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About Trena M. Paulus

I am a professor at UGA in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy (Qualitative Research)
My first formal teaching experience was as an English teacher in Lesotho, Southern Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. One of my favorite parts of the experience was learning to speak Sesotho and the opportunity to travel to Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.
When I returned to the States I studied applied linguistics at Ohio University where I received my Master of Arts degree. I taught English as a second language as a graduate teaching assistant and won the outstanding teaching assistant award. I also published findings from my Master's thesis in the Journal of Second Language Writing, my first peer-reviewed journal article.
I completed a two year internship with the English Language Center at Michigan State University, during which I taught intensive English and academic English classes for international students. I then moved to beautiful Bloomington, Indiana to pursue my Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, minoring in computer-mediated communication, at Indiana University.
Since moving to Knoxville, Tennessee I've had the opportunity to facilitate teacher education programs at South East European University in Macedonia and for the University of Alabama in Quito, Ecuador. I have also worked on faculty development programs in online teaching with the College of Nursing here at UT and at the University of Michigan-Flint. I received tenure at the University of Tennessee in 2009.
After work and on the weekends I live to be outdoors, particularly hiking, backpacking, and biking. I have served as an Appalachian Trail maintainer, coordinated a monthly hiking group for women, and recently started Girls Outside (


Present Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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