Dr. Tami Eggleston, a longtime senior administrator and psychology professor at McKendree University, became its new provost on Jan. 1. She succeeds Dr. Christine Bahr, the retiring provost and dean, who served the university since 2008.
McKendree University President Daniel Dobbins noted Eggleston’s “creative and positive approach to problem solving and her innate ability to energize others in their efforts to bring forward and implement solutions.
“She demonstrates an exemplary work ethic and a strong drive to do the hard work required to make things better,” he said. “We will continue to benefit from her unwavering commitment to McKendree and her passion for serving all Bearcats in a positive, creative and inclusive manner.”
Eggleston joined the faculty in 1996 and has been a professor of psychology and the associate provost for institutional effectiveness. As the associate provost since 2007, she oversaw the contract and payroll process for part-time faculty, organized the McKendree Values Part-time faculty (MVP) orientation, coordinated the Teaching for Excellence (T4E) faculty development program, led the university’s award-winning assessment efforts, and participated in its last two successful Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visits.
She also serves as an HLC peer reviewer and a National Institute of Learning Outcomes and Assessment speaker. Eggleston is an Association of Applied Sport Psychology Certified Mental Performance Consultant, working with student-athletes on various sport teams from the McKendree Bearcats to local high schools. She regularly presents about teaching, technology, strategic planning and assessment at various conferences and campuses. She enjoys “helping campuses find specific, practical strategies that truly make a difference in what matters most—students,” she said.
Eggleston has received the University of Missouri St. Louis Teaching and Technology Award, the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, the McKendree Grandy Faculty Award, and the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education’s Exemplary Teacher Award.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology and general psychology from Morningside College in Iowa, and master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from Iowa State University.