Alderman, Brian
College of Arts and Sciences Jason Tadlock-Wallace 202 (423) 652-4708 Brian Alderman Brian Alderman <p><span style="line-height:1.6">When I left for college right out of high school, I had things all mapped out -- or at least I thought I did. I planned to enroll in college as a pastoral ministry major, finish in four years, and then begin pastoring somewhere far away from my hometown of Galax, Va. What I didn&#39;t count on was falling in love with learning, especially learning dead languages and exploring the discipline of biblical studies.</span></p> <p>My newfound desire for wisdom and knowledge and a professor&#39;s urging to consider teaching as a calling complicated my initial vocational plans. I made the decision to pursue an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I continued to grapple with what I felt then was a tension between a call to pastoral ministry and a call to teach. Even so, I chose to pursue Ph.D. studies in Hebrew Bible&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6">and later accepted a teaching position at Lee University, where I taught for six years. After Lee, I pastored the Madisonville Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) while also serving as Chaplain and adjunct professor at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6">My work at King now as chaplain and professor brings together my great love for pastoral ministry and teaching Biblical Studies and Religion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Alderman
Anderson, Cara
School of Education Everett Kline Hall 212 423-652-4843 Cara Anderson Cara Anderson <p>Dr. Cara Everett Anderson, a Bristol Virginia native, joined the faculty at King University in 1982.&nbsp; She earned a BA in Classics at King, pursued an M.A. in English Literature at Virginia Tech, and completed the Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Tennessee.&nbsp; Dr. Anderson initially taught English as a Second Language at King and served as the Director of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for ten years.&nbsp; After she completed the Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, Dr. Anderson moved to the School of Education.&nbsp; She has served as Dean of the School of Education since 2007.&nbsp; There, she serves the Teacher Education faculty, an invaluable collection of veteran public school teachers and scholars who prepare King&rsquo;s teacher education candidates.</p> <p>Reading and travel are two of Dr. Anderson&rsquo;s greatest joys.&nbsp; She is an avid reader of fiction, science fiction and biography.&nbsp; She has also enjoyed traveling around the world to places that include China, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Canada, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico, Alaska, the Arctic Circle, the Caribbean, and, most recently, the Galapagos Islands.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Anderson teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in cultural studies, educational philosophy and ESL pedagogy.&nbsp; Dr. Anderson&rsquo;s ongoing passion is to assist students in developing a critical perspective that begins with exploring themselves as socialized cultural beings. &nbsp;&nbsp;During her tenure at King, she has enjoyed teaching courses that assist students in interrogating the so-called &ldquo;normal&rdquo; and &ldquo;natural&rdquo; presuppositions they possess about themselves and others with whom they share the world.</p> Anderson

Blevins, Christy
School of Nursing McGhee 104 E. Main Street 423-652-6328 Christy Blevins Christy Blevins <p>A large part of my journey has involved King University. I am originally from the Southwest Virginia region, having grown up in Glade Spring, Virginia. This is a beautiful part of the country and the people here are very special. These are among the many reasons I choose to continue to live and work in this area.</p> <p>My undergraduate education began at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia where I completed a double major in Biology and Chemistry in 2002. After four years of studying these sciences, I decided that my natural calling was to help people. At that point in my education, I decided to pursue nursing as a career. I then came to King College and obtained a BSN in 2004 and embarked on my career as a registered nurse. While working as a RN, I began my graduate education at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN where I completed my MSN with a concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2006. I practiced in an orthopedic outpatient setting for over six years before coming to King to begin a new career in higher education.</p> <p>I began my teaching career at King in the fall of 2013, when I taught in the traditional undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. I am now primarily teaching in the MSN FNP program. I enjoy being involved in the students&rsquo; transformation from the role of registered nurse to role of advanced practice nurse. It has been a very rewarding and enriching experience.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>My personal interests include reading, traveling, and watching Atlanta Braves baseball. I am married and live in Bristol, Virginia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Blevins

Blevins, Randall
School of Business and Economics Clay Bristol Hall 301 423-652-4817 Randall Blevins Randall Blevins <p>Biography</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Randall C. Blevins, DBA, MBA</p> <p>233 Gen Haven Drive</p> <p>Bluff City, Tennessee 37618</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My 30-year career in the pharmaceutical business began in June 1970 when I accepted a position with Alber&rsquo;s Drug in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the pharmaceutical business, I held a variety of positions to include sales representative, marketing manager, and regional sales director.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 1995, Alber&rsquo;s Drug was acquired by Walker Drug in Pelham, Alabama. Walker Drug was subsequently acquired by AmeriSource in 1997. After the acquisitions, I remained in the position of regional sales manager, until 1999 when I decided to make a lateral career move.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From January 2000 until Dec. 31, 2006, I held the position of Business Administrator with McLeod Cancer &amp; Blood Center. My office was located at 310 State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, Tennessee.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2007 I joined the staff at King College as an Associate Professor of Business. I teach Marketing and HealthCare and Management in the school of business. I have enjoyed teaching at this distinguish college and I am very fortune to be part of such an excellent organization.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I received my B.S. in Organizational Management from Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Virginia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 1998, I graduated with a Master in Business Administration from Averette University, Danville, Virginia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In May 2002, I entered Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida, seeking the degree of Doctor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Business Administration in December of 2006.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The following organizations are my professional affiliations; 2004, American Marketing Association; 2000 MGMA; 2007, Society for Advancement of Management; 2008, Academy of Management.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have enjoyed twenty-nine years of marriage to my wife Linda, a union that has been blessed with three wonderful children who are all doing very well in their respectful areas of expertise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have enjoyed playing golf for many years as well as working out at the gym. In the last several years, much of my recreational time has been spent playing with my five grandchildren -- which I thoroughly enjoy -- until they deplete the last of my energy reserves.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href=""><img alt="&quot;It is curious that physical courage should be...”" src="data:image/png;base64,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" style="height:150px; width:95px" /></a></li> </ul> <h3><a href=""><strong>&quot;It is curious that physical courage should be...&rdquo;</strong></a></h3> <p>&quot;It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.&quot; -Mark Twain</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>05/01/2010</p> "Randall" "Randall" Blevins

Byington, Elizabeth "Lori"
School of Applied Science and Technology Lorine Crockett Bristol Hall 109 423-652-6049 Elizabeth Byington Elizabeth Byington <p>I am from Bristol, VA but now live in Bristol, TN. I graduated from King College in 1985 (BA) and then earned my MA degree from ETSU in 1987 (MA). I have taught English since 1986. I am married and have one son. We love to snow ski and we own a horse, as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>I earned my MA from ETSU and my Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication, which I earned from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN.</p> <p>I began teaching at King 20 years after I graduated from King (1985-2005). I have taught Freshmen composition here for the duration, although I also taught Reading for the first two years. I now also teach Research and Writing. I really love what I do, but I love the &quot;kids&quot; more.</p> <p>My interests include snow skiing, horses, writing, cooking/baking and family. My son and I snow ski competitively with Team Beech, Beech Mountain, NC. Think of Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn, if you will. I have hunted hogs and ducks in the past, but now I leave the hunting to my husband and son. I write poetry and short stories, and I have been published several times. I have a short story &quot;Apples to Apples&quot; in <em>Broken Petals</em>, three poems in the Civil War literature anthology&nbsp;<em>Filtered Through Time</em> and three articles in <em>Carolina Mountain Life Magazine</em>. I also have some poetry and recipes published on ezines (online magazines). I have a recipe for Oysters Rockefeller included in <em>The Beech Mountain Club Cookbook</em>, as well. I have a short story, &quot;The News,&quot; and a poem, &quot;Asleep,&quot; that will be published in this year&#39;s <em>Clinch Mountain Review.</em>&nbsp;</p> "Lori" "Lori" Byington

Coggin, Linda
School of Education Kline Hall 221 423.652.4837 Linda Coggin Linda Coggin <p>Each person&rsquo;s stories are powerful ways of knowing. &nbsp;My fondest memories, growing up in the Midwest, are of my grandma and aunt telling me stories&mdash;some fantasy and some family stories that teetered between truth and fiction. I have witnessed again and again the power of storying and locating our lives in the stories we read both in my own life and in the classrooms I share with young people from elementary school to the university. The kind of teaching Buechner describes in his memoir builds an ethos of shared lives that dismantles and interchanges hierarchical relationships of teacher and learner in a spirit of grace and growth.</p> <p>My interest in how telling and imagining the stories of our lives create humanizing pedagogies led me to a Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture and Language Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.&nbsp; My dissertation focused on imagining as a critical composing practice, particularly through digital storytelling, that generated discourses of emerging possibility for learners in two rural elementary classrooms. I continue to explore how we move between the real and the imagined to participate more equitably in classrooms and make sense of learning.</p> <p>As part of the King community, I teach courses in literacy theory and practice, children&rsquo;s literature, and methods courses for future teachers. My faith challenges me to pay attention to the &ldquo;who<em>&rdquo;</em> I teach grounded in Vygotsky&rsquo;s understanding that learning must be <em>cultivated</em> rather than <em>imposed </em>in the context of meaningful social situations and interactions. &nbsp;I enjoy the beauty of this area and also the opportunities I have to build relationships with students and colleagues that both challenge and support me. Teaching elicits and honors the gifts of perspective and knowledge that each person carries in our own stories that enable us to negotiate the big stories of the disciplines together.</p> Coggin

Connor, Mary
School of Business and Economics Lynn Bristol Hall 311 423-652-4829 Mary Connor Mary Connor <p>Here is a little background about myself.&nbsp;&nbsp;I received my B.S. degree in Math and Related Sciences from the University of Tennessee (Go VOLS!) in 1972.&nbsp; In 1992, I graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University.&nbsp; In 2000, I entered Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.&nbsp; I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 2004.</p> <p>My teaching career started in 1972 when I began teaching math and physical science courses at the secondary level.&nbsp; In 1987, I decided that I would like to try my hand at accounting.&nbsp; After passing the CPA exam, I settled in as a staff accountant at a local public accounting firm.&nbsp; I missed teaching, however, and began to further my education to enable me to teach on the collegiate level.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have taught at several local colleges in the area since 1992.&nbsp; &nbsp;I began at King University as an adjunct professor from 1994 -2006, and became a full-time professor here at King in 2007.&nbsp; I am currently the Accounting Department Chair.</p> <p>I have been married to my husband John, a college swim coach and retired high school teacher, for over 40 years.&nbsp; We have two daughters, both educators.&nbsp; My eldest is a science teacher at the middle school level.&nbsp; My youngest is a psychology professor in South Carolina.&nbsp; Education has always been a part of my family&rsquo;s life.&nbsp;</p> <p>In my spare time, I enjoy reading detective novels and babysitting my five absolutely wonderful, cute, smart, and perfect grandchildren.&nbsp;&nbsp; Life is great!</p> <p>Mary Connor, D.B.A.</p> "Mary" "Mary" Connor
Corvin, Jason
School of Business and Economics Lee Bristol Hall 313 (423) 652-4330 Jason Corvin Jason Corvin <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14px">I am native to the SWVA/NETN, Mountain Empire region and am proud to call these mountains home. I graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia, and I have a very diverse Liberal Arts educational background in the areas of Management, Economics, and Accounting, which are all incorporated pieces of the &quot;business big picture,&quot; as I like to call it. Business has many facets and multiple variables that must be managed simultaneously, which is why problem-solving and critical-thinking skills are so important in business. Too, nothing operates successfully without accurate accounting - the government, small and large, or even family businesses, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and even colleges. These skills are invaluable. It&#39;s my goal to teach my students &quot;The Language of Business&quot; (accounting) and help each and every one of them to incorporate those skills into their overall business repertoire.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14px">It&#39;s also vitally important that we, the human race, be disciplined individuals to accomplish our own goals, desires, and dreams. However, our fellow humans we encounter daily in our lives deserve respect and dignity, as we each do also. We all come from the same Creator. As has been said many times, there&#39;s much more that unites all peoples than there is that divides us. The more we can learn about each other and come to understand and respect our varied differences that God made, the more successful we will be at anything we dare to dream. Life is a journey; a competition only with ourselves.</span></span></p> Corvin

