About

About This Blog:

I’ve been writing code since the 7th grade, and I’ve been using online networks since I was in undergrad.   As a student, I was fascinated by the internet and in the early days I learned HTML before there were WYSIWYGs!  I’ve been politely chided in meetings for pulling out my phones (yes plural), sending texts, and updating my both my twitter site and Facebook status, while taking care of emails from multiple accounts.   I have several blogs, some for different audiences … friends, colleagues, and students. In this blog, I decided to integrate a number of the pages or blogs that I have on other sites.

The blogs here are imports from my now retired personal blogs (on eblogger). One discussed my faith (also mirrored in my Facebook notes) and another discussed the personal experiences from my “mini-sabbatical”  in Puerto Rico when I worked with the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan and my attempts to be more fluent in Spanish.  I’ve also included some links from my professional life; so on this blog you have a glimpe of both the personal and the professional sides without separation.

These blog posts (now a few years old)  were  imported to the early posts on this wordpress blog. Feel free to visit the original pages:

http://renettatull.blogspot.com/ (Topic: Faith)

http://diasenpuertorico.blogspot.com/ (Topic: Puerto Rico)

Some of the blog posts are mirrored on the Facebook Notes page:

http://www.facebook.com/renetta.tull#/renetta.tull?v=app_2347471856

But nearly all of the posts from the original blogspots have now been consolidated and put onto this site.

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Renetta Garrison Tull

About Renetta Tull:
Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs (former Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Development) at UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu) and the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise. The PROMISE AGEP includes all of the universities within the University System of Maryland.

Dr. Tull presents across the U.S. and Puerto Rico on topics ranging from graduate school recruitment, retention, and dissertation completion, to faculty development. She serves as a national coach and mentor for prospective and current graduate students at universities outside of Maryland through STEM conferences such as GEM, NSBE, SACNAS, SHPE, and AISES. She is a former Board Member of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Dr. Tull earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, and both the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. in Speech Science from Northwestern University. She was an Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), and a researcher in the both the Waisman and Trace Centers (Rehabilitation Engineering) prior to coming to UMBC. In addition to academic experience, she has been involved with entrepreneurship projects and meetings in Silicon Valley, New York, Raleigh, as well as Illinois and Maryland. She has also worked with the Washington DC Technology Council.

Dr. Tull works to increase community and professional development opportunities for graduate students in Maryland through targeted PROMISE programs that include: Professors-in-Training (PROF-it), Dissertation House, the Community Building Retreat, Fall Harvest, Research Symposium, Reflections Health and Wellness Seminars, and others. These programs, along with PROMISE’s recruitment efforts and the growing recognition of Maryland’s commitment to diversity at the graduate level, have contributed to increases in applications, enrollments, and graduation rates of underrepresented graduate students in STEM fields.
Her full CV can be found here: https://renettatull.wordpress.com/cv/.


Personal: Renetta (Garrison) Tull is originally from Plainfield, NJ. She is the daughter of  Patricia Medley Garrison and the late George C. Garrison. She is the wife of Dr. Damon L. Tull.

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