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Dr. Rene Tharpe

Social Science Instructor



Dr. Rene Tharpe has taught Sociology at Chipola for 28 years. For a brief period prior to that, she taught home economics in area high schools.


She holds a PhD in Education and MS and BS degrees in Human Sciences from Florida State University. She also earned an AA degree at Chipola Junior College. Her research interests include the study of issues impacting education in the rural South, particularly the challenges faced by Chipola’s students. Her dissertation at FSU was titled Personal Meaning and Educational Choices: an Ethnographic Study of Rural Community College Students’ Educational and Career Choices.