Alderman, Brian
College of Arts and Sciences Jason Tadlock-Wallace 202 (423) 652-4708 Brian Alderman Brian Alderman <p><span style="line-height:1.6">When I left for college right out of high school, I had things all mapped out -- or at least I thought I did. I planned to enroll in college as a pastoral ministry major, finish in four years, and then begin pastoring somewhere far away from my hometown of Galax, Va. What I didn&#39;t count on was falling in love with learning, especially learning dead languages and exploring the discipline of biblical studies.</span></p> <p>My newfound desire for wisdom and knowledge and a professor&#39;s urging to consider teaching as a calling complicated my initial vocational plans. I made the decision to pursue an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I continued to grapple with what I felt then was a tension between a call to pastoral ministry and a call to teach. Even so, I chose to pursue Ph.D. studies in Hebrew Bible&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6">and later accepted a teaching position at Lee University, where I taught for six years. After Lee, I pastored the Madisonville Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) while also serving as Chaplain and adjunct professor at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6">My work at King now as chaplain and professor brings together my great love for pastoral ministry and teaching Biblical Studies and Religion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Alderman

Blevins, Christy
School of Nursing McGhee 104 E. Main Street 423-652-6793 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

Byington, Elizabeth "Lori"
School of Health and Professional Sciences Lorine Crockett Bristol Hall 109 423-652-6049 Elizabeth Byington Elizabeth Byington <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif">I am from Bristol, VA but now live in Bristol, TN.&nbsp; I graduated from King College in 1985 (BA) and then earned my MA degree from ETSU in 1987 (MA). I have taught English since 1986. I am married and have one son.&nbsp;<span style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255); color:rgb(51, 51, 51)">My quote from Emerson reflects my love and passion for horses. The quote from Marilyn Monroe reflects my interest in her and her life. I was born October after she was murdered in August 1962. Then the quotes from Twain and Thoreau reflect my career and love for writing and reading.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif">I earned my Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication in 2014 from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif">I began teaching at King 20 years after I graduated from King (1985-2005). I have taught Freshmen composition here for the duration, although I also taught Reading for the first two years. I now also teach Research and Writing. I really love what I do, but I love the &quot;kids&quot; more.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif">My interests include snow skiing, horses, writing, cooking/baking and family. My son and I snow ski competitively with Team Beech, Beech Mountain, NC and NASTAR. Think of Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn (Olympic alpine skiers), if you will. I have hunted hogs and ducks in the past, but now I leave the hunting to my husband and son. I write poetry and short stories, and I have been published several times.</span></span></p> "Lori" "Lori" Byington