Fay IV, Charles
College of Arts and Sciences Wilson White Hall 28 423-652-4850 Charles Fay IV Charles Fay IV <p>As will all truly interesting endeavors, I fell into Academia.&nbsp; I could tell you that from an early age&nbsp;I had visions of being a college professor, that however would not be true.&nbsp; What is true, I loved science I loved to &ldquo;know&rdquo;.&nbsp; I started my pursuit of vocation by getting an undergraduate degree, with the poorly defined, &ldquo;I want to be an engineer&rdquo;.&nbsp; When looking at different engineering schools, Engineering physics seemed at the time, adequate.&nbsp; I had no idea what engineering physics entailed, beyond the cursory title of engineering.&nbsp; What I found was a course of study that was deeply mathematical, wildly practical and infinitely interesting.&nbsp; For me the attraction began with a study of Einstein&#39;s theory of special relativity.&nbsp; I am fascinated by the ability of math to model the behaviour of the universe.&nbsp; I see science as the conjunction of experience and logic.&nbsp; This then was something to know, a picture of what C.S. Lewis might call the deep magic of the universe.</p> <p>Being an educator only came after entering graduate school, and being responsible for teaching physics labs to undergraduate students.&nbsp; For me, physics is at its heart a way to understand the rules that govern the interaction of matter in the universe.&nbsp; They are the basic rules by which we all live.&nbsp; It is important for students to understand the depth language of mathematics in helping to explain that which we experience.&nbsp; I am profoundly interested in this intersection of mathematics and the practical.</p> <p>After studying at the University of Illinois, I obtained a masters degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.&nbsp; Then I worked several years as a the instructional lab coordinator for Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.</p> <p>At Michigan State University, I studied in the area of computational condensed matter, particularly in the analysis of hard computational problems such as maximum independent set and vertex cover.</p> <p>Before working at King University,&nbsp;I worked at Ferris State University for several years, teaching introductory physics.</p> Fay IV

Finley, James "Lonny"
College of Arts and Sciences Alonza Chapel 21C 423-652-6332 James Finley James Finley <p>I was raised in a small, rural, South Alabama community. &nbsp;It was around the 3rd grade when I learned to hear and sing harmony in church beside my Mother who was an alto. &nbsp;It was the most amazing thing I had ever experienced and I decided then that I would be a musician when I grew up. &nbsp;With only a brief period of wanting to be a professional baseball player, I remained committed to that path. &nbsp;I was supposed to be a rock star, but at some point I realized that I could teach and that has been my vocation for over 30 years. &nbsp;Most of those were spent as a high school band director in Northwest Florida and the last eight have been here at King, where I direct the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble and teach courses for future music educators.</p> <p>My outside interests involve many forms of traditional music including Celtic, Old-Time and old string band jazz. I play mandolin, guitar, bass and fiddle (badly). &nbsp;I also love the out-of-doors and have backpacked roughly half of the Appalachian Trail. &nbsp;I am not a hunter, but simply enjoy being in the woods. &nbsp;The deeper - the better.</p> <p>I have been married to Amanda Dale since 1979 and we have been graced with two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, two fabulous grand-daughters, two rescue cats and a Border Collie. &nbsp;We reside in beautiful Unicoi County.</p> "Lonny" "Lonny" Finley
Fitsanakis, Vanessa
College of Arts and Sciences Ann White Hall 205 423.652.6322 Vanessa Fitsanakis Vanessa Fitsanakis <p>I grew up as an 8th generation farmer, working beside my grandfather, father and siblings in the hay fields, riding horses, and rounding up cattle. We also grew tobacco, which was extremely labor-intensive and required a lot of pesticides. I think this background heavily influenced my decision to pursue a PhD in Neurotoxicology. Not too surprisingly, perhaps, my research focuses on the relationship between pesticides and diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson&#39;s disease.</p> <p>At King University, in addition to running a lab funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (your tax dollars at work), I teach a variety of courses: Neuroscience, Mammalian Toxicology, Biochemistry, and Research Methods in Biology. I also supervise students for their Senior Research Thesis projects. These classes allow me to interact predominantly with Biology and Neuroscience majors. Furthermore, I enjoying working with students in my Neurotoxicology lab. Each year between three and six students work in the lab learning how science works in the &quot;real world&quot;. One of the highlights for the student researchers is to present their work at the international meeting of the Society of Toxicology. They are typically among fewer than 100 undergraduates (at a meeting of approximately 6,000 toxicology professionals from industry, academia, and government from around the world) who are presenting original research.</p> <p>I teach because I get paid; I explain things because you deserve to know.</p> Fitsanakis
Flannagan, William "Pat"
College of Arts and Sciences Patrick Chapel #12 423-652-4846 William Flannagan William Flannagan <p>Every day when I come to work, I know two things: 1) I am going to learn something today and 2) I am going to try to teach my students something today.&nbsp; Both the learning and the teaching are symbiotic and are informed by my constant immersion into the musical compositions that I study and perform.&nbsp; From King David to the devotional chants of early monks to the brilliance of Morten Lauridsen in the 21st century, music speaks to the spirits of people in ways that mere words are incapable.&nbsp;</p> <p>As an undergraduate I, as many, felt rather directionless. The influence of one music teacher at King College changed my life and provided me with that direction for which I was searching.&nbsp; Following his advice, I pursued advanced degrees in music and have since performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Sterling Castle in Scotland, the Apollo Theater in Greece, etc.&nbsp; How did this happen to a directionless student from Bristol, TN?&nbsp; It happened because of the hard work of many teachers who invested themselves in me.&nbsp; It also happened because I finally listened to God&#39;s call for my life.</p> <p>My goal everyday is to assist other students in finding their strengths, identifying their weaknesses, and to provide them with the necessary tools of evaluation to be successful after they leave King University. My work is focused mostly on music history and choral music and if this process leads them into a life of professional music, that is wonderful.&nbsp; However, if the experiences at King lead them into other callings, that is equally rewarding.</p> <p>Away from the college, my life is focused upon family.&nbsp; Beyond that, I am a life-long baseball fan (especially St. Louis Cardinals), I&#39;m a vegetable gardener of sorts, and love a good game of cards to relax.&nbsp; People who know me well know that I love good food. I love to cook it, to eat it and to learn about the foods from other cultures.<br /> &nbsp;</p> "Pat" "Pat" Flannagan

Galloway, Edwin "Marshall"
College of Arts and Sciences Marshall Nicewonder 218 (423) 652-6032 Edwin Galloway Edwin Galloway <p>King University has always been a part of my life. My parents both attended King University, and it was there that they met each other in the fall of 1972. &nbsp;Two years later they were elected Dogwood King and Queen. &nbsp;While at King, my father was a student of Dr. Thomas Peake and Dr. Bill Wade. &nbsp;Under their guidance he found his passion for history, which he passed down to me.</p> <p>I received my bachelor&#39;s in history from East Tennessee State University in May of 2008, followed by a master&#39;s degree in history in the summer of 2011. &nbsp;As a graduate student at ETSU, my research centered around the Irish Rebellion of 1641, culminating in my master&#39;s thesis on the role of women in that conflict. &nbsp;As a graduate assistant, I worked with the Teaching American History Grant, a federal grant program that sought to provide historical documents to local middle and high school history teachers. &nbsp;During that same period, my father and I worked for Rocky Mount Historic Site, where we were hired as freelance historians to find documentary evidence of Rocky Mount&#39;s original construction and location. &nbsp;</p> <p>I began teaching at King in January 2012 when I was hired as a part-time history instructor. &nbsp;I continued to teach for King on a part-time basis until November 2014, when I was hired as the coordinator of the online Associate of Arts Degree. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Research Interests: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </strong>Cultural history, early modern England, Scotland and Ireland, seventeenth century British North America and the Caribbean, gender and family history, ceremony and ritual.</p> <p><strong>Teaching Interests: &nbsp;</strong> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The British Empire, European history, 19th and 20th century Asian history. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> "Marshall" "Marshall" Galloway

Gomez, Christina
College of Arts and Sciences Marie Bristol Hall 206 423-652-4803 Christina Gomez Christina Gomez <p>Spanish is my passion. I remember as a high school student taking a Spanish class and realizing there was a whole new world and culture that I had not explored. I discovered through learning Spanish, I would not only be able to expand my knowledge and potential as a person, but that I would be able to share my knowledge with others and be able to communicate with a community of people I would otherwise not be able to share life with.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Through teaching Spanish, I am able to impart my personal experience and my passion for the language to my students in hopes that they will be enticed with a new cultural experience and a more enlightening experience in life. Many students go into learning a foreign language with misconceptions and negative attitudes. I encourage my students to see learning Spanish as an opportunity rather than a requirement.</p> <p>It is amazing to see students&rsquo; facial expressions change as I explain the benefits of learning Spanish to them. I share with them how Spanish is the second widely spoken language in the US, how many jobs are requiring fluency in Spanish, and that people who speak Spanish may receive higher salaries than those who do not. I also tell my students how they will be able to have a bigger worldview knowing another language, and be able to travel and meet people who speak Spanish. I even share my personal story of how I met my husband in Honduras and how we communicate in Spanish, which usually surprises the students and gives them a new perspective on Spanish, it becomes more relevant to them.</p> <p>In the classroom, I focus on communication. Many students take years of Spanish and know the grammar but are unable to speak the language. I create a safe environment in my classroom for speaking the target language. I tell my students it is OK to make mistakes and that in the languages we speak (both our native language(s) as well as our second language(s) and so on) we will always make mistakes, we will never speak a language perfectly. I focus on communication and incorporate culture through activities and oftentimes will focus on a particular country to give our in class exercises a cultural context. I maintain a positive and fun attitude while teaching Spanish to show my students that learning Spanish can be fun and exciting.</p> <p>I encourage my students to go beyond the classroom by getting involved in the Spanish speaking community. I give them different resources such as organizations, community centers, and places they can go to meet Spanish speaking people and get involved in their lives. I also tell them to listen to music in Spanish, watch movies in Spanish, go to tiendas, travel to a Spanish speaking country for an extended amount of time, and to immerse themselves as much as possible in the Spanish speaking world.</p> <p>Teaching Spanish brings great joy to my life and I feel the most accomplished when students come to me saying they are serious about learning Spanish, want to travel to Spanish speaking country to become more fluent, or when they tell me they have switched their major or minor to Spanish. I feel fulfilled when a see a previous student and they tell me how my class inspired them to learn Spanish. Teaching Spanish is a gift to me and I am so glad I can be a vehicle to motivate others and give them a new perspective on learning the Spanish language.</p> <p>Besides teaching, I enjoy running marathons, hiking, doing yoga reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our four dogs.&nbsp;</p> Gomez

Gregg, Nancy
School of Education Surrett Room 143, King University-Hardin Valley 865-690-5803 ext. 3137 Nancy Gregg Nancy Gregg <p>Dr. Nancy Surrett Gregg joined King University&#39;s School of Education faculty as of August, 2014, and will be serving students at King&#39;s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville. She is an 8th generation East Tennessean and a lifelong native of this beautiful region.&nbsp;A graduate of Loudon High School, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and began her career as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher. During her time in the classroom, her love for working with children and youth prompted her to want to do more to counsel students. As a result, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. She served as a school counselor/teacher in grades K-8, where she blended counseling through the creative arts and teaching skills to provide a wide variety of learning experiences for her students.</p> <p>Dr. Gregg&rsquo;s continuing quest for new challenges within the world of education led her to leave public schools and become Project Director for Hiwassee College&rsquo;s Upward Bound program, a U.S. Department of Education Title IV grant program. Her desire to improve her knowledge in administration led her to Lincoln Memorial University where she earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 1999, Dr. Gregg began working with a variety of U. S. Department of Education grant projects at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). During her time at UTK, she managed multiple grant projects, wrote grant proposals, and earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Collaborative Learning. She is a frequent presenter on strategies to support academic aspirations of low-income students who are potentially the first ones in their families to enter college. She has been a contributing writer to multiple publications, including <em>Finding Funding: Grantwriting From Start to Finish </em>(5th Edition), 2008.&nbsp;Dr. Gregg also serves as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education in selected grant funding competitions. Her specialty areas include multicultural education, educational partnerships, grant writing, and instructional methods.&nbsp;&nbsp;Her training as a ropes course facilitator and experiential learning facilitator are also important components within her instructional strategies and practices at every level, from elementary to post secondary teaching.</p> <p>Dr. Gregg is an avid traveler and has done short-term mission work in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Liberia, Kingdom of Tonga, and Zimbabwe, as well as in the southeast regions of the U.S. She has also enjoyed extensive travel experiences throughout Europe, Central America, Australia, and New Zealand. At her previous faculty post, she planned and facilitated multiple mission trips for college students both in the U.S. and in Central America. She plans to work with her King University colleagues to develop additional opportunities for students to engage in service-learning and mission-related projects within educational settings, along with opportunities for study abroad experiences.</p> Gregg

