Always a proponent for education, Dr. Bethany K. Dumas was drawn to her field after pursuing her own higher education. In 1959, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Lamar
University in Beaumont, TX. In 1961, while serving as a graduate assistant, she received a
Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas. She then served as an instructor at Missouri State University from 1964 to 1966. After completing her graduate appointment at the University of Arkansas in 1971, she received a Doctor of Philosophy and became an assistant professor at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. In 1973, she briefly served as an assistant professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and then moved on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she was promoted to full professor. During her professorship, she received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee in 1985. In 2012, Dr. Dumas earned the title of professor emeritus at the university.
In addition to her primary appointments as an educator, Dr. Dumas has also offered her expertise to the field by contributing to book chapters and writing articles for professional journals. In 1974, she authored “E.E. Cummings: A Remembrance of Miracles.” For her dedicated work in her field, she also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1972. In her spare time outside of work, Dr. Dumas enjoys horseback riding and creative writing.
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