Helbert, Jodi
School of Health and Professional Sciences Melesia 205 Bristol Hall 423.652.4714 Jodi Helbert Jodi Helbert <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">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 represents a vital thread in the tapestry of another. As a more na&iuml;ve, younger woman, I did not fully understand this concept. Through education and research, as well as lived experience, I know this to be factual. The knowledge of this premise&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">lends</span></span><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">&nbsp;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.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">I am the founding Coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at King University. In addition to the administrative responsibilities of this position, I also develop and teach courses each semester. I love teaching and the ability to revisit concepts and expound on them. I am eternally grateful for this honored and entrusted position I hold. My hope is that while teaching students the skills necessary to make communities whole, that God is given all the glory. I do not take this appointment lightly.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">My scholarly interests are many: My past research has held a clinical basis, while my current research leans more heavily toward social justice. My dissertation topic was related to regional attitudes toward interracial relationships, seeking to extrapolate causality in the development of positive and negative attitudes, as well as exploring the role of historicity of the academy in feeding racial animus. This research has been fueled by a fascination&nbsp;for&nbsp;our diverse world. I am able to bring this empirical research into the classroom, in many instances sharing the bases of social constructs, history, and oppressive forces, as well as scientific findings, cognitive neuroscience (brain research), and various other dynamics impacting social justice, humanity, and human behavior.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">I believe in service to others. I provide weekly pro-bono addictions counseling, training, and consultation. I serve on various boards within the community and share material resources in numerous ways. I am a Board Certified Diplomat (BCD) in </span></span><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">clinical</span></span><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"> Social Work, and SAMHSA certified to train&nbsp;in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).&nbsp; I am&nbsp;a member of the American Academy of Christian Counselors (AACC), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as well as North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW), the International Consortium of Social Developers (ICSD), International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW),&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif; font-size:12px">and Phi Alpha, the national Social Work Honor Society. I have served on various task forces including a task force appointment from the CSWE to develop a curricular guide for a social work specialization in substance use treatment. In 2013, I received the honor of being named Social Work Today magazine&rsquo;s Top Ten Deserving and Dedicated Social Workers. I received the 2008 Public Service Award for Distinguished Citizenship, and in 2013, I received the honored appointment of Kentucky Colonel.&nbsp; Additionally, I am an ordained reverend. On the King University campus, I serve as the chair of the Social Work Program, chair of the Social Work Advisory Board, faculty advisor for the Social Work Action Group and the King University chapter of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, Chi Omega. I serve on the Committee for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Green committee.&nbsp; I am the faculty representative for the King University Acrobatics and Tumbling team.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">In our Program&#39;s pursuit to produce trauma-informed social workers, one&nbsp;takeaway&nbsp;I want my students to gain from their academic experience at King is that the learning does not stop with a degree in hand. The educational process ignites the fires of knowledge-seeking, converting us into lifelong learners &ndash; ever evolving with a desire to dig deeper and ask why, not simply accepting what is, but to challenge the status quo. It is how we derive meaning from those experiences and&nbsp;grow,&nbsp;while honoring God in thoughts and actions. My great hope is that my students to shift their perspectives dramatically from a mentality of &quot;serve us&quot; to &quot;service&quot; and that they will exemplify that in every aspect of their daily lives.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><em>Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. ~Isaiah 1:17</em></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ...I believe Isaiah was a Social Worker&nbsp;</em></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><strong>SOCIAL WORK AND RELATED COURSES TAUGHT:</strong></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Life Course Perspective</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Person in Environment Perspective</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Contemporary Issues in Social Work</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Human Diversity and Ethical Issues in Social Work</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Social Work Practice I: Generalist Practice</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Social Work Practice II: Family and Group Practice</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Social Work Practice III: Community and Organizations Practice</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Social Work Practice IV: Integrative Practice</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Social Work Research</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Social Work Honors Seminar</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Social Welfare Policy</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Social Work</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Cultural Diversity in America</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Writing for Social Workers</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Helbert

Helt, Gail
College of Arts and Sciences Lynn 211a Bristol Hall 423-652-4890 Gail Helt Gail Helt <p>I came to King in 2014 after nearly a dozen years at the Central Intelligence Agency, where I worked on issues related to East Asian security, politics, and governance.&nbsp; I had the privilege of traveling the world, and writing for and briefing the senior-most policymakers in the US Government. The opportunities I was given were amazing, and I appreciated every one -- but in reality I always wanted to teach, and I was never a city girl, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to move to northeastern TN and teach at King.&nbsp;</p> <p>I was recruited by the CIA out of a PhD program at the University of Arizona, where I was studying political science/international relations, with an emphasis on China.&nbsp; I have a M.A. in political science&nbsp; from Iowa State University, and a B.S in political science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am the Coordinator of the Security and Intelligence Studies Program here at King, and also serve as the Director of the King Institute of Security and Intelligence Studies.&nbsp; I am also the faculty adviser for KSI--a great&nbsp; group of students interested in global events and security and intelligence-related issues. I teach classes in analysis, which are intended not only to teach higher level critical thinking skills that government agencies expect prospective employees to possess, but also to prepare students to succeed in graduate school. I also teach classes in intelligence ethics, counter-terrorism, and I will be teaching a new class in Chinese history and politics in the Spring 2016 semester.</p> <p>My research interests center around democratization and liberalization, human rights (I know, shocking for a former CIA officer!), and political stability.&nbsp; I also have a strong interest in Chinese history and politics, particularly how Western influence, and particularly Western religion, has impacted the development of China&#39;s politics. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends.</p> "Gail" "Gail" Helt

