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Allen, Seth
King Libraries swallen@king.edu Ward 209 423-652-6388 Seth Allen Seth Allen <p>Hello. My name is Seth and I&#39;ve been recently hired to manage the library services to online students; instruction, subject guides, tutorials, and such. &nbsp;I&#39;m a native of NC who has lived in several cities and towns in both NC and TN before settling in Bristol. &nbsp;I enjoy dry humor, all things British, good coffee, art museums, live music, books, and ice cream. My favorite quote mirrors my life and career; I find that the path to a fulfilling career has been non-linear. &nbsp;</p> <p>I have a BA in Spanish and Sociology from Wingate University, an MLIS in Library &amp; Info Studies from UNC-Greensboro, and a graduate certificate in Sociology from Appalachian State University. &nbsp;I&#39;m currently working on an MA in Educational Media at Appalachian State University. &nbsp;One might say that I&#39;m a perpetual student. &nbsp;</p> <p>My position is brand new and thus I&#39;m leading the way for online library services at King. &nbsp;Its exciting and challenging to think about the ways we can reach online students. &nbsp;My goals are to create intuitive, stimulating tutorials that will teach students research/information literacy skills and provide help with research at the point of need. &nbsp;Given the newness of my job, I look forward to meeting with faculty to tailor library instruction for their courses. &nbsp;</p> <p>As mentioned earlier, I&#39;m interested in educational technology and how it affects the library and classroom. &nbsp;I&#39;m a big advocate for the library and I&#39;ve done research on how academic libraries can assist their parent institutions in meeting institutional goals, like retaining students and preparing them for the workforce. &nbsp;I love sociology and I think this helps me to connect the dots between trends in education and deeper philosophical shifts that make them possible.</p> Allen


Blevins, Christy
School of Nursing cmblevins@king.edu McGhee White Hall 111-C 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




Connor, Mary
School of Business and Economics mlconnor@king.edu 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> Connor




Fay, IV, Charles
College of Arts and Sciences cwfayiv@king.edu 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


Fitsanakis, Vanessa
College of Arts and Sciences vafitsan@king.edu 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 wpflanna@king.edu 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




Gomez, Christina
College of Arts and Sciences cmgomez@king.edu 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, reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our three dogs.&nbsp;</p> Gomez
Gregg, Nancy
School of Education nsgregg@king.edu 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


Harris, Shannon
College of Arts and Sciences svharris@king.edu Heather Vance Bristol 204 652-4836 Shannon Harris Shannon Harris <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 www.truthslant.org. &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> Harris


Helbert, Jodi
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences jmhelbert@king.edu M. Bristol Hall 208 (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 didn&rsquo;t 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&rsquo;m 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 don&rsquo;t 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&rsquo;m 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 2012, 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 on ordained reverend.</p> <p>One thing I want my students to take away from their academic experience is that the learning doesn&rsquo;t 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><strong>SOCIAL WORK AND RELATED COURSES TAUGHT:</strong></p> <p>Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Dimensions of the Changing Life Course</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>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 glhelt@king.edu 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


Holloway, Kimberley
School of Applied Science and Technology kholloway@king.edu 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 teach writing and technical communication classes, including ENGL 3010, Editing, Journalism, Writing for Public Relations, Writing for Nurses, and Business Communication. I also direct the Writing Center, both onground in the Academic Center for Excellence&nbsp;and online in the <a href="http://owl.king.edu/">OWL</a>, the Online Writing Lab.</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 and Zac and my granddaughter Grace. I have two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie, three grandchildren, and three cats, Sam, Sugar, and Milo.</p> Holloway




Kingsley, Erin
College of Arts and Sciences ekingsley@king.edu TBA 303-332-2518 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 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 eight years, I have taught both online and face-to-face courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Beginning in Fall 2015, I will begin teaching at King University: Shakespeare, writing and composition, film, and British literature. Hopefully I will teach even more. I want to teach it all!</p> <p>I have been married for 12 years&nbsp;to the best man currently in existence, Matthew, and we share a delightful 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. Thank you for inviting me to join your journey at King.&nbsp;</p> Kingsley
Knight, Margaret
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences maknight@king.edu 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 Behavioral and Health Sciences lkrizanacbengez@king.edu Department of Health Sciences: Franklin103 615-236-9814 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 of Health Informatics at King University, School of Behavioral &amp; Health Sciences. I will be 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 (translational &amp; clinical); Education; Program development; Management; Leadership. In my private life, I truly enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy walking, playing tennis and swimming. Have genuine love for children and animals, and am a loyal friend! I have a wonderful family who has been supportive of my work and education. In return, I enjoy serving and helping 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


McDonald, John "Craig"
College of Arts and Sciences jcmcdona@king.edu 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


