Steve Frye is currently Interim Director / Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Tennessee Tech University. He earned the Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee. He also holds a B.A. in Religion from Carson-Newman College, an M. Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. from Duke University. Prior to entering into full-time academic life 10 years ago, Steve served in church ministry for 15 years, worked as a supervisor in Children’s Services for the State of Tennessee, and was director of a poverty relief organization and homeless shelter for families in Jefferson City, TN.
In true interdisciplinary fashion, Steve teaches courses at TTU in Adult Learning, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Religious Studies, Ancient Greek, Senior Research Projects, and Introduction to Honors for freshman. In the administrative arena, he is responsible for the oversight of the Interdisciplinary Studies major, advises collegiate athletes, and coordinates an off-campus accelerated cohort program for adult undergraduate students. Steve's research interests include adult learning and conceptual change, first-generation college students/ graduates, and adult religious education.
Steve has held leadership roles in AAACE as leader of the Graduate Student organization/SIG and has been a member of the Board since 2010 as Director of the Commission of Affiliate Organizations. He has served on the conference planning committee and has enjoyed the role of “V.P. of Fun” at the 2014 & 2015 conferences. In addition leadership with AAACE, he serves on the board of Association for Non-traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) and on the Putnam County Adult Literacy Council.
He has been married to Becky Frye for 31 years and is the proud father of two sons: Jordan, a recent TTU Interdisciplinary Studies graduate and Taylor, a Senior Environmental and Sustainability Studies major.