Holloway, Kimberley "Kim"
School of Health and Professional Sciences M. Bristol Hall 107 423.652.6326 Kimberley Holloway Kimberley Holloway <p>Books and writing have been an important part of my life from my earliest&nbsp;memory. My paternal grandfather bought me a Little Golden Book every day from the day I was born until he passed away when I was just over three years old.&nbsp; My maternal grandmother read voraciously her entire life, and I will never forget watching my maternal grandfather read his Bible every day.</p> <p>It is not surprising, then, that I have chosen to study English and writing during my college years and that I have chosen to be an English and writing teacher. The most significant graduate experience that I have had was my three summers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I immersed myself in writing and language on my way to earning a PhD in Composition and TESOL.</p> <p>At King, I direct the Composition program and teach composition classes, including ENGC 1110 and 2010, Editing, and Rhetorical and Narrative Patterns. I am also King&#39;s Writing Program Administrator.</p> <p>My interests include reading, writing, and working out at the fitness center. I also enjoy spending time with my family, especially my grandsons Grant, Zac, and Charlie and my granddaughter Grace. I have two daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Jeff and Stephanie and Justin, four grandchildren, and two cats, Milo and Indy.</p> "Kim" "Kim" Holloway

Knight, Margaret
School of Health and Professional Sciences Ann Knoxville 865-769-3106 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 spent 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 Ph.D. 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 the 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 interests&nbsp;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> "Margaret" "Margaret" Knight

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

Littleton, Robert "Rob"
Other Allen Maclellan Hall #12 423-652-4740 Robert Littleton Robert Littleton <p>Dr. Rob Littleton is the Vice President for Student Affairs. He came to King University in 2005. Prior to his arrival at King, he served as Dean of Students and various other administrative positions for 15 years at Carson-Newman University and as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education at The University of Tennessee for three years.</p> <p>As Vice President for Student Affairs, Littleton oversees a wide range of programs and services at King including: Dean of Students Office, Orientation, First Year Programs (KING 1000 and 2000), Community Outreach, Residence Life and Housing, Student Conduct, Student Organizations, Student Activities (i.e. SLACK), Intramurals, Security, Counseling Center, Student Success, Career Services, and Learning and Disability Services.</p> <p>Along with serving on the President&rsquo;s Cabinet, Littleton has also served in other campus roles. From 2007 to 2011, he chaired the University&rsquo;s transition committee, which coordinated the membership process to move from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Littleton also served as Co-Chair for the 2018 King University Compliance Certification Process with King&rsquo;s accrediting body &ndash; The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). He also serves on various accreditation committees for SACSCOC.</p> <p>Littleton has also served as an instructor in the Leadership Minor and the Senior Capstone course, Christian Faith and Social Responsibility.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rob and his wife of 25 years, Cheryl, live in Bristol. Cheryl is an elementary school teacher at Holston View Elementary. Rob and Cheryl are blessed to have Erin Elizabeth as their daughter. Erin is a 7th grader at Vance Middel School. The Littletons attend&nbsp;Euclid Avenue Baptist Church.&nbsp;</p> "Rob" "Rob" Littleton

