Dr. Shelley Pearson, a veteran health care educator and administrator, has been named the new Associate Vice President of Health Professions at Temple College. She replaces Dr. Lee Ogburn-Russell, who retired from the college in January. Pearson will assume her new position Aug. 1.
Pearson currently serves as a professor of radiologic science and director of the Radiologic Technology Program at Blinn College’s Bryan campus. She has been a member of the Blinn College faculty since 2005 and received the Teaching Excellence Award for the Bryan campus in 2015.
Pearson also has served as a continuing education lecturer on a variety of education and radiology-related subjects, including digital imaging, ethics, forensic radiology, teaching critical thinking skills, and working with students in a clinical setting. Her research interests include minority success in allied health programs, radiologic science education patterns, and returning veteran participation in allied health programs. She is actively involved with professional organizations for imaging and education with committee service at both state and national levels.
“We are very excited that Dr. Pearson has accepted the AVP of Health Professions position at Temple College,” said Dr. Mark Smith, vice president of educational services and chief academic officer. “Her professional vision fits perfectly with our mission to foster student success.”
Pearson holds a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a master’s degree in radiologic science education from Midwestern State University. She earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Sam Houston State University in 2013.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Temple College in this leadership role,” Pearson said. “As an experienced workforce faculty member, director and industry manager, I have a passion for the educational preparation of students in community college health science programs. My vision is to share acquired knowledge and experiences that can contribute to their success in a positive environment that encourages personal and professional excellence.”
The Division of Health Professions at Temple College offers programs in Biotechnology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing (ADN and LVN), Respiratory Care and Surgical Technology.