Chance comes to ASU from Georgia Southern University where she is professor emeritus in educational leadership and previously dean of their College of Education. A former classroom teacher, principal, professor, and administrator, she brings more than 20 years experience in higher education to her new role.
“We are excited to have Dr. Chance join the ASU family. She brings a perfect mix of academic credentials, administrative experience, and knowledge of the University System of Georgia to help Augusta State (and the New U) continue to move forward,” said Carol Rychly, vice president for academic affairs at ASU.
While serving at Georgia Southern, Chance established the Georgia Center for Educational Renewal to address issues and challenges in K-12 education, promote partnerships between the university and P-16 communities, and improve teaching and learning in schools. She was instrumental in obtaining a one-million dollar gift for an endowed professor in educational leadership from the Goizuetta Foundation as well as $500,000 in scholarships for Hispanic education majors.
Prior to becoming dean of the College of Education at Georgia Southern, Chance served as dean of education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She also served for 10 years at the University of Memphis. She began her career in education as a classroom teacher and principal in Milan, Tenn.
Chance serves on the national and state Professional Accreditation Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She also is a member of the Fulbright International Review Peer Committee and the National Education Association.
Chance is a recipient of numerous awards including a Leadership Award from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, a Distinguished Educator Award for the state of Tennessee, and for Superior Performance in University Research from the University of Memphis.
She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as edited two books, one of which is currently under development. She is a frequent guest lecturer on topics in education both nationally and internationally, and as an international Rotarian, she has made presentations at clubs in England, France, and China.
Chance received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lambuth College, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Tennessee, and doctoral degree also in curriculum and instruction from Memphis State University.
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