WE ARE PIONEERS


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Welcome to Tusculum University!

On this page,  you will discover all the reasons why We Are Pioneers and why you should be a Pioneer, too!

In honor of our mission and vision, we want to hear from our Pioneers and the Tusculum community how you or someone you know has experienced our mission in action! If you have a Mission Moment to share, please submit your experience via the form below so that we can share your Mission Moment with everyone by publishing it on this site. Remember, living our mission starts with you!

 


 

WE ARE PIONEERS

Pioneers are adventurers and trailblazers – we lead by example. Pioneers forge pathways through new frontiers. Pioneers are brave, resilient, and resourceful. We are pioneers.

At Tusculum, you will be challenged to innovate, engage, experiment, and persevere as you discover your own purpose. Along your path, you will be encouraged, empowered, supported, and inspired. It’s the Pioneer way.

 


OUR MISSION

Building on a rich Presbyterian heritage and a pioneering spirit, Tusculum University provides an active and experiential education within a caring Christian environment to inspire civic engagement, enrich personal lives, and equip career-ready professionals.

 

 


LIVING OUR MISSION

Tusculum University seeks to instill in its graduates a sense of the world in which they live and to develop skills to make sound decisions that are based on the common good.

In short, Tusculum wants to graduate students who not only do well, but do good.


 


THIS IS WHO WE ARE

We embrace our founder’s Presbyterian roots and Christian faith. We share the commitment informed by our faith to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. We are inspired by our faith to hear one another by cultivating an atmosphere of open dialogue and free inquiry.


 


FIRST

We are the first university in Tennessee, the first university in Tennessee to educate African American students, the first Presbyterian-affiliated institution to admit women, and the first in East Tennessee to offer educational programs for working adults.

FAMILY

We are a family—of students, faculty, staff, and alumni—bound together by our passion for and commitment to fulfilling the mission of Tusculum University. We appreciate and value our diversity, which enriches the Tusculum family. Our culture of inclusion enhances our understanding of each other and the world in which we live.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

We seek inspiration from our motto, “Sit Lux,” which translates from Latin to “Let there be light,” and accept the charge to send learned individuals forth to do good works and serve as a light to others.

 


CAREER READY

We prepare graduates that are career ready—PIONEER READY. Tusculum graduates become better equipped to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce, have a better understanding of their careers, are able to collaborate effectively, and exhibit positive work habits.

OUR COMMUNITY

We aspire to serve as a “beacon” for our region, providing our students and our surrounding community access to exceptional educational and cultural experiences.

SUCCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS

We are committed to the success of all students comprising different backgrounds, races, religions, and nationalities. As a member of First-gen Forward, an initiative of the Center for First-Generation Student Success, we provide robust programs that pave the way for students to progress toward a degree.


CIVIC ARTS

We celebrate the distinctiveness of our civic arts tradition and its emphasis on citizens working together to form good societies that in turn nurture individuals of good character.

 

FIERCE COMPETITORS

We are fierce competitors. We prepare student-athletes to become principled leaders who are contributing citizens and champions in life by instilling the highest values of character, integrity, and sportsmanship.

 

MISSION IN ACTION

Our Christian heritage and faith compels our lives to action–to making a difference in the world.

 

CENTER FOR CIVIC ADVANCEMENT

The Center for Civic Advancement seeks to engage the heart, mind, and soul in cultivating awareness of self and of others.

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES

The FCA is a student-led, non-denominational organization that promotes Christian principles among student athletes and among the general student body. The FCA is open to all students and not just athletes.

 

THEOLOGIAN IN RESIDENCE

The Theologian-in-Residence lecture series is held annually in the month of February. The sessions focus on a theological topic or other issues of interest to church leaders and lay people.

 

BONNER LEADERS

The Bonner Leader Program transforms students to have vital roles in society for nurturing and mobilizing thoughtful, caring, and diverse leadership dedicated to community service.

 

LEARNING BY DOING

Our emphasis on community gives students a personalized education with an emphasis on experiential learning and regular interactions with faculty and staff, both inside and outside of the classroom.

INTERNSHIPS & PRACTICUMS

STUDENT RESEARCH

SERVICE LEARNING

MUSEUMS

ARTS OUTREACH


 

PIONEER READY

PIONEER READY, Tusculum’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) initiative, connects and strengthens efforts to improve students’ career readiness. Being PIONEER READY not only applies to students, it extends to all members of the Tusculum community.


OUR HISTORY

Once a Pioneer, always a Pioneer. Tusculum’s history embodies the journey of a pioneering spirit and roots that stem from early American frontier history.