Helbert, Jodi
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences Melesia Sells Hall 209 (423) 652-4714 Jodi Helbert Jodi Helbert <p>As human beings, our life journeys are inextricably linked &ndash; first and foremost to our creator, and then to each other. Our personal stories have far reaching implications for the next generations. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our offsprings, to our significant others, to God, and to society to speak life and make our truths positive ones! When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk; therefore, each of us provides a vital thread in the tapestry of another. As a more na&iuml;ve, younger woman, I did not fully understand this concept. Through education and research, as well as lived experience, I know this to be factual. The knowledge of this premise lends to the passion I feel for social work - not just an understanding of the human condition, but a desire to be an agent to improve it and perpetuate and instill that desire in others.</p> <p>I became a member of the King faculty following the closing of my previous college, Virginia Intermont College. With hopes high, I have embraced my new home at King. I am the Coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at King. In addition to the administrative responsibilities of this position, I also teach a full course load each semester. I love teaching and the ability to revisit concepts and expound on them. I am eternally grateful for this honored and entrusted position I hold. My hope is that while teaching students the skills necessary to improve the world, that God is given all the glory! I do not take this appointment lightly.</p> <p>My scholarly interests are many: My past research has held a clinical basis, while my current research leans more to social justice. My dissertation topic relates to regional attitudes toward cross-cultural relationships, seeking to extrapolate causality for the development of positive and negative attitudes. This research has been fueled by a fascination for our diverse world. I am able to bring this empirical research into the classroom, in many instances sharing ideas of social constructs, history, oppressive forces, and various other dynamics that impact humanity.</p> <p>I believe in service to others. I provide pro bono addictions counseling weekly. I serve on various boards within the community and volunteer my time and resources in numerous ways. I am a member of the American Academy of Christian Counselors (AACC), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as well as the National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW), the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), and Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society. In 2013, I received the honor of being named Social Work Today magazine&rsquo;s Top Ten Deserving and Dedicated Social Workers. I received the 2008 Public Service Award for Distinguished Citizenship and in 2013, I received the honored appointment of Kentucky Colonel. Additionally, I am an ordained reverend.</p> <p>One thing I want my students to take away from their academic experience is that the learning does not stop with a degree in hand &ndash; and it shouldn&rsquo;t! The educational process ignites the fires of knowledge seeking and turns us into lifelong learners &ndash; ever evolving with a desire to dig deeper and ask why, not just to accept what is. It&rsquo;s how we derive meaning from those experiences and grow, while honoring God in thoughts and actions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. ~Isaiah 1:17</p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ...I believe Isaiah was a Social Worker&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SOCIAL WORK AND RELATED COURSES TAUGHT:</strong></p> <p>Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Life Course Perspective</p> <p>Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Person in Environment Perspective</p> <p>Contemporary Issues in Social Work</p> <p>Human Diversity and Ethical Issues in Social Work</p> <p>Social Work Practice I: Understanding Generalist Practice</p> <p><span style="line-height:20.8px">Social Work Practice II: Family and Group Practice</span></p> <p>Social Work Practice III: Community (Macro) Practice</p> <p>Cultural Diversity in America</p> <p>Writing for Social Work Practice</p> "Jodi" "Jodi" Helbert
Helt, Gail
College of Arts and Sciences Lynn 211a Bristol Hall 423-652-4890 Gail Helt Gail Helt <p>I came to King in 2014 after nearly a dozen years at the Central Intelligence Agency, where I worked on issues related to East Asian security, politics, and governance.&nbsp; I had the privilege of traveling the world, and writing for and briefing the senior-most policymakers in the US Government. The opportunities I was given were amazing, and I appreciated every one -- but in reality I always wanted to teach, and I was never a city girl, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to move to northeastern TN and teach at King.&nbsp;</p> <p>I was recruited by the CIA out of a PhD program at the University of Arizona, where I was studying political science/international relations, with an emphasis on China.&nbsp; I have a M.A. in political science&nbsp; from Iowa State University, and a B.S in political science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am the Coordinator of the Security and Intelligence Studies Program here at King, and also serve as the Director of the King Institute of Security and Intelligence Studies.&nbsp; I am also the faculty adviser for KSI--a great&nbsp; group of students interested in global events and security and intelligence-related issues. I teach classes in analysis, which are intended not only to teach higher level critical thinking skills that government agencies expect prospective employees to possess, but also to prepare students to succeed in graduate school. I also teach classes in intelligence ethics, counter-terrorism, and I will be teaching a new class in Chinese history and politics in the Spring 2016 semester.</p> <p>My research interests center around democratization and liberalization, human rights (I know, shocking for a former CIA officer!), and political stability.&nbsp; I also have a strong interest in Chinese history and politics, particularly how Western influence, and particularly Western religion, has impacted the development of China&#39;s politics. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends.</p> "Gail" "Gail" Helt

Hess, Heather
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences Lynn Student Center 223E 423.652.6035 Heather Hess Heather Hess <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and moved around a few times growing up. &nbsp;I ended up graduating from Aurora High School in Aurora, Nebraska. &nbsp;Upon graduation from high school, I attended Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH. &nbsp;While attending Mount St. Joseph I played soccer and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, graduating in May 2008.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Once I graduated with my Bachelor&#39;s degree I passed my BOC Exam for Athletic Training and was hired by East Tennessee State University as a graduate assistant. &nbsp;While serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, I earned my Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Sport Studies in May 2010.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I began my career at King University in August 2010 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. &nbsp;In August 2011 I became the Associate Athletic Trainer and served in this capacity until January 2014. &nbsp;In January 2014, I switched from service athletic training, to the academic side, when I was named as the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program, and then in August 2014 I was named the Program Coordinator. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Outside of teaching at King, I am a member at Mountain View Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN, where I serve as a youth leader with my husband, Kevin, who is currently serving as the youth pastor. &nbsp;We reside in Bristol, TN with our dog, Bandit. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> "Heather" "Heather" Hess
Hicks Hardy, Laura
College of Arts and Sciences Bristol Hall, 302 652.3670 Laura Hicks Hardy Laura Hicks Hardy <p>The task of writing well asks us to pay attention to the world around us, to see the common bush as a holy bush, to see everyday experiences as possibilities for resurrection. These sentiments have been the impetus for much of the work I have done in the past few years, including graduate education and teaching here at King.</p> <p>I graduated from King with a BA in English in 2007, and it is good and humbling to have some of my most influential teachers as colleagues now. They continue to inspire me with their dedication to their students and subjects. I returned to academic studies after a brief hiatus, attending the University of Tennessee, and in 2012 I graduated with a Masters in English Literature after completing a thesis on theologies of place in Appalachian literature. In the program at UT I also had the opportunity to teach composition and tutor in the Writing Center. During this time I came to realize the importance of the first-year composition course in initiating students into practicing the thoughtful and engaged conversations invaluable to all college experiences. As I tutored students during this time as well, I also came to appreciate the important service that Writing Centers offer to campuses and individuals.&nbsp;</p> <p>These two opportunities prepared me for the work that I do at King. In 2012, I began teaching Composition at King and became the Assistant Manager of the Writing Center. In the time since I have had the pleasure to teach several English literature classes as well, and have discovered an interest in teaching young adult literature. I have also been given the opportunity to direct the Writing Center, and I look forward to welcoming students into this space.</p> <p>Throughout my teaching and studies, the work of Wendell Berry has challenged me in and beyond the university. Much of my time in the summers is spent planning, planting, and harvesting a large garden located on the patch of family land where I grew up. Through this, I have explored enacting some of the commitments I have been led to through my academic studies. When not getting my hands dirty in the garden, I can usually be found hiking, visiting coffee shops, or generally spending time with my husband, Jason and dog, Lucy. I am also thankful to be part of the Hopwood Christian Church community in Johnson City, TN, from which I continually draw support and meaning for the work I do.</p> Hicks Hardy
Holloway, Kimberley
School of Applied Science and Technology M. Bristol Hall 107 423.652.6326 Kimberley Holloway Kimberley Holloway <p>Books and writing have been an important part of my life from my earliest&nbsp;memory. My paternal grandfather bought me a Little Golden Book every day from the day I was born until he passed away when I was just over three years old.&nbsp; My maternal grandmother read voraciously her entire life, and I will never forget watching my maternal grandfather read his Bible every day.</p> <p>It is not surprising, then, that I have chosen to study English and writing during my college years and that I have chosen to be an English and writing teacher. The most significant graduate experience that I have had was my three summers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I immersed myself in writing and language on my way to earning a PhD in Composition and TESOL.</p> <p>At King, I direct the Composition program and teach writing and technical communication classes, including ENGL 1110 and 3010, Editing, Journalism, Writing for Public Relations, and Rhetorical and Narrative Patterns. I am also the director of King&#39;s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).</p> <p>My interests include reading, writing, and working out at the fitness center. I also enjoy spending time with my family, especially my grandsons Grant, Zac, and Charlie and my granddaughter Grace. I have two daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Jeff and Stephanie and Justin, four grandchildren, and two cats, Milo and Indy.</p> Holloway

Hu, Tao "Eric"
School of Business and Economics 1350 King College Road, Bristol, TN 37620 901-482-2504 Tao Hu Tao Hu <p>Dr. Tao Eric Hu is an Associate Professor of Information Systems, and has&nbsp;served as the Director of Bachelor of Information Technology at School of Business &amp; Economics of King University, Bristol TN.&nbsp;Dr. Hu received M.A. from Yangzhou University, China and M.S.B.A and Ph.D. in Business Administration (with the concentration in Management Information Systems) from the Fogelman College of Business &amp; Economics of The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Dr. Hu&rsquo;s research focuses on areas such as service innovation/social commerce, business analytics &amp; intelligence, research methodology in construct construction , and&nbsp;value-based strategies of online services and social media. Dr. Hu has published studies in IS journals such as <em>European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Communications of AIS (CAIS), Journal of Computer Information Systems (JCIS), Journal of Information Technology Management (JITM), Information Technology Journal (ITJ), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS),&nbsp;Issues in Information Systems (IIS) and&nbsp;Education and Information Technologies(EIT),&nbsp;</em>. His dissertation research has been nominated for ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award in ICIS2010. Currently, Dr. Hu serves as the ad hoc reviewer of many IS journals, and hold membership with ACM, AIS, and IEEE.</p> "Eric" "Eric" Hu
Hudson, Donald "Don Michael"
College of Arts and Sciences Michael Tadlock/Wallace 207 423.652.4154 Donald Hudson Donald Hudson <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Don Michael Hudson is a faculty member in the King College of Arts and Sciences where he is also the Chair of the <a href="">Philosophy and Religion department</a>. He specializes in the historical section (Former Prophets) of the Old Testament, and in particular, he is dedicated to understanding and reading the book of Judges in light of new Syro-Palestinian archaeological evidence in tandem with modern theory and methods (<a href=""></a>). Over the last ten years he has studied Iron Age 1 and 2 in Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. In Israel, he has directed King&rsquo;s participation in the Lautenschlager <a href="">Tel Azekah excavation</a> led by Oded Lipschits and Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Manfred Oeming of Heidelberg University. Each summer he leads a team of undergraduate students to Palestine and Israel in pursuit of epistemological humility, excellence in scholarship, and nuanced thinking in regards to religion and geo-politics.&nbsp; The King Azekah team spends two weeks digging at Tel Azekah and 8 days touring the important sites of Palestine and Israel.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">As a biblical scholar and a student of the New Hermeneutic, Don Hudson&#39;s insistent goal has been to understand the development and function of the religious impulse in general, but more specifically, the religion of ancient &ldquo;Israel.&rdquo; In this vein he is currently completing a book entitled <em>When Time Stumbled: Identity and Disintegration in Judges</em> which profiles the most recent findings and artifacts from Syro-Palestinian archaeology in the Southern Levant and how these findings illuminate the book of Judges. &nbsp;Though Judges is most definitely a post-exilic, Judahite work we can view some of the earliest religious impulses of the historic Israel community, and we can trace the evolution and development of this particular religion through Iron 1 and 2 and into the Persian period.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">For three decades now Don has studied and emphasized the need for a fresh approach to reading and understanding the Christian Scriptures especially as we move into the 21<sup>st</sup> century. Global, modern Christianity suffers the stigma of anti-science and anti-reason (rightly deserved), but more importantly, it also faces the stark reality of irrelevance in an increasingly complex world. Can we read the Christian Scriptures in a way that addresses the human condition in a relevant, helpful manner? Can we answer the question, &ldquo;So What?&rdquo; in meaningful, intelligent ways? What do these texts and narratives have to say to people in the modern age?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">With these issues and questions in mind, he co-founded the <a href="">Seattle School of Theology and Psychology</a> in 1996. He crafted the original vision of the school, hired faculty and staff, recruited students, raised funds, and designed the curriculum for the MA in Theology and the MDiv. He and his team developed all the courses in an attempt to redesign graduate studies for the 21<sup>st</sup> century. The Seattle School continues to thrive with over 200 graduate students annually. After joining the Philosophy and Religion department at Appalachian State, Dr. Hudson developed innovative pedagogies to engage college students with the pressing issues related to religion in the modern age. At King he has developed an innovative class titled <a href=";qid=1450862687&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=foundations+of+christian+thought+an+practice"><em>Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice</em></a>. As a central component to a liberal arts education it is important for students to understand and articulate the Judeo-Christian religion in the modern age. This class has been popular with students and has garnered national attention. This course is not only core to King University but also central to his teaching philosophy in regards to the relevance and limitations of religion. Each student must reflect critically upon his or her worldview, understand what an academic study of religion entails with a particular emphasis on determining the difference between moderate and militant religious expressions. As a final project, each student must produce an articulate, objective, informed presentation on the Judeo-Christian worldview as a foundation for global civilization.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">He has also served as visiting professor at universities in Perth; Australia (1999), Vienna, Austria (1997); Kiev, Ukraine (1998, 1999); Monterrey, Mexico (2002); St. Petersburg, Russia (1998); Manila, Philippines (1994); London; England (1991); and Beijing, China (1999, 2000). Dr. Hudson has advised approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate students who have presented research at regional, national, and international conferences.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">As chair of the Philosophy and Religion, Dr. Hudson has been actively promoting undergraduate research and scholarly activities in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hudson also promotes education in his community by speaking regularly at churches, local high schools, community colleges, student organizations, and with local news media about religious violence and extremism and Iron Age archaeology in Israel. Dr. Hudson also serves on the governing board of the <a href=""><em>King Institute of Faith and Culture</em></a>. The King Institute is dedicated to conversation on the issues of faith and culture. In this capacity he guides the internationally known lecture series in major decisions and serves as speaker and essayist.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Don has authored, co-authored, or edited five books and written over 50 essays and articles in journals such as <em>Imagiato et Ratio</em>, <em>Dictionary of Biblical Imagery</em>, <em>Mars Hill Review</em>, <em>Journal for the Study of the Old Testament</em>, <em>Inklings</em>, <em>The Everyday Study Bible</em>, <em>Sojourners</em>, and <em>Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft</em>. He also founded and co-directed the <em><a href="">Mars Hill Review</a></em> where he served as concept editor for nine years. &nbsp;He has given more than 300 research and public scholarship presentations in 47 states and 11 countries. He has also been a consultant with international organizations managing refugee populations in Germany, Austria, and Turkey.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size:14px">For more information:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"></span></span></p> "Don Michael" "Don Michael" Hudson

