacher and principal in public schools. My professional degrees include a:

  • A. In Elementary Education from Carson-Newman University
  • A. degree in Elementary Education from ETSU
  • D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from ETSU

Earlier in my professional life. I was a Career Ladder III teacher and Tennessee Principal of the Year. However, some of my happiest memories are from my time as a third-grade teacher. I was one of those third-grade teachers who wanted to remain in third-grade my entire career but somehow became an administrator as a second career and a professor as a third career. I have been blessed in all three.

Tell us a little about yourself. Why did you become interested in education?

By some subliminal message, my parents instilled in us the importance of a good education. I never remember any pressure from them except the message to “do your very best and meet the challenges.” That must have taken hold because my brothers and I all have doctorates as professors, my daughter works as a professor with a doctorate, my son is at the dissertation stage for his doctorate, and my daughter-in-law has a doctorate as a professor.

Outside of my career, I love to read (mostly nonfiction history), and am a golfer with a very high handicap. I hike as often as possible, and have two, perfect grandchildren. In my past, I played drums in high school summer band camp with Dolly Parton, played football in the neighborhood with Steve Spurrier, played on the first Carson-Newman University competitive women’s basketball team, and went to the Marines for a week and had to do jumping jacks in the sandpit.

What would you tell prospective students considering your programs about yourself? What’s something that students and colleagues should know about you?

I would tell prospective students that I will care about them individually throughout their entire program. I’m always there for them because I was in their shoes for many years and understand their situation.

What advice do you have for students interested in pursuing their graduate education degree? How can people stand out in this field?

My advice for students considering a graduate education degree is to be prepared, persistent, and seek to gain essential, relevant knowledge, not just check off another degree. One way to stand out in the field is to put the term ‘doctor’ in front of your name.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

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