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Education Story

School of Education Welcomes Exemplary Educators

November 3, 2010 - The School of Education extends a warm welcome
to three outstanding educators from across the state:
Dr. Eric D. Marvin
(left), Germantown campus,
Dr. Ben T. Phillips
(center), Jackson campus and
Dr. Michael C. Shackleford
(right), Hendersonville campus. Executive Dean Thomas Rosebrough comments, “This year’s class of three new School of Education faculty clearly reflects our growth in three vibrant communities in West and Middle Tennessee. As we can see from their biographies below, Eric, Ben, and Mike bring superb credentials to help serve our growing student population at the graduate level.”

Eric D. Marvin, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Education, Germantown.

Prior to beginning his service at Union University, Dr. Eric D. Marvin has served in a variety of educational capacities. Most recently, Dr. Marvin was an Associate Professor of Education at Freed-Hardeman University.

Dr. Marvin completed his doctoral studies in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership concentrated in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Memphis. While in Memphis, Dr. Marvin worked at the University of Memphis as a research analyst for the Appalachian Technology in Education Consortium (ATEC), one of the ten Regional Technology in Education Consortia (RTEC) of the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). In this role, Dr. Marvin co-authored a Technology Coach Handbook to assist K-12 educators with technology integration, and he assisted in the training of Tennessee Technology Coaches, recipients of competitively distributed federal funding as a part of Tennessee’s EdTech Launch initiative. Dr. Marvin has also worked as a Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (TLCF) site researcher and adjunct professor at the University of Memphis. Dr. Marvin was the recipient of the Outstanding Instructional Design and Technology Student Award at the University of Memphis. Dr. Marvin holds a Masters of Education degree from Harding University, and he is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University.

Dr. Marvin has presented at numerous international, national, state, and local conferences, and he is a member of several leading educational organizations. Dr. Marvin’s research interests are related to technology integration and the ways in which new technologies can enhance student achievement.

Ben T. Phillips. Ed.D.
Director of Ed.S. and Ed.D. Programs & Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Jackson

Prior to Dr. Phillips’ full-time role at Union, he served as an adjunct instructor in the Ed.D. program that he now directs. His education experience includes serving as a secondary school math teacher, high school assistant principal, and high school principal. His varied background has taken him from rural schools to urban schools to suburban schools.

After ten years in public education, he began his ministry in Christian education at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson. During his time as Trinity’s high school principal, he also completed a year-long interim assignment as the Head of School, overseeing the day-to-day operations and educational program for grades PreK-12. Now, Dr. Phillips oversees both the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs on the Jackson campus.

Dr. Phillips continues to pursue his research interests that began with his dissertation, including the calculation and understanding of student gain scores and the factors that influence students’ academic gains. Dr. Phillips has also spent almost a decade preparing high school students for the ACT. Recently, he has begun training high school teachers to incorporate ACT-style instruction and testing into their classrooms. In the leadership and research classes he teaches at Union, he strives to show how theory relates to practice in today’s schools. His years as a practitioner provide a solid background that helps him bring relevancy to his classes.

Michael C. Shackleford, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Hendersonville

Prior to Dr. Shackleford’s fulltime appointment, he served as an adjunct professor at Union University, Hendersonville. Before to coming to Union University, Dr. Shackleford was a public school classroom teacher, administrator, school accreditation visiting team member, curriculum publisher consultant, educational consultant, conference speaker, guest lecturer for various universities, and professional development specialist working with community college instructors as well as for a variety of corporate clients. In addition to Dr. Shackleford’s work at Union University, he provides professional development training and consulting services to schools and school districts across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Shackleford has his doctorate in Administrative Leadership from Vanderbilt University. His research centers on the use of problem-based learning in professional preparation for administrators and teachers as well as classroom applications in K-12 settings. Additional research focuses on specific strategies that classroom teachers and schools can implement in the areas of learning environment, curriculum, assessment and instruction which lead to improvement in student learning.