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Our team is deeply committed to concerns, issues, and topics related to access and accommodation in college.  We hope you find the information here useful.  If you’ve visited the website and you still have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Whether you are a student, faculty, parent, counselor or provider, we are here for you.  To learn more about the members of our team, or to connect with us, simply scroll down and check us out!  Wings Up! 

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Dr. Chester Goad

Dr. Chester Goad

Director
As Director, Dr. Goad provides leadership to the Accessible Education Center. In addition to office oversight, Dr. Goad is heavily involved in administration, compliance, faculty development, best practice, and campus committees. He primarily meets with future students and families, and handles student appeals. He also teaches graduate education courses as requested.

cgoad@tntech.edu 
931-372-6119
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Dr. Edward Beason

Dr. Edward Beason

Assistant Director 
As the Assistant Director, Dr. Beason provides oversight and supervision to the AEC budget and the current student case load. Mr. Beason is responsible for ensuring students and faculty are part of the interactive process. He also provides a variety of trainings on campus related to accessibility and technology. He also teaches History for Tennessee Tech.

ebeason@tntech.edu

931-372-6119

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Jodi Fox-Perdue

Jodi Fox-Perdue

Coordinator
The AEC Coordinator, Jodi coordinates a variety of services for students and determine accommodations. She will coordinate interpreting, captioning, alternate texts, classroom accommodations, testing accommodations, computer software, computer assistive and adaptive technology.

jfperdue@tntech.edu 
931-372-6119

Birgit Hoffman

Birgit Hoffman

Student Support Associate
As the Student Support Associate, Birgit assists newly enrolled students with the registration process, provides support to our current students, and provides assistance to faculty and staff. Birgit also handles the office's budget and provides support to our student workers.

bhoffman@tntech.edu

931-372-6119

Julian Burkhardt

Julian Burkhardt

Academic Coach
As the Academic Coach, Julian meets one-on-one with students to provide the support needed to be successful in college. Julian helps students learn how to navigate college while improving student's study, organizational, and academic skills. He also manages the AEC's social media.
jburkhard42@tntech.edu 

931-372-6119

Calista Dodson

Calista Dodson

Assistive Technology Coach
As the Assistive Technology Coach, Calista provides students training and support using a variety of assistive technology software and devices. She helps with textbook formatting and making documents accessible for students.  She also manages the AEC’s social media.
ccdodson43@tntech.edu 

931-372-6119

 

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