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06-24-2014


Jamison earns promotion at Cumberlands

 


Williamsburg, KY- University of the Cumberlands (UC) announces that Ms. Diane Jamison, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been recently promoted from Assistant Professor to an Associate Professor. Jamison has been a member of the UC family for over 25 years and has already made her mark on the university and those she has touched.

“I feel honored to have my hard work and dedication recognized by this promotion to Associate Professor,” said Jamison. “I truly love teaching mathematics and I feel at home here at University of the Cumberlands. I love being able to teach as well as be surrounded by so many students and colleagues who love the Lord!”

Jamison joined the mathematics faculty at University of the Cumberlands in 1989, bringing many years of experience teaching math at the middle school level. She earned a B.A. in Mathematics in 1971. In 1972, she received an M.A. in Mathematics Education, both from Western Kentucky University.

“There are so many rewarding aspects of being a teacher,” said Jamison. “To me, the best moment in education is when you see a struggling student finally catch on to the material. You can just see that light bulb go off and it is like they are finally comfortable with the information and are ready to apply it. There is a great feeling of accomplishment a teacher gains by seeing this. Being able to help others just feels good!”

Inducted into the Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society in 2000, Jamison is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society. She has been listed in Who’s Who Among American College Teachers multiple times, and in 1992 she was named Honored Professor by the University of the Cumberlands Student Government Association. She received the Miles Community Service award in 2011 for her contributions to the community and to the University including her fifteen years of service as founding director of the Academic Resource Center.

Jamison is not only an asset to her students’ education but she is also there to give them spiritual guidance. She will often times write Bible verses on the board when her students enter the classroom just to give them inspiration and remind them that God loves them. There have been several incidents where she gained confirmation from the students that this kind act helped the students in their daily lives.

She is a true believer and advocate of Christ and goes to great lengths to share His word with others even outside of her math classes. She has traveled to New Zealand and Ireland doing mission work as well as having the pleasure of traveling and experiencing God’s beauty around the world. While in New Zealand, she volunteered for seven weeks at Lifeway College and assisted with the prophetic conference. During her time in Ireland, Jamison worked with the Global Day of Prayer, participated in street ministry with Mustard Seed Ministries, and worked with outreach to college students at the University in Cork, and did prayer walks in both northern and southern Ireland. Jamison and her daughter-in-law will be journeying to Israel in December. This is a once in a lifetime trip that Jamison is extremely excited about making.

“I have a passion for teaching but my heart lies with my family and with missions for the Lord,” said Jamison. “The Bible tells us to ‘Go’ and that’s what I feel led to do. Whenever He calls upon me, I will be happy to go and tell others about Jesus.”

Jamison has two children, both graduates of UC. Her daughter Kellye is married to Donnie Grimes, Vice-President for Information Services at UC. They have a daughter Hailey and live in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Her son Mike Jamison and his wife Melynda reside in Danville, Kentucky. The entire family has a heart for missions, and both families have blessed their respective communities for years.

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit www.ucumberlands.edu.