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

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

Nicholson, Susan
College of Arts and Sciences E Chapel 15 423.652.6332 Susan Nicholson Susan Nicholson <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Susan Nicholson earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Winthrop University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Multiple Woodwind Performance from the University of Miami (FL). &nbsp;Dr. Nicholson&rsquo;s woodwind professors include Phil Thompson, Margaret Donaghue, Gary Keller, Francesca Arnone, and Luciano Magnanini. &nbsp;She studied conducting with William Malambri and has had post-graduate conducting study with Virginia Allen, Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, and Dennis Fisher.</p> <p>In the spring of 2017, Dr. Nicholson was appointed Director of Instrumental Studies at King University in Bristol, Tennessee. &nbsp;Most recently, Dr. Nicholson was an adjunct professor of music at Winthrop University, woodwind specialist at Fort Mill High School (SC), and the Coordinator of the Carowinds Festival of Music in Charlotte. &nbsp;Previous appointments include Director of Bands and Music Education Coordinator at Brevard College, Director of Upper School Bands at the Pine Crest School, and Director of the Jazz Band and clarinet and saxophone professor at Rhode Island College. &nbsp;She has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence Ballet, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Asheville Symphony, Asheville Lyric Opera, Hendersonville Symphony, Charlotte Repertory Orchestra, and other performing organizations throughout the Southeast and New England areas. &nbsp;Currently, Susan performs with the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra based out of Kingsport.</p> <p>Dr. Nicholson was awarded the Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts award at Brevard College in 2006 and 2007 for exceptional teaching in the arts. &nbsp;She was selected as the Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s Teacher of the Year (1996) and Teacher of the Year at St. Anne School (1996). &nbsp;Her professional affiliations include membership in Pi Kappa Lambda (Winthrop University and University of Miami), the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Delta Omicron, and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary member).</p> Nicholson

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

Overbay, Mark
School of Health and Professional Sciences R. Sells Hall 204 423-652-6461 Mark Overbay Mark Overbay <p>In Latin, the word &ldquo;<em>doctor</em>&rdquo; means &ldquo;<em>teacher</em>&rdquo;. I am a medical doctor - a Family Physician. For more than 20 years of my life, I was involved in the day-to-day care of patients of all ages. I have delivered babies, cared for those with terminal illnesses and shared life stories with thousands of people between those two extremes. &nbsp;I have laughed and cried, rejoiced and mourned, taught and learned from them all. Like a well-worn, threadbare quilt, I carry a small piece of them in the fabric of who I am. I have had a very privileged and rare glimpse into the raw and intimate truths of pain, suffering, strength, courage, and the wide spectrum of the human condition. Over those years, I came to realize that that of all the tragedies that often accompany us when we find ourselves in need of advanced medical care, the greatest may be <em>fear</em>&hellip;..the fear of the unknown&hellip;.the fear that we have lost control of our lives &hellip;.the fear of death. This fear isn&rsquo;t always on the surface. It&rsquo;s not always so easy to identify. We often are resistant to acknowledge its very existence. There is, however, an antidote to this fear. Great power comes from knowledge and compassion&hellip;the power to break the grip of fear. More than any other remedy, helping my patients to understand more about their own condition became my most helpful therapy to ease their suffering. &nbsp;Interestingly (at least to me), I found that by educating my patients about their health and wellness issues that I was being enriched by it. The experience was transforming for both me and the patients I served.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The realities of a physician life, however, left precious little time to devote the nurturing of my own family, so after approximately 20 years in practice, I retired. Instead of worrying what came next, I dedicated myself to being the best husband, father, brother and son I could be. I turned over the responsibility for determining where I would land following retirement to God. As it turned out, I didn&rsquo;t have to wait long.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Soon after retiring from medicine, the Lord led me to King. What a wonderful place! King&rsquo;s Core Values of Christian faith, scholarship, service, and career, and Mission <em>to prepare students to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving God, the Church and the world&nbsp;</em>speaks deeply to me. In my journey with King, I have contributed as the university has needed me and currently serve as the Dean of the School of Health and Professional Sciences. I am blessed to serve a strong and dedicated faculty and have such a wonderful and caring King family. My time here has continually reinforced the&nbsp;truths learned in clinical practice......knowledge is powerful and, with Christ, transformational.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Overbay