Kingsley, Erin
College of Arts and Sciences Snider Honors House 423-652-4828 Erin Kingsley Erin Kingsley <p>One of my life&rsquo;s key moments was the moment I first visited King University and met all the kind, soulful people there. Even though I hail from so very far away (born and raised in southern Idaho, attended university in Oregon, then lived in Colorado for over a decade), I found a unique and God-given kinship with the landscape, university, and people at King. Until King came into my life, I had never even been to Tennessee! Until Dale Brown (former English professor at King) came into my life, I had never even heard of Frederick Buechner! Thank God for his miracles, great and small. King University, Frederick Buechner, Dale Brown, Craig McDonald = large miracles in my life.</p> <p>Books have always been my first and best friends. In my case, doing what I love and doing what I&rsquo;m good at just happened to coalesce, and God has been so good in opening doors so I could always continue the next leg of my journey, both with Him and with literature. While I function quite well as a generalist (which means I love all forms of literature), my specialty is modernism, 20th century British and American literature, and women writers (chiefly Virginia Woolf). From the first time I stepped into the role of instructor in an undergraduate classroom, I was hooked. That day, I was amazed and humbled to find what I believe to be my vocational life calling: to engage the young and old alike in discussions about the most beautiful, compelling, enriching, and difficult words that have ever been written, and to mentor and uplift each other.</p> <p>For the past ten years, I have taught both online and face-to-face courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then here at King University since Fall 2015. I have been married for 13 years&nbsp;to the best man currently in existence, Matthew, and we share a joy-suffused home (where nightly dance parties occur) with our two kids, Sylvia and Lucas. I love to read, watch movies, eat delicious food, travel, hang out in libraries and coffee shops, sleep, and take bubble baths. I look forward to digging deep with you all, exploring my new city and state, learning and rejoicing and &ldquo;doing life&rdquo; together.</p> Kingsley
Knight, Margaret
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences Ann Knoxville (865) 690-5803 Margaret Knight Margaret Knight <p>Through teaching and mentorship, I try to plant as many seeds as possible each day. &nbsp;But, even before I entered academia, I worked to train people in medical record coding and compliance on an informal basis and came to see such education as an opportunity for people to improve their lives. &nbsp;That realization was formalized with an adjunct position at Delgado Community College&#39;s Health Information Management program in 1998. &nbsp;While most of my career has been spend working in healthcare, I re-entered academia in 2010 at the University of Tennessee Department of Public Health in their Master&#39;s program. &nbsp;I am grateful to continue my academic career at King University whose mission of teaching adults aligns well with my own.</p> <p>While in New Orleans, I attended the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and earned a Master&#39;s in Public Health in 1998. &nbsp;In 2004, I received a fellowship to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and earned a Master&#39;s of Science in Applied Sociology and a PhD in Public Affairs.</p> <p>I am beginning my work with students in the&nbsp;Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program based at the Knoxville campus. &nbsp;I am starting with teaching Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Healthcare Policy, and Population Health. &nbsp;I look for to the start of this work.</p> <p>My research interests include:</p> <ul> <li>Health systems research including the effect of nonclinical decisions on medical outcomes.</li> <li>Healthcare disparities created by policy decisions and societal constraints.</li> <li>The effects of state and federal policy decisions on accessibility of primary care.</li> <li>The effects of protocol-based medical education on the critical thinking skills of clinicians.</li> </ul> <p>My service interest include working to improve the lives of the people in our community and am currently seeking volunteer opportunities that will allow me to assist with that goal. &nbsp;</p> Knight

Krizanac-Bengez, Ljiljana "Lily"
School of Applied Science and Technology 615-614-2398 Ljiljana Krizanac-Bengez Ljiljana Krizanac-Bengez <p><em>&quot;Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.&quot;</em> <em>(</em>Titus 2:7)</p> <p>I hold MD PhD degree from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. I believe that the greatest learning experiences come from working with different group of people as to achieve academic, professional, and spiritual growth.&nbsp; I have been involved in pre-clinical and clinical medical science, and completed post-doctoral fellowships at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA (1993-1996) and Cleveland Clinic (1999-2002).</p> <p>Between 1999 and 2011, I was employed at the Cleveland Clinic; first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Cerebrovascular Research Center, Neurosurgery, and upon receiving an AHA grant was promoted to project staff (Research Assistant Professor), working in both bio-medical and clinical science &amp; clinical trials.</p> <p>Most recently I have served as Associate Professor and Chair of Health Services Administration Program at Chancellor University, Cleveland, OH. While there, I was instrumental in creating a program in Health Informatics &amp; Information Management (HIIM) at the baccalaureate degree.</p> <p>As of January 2014, I serve as Lead Faculty and Program Coordinator&nbsp;for Health Informatics at King University, School of Behavioral &amp; Health Sciences. I&nbsp;have been&nbsp;using my skill set to serve our new program and our students.</p> <p>What are my interests? Professionally, I am passionate about Medical science &amp; research; Education; Program development; Leadership. In my private life, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a wonderful family who has been supportive of my work and education. In return, I enjoy serving and&nbsp;leading others to achieve their full potential.</p> <p>With self-knowledge comes a greater awareness of who we are, what our true goals in life are, and what direction we want to set for our life.&nbsp; This, in a nutshell, is the gift of maturity. I see myself as a service-oriented professional who thrives on socially meaningful work.</p> <p><em>&quot;For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.&quot;</em> (Mathew 6:21)</p> "Lily" "Lily" Krizanac-Bengez

Liendo, Martha
College of Arts and Sciences White Hall 309 423-652-6323 Martha Liendo Martha Liendo <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; Learning mathematics is like learning a foreign language. The only way to become proficient in either is through repeated practice. I love learning mathematics, discovering its complexities, simplicities, and beauty. I enjoy sharing my love for the subject with others through teaching.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; I received my Bachelor degree from King University (then King College) in 2010. During my time as a student, I fell in love with the atmosphere of King. King welcomed me with smiling faculty and staff, always willing to help. King felt like family, felt like home. Coming to King, I knew I wanted to teach mathematics. By graduation I knew it was my calling, and that I would count myself blessed if someday I was given the opportunity to teach at King.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; I came back to King University to teach as an adjunct in fall 2013 and began full time in fall 2014. So far, I have taught Introduction to Statistics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus I, Calculus II, and Differential Equations. I am also proud to be the Faculty Adviser for the Student Veterans Association and a Co-Adviser for King Women in STEM. I am excited to be at King and look forward to discovering what&rsquo;s ahead.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; My husband and I are the proud parents of three beautiful teenagers. We are very family oriented and enjoy spending as much time as we can with our children and our extended family. In my free time I can be found at cross-country meets, football games, band competitions, wrestling meets, and track meets, depending on the season. I also enjoy going to the movies, hiking, and jigsaw puzzles.</p> Liendo

Little, Charles
School of Business and Economics David Franklin, Tennessee 615/236-9806 Charles Little Charles Little <p>This quote by Thomas Edison relates closely to my life and to the material that I present in my (management and marketing) classes. &nbsp; For years, my personal vision was to teach and research at a reputable university. &nbsp;While employed full time as a government executive, I worked on a Ph.D. in organization theory and marketing so that I could &nbsp;prepare to achieve my <em>vision</em>. &nbsp;Armed with my Ph.D., I retired in 2004 after 34 years of government service to take my job in academia as an associate dean at a small faith based university in Texas. &nbsp; I served in that capacity for four years, when the opportunity to teach in the Texas A&amp;M system was presented to me. &nbsp; &nbsp;In 2013, I relocated to Tennessee and found the opportunity to teach and become the site director for King University at the new Franklin campus. &nbsp;It was a gift from heaven. &nbsp;Similarly, I teach the importance of vision in my marketing and management classes, and how leaders in organizations prepare strategies tied to their vision of the organization. &nbsp; If you work for it, constantly and consistently, you will achieve it. &nbsp;</p> <p>I teach marketing and marketing management, leadership, strategic management and international business for King university,live and online out of our Franklin campus.</p> <p>My interests include research to keep my classes current. &nbsp; In my spare time I enjoy golf, boating and spending time with my wonderful wife Marla and our dog Ozzie.</p> "Charles" "Charles" Little
Littleton, Robert "Rob"
Other Allen Maclellan Hall #12 423-652-4740 Robert Littleton Robert Littleton <p>Dr. Rob Littleton is the Vice President for Student Affairs. He came to King University in 2005.&nbsp;Littleton also serves as an instructor in the Leadership Minor and the Senior Capstone course, Christian Faith and Social Responsibility. Prior to his arrival at King, he served as Dean of Students and various other administrative positions for 15 years at Carson-Newman University and as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education at The University of Tennessee for three years.</p> <p>As Vice President for Student Affairs, Littleton oversees a wide range of programs and services at King including: Orientation, First Year Programs (KING 1000 and 2000), Community Outreach, Residence Life and Housing, Student Conduct, Student Organizations, Student Activities (i.e. SLACK), SLACK Sports, Security, Counseling Center, Student Success, Learning and Disability Services, and the Regional Student Affairs Office in Knoxville.</p> <p>Along with serving on the President&rsquo;s Executive Cabinet, Littleton has also served in other campus roles. From 2007 to 2011, he chaired the University&rsquo;s transition committee, which coordinated the membership process to move from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Littleton is currently serving as Co-Chair, for the 2018 King University Compliance Certification Process. This process is with King&rsquo;s accrediting body &ndash; The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Littleton has also served on various accreditation committees for SACSCOC.</p> <p>Rob and his wife of 21 years, Cheryl, live in Bristol. Cheryl is an elementary school teacher at Holston View Elementary. Rob and Cheryl are blessed to have Erin Elizabeth as their daughter. Erin is a 3rd grader at Holston View. The Littletons attend&nbsp;Euclid Avenue Baptist Church.&nbsp;</p> "Rob" "Rob" Littleton

Macione, Beatriz
College of Arts and Sciences Huarte Bristol Hall 203 423.652.4896 Beatriz Macione Beatriz Macione <p>I am originally from Pamplona, Spain, where I lived until I moved to the United States. I always look forward to going home each summer to spend time with my family.</p> <p>I began my career with King University (then King College) in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Spanish for the Modern Languages Department, where I remained until 2000. I returned as an Associate Professor of Spanish for the Languages and Literatures Department in 2011, and I currently serve as Chair of the Department, as well as Associate Dean for the College of Arts &amp; Sciences.</p> <p>My focus as a professor is to broaden my student&rsquo;s perception of the world by teaching them the value of diversity in people, cultures, and languages. Participation in King&rsquo;s Study-Abroad Program gives students in the Languages and Literatures Department the opportunity to enrich their lives by visiting other countries.&nbsp; In addition, my department encourages students to leave the comfort zone of the classroom through community service engagement, which offers an opportunity to share their knowledge of a foreign language and the culture it represents.</p> <p>As Chair, I have organized and implemented successful faculty and community workshops for foreign language teachers in the region. We share information, exchange ideas, and discuss new ways to improve teaching through different methodologies and the implementation of technology in the classroom.</p> <p>During my career, I have pursued and been awarded numerous fellowships and grants with multiple agencies &ndash; The Appalachian Center for Community Faculty Development Grant, Emory &amp; Henry College, which enabled me to incorporate service-learning into my Spanish classes; The Mednick Fellowship for Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, which dealt with connecting Spanish language and culture; Curriculum Development Grant at Emory &amp; Henry College, Virginia; Faculty Scholar Lecture Series at King University; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Trust through the Appalachian College Association Fellowship; and the Graduate Council Research Fellowship at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.</p> Macione

