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My one word is: GIFT

Favorite radio stations: KLOVE and NPR (I love Science Fridays)

Favorite past time: Cooking

Something no one would guess about me:  I am one of the worship leaders at my church

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Assistant Professor Tenisha Tevis

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I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA.  My higher education began at Sacramento City College, where I played basketball and received an AA in language and literature.  I did not know how much I loved education until I transferred to "Sac State" where I received both a bachelor's and master's degree in Sociology, and had the opportunity to teach my first college courses.   Having had the opportunity to receive my doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University, solidified my desire not only to teach, but also enhance students' lives.  I found out I make a difference and I have been doing so ever since.  Prior to coming to Pacific I taught at Penn State and American University, as well as a research analyst for the Kansas State Department of Education.  I am very passionate about research and teaching, thus my focus is most concerned with students' transition to post-secondary education and the impact that both college entrance exams and high school composition has on the choices students make about higher education.

It is my goal to inspire and excite students about education.  What's more, I look forward to helping aspiring educational leaders on how they too can make a difference.  

Ph.D., in Educational Policy Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007

Cognate: Higher Education Administration

M.A., Sociology, California State University, Sacramento, 2002

B.A., Sociology, California State University, Sacramento, 1999

A.A., Language and Literature, Sacramento City College, 1998