Paulson, Keri-Lynn
King Libraries E.W. King Library, Room 211 423.652.4897 Keri-Lynn Paulson Keri-Lynn Paulson <p>It is significant that John calls Jesus &ldquo;the Word&rdquo; in his gospel (John 1:1,14).&nbsp; Jesus is the ultimate Source of truth and reality. He, as the Word, is the archetype of meaning found in language, communication, information. All of scripture indicates that words have value. They signify&mdash;point to&mdash;reality. Scripture admonishes us, among other things, to &ldquo;rightly handle the Word of truth&rdquo; (2 Timothy 2:15) and to &ldquo;be&nbsp;holy&nbsp;in all you do&rdquo; (1 Peter 1:15). As Christian educators, our responsibility is to teach students to correctly employ language, to handle information with integrity (for example, protecting copyright and avoiding plagiarism), and to be excellent in our academic pursuits. As a Christian librarian, teaching students to be <em>information literate</em>&mdash;one of our profession&rsquo;s main objectives&mdash;entails helping them to do due diligence in their research, to properly use others&rsquo; works, and to think critically about the information they receive. It is my job to help 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

Polk, Xanshunta "Xan "
School of Business and Economics LaTalshe' The Village at Hardin Valley Xanshunta Polk Xanshunta Polk <p>Dr. Xanshunta L. Polk is an Assistant Professor of Business at King University&rsquo;s Knoxville campus. She is originally from Jackson, MS, and has lived in Nashville, TN, Cumberland Gap, TN, and Knoxville, TN. Dr. Polk is an alumna of Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, and Argosy University. She holds a BBA in Marketing, MPA in Public Administration, DBA in Marketing, and an Advanced Professional Graduate Certificate in Management.</p> <p>Teaching is a fundamental component of Dr. Polk&rsquo;s involvement in marketing society. She is very proud to create and share knowledge in a classroom setting. Students often find it difficult to connect marketing concepts with societal events. Many students are oblivious of marketing concepts and how they shape the business world. This lack of knowledge will impair research and marketing practices in the future. Dr. Polk&rsquo;s teaching philosophy is based on her enthusiasm to reduce the gap in marketing knowledge and motivate students to understand and value marketing and its importance in the business world. Her teaching philosophy allows students to grasp the significance of marketing in their everyday lives and increase their enjoyment of the program of study.</p> <p>Throughout her career, Dr. Polk has been interested in different aspects of Marketing and Management, especially consumer behavior, marketing management, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. She has analyzed the effects of persuasive communication, as well as, the advantages of remaining innovative through marketing strategies. She has published papers in peer-reviewed academic journals.</p> <p>Dr. Polk has undertaken a variety of administrative duties outside of academia, including serving as Senior Representative for New Accounts within the Wealth Management division of UBS Financial Services, Inc. Additionally; Dr. Polk is co-founder of an online magazine. Dr. Polk also volunteers her time as a Literacy Coach for the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.</p> "Xan " "Xan " Polk

Roberts, Matthew "Matt"
Academic Affairs King Building 16A 423.652.4780 Matthew Roberts Matthew 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.</p> <p>Several achievements and improvements have occurred for King University under Roberts&rsquo; leadership. King was approved as a SACSCOC Level V institution with its first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2014. For the institution&rsquo;s interim accreditation report, King secured the successful completion of SACSCOC on-site committee reviews of instructional locations in Knoxville, TN, and Big Stone Gap, VA with no referrals. Currently, King University continues the investment and development of over 30 articulation agreements and partnerships with community colleges and institutions throughout Tennessee and Virginia. Most importantly, faculty development opportunities have grown to support King&rsquo;s commitment to the integration of faith and learning as inscribed in the institution&rsquo;s motto <em>Ecclesiae et Litteris</em> (For the Church and Learning).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Roberts&rsquo; current research interests include social cognitive theory and self-efficacy as they relate to instructor performance and demands in a quickly changing higher educational landscape.&nbsp; He has published and presented papers on teacher efficacy and linguistic/social distance theory. Roberts&rsquo; scholarship is both broad and focused: He has studied the work of Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, under renowned scholar Michael Cole (UC Davis), and playwriting under Edward Albee at the University of Houston.</p> <p>Roberts serves as the Chair 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 daughters, Lucy and Emma, and one son, Jack. They enjoy hiking and singing loudly in the car.</p> "Matt" "Matt" Roberts