McDonald, John "Craig"
College of Arts and Sciences Craig Tadlock Rm 103 423-652-6320 John McDonald John McDonald <p>You&rsquo;ve no doubt followed a car (perhaps you drive one!) plastered with slogans and stickers proclaiming the driver&rsquo;s commitment to various causes. As I&rsquo;ve gotten older, I&rsquo;m beginning feel like one of those cars, accumulating quotations that describe my aspirations or that act as landmarks in my spiritual and intellectual development. Having taught now for some 36 years, these quotations have entered into my lifeblood, expressing my longings and aspirations&mdash;for myself, for my family, for my students, and for my colleagues and friends at King.</p> <p>I did a short stint as a campus intern with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and at one point considered seminary; but through the witness of a high school English teacher and a couple of faculty members at the College of William and Mary felt God&rsquo;s call to teach. While in the English master&rsquo;s program at William and Mary, I learned about the medieval studies program at the University of York in northern England, and Karen and I moved. What I appreciated greatly about the program, aside from the privilege of living in abroad and meeting people who have been good friends for many years, is the ability to study where medieval literature, art, and history was made. It&rsquo;s hard to relate the feeling of conducting research using manuscripts that are over 500 years old and of studying medieval stained glass, not through color prints but with a pair of binoculars in a cathedral. It helped to drive home the point that this is the work of people&mdash;who lived and dreamed and created.</p> <p>My wife, Karen, and I just celebrated our 40th anniversary. She practices the art of &ldquo;holy listening&rdquo; as a spiritual director, and our home serves as assisted living quarters for our dog Annie and our cat Jezebel. Our daughter, Kate, a priest with the Scottish Episcopal Church, and her husband, Justin, a writer and web designer, are moving to Tiberias in Israel, where she will serve as a pastor. My son, Seth, is an engineer with GE; and his wife, Kristine, is a member of the faculty. They have given Karen and me a delightful grandson, Will.</p> <p>I have taught at King since 1982 with a 2-year break to serve as headmaster at Sullins Academy. One of the more rewarding roles I have played was developing and directing the Snider honors program, in which students and I, along with numerous colleagues, who contributed to the program, sought to unpack the phrase in King&rsquo;s mission statement &ldquo;cultural transformation in Christ.&rdquo; There is little to compare to the magic of seeing a student transformed&mdash;intellectually and spiritually. As one of Wendell Berry&rsquo;s characters states, &ldquo;I am blessed.&rdquo;</p> <p>In ways I feel like the proverbial jack of all trades, master of none. In the past, I&rsquo;ve enjoyed playing the bagpipes and writing poetry and novels, although currently I do neither. Reading, as one might expect of one whose profession is Engish, is a favorite activity; but in many ways I&rsquo;m a visual person and enjoy watching British mysteries with Karen. Having worked as a carpenter&rsquo;s helper in high school and part of college, I generally have a remodeling project or two during the summer. Working with my hands is rewarding and has given me a profound appreciation for skill and the hard labor of artists and craftsmen who do that as a living, not just dabble, as I do.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> "Craig" "Craig" McDonald
Mears, Gregory
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences S. Gregory Mears Gregory Mears <p>The freedom of thought and conscience requires that we respect those with whom we disagree, as well as consider the possibility that, as individuals,&nbsp;we are not the repositories of all knowledge.&nbsp; This&nbsp;perspective is fundamental to understanding&nbsp;human behavior and forms the basis of&nbsp;healthy scientific inquiry.&nbsp; Although often considered a &quot;soft science,&quot; psychology is not immune from the role that humility&nbsp;plays in scientific endeavors.&nbsp;</p> <p>While research is the life blood of science, application is its breath.&nbsp; If scientific principles cannot be used in the real world; this is particularly true in the mental health fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work, and counseling.&nbsp; In addition to&nbsp;serving&nbsp;as the Online Psychology Program Coordinator at King University, Dr. Mears&nbsp;has served as manager of&nbsp;an onsite day treatment program for the Central Virginia Community Services Board, substance abuse counselor for Pathways Residential Treatment Center, mobile therapist for Northwestern Human Services, therapist at Thriveworks and Advanced Psychotherapeutics.&nbsp; With 13 years of experience in both the academic and clinical aspects of mental health, Dr. Mears has worked with addictive, mood, and anxiety disorders in a variety of contexts, including individual, group, and marital therapy.&nbsp; The author of two book chapters, Dr. Mears also&nbsp;partners with&nbsp;his local church in a lay counseling ministry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Research interests include the application of neuroscience to the treatment of mental health disorders; in particular the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of ADD, PTSD, and TBI.</p> Mears

Mongold, Jennifer
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences L. Sells Hall 207 423-652-6794 Jennifer Mongold Jennifer Mongold <p><em>Why did that person do that?&nbsp; </em>This is a question I have found myself asking at many different points in my life.&nbsp; Do we ever really know a person&#39;s true intentions?&nbsp; How could she do that to someone she is supposed to care about?&nbsp; This natural curiosity into human nature led me to the study of psychology and criminal justice.</p> <p>During my graduate training, I had excellent opportunities to study psychology and the criminal justice system in different settings.&nbsp;&nbsp; The one that interested me most was working with inmates at a local detention center.&nbsp; I worked with people suffering with drug withdrawals, depression, and disorders as chronic and serious as schizophrenia to issues as common as claustrophobia.</p> <p>After graduate school, I kept my interest in both psychology and criminal justice alive in my work as a restorative justice mediator providing these services to area juvenile courts. &nbsp;Restorative justice is an alternative to our current more punitive practices that seeks to repair the harm done when a crime is committed instead of only punishing the offender. &nbsp;It gives the victim a voice in the process while also holding the offender accountable for his or her actions. &nbsp;During my years as an RJ mediator, I also taught classes on a part-time basis and happily joined King full time in 2011.</p> <p>At King University, I am the Program Director of the Criminal Justice Program.&nbsp; Here, I love working with both the traditional and GPS students by helping them find their passion and the place that they need to be. &nbsp;I teach the courses focused on theory and research as well as the restorative justice-themed course in the CJ curriculum.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently, I reside in Gray, TN with my husband Jeff, sons Grant and Zac, and cat Joe.&nbsp; We love being outside and are very active in our church.</p> Mongold

Ong, Han Chuan
College of Arts and Sciences Sells Hall 202A 423-652-6007 Han Chuan Ong Han Chuan Ong <p>Although I come from a family of accomplished teachers -- my dad, a math and English teacher, was the assistant principal at my elementary school -- I never thought I would choose teaching as my vocation. In a way, I was intentionally ignoring my own DNA. The inspiration to teach eventually came in the form of my freshman biology professor, Dr. Austin Brooks. It was simply enthralling to be taught by him because he made learning fun, simple, exciting, and lasting. Therefore, one of my life-long goals is to become an effective teacher like him.</p> <p>My graduate training in molecular biology and genetics focused primarily on studying the evolution of plant mitochondrial genes and genomes. The result was a dissertation on why and how mitochondrial genes move intracellularly (from the mitochondrion to the nucleus) and horizontally (from the mitochondria of one plant to another). This inquiry was extended to the study of chloroplast genomes of marine and freshwater algae for my postdoctoral research at the University of Washington in Seattle.</p> <p>At King University, I teach the following courses: Principles of Biology, General Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Evolutionary Biology. I have led many study abroad trips over the years and will continue to lead more in the future.</p> <p>For leisure, I <em>think</em> I am a good student of cooking and love to hone my skills at classical singing. Also, the presence of my three sons necessitates constant upkeep of the house and their hygiene.</p> Ong
Ong, Laura
College of Arts and Sciences E. White Hall 211 423-652-4805 Laura Ong Laura Ong <p>I always knew <em>that</em> I wanted to teach, even before I knew <em>what</em> I wanted to teach.&nbsp; And now, after several years of academic and geographical roaming, I am thrilled to be back home in the mountains, teaching at King University.&nbsp; I grew up in Greene County, Tennessee as a child of a music teacher and a tobacco breeder.&nbsp; Since many of my extended family farmed tobacco, my initial interest in biology stemmed from a desire to boost disease resistance in crop plants, to help improve yields and incomes in farming communities.&nbsp; However, once I started to learn the intricate details of the interactions between pathogens and their hosts, I began to appreciate all types of disease-causing microbes for their own sakes.&nbsp; I love to learn about, and teach about, anything related to microbes and/or disease.</p> <p>During my graduate work, I studied plant defense mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level.&nbsp; My dissertation research focused on protein-level interactions between the bacterium <em>Pseudomonas syringae</em> and two of its plant hosts, soybean and the model plant Arabidopsis.&nbsp; My research results indicated that a particular <em>P. syringae</em> virulence protein altered target proteins in soybean and Arabidopsis plants in similar ways, suggesting that both plants use related mechanisms to combat a single bacterial disease.&nbsp; This research gives me hope that plant disease resistance research in Arabidopsis will translate fairly quickly and easily to the improvement of crop plants.</p> <p>So far, the courses I have taught at King University are Principles of Biology, Microbiology and Immunology (for non-Biology majors), Microbiology (for Biology majors), Human Anatomy and Physiology 2, Cell Biology, Plant Physiology, Interdepartmental Science Seminar, and an honors seminar in Modern Human Reproduction.&nbsp; While I originally specialized in plants and microbiology, I really enjoy teaching human anatomy and physiology as well, because everyone has a body, and everyone should know how their body works!&nbsp;</p> <p>I am a mom to three handsome, noisy, messy, and absolutely perfect sons, and much of my time away from King is spent taking care of them.&nbsp; In my remaining spare time, I love to sing, garden and read fiction, and my all-time favorite author is Alexander McCall Smith.&nbsp; If I myself were a fictional character, I would probably be Hermione Granger or a hobbit.&nbsp; I also love watching football and traveling with my husband.</p> Ong

Overbay, Mark
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences R. Sells Hall 204 423-652-6461 Mark Overbay Mark Overbay <p>In Latin, the word &ldquo;<em>doctor</em>&rdquo; means &ldquo;<em>teacher</em>&rdquo;. I am a medical doctor - a Family Physician. For more than 20 years of my life, I was involved in the day-to-day care of patients of all ages. I have delivered babies, cared for those with terminal illnesses and shared life stories with thousands of people between those two extremes. &nbsp;I have laughed and cried, rejoiced and mourned, taught and learned from them all. Like a well-worn and threadbare quilt, I carry a small piece of them in the fabric of who I am. I have had a very privileged and rare glimpse into the raw and intimate truths of pain, suffering, strength, courage, and the wide spectrum of the human condition. Over those years, I came to realize that that of all the tragedies that often accompany us when we find ourselves in need of advanced medical care, the greatest may be <em>fear</em>&hellip;..the fear of the unknown&hellip;.the fear that we have lost control of our lives &hellip;.the fear of death. This fear isn&rsquo;t always on the surface. It&rsquo;s not always so easy to identify. We often are resistant to acknowledge its very existence. There is, however, an antidote to this fear. Great power comes from knowledge and compassion&hellip;the power to break the grip of fear. More than any other remedy, helping my patients to understand more about their own condition became my most helpful therapy to ease their suffering. &nbsp;Interestingly (at least to me), I found that by educating my patients about their health and wellness issues that I was being enriched by it. The experience was transformational for both me and the patients I served.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The realities of a physician life, however, left precious little time to devote the nurturing of my own family, so after approximately 20 years in practice, I retired. Instead of worrying what came next, I dedicated myself to being the best husband, father, brother and son I could be. I turned over the responsibility for determining where I would land following retirement to God. As it turned out, I didn&rsquo;t have to wait long.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Soon after retiring from medicine, the Lord led me to King. What a wonderful place! King&rsquo;s Core Values of Christian faith, scholarship, service, and career, and Mission <em>to build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ</em> spoke deeply to me and I joined the faculty to help develop a new health care related program. Along the way, I have contributed as the university has needed me and currently serve as the dean of the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences and the interim dean of the School of Communication, Information, and Design. I am blessed to serve a strong and dedicated faculty and have such a wonderful and caring King family. My time here has continually reinforced the&nbsp;truths learned in clinical practice......knowledge is powerful and, with Christ, transformational.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Overbay
Pate, Mark
School of Business and Economics Jerome Bristol Hall 305 423-652-4814 Mark Pate Mark Pate <p>Corporate Background</p> <ul> <li>Graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1980 with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and worked as an engineer for nine years with Exxon, DeGolyer and MacNaughton, and Ashland Exploration.&nbsp;</li> <li>Ten years of progressive management experience with Ashland Exploration.</li> <li>Integral member of the management team that sold Ashland Exploration in 1997 for $660 million.&nbsp;</li> <li>In 1997, became the Vice President of Finance and CFO for a division of Baker Hughes.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Traveled to Africa, Europe, South America, and Canada with Ashland and Baker Hughes, and was involved in the operation or evaluation of projects in over 40 countries.&nbsp;</li> <li>Became the President and CEO in 2000 of a privately held start up oil and gas company based in east Tennessee.&nbsp;</li> <li>Proven accomplishments in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, international concessions, and other types of transactions with total closings of greater than $2 billion in current dollars. &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Academic Background</p> <p>Graduated with a Ph.D., Finance from The University of Tennessee in 2008 with a strong desire to teach corporate and personal finance to young adults, while at the same time encouraging future generations of management to conduct their business with values and integrity.</p> <p>I came to King University in 2007 and teach Corporate Finance, Strategic Financial Management, Investment Management, Special Topics in Finance and occasionally Quantitative and Research Methods. I teach undergraduate and MBA courses to our traditional, GPS and online students.</p> "Mark" "Mark" Pate

