About the Provost
Dr. Kina Mallard became Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Carson-Newman University Spring of 2009 and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Provost in Spring of 2013. She oversees faculty and academic programs, institutional effectiveness and SACS accreditation, Strategic Planning, Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Life Directions Center, Counseling Services, Enrollment and Retention Management, University Relations and Information Technology. Mallard was instrumental in Carson-Newman's entry in online graduate programs in 2011 and the development of new graduate programs in Education, Applied Theology, and Social Justice and an interdisciplinary degree completion program in Organizational Leadership.
Dr. Mallard was selected to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Education Management at Harvard University in 2011. She holds a Certificate in Professional Fundraising Certificate from Boston University and is a Certified Trainer in Appreciative Inquiry and Mediation.
Her professional service extends to board membership for Department Chair Journal, Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and Appalachian College Association. Focusing on chair and leadership development and sustaining joy at work, Kina has contributed numerous book chapters and articles and is a nationally recognized speaker.
Prior to her arrival at Carson-Newman, Dr. Mallard served as Academic Dean at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. During her time at Gordon, she oversaw development and management of curriculum and academic departments; supervised Registrar, Director of the Academic Support Center, Director of the Library, Director of Graduate Education, division moderators and department chairs. She managed institutional effectiveness, assessment, and NEASC accreditation and created new programs including the Center for Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy.
Dr. Mallard also served 15 years of her career at Union University in Jackson, TN. as Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Development, Director of Center for Faculty Development and the Chair of Communication Arts. While at Union, Mallard developed, launched, and funded the Center for Faculty Development as well as interdisciplinary programs in film studies and digital media studies. Dr. Mallard was awarded Faculty of the Year in 1995 and was presented the Innovative Teaching Award in 1993 and 1996.
Mallard received her B.S. degree in Speech and Theater from Middle Tennessee State University and earned her M.A. and Ph.D in Organizational Communications and Communications from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. She is married to Stephen Dietz, Director of Business Development for Food Donation Connection and together they have five children. They reside in Jefferson City, Tennessee with their Malteese, Tino and Bentley, the Labradoodle.