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

Streetman, William "Craig"
College of Arts and Sciences Craig Tadlock-Wallace, room 206 423-652-4158 William Streetman William Streetman <p>At its root, philosophy is defined as the love of wisdom.&nbsp; Accordingly, philosophers apply a great deal of concentrated, intellectual effort to the most fundamental problems and issues of human life. &nbsp;This means that we are all philosophers to one degree or another, for all of us at some point must face questions about such things as the nature of justice, the meaning of life, the existence of God, human rights, the nature of reality, the nature of the soul, who we are, what we are, what we can know, how we ought to live, and what we ought to do. &nbsp;As it is, philosophical problems pervade the depths of every discipline, and the skills learned by doing philosophy serve any profession.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am grateful to have been exposed to philosophy as an academic discipline during my undergraduate years at Presbyterian College and, then, in practice as an officer in the US Army. I am fortunate to have studied philosophy formally at Denver Seminary and the University of Kentucky. I am particularly thankful to be teaching philosophy at King University and encouraging others in the philosophical quest both in the classroom and through academic research. &nbsp;</p> <p>My published research lies in the areas of Ancient Greek and Classical Islamic philosophy. &nbsp;I am presently working on projects in the fields of mysticism and the philosophy of mind. &nbsp;I feel most alive in the classroom and teach courses in a wide range of areas within the discipline.&nbsp;I am also Director of the Snider Honors Program and Chief Marshal for King&rsquo;s convocation and commencement ceremonies. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> "Craig" "Craig" Streetman

Vaughan, Laura "Kelly"
College of Arts and Sciences Kelly White Hall 205 423-652-6468 Laura Vaughan Laura Vaughan <p>I grew up on a farm that has been in our family since the 1700&#39;s in Holston Valley, right outside of Bristol. I have always been a science nerd and growing up on the farm gave me both a foundation in how nature works, but also an awe in the amazing complexity of our world and a drive to ask &#39;why?&#39;. I attended Berry College in Rome, GA where I obtained a BS in Biochemistry and Animal Science (I was going to Vet school until I decided that 1) I didnt like cows that much and 2) I enjoyed research). I then went on to Texas A&amp;M to earn a PhD in Biochemistry (because, in my naivet&eacute;, it was the broadest field and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life). I then spent 10 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then Research Assistant Professor in the Biostatistics Department. During that time I reinvented myself twice- first moving from bench work to Statistical Genetics and then to Bioinformatics- where I think I may finally have found my niche.</p> <p>Although I had built a successful research career, I felt something was missing. I had always known that I wanted to return to my roots, both in terms of returning to the area and teaching at a liberal arts school. As much as I love the challenge of research, I missed the dynamics of the classroom and the interactions with students. Family is an important part of my life, and I could not pass up the opportunity to return home and join the King community. Teaching has pushed me to become a better scientist, which in turn makes me a better teacher.</p> <p>In the spring of 2015, my second semester at King, I was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer (non-functional neuroendocrine carcinoma). As of summer 2015, I am cancer free after undergoing chemotherapy and surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Throughout the whirlwind of the few months between diagnosis and surgery, the support I received from my King family was an important part of my recovery. As I have said may times over, there are too many coincidences to be coincidence, the Hand of Divine Providence is most apparent. Between my eclectic academic background and my personal journey, I hope to serve as both an example and mentor to my students as they find their way to their own vocation.</p> <p>I am committed to providing students with undergraduate research experience and have built a research lab where students can gain valuable experiences and skills exploring questions related to obesity, diabetes, neruodegenerative disease using the model organism <em>C.elegans</em>. I have, and will continue, to take students to local, regional and national research conferences so that they can begin to build their scientific community. I am also passionate about Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and mentoring young scientists.</p> <p>I am blessed with a wonderful husband, a precocious daughter, fantastic friends and an amazing family. In my free time you can find me on the farm where I grew up, riding horses, spending time with my family and living life to the fullest.</p> "Kelly" "Kelly" Vaughan

