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Dr. Dinah L. DeFord

Title: Adjunct Faculty (Retired)
Company: East Tennessee State University
Location: Kingsport, Tennessee, United States

Dr. Dinah L. DeFord, a retired member of the faculty at East Tennessee State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.

Long driven to build and sustain excellent relationships with her students, Dr. DeFord found success across the span of more than two decades in academic service, culminating in her role as an adjunct faculty member of East Tennessee State University, which she held between 2015 and her retirement in 2023. During this time, she worked as an academic coordinator for the Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, as a building coordinator for the Campus Center Building, and as a seminar facilitator for the McNair Program, among other positions to her credit. Previously, Dr. DeFord availed herself as a teacher’s assistant at Regent University in 2011, and an adjunct faculty member at Northeast State Community College, where she began as a mathematics lab instructor in 2003. To support her endeavors, she sustained her membership with such organizations as the Tennessee Association for Student Success and Retention, the Tennessee Association of Special Programs and the International Society for Self-Directed Learning. 

Dr. DeFord began her own academic efforts at the age of 40. After attaining an Associate of Science at Northeast State Community College, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in mathematics at what is now Milligan University, and a Master of Science from East Tennessee State University. Following this accomplishment, she ultimately received a Doctor of Philosophy in organizational leadership at Regent University. Over the course of her educational journey, she has earned numerous accolades, including listings on the National Dean’s List and President’s List at Northeast State Community College, a listing on the Dean’s List at Milligan University, a Phi Theta Kappa Regional Literacy Award, an L. Rochelle Galloway Moore Award for Distinguished Alumni Service and a TRiO Achiever Award, Northeast State Community College, among many others. In accounting for her overall success, she largely credits the diligence of her studies, as well as her deep and abiding faith. Looking toward the future, Dr. DeFord hopes to continue teaching and remain connected to her students.

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