Shannon Collier-Tenison, PHD

Associate Dean of the College of Business, Health and Human Services, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

HOME: Little Rock

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Root Cafe

“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.”
— MARGARET MEAD

Dr. Shannon Collier-Tenison has served in higher education for nearly two decades, occupying a wide range of roles during this time, from faculty to program coordinator to administrator. Outside of her day job, she volunteers her time on the board of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Collier-Tenison has been married for 30 years, and is mom to twin boys.

Shannon Collier-Tenison, PHD

Associate Dean of the College of Business, Health and Human Services, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

HOME: Little Rock

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Root Cafe

“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.”
— MARGARET MEAD

Dr. Shannon Collier-Tenison has served in higher education for nearly two decades, occupying a wide range of roles during this time, from faculty to program coordinator to administrator. Outside of her day job, she volunteers her time on the board of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Collier-Tenison has been married for 30 years, and is mom to twin boys.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

A social work degree provides so many opportunities to serve, from work with individuals to entire communities. I’ve used my degree in some non-traditional settings, but social work knowledge and skills translate across settings.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

That small window of the evening when the entire family is home, and we have a few minutes to catch up on the day (even if it is just a quick “goodnight, love you” before everyone heads to bed).

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

My role as a mentor for faculty new to academia and for faculty making the transition to administration. Both are much more difficult than they look from the outside. I have had amazing mentors, and it is important to me to give back.

SURPRISING FACT:

I’m not always as calm as I look.

REMEMBER ME FOR:

Being kind, living with integrity, being true to my own values and advocating for social justice.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

A social work degree provides so many opportunities to serve, from work with individuals to entire communities. I’ve used my degree in some non-traditional settings, but social work knowledge and skills translate across settings.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

That small window of the evening when the entire family is home, and we have a few minutes to catch up on the day (even if it is just a quick “goodnight, love you” before everyone heads to bed).

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

My role as a mentor for faculty new to academia and for faculty making the transition to administration. Both are much more difficult than they look from the outside. I have had amazing mentors, and it is important to me to give back.

SURPRISING FACT:

I’m not always as calm as I look.

REMEMBER ME FOR:

Being kind, living with integrity, being true to my own values and advocating for social justice.

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