Paulson, Keri-Lynn
King Libraries E.W. King Library, Room 211 423.652.4897 Keri-Lynn Paulson Keri-Lynn Paulson <p>It is significant that John calls Jesus &ldquo;the Word&rdquo; in his gospel (John 1:1,14).&nbsp; Jesus is the ultimate Source of truth and reality. He, as the Word, is the archetype of meaning found in language, communication, information. All of scripture indicates that words have value. They signify&mdash;point to&mdash;reality. Scripture admonishes us, among other things, to &ldquo;rightly handle the Word of truth&rdquo; (2 Timothy 2:15) and to &ldquo;be&nbsp;holy&nbsp;in all you do&rdquo; (1 Peter 1:15). As Christian educators, our responsibility is to teach students to correctly employ language, to handle information with integrity (for example, protecting copyright and avoiding plagiarism), and to be excellent in our academic pursuits. As a Christian librarian, teaching students to be <em>information literate</em>&mdash;one of our profession&rsquo;s main objectives&mdash;entails helping them to do due diligence in their research, to properly use others&rsquo; works, and to think critically about the information they receive. It is my job to help to help students make judgments about the quality and correctness of the sources they unearth. As an educator and a believer, it is also a part of my job to encourage them to not give up their pursuit when they don&rsquo;t initially find pertinent sources. The Apostle Paul said &ldquo;<em>whatever</em> you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men&rdquo; (Colossians 3:23, emphasis mine); this certainly applies to conducting oneself in an academic environment. I believe the Lord is glorified when we do our work with integrity and excellence.</p> <p>My graduate education took place at the School of Information Sciences (now the College of Communication and Information) at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Although the philosophical underpinnings of Information Science have broad applications, I chose coursework specifically designed to prepare students for a career in academic libraries. My first professional position was as a Reference and Instructional Librarian at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. My second position brought me back to my alma mater, Bryan College, where I stayed for 10 years, first as the Outreach Librarian and then as the Quality Enhancement Plan Coordinator, a position tied to the accreditation/ reaffirmation process. I joined the King University Libraries team as Electronic Resources Librarian in February 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to information science as it relates to the world of higher education, I am also interested in First Year Experience theories and practice and in promoting and supporting undergraduate research.&nbsp;</p> "Keri-Lynn" "Keri-Lynn" Paulson

Pipino, Kiara "Kiara Pipino"
College of Arts and Sciences WA 209 Kiara Pipino Kiara Pipino <p><strong>Kiara Pipino</strong>&nbsp;has been directing and writing for the stage for over twelve years, both in the professional and academic environments.&nbsp; She graduated with a BFA in Architecture at the Universita&rsquo; degli Studi di Genova (Italy) and focused on Scenic Design, which is the field she earned her first graduate degree in. She then moved to the United States, where she pursued her second graduate degree in Directing at the University of Arkansas.</p> <p>As a scholar, she has recently published on&nbsp;<em>American Theatre Magazine</em>,&nbsp;<em>Maia</em>,&nbsp;<em>Dioniso</em>. Her academic interests include Greek Theatre, Musical Theatre, Movement for Actors and Shakespeare. She has recently presented at the &ldquo;International Symposium on Curating the Performing Arts: Envisioning the Practice&rdquo; (Montreal, Canada), and at the &ldquo;Asian Shakespeare Association Conference&rdquo; in Taipei (Taiwan). She is also served as a director for PACT productions at the 2014 and 2015 ATHE Conferences.</p> <p>She has been the Artistic Director&nbsp; and the Resident Director of the Festival Internazionale Valle Christi, a summer theatre festival in Italy, for thirteen years and she is the president of the American based theatre company Alea Iacta Est.</p> <p>Her directing credits include:&nbsp;<em>Clytemnestra</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Good Person of Setzuan</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Understudy</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Unseen</em>,&nbsp;<em>Twelfth Night</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Tempest</em>,&nbsp;<em>You&rsquo;re a Good Man Charlie Brown</em>,&nbsp;<em>Anon(Ymous),</em>&nbsp;<em>Dead Man&rsquo;s Cell Phone</em>,&nbsp;<em>A Number</em>.</p> <p>Her play, After All, has received a fully produced reading at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in July 2015.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> "Kiara Pipino" "Kiara Pipino" Pipino

Polk, Xanshunta "Xan "
School of Business and Economics LaTalshe' The Village at Hardin Valley Xanshunta Polk Xanshunta Polk <p>Dr. Xanshunta L. Polk is an Assistant Professor of Business at King University&rsquo;s Knoxville campus. She is originally from Jackson, MS, and has lived in Nashville, TN. Until recently, she resided in Cumberland Gap, TN. Dr. Polk is an alumnus of Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, and Argosy University. She holds a BBA in Marketing, MPA in Public Administration, DBA in Marketing, and an Advanced Professional Graduate Certificate in Management.</p> <p>Teaching is a fundamental component of Dr. Polk&rsquo;s involvement in marketing society. She is very proud to create and share knowledge in a classroom setting. Students often find it difficult to connect marketing concepts with societal events. Many students are oblivious of marketing concepts and how they shape the business world. This lack of knowledge will impair research and marketing practices in the future. Dr. Polk&rsquo;s teaching philosophy is based on her enthusiasm to reduce the gap in marketing knowledge and motivate students to understand and value marketing and its importance in the business world. Her teaching philosophy allows students to grasp the significance of marketing in their everyday lives and increase their enjoyment of the program of study.</p> <p>Throughout her career, Dr. Polk has been interested in different aspects of Marketing and Management, especially consumer behavior, marketing management, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. She has analyzed the effects of persuasive communication, as well as, the advantages of remaining innovative through marketing strategies. She has published papers in peer-reviewed academic journals.</p> <p>Dr. Polk has undertaken a variety of administrative duties outside of academia, including serving as Senior Representative for New Accounts within the Wealth Management division of UBS Financial Services, Inc. Additionally; Dr. Polk is co-founder of an online magazine. Dr. Polk has also volunteered her time as a Literacy Coach for the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.</p> "Xan " "Xan " Polk
Ratcliff, Holly
School of Applied Science and Technology E. 10950 Spring Bluff Way (865) 769-3103 Holly Ratcliff Holly Ratcliff <p>I am originally from Bristol, Tennessee, and graduated from King College as a traditional undergraduate in 1995 with a degree in Political Science/History. After forgoing law school, I spent a gap year living in Vail, Colorado before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee to start graduate school at the University of Tennessee. Yes, I did snow ski a lot while I lived in Vail; and, no, I have not been back nor have I snow skied since I left.&nbsp;</p> <p>After moving to Knoxville, I began graduate work in the Political Science department at UT with the intention of completing a Master of Public Administration degree (with a concentration in Urban Planning). At the same time, I worked for the university as a production assistant at the Center for Transportation Research in the Southeastern Transportation Center and Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program initiatives, which helped to fuel my interest in pursuing an MPA in planning. When the university decided to eliminate the Urban Planning degree, integrating it into a civil engineering program, I started graduate classes in the English department at UT instead, and I took a new position with the university&#39;s Office of Information Technology as a technical writer and editor. During my graduate career at UT, I focused primarily on 19th Century/Victorian and early 20th Century/Modern British literature, with an interest in the works of Wilkie Collins, Anne Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti, William Thackeray, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford. I completed my work in the spring of 2002, culminating in a thesis that studied three British women and their travel writings, letters, poetry, art work, and journal entries, stemming from my desire for non-fiction, archival-based research, rather than literary criticism or theoretical analysis.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2006, while an adjunct for the Department of English at UT, I was offered a full-time corporate position&nbsp;as a marketing coordinator for the Midsouth region of an international engineering firm. This opportunity, coincidentally, ended up taking me almost full-circle back to my Center for Transportation Research days at UT, since this firm concentrated in civil and environmental engineering and planning related to multi-level transportation projects. During my time there, I worked on several large-scale projects with the firm, including the monumental SmartFIX40 interstate realignment/reconstruction project through downtown Knoxville.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2010, I left the engineering firm and returned to teaching part-time at Tusculum College in their GPS program in Knoxville. Primarily, I taught courses and workshops in rhetoric and composition, research and writing, and business/professional communication. In the fall of 2011, I also began teaching part-time at both Pellissippi State Community College and King College, taking on a number of the Quest classes in the Knoxville area. In the spring of 2014, I started full-time at King University as the Assistant Director of the ACE in Knoxville, making myself available to help students in all of the programs in the area with their written communication, oral communication, and research writing projects. I am also the course writer/owner for a LIBS/ENGL Quest course as well as a TCOM course in professional communication for the Information Technology program, which are very thought-provoking, enjoyable, and rewarding endeavors for me.</p> <p>When I&#39;m not working on campus, I live on a farm in East Knoxville with a number of shelter dog rescues, several cats, and two horses (for right now). Currently, I compete one of my horses, Eddie, in an equestrian sport called 3-day eventing that incorporates the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping into one multi-phase competition. This occupies much of my free time and is a life-long passion. I have found that people who ride horses as youngsters either grow out of it, or they don&#39;t. I definitely have not! I also enjoy reading a lot. I am intrigued by the literary genres of the Victorian gothic and the more contemporary area of Steampunk fiction, but I do not get -- at all -- the current cultural fascination with vampires, werewolves, aliens, and zombies.&nbsp;</p> Ratcliff

Remillard, Annie
College of Arts and Sciences Bristol Hall 205 423-652-4804 Annie Remillard Annie Remillard <p>I am a native French speaker from Montr&eacute;al, Qu&eacute;bec, Canada. I moved&nbsp;to the Tri-Cities in 2004 to teach&nbsp; and&nbsp;complete a Master degree in Education with a concentration in French in 2006.&nbsp;Since I moved in the United-States in 2002,&nbsp;I wanted to teach&nbsp; French Language and expose young adults to the rich French Culture. I have been&nbsp;French at King University since 2006. In addition to teaching, I am currently the Faculty Liaison for the University, the French Program Coordinator and&nbsp;Co-Chair of the Committee for excellence in teaching and Learning. &nbsp;</p> <p>Before teaching, I spent 10 years with the Department of Children&rsquo;s Services in Ste-Th&eacute;r&egrave;se, Qu&eacute;bec, Canada working with children and their families.&nbsp; I also spent time as a school counselor with Frontier Health in Kingsport, Tenn.&nbsp; After I completed my Master&rsquo;s degree in 2006, I taught French at Johnson County High School in Mountain City, Tenn. I have been working at King College since 2006.</p> <p>Areas of French in which my teaching primarily is focused include French language and culture, civilization, grammar, conversation, composition, as well as Francophone film, second language acquisition, and Qu&eacute;b&eacute;cois literature. &nbsp;My research interest lies primarily with international students in East Tennessee who speak English as a second language.</p> <p>While at King, I have organized multiple study abroad trips for students including three to France and Montr&eacute;al. I also participate in mission trips.&nbsp; The most recent was a January-term trip to France. Thirteen French and History students spent part of their winter break with me and Dr. Shannon Harris, associate professor of History, on a twelve-day study abroad trip to Nice and Paris, France, which included day trips to both Monaco and Italy. In March 2015 a group for 11 students are going to Montr&eacute;al to study the French Language and Culture.</p> <p>I truly believe that being exposed to other cultures helps to shape our views and opinions of the world we live in and, therefore, prepares us to be better citizens. If I could claim any experience in my life as life changing, it would be conducting research in Cameroon, Africa for six weeks with 11 other French professors during the summer of 2010 as part of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA).&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to my work as a teacher at King University, I planned two annual faculty workshops every year and presented at several conferences. In October 2012, 2013 and 2014, I presented &ldquo;Languages and Cultures: Preparing Student for Global Citizenship&rdquo; in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Appalachian Colleges Association Summit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Remillard

