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UC awards Dr. Chin-Teck Tan tenure


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) Associate Professor of Business Administration, Dr. Chin-Teck Tan has been awarded tenure as announced by Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Tan is a native of Klang, Malaysia. He received a B.S. in business and data processing systems from the University of the Cumberlands. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from Tennessee Technological University, after which he began teaching at UC. He recently earned is Ed.D. degree from the University of the Cumberlands. Tan is a member of the Kentucky Economic Association, the Institute for Management Accountants, and the Academy for Business Administration.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Tan has assisted with recruiting international students. He is also the coach for both the UC men and women’s tennis teams. He has led several teams to NAIA finals and has been named Coach of the Year four times throughout his career. He coached the Malaysian National Tennis Team in 1999. Tan believes that coaching has allowed him to be a better teacher and that teaching has allowed him to be a better coach.

In addition to performing on an adequate level, professors applying for tenure must also show evidence of distinction, promise of continued growth as well as demonstration of service to the university and the community. Faculty members who apply are required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy, collect letters of recommendations from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview. Tenure is usually awarded after seven years of full-time service at the university and promotion to associate professor.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Kristin Gotch, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Summer Assistant