Meet the Staff
Several functions that were once handled inside of OED have transitioned to other areas. To view a detailed listing of these subjects, please see Who Does What in Equity and Diversity.
Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity Diversity & Student Rights
Dr. Alston’s employment within The University of Tennessee System spans 25 years with stints at UT- Martin, UT-Knoxville, and UT Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Michael's work experience in higher education encompasses residence life administration, student recruitment and admissions, undergraduate instruction, employee relations, student conduct administration and equity and diversity.
He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Martin earning a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance. Michael also has an earned doctorate in higher education administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in addition to a professional certificate/certification in Diversity Management from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.
Michael is a native of Brighton, Tennessee in Tipton County and graduate of Munford High School.
Dustin Fulton, MS
Sr. Equity Assurance Administrator
Dustin Fulton serves as Sr. Equity Assurance Administrator within the Office of Equity
and Diversity. He joined UTHSC in 2014. Previously, Dustin worked for a local law
firm. He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and received a
Master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Personnel
from the University of Memphis.
Within the Office of Equity and Diversity, his duties primarily include non-academic student conduct administration, training to the university community, and conducting investigations. He provides direction in the evaluation of discrimination or harassment claims of varying degrees relevant to Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX. Additionally, Dustin assists in reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administrative search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements.
Dustin is a native of Memphis and attended Central High School.
Maggie Joyce, J.D.
Senior OED Consultant
Maggie Joyce serves as Sr. OED Consultant within the Office of Equity and Diversity. She rejoined UTHSC in 2016. Previously, she worked at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as a Policy Analyst, at UTHSC as an Equity Assurance Specialist, and has provided legal advice to the U.S. Department of the Interior and several non-profit organizations while serving as part of their legal teams.
As Sr. OED Consultant, Maggie’s primary duties include conducting investigations, implementing institutional compliance, and delivering trainings to the university community. She provides direction in the evaluation of discrimination and harassment claims of varying degrees relevant to Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX. Additionally, Maggie assists in reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administrative search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements.
Maggie is an alumna of Saint Louis University, where she received a B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in Biology and History, and earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Maggie is originally from Evanston, Illinois, but grew up in Memphis and attended Saint Agnes Academy.