Dr. Bender

Dr. Fran Bender
Assistant Provost for Student Retention and Success

English Department
324 Holt Hall
423 425-4636



Dr. Bender and 2006 study abroad students at London's Kings Cross Station Platform nine and three-fourths. Left to right: Dr. Bender, Jason Dickson (UTC), Becky Jones (Eastern Kentucky Univ.), Amanda Loftis (MTSU), Michelle Cruey (Northern Kentucky Univ.), Theresa Powers (Eastern Kentucky), Holly Winters (Western Oregon Univ.), Franie Glass (UTC), Laura Huff (Western Kentucky Univ.), Jacquelyn Valentine (Northern Kentucky Univ.), Cathleen Eberly (Western Oregon Univ.)
Dr. Bender is a UTC Mildred Routt Distinguished Teaching Professor. She has been a member of the university faculty for more than 30 years. Her undergraduate degree was awarded by the University of Chattanooga, UTC's predecessor. She holds a master's degree from Wake Forest University and an Ed.D in administration and management of higher education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Dr. Bender has been a member of the English Department since 1981 after a stint as head of the Department of Human Services Management.

She has served the university on a number of administrative committees including, chairing the Academic Standards Committee, the Instructional Excellence Committee. the Commencement Committee, the Faculty Administrative Relations Committee, and the Faculty Research Committee. She was the First Vice-President of the UTC Faculty Council, and she has served as secretary of the Faculty Council.

She has been active in community service through chairing the A Tale for One City Committee, the Education Committee of St. Nicholas School Board of Trustees, and she has served as a member of the UTC Wesley Center's board of trustrees. She is also the Vice-President for the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English (TCTE) for the Chattanooga area and sits on the TCTE Executive Committee.

Dr. Bender serves as a reading consultant for the state of Tennesseee's Reading First Program. She conducts frequent workshops and consultation sessions for elementary and high school teachers.

Bender's research interests include literacy and the role of children's and young adult literature in schools. She is currently working with English Department Head Verbie Prevost on a study of children's literature related to the U.S. Civil War.

She has twice led study-abroad courses to the United Kingdom to study the young adult literature of England and Scotland. The most recent trip was in June of 2008 during which her students studied the works and lives of Beatrix Potter, J.K.Rowling, and Robert Louis Stevenson among other authors.

In July, 2008, Dr. Bender was named the Assistant Provost for Student Retention and Success. Her duties include developing and implementing strategies to help students stay in school until the awarding of the bachelor's degree.

Glenfinnan, Scotland, and the railroad bridge used in the filming of one of the Harry Potter motion pictures.
Dr. Bender and her husband, Kit, at The Poet's Corner Coffee Shoppe and Restaurant across the way from the Robbie Burn's cottage in Alloway, Scotland.
Hilltop Farm, Summer 2008 - Dr. Bender and her class visiting Beatrix Potter's farm in the Lake District of north England...
Front row, left to right: Emily Cooper (Western Kentucky), Hannah Hadley (Western Kentucky), Lauren Schmidt (Murray State), Emmie Stuart (UTC), Katie Thomas (Univ Kentucky), Kaitlin Gunter (UTC); back row: Fran Bender (UTC), Douglas Striker (Northern Kentucky), Caitlin Wolfe (Mississippi State), Bonnie Bailey (MTSU), and Ann Hamilton McGuire (Mississippi State).
You can travel in June 2009 to Scotland with Dr. Bender!
Additional information from the website of the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA)

2009 Potter to Potter Brochure in .pdf

2009 Potter to Potter Poster in .pdf

(the .pdf files are very large and will take several moments to download)

2008 Scotland Photographs

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This information was last updated on Monday, September 15, 2008