Dr. Nancy Tate joined Washburn University in fall 1985 as an assistant professor of Computer Information Sciences in the Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences Department after a short period as an instructor at Oklahoma State University. In 1987, she was appointed associate chairperson of Computer Information Sciences. When the department was split in 1993, Tate served as chairperson of the Computer Information Sciences Department for six years. Dr. Tate was appointed associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in fall 1999, serving a two-year term as interim dean of the College during her five years in Arts and Sciences administration. In fall 2004 Tate assumed her current role as associate vice president for academic affairs, although she served a short term as interim vice president in 2010.
Prior to her move to higher education, Dr. Tate was employed in the secondary education field as a high school Spanish teacher and a middle school counselor.
Dr. Tate holds an associate degree from Neosho County Community College, a baccalaureate degree in Spanish Education from the University of Kansas, a master degree in Counseling Psychology from Pittsburg State University, and a doctor of education degree in Administrative Services and Business Education from Oklahoma State University.
Whenever she can work it into her schedule, Dr. Tate enjoys teaching the college experience course for incoming freshmen.