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PHYLLIS RODGERSON PLEASANTS TESSIERI

601 Battenburg Ct. ¨ N. Chesterfield, VA  23236-2290 ¨ (804) 594-2724 ¨ prpleasants@verizon.net

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE

Seeking challenging opportunities to apply skills and experience with People, Information, Research and Education.

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

Background reflects exceptional achievement in education, communications and administration with emphasis on diversity training and multicultural participation.

Self-motivated professional with a reputation for reliability, consistency, attention to detail, efficiency and effectiveness in fast-paced, detail-oriented environments.

Present material using informal and formal instructional techniques and methodology.  Plan and implement instruction and training including written and audio-visual materials, workshops, lectures, testing and evaluation.

Apply strong written and oral communications skills.  Clear and articulate speaker; concise and effective writer.  Quickly establish and maintain effective rapport with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Accomplish promotion and marketing of both tangible and intangible products and ideas.  Define needs and identify specific products or programs tailored for requirements.  Negotiate parameters and participation.  Develop consensus among groups and individuals of diverse viewpoints and expectations.

Possess considerable skill in research and analysis.  Adept at translating the results of research into applicable action plans.  Research and present briefings and analyses on technical and non-technical information for diverse audiences.

Accomplish management functions and direct operations as a working supervisor.  Screen, hire, train and supervise employees.  Focus on “teamwork” in supervising staff.

People-oriented approach to daily operations that generates high levels of productivity and customer satisfaction.  Manage most every conceivable situation.

Apply innovative solutions to complex issues and problems by identifying root cause of difficulties.  Divergent thinker; strong brainstorming skills; able to reach a conclusion from multiple facets of information.

Learn quickly and adapt easily to new situations.  Listen well and able to consult and coordinate with others.

Utilize great personal enthusiasm, insight, depth of concentration, originality and organizational skills to ensure success.

EXPERIENCE HISTORY

John F. Loftis Professor of Church History, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Richmond, VA                                                                                                                                      2001 – 2011

Associate Professor, Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem, North Carolina             1998 – 2000

Associate Professor, International Baptist Theological Seminary – Zürich & Prague     1994 – 1998

Assistant Professor, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary – Lombard, Illinois              1991 – 1993

Lobbyist, Mortgage Insurance Companies of America – Washington, D.C.                        1979 – 1984

Researcher, New York State Governor’s Office – Washington, D.C.                                      1976 – 1979

Office Manager/Secretary, Chandler, Huff & Wood Law Firm                                                1974 – 1976

Social Studies Teacher, High School – Greenville, South Carolina                                         1970 – 1972

 Provided college & graduate level instruction in a variety of theological subjects to diverse multicultural audiences.

Developed and implemented instructional programs tailored to expanding knowledge and improving comprehension.

Promoted organizational objectives to legislative sub-committee staff members.

Planned meetings and conferences.  Supervised associates in administrative environments.

EDUCATION

Ph. D., & M. Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1991 & 1987

M. Ed., The University of Virginia, 1974

B.A., Mary Washington College, 1970

Trustee, Baptist Theological Union, Divinity School, University of Chicago (2013-present)

President of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (2012-2013)

Completed numerous research projects, papers and publications.

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities;  Outstanding Young Women of America

References Available Upon Request

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