Roberts, Andy "Matt"
Academic Affairs Matthew King Building 16A 423.652.4780 Andy Roberts Andy Roberts <p>Dr. Matthew Roberts is Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic Dean for King University. Dr. Roberts earned his Bachelor of Arts from East Tennessee State University in English and Foreign Languages, his Master of Arts in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Houston, and his Doctor of Education from Appalachian State University with cognates in language and literacy acquisition.</p> <p>Roberts&rsquo; teaching career in literature, language, and education has focused on diverse learners and linguistic minority groups in Texas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.&nbsp; Prior to King, Roberts&rsquo; teaching experience includes appointments at Rice University (Houston, TX), University of Houston, Houston Independent School District, Paideia Academy (Cary, NC), and Appalachian State University (Boone, NC).</p> <p>In 2007, Roberts was recipient of the prestigious Cratis D. Williams Fellowship for his contributions to rural education in North Carolina. Roberts was the co-founder and editor of the Appalachian Family Storytelling Project, a family literacy initiative that spanned five counties in western North Carolina; this project worked to connect pre-service teachers at Appalachian State with students and families in documenting the region&rsquo;s oral history.</p> <p>Dr. Roberts came to King in 2008 as a faculty member in the School of Education where he continues to teach courses in literacy development and educational psychology.&nbsp; In 2010, Roberts was named King&rsquo;s first Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Director. The QEP is part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges&rsquo; (SACSCOC) requirement for institutions to identify a focus and direction where signature curricular improvement would be positively impactful. Roberts&rsquo; support through QEP initiatives assisted peer mentor-based programs to flourish and define distinct learning communities visible in King&rsquo;s undergraduate core curriculum classes, as well as meeting King&rsquo;s commitment to improving oral and written communication as the institution&rsquo;s QEP topic. In 2014, King University&rsquo;s QEP Impact Report successfully received no referrals in a review by the Committee on Fifth-Year Interim Reports. &nbsp;In 2012, Roberts was named Dean of Academic Affairs, and in 2013 he was named Chief Academic Officer for the University. Roberts also serves as the institution&rsquo;s Accreditation Liaison to SACSCOC.</p> <p>Several achievements and improvements have occurred for King University under Roberts&rsquo; leadership. King was approved as a SACSCOC Level V institution with its first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2014. For the institution&rsquo;s interim accreditation report, King secured the successful completion of SACSCOC on-site committee reviews of instructional locations in Knoxville, TN, and Big Stone Gap, VA with no referrals. In response to continued growth and a commitment to faculty excellence serving all of King&rsquo;s students, the institution saw a 24 percent increase from 2013 to 2014 in the total number of full-time faculty serving four campuses. Currently, King University continues the investment and development of over 30 articulation agreements and partnerships with community colleges and institutions throughout Tennessee and Virginia. Most importantly, faculty development opportunities have grown to support King&rsquo;s commitment to the integration of faith and learning as inscribed in the institution&rsquo;s motto <em>Ecclesiae et Litteris</em> (For the Church and Learning).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Roberts&rsquo; current research interests include social cognitive theory and self-efficacy as they relate to instructor performance and demands in a quickly changing higher educational landscape.&nbsp; He has published and presented papers on teacher efficacy and linguistic/social distance theory. Roberts&rsquo; scholarship is both broad and focused: He has studied the work of Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, under renowned scholar Michael Cole (UC Davis), and playwriting under Edward Albee at the University of Houston.</p> <p>Roberts serves as an at-large member of the Administrative Council at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Kingsport, TN where he is also a lead musician in the praise band. Roberts and his wife, Jessie, have two girls, Lucy and Emma, ages 7 and 3. They enjoy hiking and singing loudly in the car.</p> "Matt" "Matt" Roberts

Robinson, Michael "Scott"
College of Arts and Sciences Scott Bristol Hall 213 423-652-6012 Michael Robinson Michael Robinson <p>I spent my formative years in the hills of East Tennessee and in the swamps Southern Louisiana, hunting, fishing, and playing basketball.&nbsp; I enrolled at LSU with little sense for my future.&nbsp; I was blessed with excellent political science professors who, along with the historic events of 2001, shaped a deep curiosity for the nature of politics and of political animals, and especially a curiosity for those so-called utopian political systems of the twentieth century that caused prolific destruction and suffering.&nbsp; Accordingly, my courses typically strive to enlighten students who are also curious about the constitution of human nature and how our political institutions and behaviors are thereby shaped.&nbsp; I teach a wide array of political science courses from survey courses on U.S. Politics and World Politics to seminars on Constitutional Design, Ancient Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, and special topics such as Gun Control in the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp; When I am not teaching or spending time with my wife Jill, I can be found, or not, as far away from civilization as possible, hunting or fishing for some kind of wild animal or another.</p> <p>My scholarly research interests focus on the concepts of trust and civility in political philosophy and in constitutional design, and are geared around questions like: under what political conditions can a trusting populace and civil society emerge and flourish?&nbsp; What institutional mechanisms effect trust and civility?&nbsp; I am especially interested in the philosophical justifications used in revolutionary movements, and the effect of such justifications on the societies that emerge from revolutions.&nbsp; I am currently working on a book-length manuscript that investigates the effect of John Locke&rsquo;s political thought on American political culture.</p> <p>I am Associate Editor of, a political theory web journal with an international audience&nbsp;that focuses on the political writings of Eric Voegelin and of his followers.&nbsp; I am also a member of various academic societies, including the American Political Science Association, The Association for Political Theory, and the Eric Voegelin Society.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> "Scott" "Scott" Robinson

Severson, Mariesa
School of Nursing Rowell #109 615- 236-9806 Mariesa Severson Mariesa Severson <p>I have been a Registered Nurse for the last 30 years. I began my nursing career in 1986. &nbsp;As an RN I worded in the Acute Care hospital setting in the Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, OB surgical and Neonatal units.&nbsp; After many years of enjoying bed-side care, I chose to go back to Graduate School to become a Women&#39;s Health Nurse Practitioner, graduating in l996 with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree, (MSN-WHNP) from Arizona State University.&nbsp; After graduating I enjoyed working in a large private practice as an OB/GYN WHNP for almost 4 years.&nbsp; I concurrently taught Prenatal Education for 15 years.&nbsp; During this time I realized how very much I enjoyed teaching as a vital part of my nursing practice.<br /> <br /> In 2000 my family relocated to Charlotte,&nbsp; North Carolina.&nbsp; For the next 7 years, while raising my young family, I served as an OB Nurse Educator for Carolina&#39;s Medical Center (Now Carolinas Health Care System).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> In 2008 we relocated again to the Nashville, TN area.&nbsp; I longed to have a career where I could share my clinical experience and my love of teaching all in the same profession, &nbsp;and found it with higher education. &nbsp;I have enjoyed being a University Professor for the last 8 years in the School of Nursing.&nbsp; My experience in teaching includes on-ground lecturer, clinical instructor and clinical and course coordinator, lab simulation instructor as well as on-line instructor.&nbsp; I am passionate about program planning, cultural competency, and simulation.&nbsp; I have special interest in the development of simulation programs and feel it is a vital part of continuing education in clinical practice and for nursing students developing critical thinking in the field of Nursing, &nbsp;I am a member of the United Methodist Church. I have been a member of SIGMA THETA TAU International Honor Society of Nursing and the International Childbirth Education Association.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><strong>Special Interests: </strong></span>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have been happily married &nbsp;for the last 29 years and have 3 beautiful children. I enjoy the outdoors with my family hiking, camping, appreciating and learning about wildlife.&nbsp; I love music, singing and dancing.&nbsp; I play piano as a source of relaxation and&nbsp; I try to travel whenever possible.&nbsp; I also enjoy public speaking and have been an invited conference speaker for The Association of Women&#39;s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA).&nbsp; I have co-authored<br /> articles and have served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of International Childbirth Education Association, &nbsp;American Nurse Today, and Clinical Lactation: Official Journal of the United States Lactation Consultant Association&nbsp; I have also been involved in designing and writing simulation software and serve on the &nbsp;Academic Advisory Board.&nbsp;</p> <p>I serve as a professor in the School of Nursing at our Franklin Campus in the RN to BSN program and in the Master of Science in Nursing program at King University. &nbsp;I am active with student recruitment and with program planning.&nbsp; I feel both blessed and honored to be part of the family at King University and have the utmost respect for its great heritage and its outstanding faculty and students!</p> <p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif"><em><strong>Proverbs 4:13&nbsp; &ldquo;Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.&rdquo; NIV</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif"><em><strong>Romans 12:6-7&nbsp; &ldquo;We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;&rdquo;&nbsp; NIV</strong></em></span></p> Severson

Simoson, Andrew
College of Arts and Sciences James White Hall 115 423-652-4840 Andrew Simoson Andrew Simoson <p>One of my past-times is drawing, and some of my sketches have appeared in mathematics journals over the years. As I figure out how to incorporate images on this site, I will post a few---stay tuned if you&#39;re curious.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From 1975--79, I studied mathematics as a graduate assistant---usually teaching two sections of calculus to about 30 students each---at the University of Wyoming and Syracuse University (I accompanied my dissertation advisor there during his sabbatical year from Wyoming).&nbsp; In Laramie, Wyoming, I signed up for skiing one semester---and each Wednesday after math classes, I skied&nbsp; the Big Snowy Mountains fifty miles west of the campus, an enjoyable, rare break from studies. And in Syracuse, I met my wife to be, whereafter we accepted a position at King, starting in 1980.</p> <p>Over the years since then, I have had two sabbatical years, 1990--91 and 1997--98, the first to Botswana and the second to Tanzania, where I taught at the University of Botswana in Gaborone and at the University of Dar es Salaam, respectively.&nbsp; In Botswana---which is the Kalihari Desert---we bought a used LandRover, and drove all over southern Africa during school holidays together with my wife and our two sons.&nbsp; As you might expect, we broke down often far from home and help. In Tanzania, our family hiked up Kilimanjaro on a 5 day expedition over Christmas.</p> <p>Both of our sons graduated from King. The older one majored in physics and played intercollegiate soccer---being the King keeper for four years;&nbsp; afterwards he earned a master&#39;s degree in mechanical engineering and is now an engineer for GE in Pennsylvania working on emissions standards/compliance on diesel train engines.&nbsp; My younger son majored in computer science and voice, and went on to earn a pair of master&#39;s degrees, one in opera performance and the other in software design; he is currently a software engineer involved with voice recognition in conjunction with medical record keeping---and still has once a week voice lessons.&nbsp; This summer (2015), we were blessed with a first grandchild!</p> <p>Each semester at King, I usually teach three or four courses and try to engage at least one student in independent research with me, which often leads to a joint publication in a mathematics journal with the student as well as a student poster presentation at a convenient mathematics conference.&nbsp; Our most recent student collaboration success was a 2014 article in a math journal on an old African board game called Mancala and how the endgame can be interpreted as a nim-like game---a classic well-studied mathematical game. The student who worked with me this past year (2015) attended a summer mathematical institute in Budapest, and our paper is currently being refereed for publication.</p> "Andrew" "Andrew" Simoson
Slaughter, Christopher
College of Arts and Sciences R. WA202 423-652-4800 Christopher Slaughter Christopher Slaughter <p>Following my graduate work, I moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Westfield, Massachusetts where I worked for over a decade as a theatre and speech&nbsp;educator at Westfield University. I returned to the Tri-Cities area in 2007, and have since been teaching scenic design, lighting design, sound design, stagecraft, theatre management, radio theatre performance, and theatre history for the Theatre Department at King University. I also serve as the artistic director for Bristol&#39;s Twin City Radio Theatre.</p> <p>I am a Bristol native and have directed, designed and built scenery, designed and run lights and sound, and performed as an actor and musician for a number of regional arts organizations and venues, including The Bristol Ballet, Virginia Intermont College, The Paramount Center for the Arts, and Theatre Bristol. I have also worked as a designer and/or technician-scenic artist for The Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, Tennessee), Theatre Memphis, Opera Memphis, The Sword of Peace (Snow Camp, North Carolina), The Greenbrier Valley Theatre (Lewisburg, West Virginia), The Miniature Theatre of Chester (Chester, Massachusetts) and other professional and amateur theatres and playhouses on the East Coast.</p> <p>While studying at the University of Memphis, I was awarded three years in a row (1993-1995) a Memphis&nbsp;Arts Council award for &quot;excellence in scenic design&quot; for&nbsp;<em>For Our Children</em>,&nbsp;<em>Vinegar Tom</em>,&nbsp;<em>Six Degrees of Separation</em>,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Something&#39;s Afoot</em>.</p> <p>I am constantly pursuing new techniques and technologies in stagecraft, lighting and sound that can be integrated into my design work and classrooms. I also have a strong interest in performing objects (puppets, masks, etc.) and their diverse performance applications.</p> <p>Radio Theatre has been a life-long love, and it has been rewarding to be able to bring this nearly forgotten genre to new generations of theatre-goers&nbsp;at King University and in the Tri-Cities community. The Twin City Radio Theatre has recently performed at King&#39;s Fine Arts Theatre, Theatre Bristol&#39;s ArtSpace, Bristol&#39;s Grindhouse, The First Prebyterian Church in Bristol, TN,&nbsp;and annual AARP meetings at The First Baptist Church in Bristol, VA.&nbsp;</p> Slaughter