Watson, Donna
School of Education Hardy Kline Hall 212 423-652-4843 Donna Watson Donna Watson <p><span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10pt">Teaching is the best profession, and I have always been a teacher. I graduated from Big Creek High School (highlighted in the movie<em>&nbsp;October Sky</em>) and couldn&#39;t forget my wonderful teachers from elementary, junior high, and high school.&nbsp; After graduating from Bluefield College with a BA in English and a mathematics minor, I taught mathematics in middle school for 16 years in McDowell County, West Virginia.&nbsp; In the summers, I worked providing professional development throughout West Virginia with teams from the West Virginia Department of Education.&nbsp; I was also active in the WVCTM (West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics) and was state president of that organization in 1999-2000. I loved teaching middle school math and Algebra; I wrote grants for computers, manipulatives, and resources because the school was in an area of poverty.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10pt">When I moved to Mercer County, West Virgina, I worked for a textbook resource company, Creative Publications and traveled around the region setting up displays and training teachers in the curriculum.&nbsp; At the same time, I began work as an adjunct instructor in education at Bluefield College, working for my mentor from my college days, Dr. Gerald Clay.&nbsp; Eventually I went to Virginia Tech to work on my doctorate degree, and when I finished, I become a full time assistant professor at Bluefield College.&nbsp; When Dr. Clay retired, I became the director and then the Dean of the School of Education when we established the Master of Arts in Education, adding an online degree to our traditional teacher education program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10pt">In the summer of 2017, I moved to Bristol, TN, and accepted the position to become the Dean of the School of Education.&nbsp; Teaching new teachers and guiding the School of Education provide challenges and always daily joy.&nbsp; I&#39;m so blessed to be working with such fine faculty in education and wonderfully idealistic young people who are called to be teachers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10pt">I enjoy cooking and feeding people, listening to stories, telling stories, playing the piano (especially for church), gardening, and exploring Appalachia.&nbsp;And I keep a daily gratitude journal where I thank God for His guidance and love.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10pt">Another favorite verse is from Proverbs 3:5-6<em>,</em> &ldquo;<em>Trust in the&nbsp;Lord&nbsp;with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.&nbsp;</em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong><em>In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.&rdquo;</em></span></p> "Donna" "Donna" Watson
Wilcox, Colette
School of Health and Professional Sciences Marie Bristol 214 423-692-6014 Colette Wilcox Colette Wilcox <p><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">I am a professor in the Criminal Justice Department.&nbsp; I have always enjoyed school and learning from a young age.&nbsp; In college, I studied abroad my junior year in Montpellier, France at l&#39;</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">Universit</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">&eacute;</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">&nbsp;Paul Val</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">&eacute;</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">ry, which was of the most educational experiences of my life.&nbsp; I worked for 5 years after&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">college,&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">and</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">&nbsp;was&nbsp;drawn</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">&nbsp;to law school</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt"><span style="background-color:inherit">During law school, I volunteered and worked in various places to help me decide my career path.&nbsp; I recommend all students work/volunteer in as many places as you can to help you decide the work you would like to do.&nbsp; Since 2000, I have worked in the criminal justice field, specializing in litigation, criminal law, juveniles, and domestic violence.</span></span><span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family:times new roman,times new roman_msfontservice,serif; font-size:12pt">&nbsp;</span></p> "Colette" "Colette" Wilcox

