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Retiring as coordinator emerita of the Academic Enrichment Learning Lab, Ernestine (Tina) Adams has played an instrumental role in helping students to succeed at Central. Ms. Adams served the university and its students for more than 17 years.
A Central alumna, she earned a master’s degree in adult education from Central in 1978 and an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction in 1989. She also studied at Arizona State University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in English education in 1963.
Her career in education began at Mesa School District in Arizona, and included stints teaching high school in Seattle and Warrensburg, as well as college students at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Ms. Adams came to Central in 1976 as a part-time adjunct composition teaching for Veterans Adult School Training. She held other part-time positions in the Educations Development Center (now Department of Academic Enrichment) before becoming a full-time instructor and coordinator in the EDC Learning Center in 1985. She advances through the faculty rank and became an associate professor in 1996.
In addition to her work at the Learning Center, Ms. Adams has provided editorial support and contributions for professional journals, written grants in support of research or teaching, and participated in numerous organizations related to her field.