Stiltner, Ashley
College of Arts and Sciences Owens WH 206A 652-4807 Ashley Stiltner Ashley Stiltner <p>I am originally from Grundy, Virginia.&nbsp; I am a 2001 graduate of Grundy High School.&nbsp; Upon graduation, I attended Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry.&nbsp; Through the many Anatomy and Physiology classes I took in my undergraduate career, my love for learning about the human body grew.&nbsp; I graduated from ALC with my Bachelor of Science degree in 2005.</p> <p>I obtained my Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2009 from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC.&nbsp; Here I thoroughly enjoyed focusing on learning more about how the human body works.&nbsp; I served as a student tutor for some of my favorite courses including Spinal Biodynamics and Nutrition.&nbsp; I also served as a member of the Academy of Chiropractic Excellence which allowed me to tutor my peers in chiropractic technique as well.&nbsp;Upon graduation from chiropractic school, I moved to Bristol and began practicing chiropractic.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>I began teaching at King in the Fall of 2011 as a Visiting Professor in the Biology department.&nbsp; I immediately fell in love with the King community.&nbsp; I continued teaching here as an adjunct while practicing chiropractic from Fall 2012 until Spring 2015 when I now filled my current role as Assistant Professor of Biology and Athletic Training.&nbsp; I am so elated to be here and be involved in the mission of this exceptional institution.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am currently engaged in research involving balance and ankle injuries.&nbsp; I plan to continue this research further throughout the next few years, as it allows&nbsp;me to involve students from both programs in which I am involved.&nbsp; Some of my personal interests include running, yoga, resistance exercise, and human biomechanics.&nbsp;</p> "Ashley" "Ashley" Stiltner

Story, Brandon
College of Arts and Sciences H. Snider Honors Center 105 423 652 6329 Brandon Story Brandon Story <p>For a long time, Bristol and King have been home for me. &nbsp;I was born and lived ten years and many summers in the suburbs of Detroit. I graduated from King with an English degree and after a year working construction with my Dad, returned south to do an MA in English at ETSU so I could do something useful while I played music. &nbsp;The Appalachian Studies faculty and Bluegrass and Old-Time musicians there turned me on to an academic field and to a life as a professional musician. &nbsp;I spent two years touring the country as a Reeltime Traveler, where I started reading Wendell Berry and missing home.</p> <p>I am getting a little bit old, but I still see my work at King as a long apprenticeship: learning how to teach from my students and from colleagues; how to read from Virgil, Hawthorne, and Eliot; and how to be a member of a community of faith and learning.&nbsp; I teach American Literature and Composition, as well as Liberal Studies classes for King&rsquo;s GPS program.&nbsp; My published and presented research mostly deals with Appalachian music, religion, and culture. &nbsp;</p> <p>My wife Mariel also teaches English, and we play music together as often as we can. &nbsp;We have two sons, Penn and Sam. &nbsp;I believe European cars from the 70s to the 90s represent a high point in automotive design, and my guitar playing will be where I want it to be in about a year. &nbsp;</p> Story
Streetman, William "Craig"
College of Arts and Sciences Craig Tadlock-Wallace, room 206 423-652-4158 William Streetman William Streetman <p>At its root, philosophy is defined as the love of wisdom.&nbsp; Accordingly, philosophers apply a great deal of concentrated, intellectual effort to the most fundamental problems and issues of human life. &nbsp;This means that we are all philosophers to one degree or another, for all of us at some point must face questions about such things as the nature of justice, the meaning of life, the existence of God, human rights, the nature of reality, the nature of the soul, who we are, what we are, what we can know, how we ought to live, and what we ought to do. &nbsp;As it is, philosophical problems pervade the depths of every discipline, and the skills learned by doing philosophy serve any profession.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am grateful to have been exposed to philosophy as an academic discipline during my undergraduate years at Presbyterian College and, then, in practice as an officer in the US Army. I am fortunate to have studied philosophy formally at Denver Seminary and the University of Kentucky. I am particularly thankful to be teaching philosophy at King University and encouraging others in the philosophical quest both in the classroom and through academic research. &nbsp;</p> <p>My published research lies in the areas of Ancient Greek and Classical Islamic philosophy. &nbsp;I am presently working on projects in the fields of mysticism and the philosophy of mind. &nbsp;I feel most alive in the classroom and teach courses in a wide range of areas within the discipline.&nbsp;I am also Director of the Snider Honors Program, a member of the Institute of Faith and Learning Governing Board, and Chief Marshal for King&rsquo;s convocation and commencement ceremonies. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> "Craig" "Craig" Streetman

Traynor, Wendy
College of Arts and Sciences L. Bristol Hall 112 423-652-4309 Wendy Traynor Wendy Traynor <p>I came to King&nbsp; in 2006 as a temporary replacement for a professor on sabbatical. I ended up falling in love with the campus, the students, and my colleagues, and a spot was opened up for me to stay as a full-time faculty member. As I start my 10th year at King, I continue to be amazed at how much King feels like home. There are challenges , victories, debates, and unifying events here every year and the energy is palpable. I look forward to what&#39;s ahead for King.</p> <p>Before coming to King, my family and I lived all over the United States. My father was a career Army officer, and so I grew up moving frequently. We lived on both coasts of the US, the Midwest, and Germany. I met my husband at North Georgia College where I got both my Bachelor&#39;s degree and my Master&#39;s degree. My husband was also an army office and our first duty station was Alaska where my only son was born. We have since lived in NY, GA, SC and are happy to now be settled down in Bristol, TN.</p> <p>I have taught virtually all levels of Mathematics to include Middle School, High School, adult education, community college, and at the university level. I am a Mathematics Education specialist by both matriculation and experience and that is my area of interest. My research is constant and classroom based to provide the most effective learning experience possible for my students whether they be in a face-to-face classroom or online. I regularly attend and present at conferences about Mathematics Education and remain energized about the subject that way.</p> <p>When I&#39;m not working, I enjoy Fly Fishing in the South Holston River with my husband or visiting my son at his college in SC. I am actively involved with the Women in STEM club and Fly Fishing club on campus and look forward to what&#39;s ahead for both of those.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> "Wendy" "Wendy" Traynor

Vance, Shannon
College of Arts and Sciences H. Bristol 204 652-4836 Shannon Vance Shannon Vance <p>The past is all around us, inside us, shaping our world, our future, our memories. If education&#39;s purpose, as Aristotle asserts, is not only to educate the mind, but also the heart, then it is to the liberal arts we should turn. Within that world is my passion for our stories. History, that academically rigorous discipline that through alchemy and probing critical pondering, recreates a living past in order to clarify our lives. History, that mirror dark, engages our imagination as it plumbs the hollow corners of evil and the hallowed halls of wisdom. History, intertwined with human memory, turns society, process, and thought into inquiry - what does it mean to be human? What is the good life? How do we shape our world?</p> <p>I came to King fresh from field research in West Africa on the merits of a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Grant and a CAORC grant. I spent formative years at the top-ranked Michigan State University discovering the demands of an intellectual engagement with the world. My dissertation would be about Galandou Diouf, a prominent African politician in early twentieth century French West Africa. I was - and am - interested in the dynamics of power, of agency, of institutions, of constructs. I graduated with a PhD in West African history while I was actively teaching at King.</p> <p>Writing a 400 page dissertation was not easy, but no more difficult than learning how to teach. I actively challenge myself to be a better teacher, to transform my students&#39; perceptions about the past, the way the world works, and ask them hard questions that maybe cannot be answered. Teaching at a Christian university allows me to probe into faith and being - all truth is God&#39;s truth; is there such a thing as truth? With rigor I want my students to learn how to find sources, interrogate them, have conversations with them, and construct the past knowing it is always imperfect but timelessly important.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am currently Coordinator of the Buechner Institute, a lecture series that invites those who engage in intriguing conversations about faith and culture. I am Coordinator of King&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Meaningful Lives</em>&nbsp;NetVUE program development grant, a program to reinvigorate concepts and conversations about vocation and faith integrating into learning at King. I am Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, and I teach. &nbsp;I love teaching about ideas, about processes, about people in the past. I love the theories of history and historiography. I feel the weight of teaching as a burden and an honor.</p> <p>I cycle on the roads, reeling from the beauty and the sublime challenge of it all. I write, less academic than I was trained, at &nbsp;I read, knowing each page to be a fire in my hand. I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a mentor, an aunt, a friend, a scholar.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Vance
Vande Brake, Katherine
Academic Affairs Graves 201 Tadlock Wallace House 423-652-4842 Katherine Vande Brake Katherine Vande Brake <p>I now own the house where I grew up. It overlooks a ravine whose creek empties into Lake Michigan. My view in October is Frost&#39;s &quot;yellow wood,&quot; and the &quot;paths no step has trodden black&quot; have long been my paths.</p> <p>My road less traveled was doctoral study 35 years after I graduated from college. I did complete my Ph.D. at Michigan Tech in 2005. Being a student again after 30 years teaching middle school, high school, and college stands out as the best decision of my life. My dream in high school was to be a writer; My application essay for MTU became my first book, and my dissertation my second. Both books focus on the Melungeons, a tri-racial group in Appalachia.</p> <p>My career at King has included many things besides teaching: I directed ESOL for 11 years and new student orientation for 10. I coordinated summer camps and conferences. In 1993 I settled in the English Department where I taught composition and other courses for pre-service teachers. When I returned to Tennessee after my doctoral coursework in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, I created a new major, Technical and Professional Communication. In 2006, I began serving as Dean of the College of Arts &amp; Sciences. In 2013, I transitioned to Dean for Academic Programs.</p> <p>I spend my free time reading, writing, quilting, gardening, and enjoying both Appalachia and Lake Michigan&#39;s moods in every season.</p> Vande Brake

Vaughan, Laura "Kelly"
College of Arts and Sciences Kelly White Hall 215A 423-652-6468 Laura Vaughan Laura Vaughan <p>I grew up on a farm that has been in our family since the 1700&#39;s in Holston Valley, right outside of Bristol. I have always been a science nerd and growing up on the farm gave me both a foundation in how nature works, but also an awe in the amazing complexity of our world and a drive to ask &#39;why?&#39;. I attended Berry College in Rome, GA where I obtained a BS in Biochemistry and Animal Science (I was going to Vet school until I decided that 1) I didnt like cows that much and 2) I enjoyed research). I then went on to Texas A&amp;M to earn a PhD in Biochemistry (because, in my naivet&eacute;, it was the broadest field and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life). I then spent 10 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then Research Assistant Professor in the Biostatistics Department. During that time I reinvented myself twice- first moving from bench work to Statistical Genetics and then to Bioinformatics- where I think I may finally have found my niche.</p> <p>Although I had built a successful research career, I felt something was missing. I had always known that I wanted to return to my roots, both in terms of returning to the area and teaching at a liberal arts school. As much as I love the challenge of research, I missed the dynamics of the classroom and the interactions with students. Family is an important part of my life, and I could not pass up the opportunity to return home and join the King community. Teaching has pushed me to become a better scientist, which in turn makes me a better teacher.</p> <p>In the spring of 2015, my second semester at King, I was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer (non-functional neuroendocrine carcinoma). As of summer 2015, I am cancer free after undergoing chemotherapy and surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Throughout the whirlwind of the few months between diagnosis and surgery, the support I received from my King family was an important part of my recovery. As I have said may times over, there are too many coincidences to be coincidence, the Hand of Divine Providence is most apparent. Between my eclectic academic background and my personal journey, I hope to serve as both an example and mentor to my students as they find their way to their own vocation.</p> <p>I am committed to providing students with undergraduate research experience and have begun to build a research lab where students can gain valuable experiences and skills. I have, and will continue, to take students to local, regional and national research conferences so that they can begin to build their scientific community. I am also passionate about Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and mentoring young women.</p> <p>I am blessed with a wonderful husband, a precocious daughter, fantastic friends and an amazing family. In my free time you can find me on the farm where I grew up, riding horses, spending time with my family and living life to the fullest.</p> "Kelly" "Kelly" Vaughan
Wood, Jerry
School of Business and Economics G. Spring Bluff Way, The Village at Hardin Valley 276-970-3425 Jerry Wood Jerry Wood <p>Growing up in the small coal mining community of War, West Virginia, I was taught at an early age the I could be &quot;whatever I resolved to be&quot;. However, I was not familiar with this quote until my sons attended Virginia Military Academy. This &nbsp;quote, with the help and blessings of God, has become a way of life for me.&nbsp;</p> <p>I graduated from Marshall University (yes, I was there when the plane crashed) with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics. &nbsp;After many years in the private and public sector, I enrolled in the MBA program at King College. &nbsp;At this time, I expressed a desire to enter the field of higher education. upon completion of my MBA, &nbsp;Heeding the advice of two of my wonderful professors at King, I entered a doctoral program at Argosy University in Sarasota completing a DBA degree with specializations in &nbsp;Accounting and Management.</p> <p>Upon completion of my DBA, &nbsp;I accepted a teaching &nbsp;position at King in the School of Business and Economics. After teaching one year, I was named MBA Chair &nbsp;During this time I led a group of students on an international trip to Stuttgart, Germany to study Mercedes Benz. .</p> <p>After serving one year in this position, I moved to Knoxville to become &nbsp;Site Director of the Knoxville Campus. &nbsp;In 2014, I was named Director of Strategic Partnerships working with educators, organizations, and businesses from Southwest Virginia to Nashville.&nbsp;</p> <p>My interests are gardening, travel, and college football.</p> "Jerry" "Jerry" Wood