Bicknell is dean of education at LMU

Kate ReaganOur Town Leaders

Dr. Teresa Bicknell is dean of the Carter and Moyers School of Education at Lincoln Memorial University. Bicknell has served as interim dean since 2019. She joined the LMU faculty in 2002.

The recommendation came from W. Mark Tew, vice president for academic affairs.

“After working with her only a few months, it was obvious that Dr. Bicknell knew our College of Education, had a heart for our students and was the right person for the demanding job of dean,” said Tew.

“The practice of training educators to teach and lead in K-12 schools is challenging in the best of times. The Covid-19 Pandemic has further challenged the art of teaching and leading schools,” Bicknell said. “Our vision … is to provide each of our students relevant programs where they can acquire skills to meet those challenges head on. This involves a commitment from our faculty and staff to use data to guide us in program improvement and choosing relevant course material.”

Bicknell joined LMU after a career in schools including time as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and assistant principal from 1983 through 2002. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and education from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech and her educational doctorate from Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Bicknell resides in Knoxville with her husband, Steve. The Bicknells are parents to a pair of adult daughters, grandparents to six and great-grandparents to two.

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Kate M. Reagan is senior director of marketing and public relations at Lincoln Memorial University.

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