Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard is the Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College and Professor of Theatre in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. For over ten years, Dr. Jemison Pollard served as the Chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts at TSU (Art, Music, and Theatre). In her tenured service to the University she has served as Director and Area Coordinator of Theatre, Education Coordinator for the Deluxe Theater, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. As dean, Dr. Jemison Pollard works with the staff of the Honors College to assure the mission of the College is being implemented. The mission of the Honors College is to provide challenging honors core courses, an upper level curriculum, and academic enhancement experiences. The College must serve the needs of the scholars by providing a learning environment that fosters a commitment to excellence in education.
Dr. Jemison Pollard is an award-winning university stage director who has directed over fifty productions from Greek and Shakespeare to Contemporary Theatre, Musicals and Children’s Theatre. She has written eighteen religious pageants that have been produced around the globe. Her academic and creative pursuits have taken her to many places internationally, and across the United States. She earned the BA degree in Speech and Drama from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the MA degree in Communications-Theatre from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, the MFA degree in Directing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the Ed. D degree in Counseling from Texas Southern University. Her dissertation was titled, “The Use of Music to Improve Social skills Development in Children Diagnosed with Autism.”