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Dr. Katherine Heinrichs Rehyansky to address graduates

Congratulations to our December graduates. Questions about commencement? The Records and Registration Office has answers.

rehyanskyDr. Katherine Rehyansky, Dorothy and James D. Kennedy, Jr. Associate Professor of English, will deliver the commencement address to approximately 450 graduates on Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. in McKenzie Arena.

Rehyansky teaches medieval literature, the history of the English language, and courses in grammar and linguistics. Her research focuses on Geoffery Chaucer's Romance sources, and she is currently at work on a hypertext edition of the Oriel manuscript of Piers Plowman. She is editor of The Tennessee Philological Bulletin, and has been named Outstanding Teacher by The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association.

She began her career in education teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at a U.S. Army education center in Germany, where her students were primarily Spanish-speaking.  She served as instructor of English at the University of Virginia, where she also developed and taught courses for the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.  From 1983-86, Rehyansky taught French, Spanish, and English at the Connelly School, a girls’ preparatory school in Potomac, Maryland. 

In 1989, Rehyansky joined the faculty of the UTC English Department, where she has held both a University of Chattanooga Foundation Professorship and her current position of Dorothy and James D. Kennedy Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor. 

Her university and community service includes the UTC Women’s Studies Committee, the Chattanooga College Committee, the Chattanooga Area Teachers’ Alliance for Global Education, the Teacher’s Workshop Committee, the UTC Faculty Council, the UTC Scholarship Committee, and the UTC Faculty Advisors to the UT President.  In 1992, Rehyanski was the English as a Second Language (ESL) representative to the UTC American Studies Summer Program at Masaryk University I the former Czechoslovakia. 

Rehyansky was educated at Elmira College in New York, Samford University and University of Virginia, where she received her Ph.D. in Language, Literature and Pedagogy in 1986.

December 9, 2005

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