Allen, Seth
King Libraries Ward 209 336-517-4414 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 creams. &nbsp;</p> <p>I have a BA in Spanish and Sociology, an MLIS in Library &amp; Info Studies, and a graduate certificate in Sociology. &nbsp;I&#39;m currently working on another graduate certificate in educational media as I&#39;m passionate about the integration of technology in higher ed instruction. &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

Brown, Willard "Dale"
College of Arts and Sciences Dale Tadlock Hall 423-652-4156 Willard Brown Willard Brown <p>Dale Brown is the founding director of the Buechner Institute and formerly chairperson of the Department of English at King University in Bristol, Tennessee.&nbsp; For twenty years, Brown was a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and there directed the Festival of Faith &amp; Writing.&nbsp;&nbsp; Brown&rsquo;s extensive interviews with more than 30 American writers have appeared in his books <em>Of Faith &amp; Fiction</em> and <em>Conversations with American Writers</em>.&nbsp; He has also written a critical biography of Frederick Buechner, <em>The Book of Buechner.&nbsp; </em>A Rotary Scholar to Great Britain in the 1970&rsquo;s, Brown has also served as a minister and police department chaplain, traveled the country in a singing group, taught in a secondary school on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, done a stint as a police chaplain in Houston, Texas, and worked in the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects in St. Louis, Missouri.&nbsp; After taking degrees at the University of Houston and the University of North Wales, Brown completed his PhD at the University of Missouri.&nbsp; He lives in Bristol, Tennessee with his wife, Gayle, an art director for Eerdmans Publishing Company.&nbsp; His children live in California and Pennsylvania.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Author of many articles, essays, reviews, speeches, and blogs, Brown has received several teaching awards.&nbsp; His opinions, curmudgeonly and sometimes even cranky, range widely on subjects from education to sports, from religion to popular culture, from books to bicycling.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> "Dale" "Dale" Brown

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> Connor

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 engerring 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, Joseph
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences George Bristol Hall 211A 423-652-6014 Joseph Fitsanakis Joseph Fitsanakis <p>I grew up in <a href="">Rethymno</a>, Crete, a small Greek fishing town built around an 800-year-old Venetian lighthouse. At age 16 I moved to the United Kingdom, where I lived for a decade, before coming to the United States.</p> <p>I completed my undergraduate education at <a href="">The University of Birmingham</a>&rsquo;s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS), founded by pioneering media theorists <a href="">Richard Hoggart</a> and <a href="">Raymond Williams</a>. I was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the United Kingdom&#39;s <a href="">Economic and Social Research Council</a> (ESRC) to undertake graduate work at the Science Studies Unit of the <a href="">University of Edinburgh</a>. I later won a separate three-year ESRC scholarship and joined Edinburgh University&rsquo;s Department of Politics and International Relations, where I <a href="">completed my PhD</a>, focusing on the political aspects of digital communications interception by security and intelligence agencies in the UK and the US.</p> <p>In 2007, I joined King University&rsquo;s Department of History and Political Science, where I teach classes including: Espionage and Intelligence; International Terrorism; Covert Action; History of Espionage; Advanced Topics in Geopolitics; Cold War; The Politics of American Security; and American Politics after 9/11. In addition to teaching, I direct the <a href="">King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies</a> and I advise the Editorial Board of <a href=""><em>The Security and Intelligence Studies Journal</em></a>. I am Senior Editor of <a href=""><em>intelNews</em></a>, and my work has been referenced in countless international television, radio, and press outlets, including <em>The Washington Post</em>, <a href="">BBC television</a>, <a href="">ABC Radio</a>, <a href="">RT Television</a>, <em>The Boston Herald</em>, <em>The Guardian</em>, Politico, Al Jazeera, <em>The Diplomat</em>, <em>Le Monde Diplomatique</em>, The Huffington Post, Wired, and <em>Studies In Intelligence</em> (the journal of the CIA).</p> Fitsanakis

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

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 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="">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

Mongold, Jennifer
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences 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 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, Molecular Genetics, and Plant Ecology. In the future, I hope to develop biology courses that will simultaneously fulfill King&#39;s cross cultural requirement by introducing students to various ecosystems throughout the world.</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 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

Rémillard, Annie
College of Arts and Sciences Bristol Hall 206 423-652-4804 Annie Rémillard Annie Rémillard <p>I am a native French speaker from Montr&eacute;al, Qu&eacute;bec, Canada. I moved to Florida in the United States in 2001 to be with my husband who is a Yacht Captain. &nbsp;We moved to the Tri-Cities in 2004, because we both have a great love for the mountains. I completed a Master degree in Education with a concentration in French in 2006.&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.</p> <p>In October 2012 and 2013, I presented &ldquo;Languages and Cultures: Preparing Student for Global Citizenship&rdquo; in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Appalachian Colleges Association Summit.&nbsp;</p> <p>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).</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. &nbsp;</p> Rémillard

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

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>Professional Activity and Research</p> <p>I am presently designing a new philosophy program and major for King University. My current research endeavors include a couple of forthcoming publications in the areas of ancient Greek and classical Islamic philosophy, along with two works in progress, one that compares the ancient Greek understanding of potentiality with the Eastern understanding of emptiness and another project that explores role of imagination in the context of the mind-body problem. I also serve the university as the director of the Snider Honors Program and the Chief Convocation and Commencement Marshal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Personal Data</p> <p>I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my wife, Reagan, and our two children, Logan and Sophia.&nbsp; I find inspiration in visual art, music, cycling, and sitting on the porch.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> "Craig" "Craig" Streetman