Biography: Fannye E. Love
Dean of the Tupelo Center
Dr. Fannye Love is the Interim Dean The University of Mississippi-DeSoto Center in Southaven, MS. Love has more than 40 years of experience as an educator, including 18 years as a K-12 teacher. She served as a reading specialist in Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, and Kansas, and has been a faculty member at Kansas State University, Jackson State University, LeMoyne Owen College, and Trevecca Nazarene University. She joined the UM faculty in the School of Education in 1994, and has served as a professor, chair of the Curriculum and Instruction department, associate dean, and director of Regional Campuses Programs.
Love has served on numerous local, regional and national committees for the U.S. Department of Education, various education foundations and grant programs, including the “Reading First” Education Network funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Association for Multicultural Education and the Quality Assurance committee for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She also served as a member of the Board of Examiners (BOE) and on the Unit Accreditation Board for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) from 1992-2009.
She has also served on more than 50 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation committees for numerous schools and colleges. Love has directed several grant programs throughout her tenure in the field of education. These grants have included training highly qualified middle school teachers for critical-need school districts and assisting teachers’ assistants to become classroom teachers to help decrease the state’s teacher shortage, especially in under-resourced areas.
As a minority educator and avid researcher, Love’s examination of the recruitment and retention of minority students in teacher education programs resulted in a book, “Model Programs for the Recruitment of Minorities into Teacher Education: Overcoming the Odds,” which she co-authored.
She has presented her research at local, national, and international conferences.
A native of Mileston, MS, Love earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mississippi Valley State University, a master’s degree in reading education from the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University. She is married to Oscar Love Jr., a retired educator, and has three adult children and five grandchildren.