Winzenburg, Suzanne
School of Nursing Marie #202 Harden Valley Campus Office- 865-690-5803 Cell- 651-248-4229 Suzanne Winzenburg Suzanne Winzenburg <p>I am Dr. Suzanne Winzenburg. I received a Doctorate of Nursing Science degree from Frontier Nursing University and a Master of Nursing Science- Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Southern Indiana. I have practiced as a nurse for 28 years in various capacities, but for the last 8 years I have been a family nurse practitioner working with rural and under-served populations.</p> <p>Professionally, I have active Registered Nursing licenses in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Alabama and Family Nurse Practitioner licenses in both Tennessee and Louisiana. I received my national certification as a family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Doctors of Nursing Practice.</p> <p>My interests include spending time with my family, being outdoors, using my creative gifts and serving others. I currently volunteer in a free medical clinic and with my church group that supports mothers of unplanned pregnancies.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have taught in both graduate and undergraduate programs both online and face to face. What I enjoy most is working closely with students in a clinical mentor capacity. I look forward to being on this learning journey with you!</p> "Suzanne" "Suzanne" Winzenburg
Woodward, Lucas
School of Business and Economics Bristol Hall Room 305 Lucas Woodward Lucas Woodward <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; I began my professional career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte, North Carolina.&nbsp;While at PwC I worked extensively in the development, planning, and execution of audits for various&nbsp;clients in the &#39;Technologies, Products, &amp; Services&#39; industry sector ranging from multi-million to multi-billion dollar public international companies. This experience was instrumental in gaining an in-depth understanding of business as well as gaining exposure to numerous accounting theories and concepts. Particular areas I focused on were business consolidations and acquisitions, joint ventures, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliant internal control design, implementation, and evaluation.&nbsp;Upon leaving PwC as a Senior Associate I took a position with the Tennessee State Comptroller&rsquo;s office in Nashville, Tennessee where I was an auditor working primarily in audits of state funded universities. After a brief time with the state I decided to broaden my experience in accounting and find a more hands on role in financial accounting. In doing so I worked as a Senior Financial Accountant for Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. While there I was concerned primarily with the execution, review, and reporting of financial statements and transactions. Transactional areas included cash, sales, inventory, accounts receivable, fixed assets, and accounts payable. I also gained significant experience in the financial analysis of budgetary costs/tracking and product profitability (i.e. cost and managerial accounting). I am a licensed CPA in the State of Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs. I hold masters and undergraduate degrees both in accounting from East Tennessee State University. While in the ETSU Masters of Accountancy program I worked as a graduate assistant teaching and then after graduating taught as an adjunct lecturer courses ranging from principles of accounting to managerial accounting. Areas of research I am interested in are the quantification of the impact on businesses related to climate change, the future role of the audit profession in the ever changing global business environment, and the effects of greater enforcement on financial reporting and audit quality.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; Outside of my professional life I enjoy many things, but I especially enjoy reading, golf, and traveling. I&rsquo;ve been fortunate to have visited 6 of the 7 continents (Antarctica is a little more difficult to get to) and close to 20 countries. I enjoy reading classic authors and count John Steinbeck, J.D. Salinger, and Herman Melville to be among my favorites. I also enjoy learning about popular science, history, biology, and astronomy.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; My goal in teaching is to expose students to new ideas and ways of thinking. I am a strong advocate of the accounting profession and want to open student&rsquo;s eyes to the myriad of ways that accounting can not only be beneficial as a career choice, but also beneficial in any business related discipline. Only with the development of accounting principles and theories were humans able to organize ever advancing societies and cultures. Whether it&rsquo;s organizing and starting their own business, understanding costing and pricing and its impact on products and services, or using it in everyday life and their personal finances, having an understanding of accounting will serve students for the rest of their lives. I want to build and foster this passion and understanding of accounting in each and every one of my students and show them accounting isn&rsquo;t just computing numbers, but that it&rsquo;s a broad subject that is imperative to just about any career path they choose.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Woodward