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Dr. Philip Phillips, Class of 1990, Named Associate Dean for MTSU's Honors College

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Veteran English professor Philip Phillips '90, recently accepted MTSU’s offer to become the permanent associate dean in the University Honors College.

"I can think of no place on this campus I would rather be than the Honors College,” Phillips said. "I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve as associate dean and to work with such fantastic students, faculty and staff. It’s a wonderful community of learning.”

Honors Dean John Vile said Phillips has "done an extraordinary job for three successive years” and that "he’s perfect” for the job. "He’s a good teacher, good scholar and he already knows the job.”

Phillips, the lone on-campus applicant, was among 19 candidates for the job. He had served as interim associate dean for more than two years. Vile said Phillips had "done an extraordinary job” in coordinating the fall and spring Honors Lecture Series, he provided innovative ideas for the new Honors College transfer scholarship and a number of other things. MTSU alumnus

Phillips, who joined the English faculty in 1999, earned his bachelor’s degree from Belmont University and both his master’s degree and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. For more about his teaching and research areas, visit

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