Mongold, Jennifer
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences jlmongold@king.edu L. 115J 423-652-6794 Jennifer Mongold Jennifer Mongold <p><em>Why did he 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 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 services to area juvenile courts.&nbsp; I taught classes on a part-time basis during these years 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 working adults who bring incredible stories and examples that bring our lecture topics to life.&nbsp; I also enjoy working with the Forensic Science Club in Bristol.&nbsp; If you love watching shows like CSI or NCIS, come out and join us as we play with some of those technologies!</p> <p>Currently, I reside in Jonesborough, TN with my husband Jeff, son&rsquo;s Grant and Zac, and cats Ellie and Joe.&nbsp; We love playing outside and are very active in our church.</p> Mongold


Ong, Han Chuan
College of Arts and Sciences hanchuanong@king.edu 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 leong@king.edu 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 Microbiology and Immunology (for non-Biology majors), Microbiology (for Biology majors), Human Anatomy and Physiology 2, Cell Biology, Plant Physiology, and Interdepartmental Science Seminar.&nbsp; While I originally specialized in plants and microbiology, I really enjoy teaching A &amp; P 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 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


Paulson, Keri-Lynn
King Libraries kpaulson@king.edu 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


Ratcliff, Holly
School of Applied Science and Technology heratcliff@king.edu 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 three horses (for right now). Interestingly enough, I have a 35-year-old horse that my mother purchased as a yearling when I was in Kindergarten, who I rode through almost all of my childhood and adolescent years. 35 is unusually old for a horse, so I consider myself blessed to get to spend so much of my life with such a trusty and hardy companion. Currently, I ride one of my other horses, Eddie, and we compete 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 aremill@king.edu 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"
School of Education mroberts@king.edu 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>Under Roberts&rsquo; leadership, several achievements and improvements have occurred for King University:</p> <ul> <li>King University was approved as a SACSCOC Level V institution with its first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)</li> <li>The establishment of King&rsquo;s third satellite campus located in Nashville, Tennessee</li> <li>The successful completion of SACSCOC on-site committee reviews of King&rsquo;s instructional locations in Knoxville, TN, and Big Stone Gap, VA, with no referrals.</li> <li>The continued development of articulation agreements and partnerships with community colleges and institutions throughout Tennessee and Virginia</li> <li>The addition of two new instructional locations in Harriman, TN, and Blount County, TN</li> <li>From 2013 to 2014, a 24 percent increase in the total number of full-time faculty serving four campuses.</li> </ul> <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 6 years and 18 months. They enjoy hiking and singing loudly in the car.</p> "Matt" "Matt" Roberts


Robinson, Michael "Scott"
College of Arts and Sciences msrobinson@king.edu 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 VoegelinView.com, 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 mrseverson@king.edu Rowell #109 615- 236-9815 Mariesa Severson Mariesa Severson <p>I have been a Registered Nurse for the last 28 years. I began my nursing career as an RN working in the Acute Care Hospital setting in the Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, OB surgical and Neonatal units.&nbsp; After 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, (WHNP) from Arizona State University.&nbsp; After graduating I enjoyed working in private practice as an OB/GYN WHNP for almost 4 years.&nbsp; I concurrently taught Prenatal Education in the first 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 a Nurse Educator for Carolina&#39;s Medical Center.&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; I finally found it with higher education and have enjoyed being a University Professor for the last 7 years in the School of Nursing.&nbsp; My experience in teaching includes on-ground lecturer, clinical instructor and coordinator, lab simulation instructor as well as on-line instructor.&nbsp; I am passionate about program planning.&nbsp; I have special interest in the development of simulation programs and feel it is a vital part of developing critical thinking in the field of Nursing for continuing education in nursing and for nursing students.&nbsp; I am a member of the United Methodist Church. I have been a member of SIGMA THETA TAU International Honor Society of Nursing.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have been married to my best friend for the last 27 years and have 3 beautiful children. I enjoy the outdoors with my family, hiking, camping and appreciating and learning about wildlife.&nbsp; I love music, singing and dancing.&nbsp; I play my 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 both The Association of Women&#39;s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA).&nbsp; I have co-authored many articles and have served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of International Childbirth Education Association.&nbsp; I have also been involved in designing and writing simulation software..&nbsp;</p> <p>I serve as a professor in the School of Nursing at our Franklin Campus in the RN to BSN program and will be active here in 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><em><strong>Proverbs 4:13&nbsp; </strong>&ldquo;Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.&rdquo; NIV</em></p> <p><em><strong>Romans 12:6-7&nbsp; </strong>&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;</em>&nbsp; NIV</p> Severson


Slaughter, Christopher
College of Arts and Sciences crslaughter@king.edu 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 abowens@king.edu 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


Streetman, William "Craig"
College of Arts and Sciences wcstreetman@king.edu 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>I have published widely in the areas of Ancient Greek and Classical Islamic philosophy and am presently working on projects in the fields of Asian philosophy 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 Buechner Institute Governing Board, and Chief Marshal for King&rsquo;s convocation and commencement ceremonies.&nbsp;&nbsp; When not in the classroom or at my desk, I am typically on a long bike ride or spending quality time with my wife, Reagan, and my two children, Logan and Sophia.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> "Craig" "Craig" Streetman




Vande Brake, Katherine
Academic Affairs kgvande@king.edu 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 been my path.</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 Lake Michigan&#39;s moods in every season.</p> Vande Brake