HI! My name is Tenisha Tevis and I am the Director of the Educational Resource Center (ERC) and Assistant Professor in the Benerd School of Education. Prior to coming to Pacific I taught at American University and was a research analyst for the Kansas State Department of Education. I am very passionate about both research and teaching as they empower students to make informed decisions. Having been raised in Sacramento and having had the opportunity to study, work, and live both in and outside California, I see how important it is that students are informed. This is truly what allows one to take advantage of the opportunities they may not have otherwise recognized were available to them.
The ERC caters to students' many needs through Tutorial Services, Basic Skills courses, and Services for Students with Disabilities. At the ERC we work/serve to empower both the University and the surrounding community through academic success, providing resources and a safe space for students to grow.
As an Assistant Professor, my teaching interests include Education in American Society, Testing and Educational Equity, School Reform, Access and Choice in American Higher Education, and Sociological Inequalities in American Education, as well as research methods and policy courses. In my roles as Director and Assistant Professor, I believe that institutions of higher education are the precursor and the gateway to social competence and professional success. Thus, it is mandatory that such institutions arm their students with the necessary capital to be successful in all aspects of life. And it is due to the School of Education and the Educational Resource Center that Pacific students and the surrounding community are bestowed this opportunity.
PLEASE stop by the ERC anytime. We have an open-door to all who want to learn about who we are and what we do!
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