2020-2021 Catalog

School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts

Eric W. Cummings, Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts, and Professor
B.A., George Washington University
M.Ed., Harvard University
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Mary F. Hong, Administrative Assistant to the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
A.A., Nossi College of Art
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University

Karen B. Hobson, Education Licensure Officer
B.B.A., M.A.E., Cumberland University

Marjorie S. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., Wake Forest University
M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Lee D. Austin, Instructor of Music
B.A., M.A., Cumberland University

C. Rick Bell, Instructor of History, and Faculty Athletic Representative
A.A.B., Cumberland University
B.A., M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
M.A.E., Cumberland University

Rachael C. Bible, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, College Station

Sean B. Bortz, Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Norwich University
M.S.Ed., University of Kentucky
M.T.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Christopher S. Byrd, Instructor of Theatre
B.A., M.A., Cumberland University

Mark R. Cheathem, Professor of History and Editor of the Martin Van Buren Papers
B.A., Cumberland University
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
Ph.D., Mississippi State University

Anna M. Davis, Instructor of English
B.A., M.A., University of Memphis

Matthew W. Espenshade, Instructor of Criminal Justice
B.S., St. Joseph's University
M.S., Norwich University

Peg R. Fredi, Assistant Professor of Art
A.A., Hiwassee College
A.A.S., Nashville State Community College
B.A., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
M.A., Cumberland University
M.F.A., Lesley University (Art Institute of Boston)
Ph.D., Heritage International Bible College and Seminary

Sandee L. Gertz, Assistant Professor of English
M.A., M.F.A., Wilkes University

Kent J. Hallman, Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., M.Div., M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Oslo University (Norway)

Stuart E. Harris, Professor of English
B.S., B.A., Belmont University
M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University

Sara E. Hays, Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Emmanuel College
M.A., Belmont University
Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University

Fred E. Heifner, Professor of Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion
B.A., Louisiana College
M.Div., Th.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Sheridan W. S. Henson, Executive Director of Academic Support and Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
B.A, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S.P., Cumberland University
Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University

Natalie R. Inman, Associate Professor of History
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Jaclyn K. Jennings, Instructor of English
B.A., Cumberland University
M.A., Western Kentucky University

Wyatt V. Keener, Instructor of English
B.A., Union University
M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Brian Q. Kilian, Professor of Music
B.S., Trevecca Nazarene University
B.Mus., University of South Africa
M.Mus., D.M.A., Combs College of Music

Suzann B. Lafferty, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A., University of Southern California
M.F.S., National University
M.A., University of Memphis

Jenny L. Mason, Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.Ed., Auburn University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

C. William McKee, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.Ed., Auburn University
Ed.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Larry T. Menefee, Professor of Communications and Theatre
B.A., David Lipscomb University
M.A., Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., University of Denver

Tara Mitchel Mielnik, Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University

Kerry A. Moore, Assistant Professor of English
B.S., M.A., University of North Carolina, Charlotte
M.F.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Roshanda S. Odom, Assistant Professor of Education
B.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University
M.A.E., Cumberland University
Ed.S., Ed.D., Union University

Barbara N. Parker, Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., M.A., Ed.S., Middle Tennessee State University

Janet M. Parker, Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., Michigan State University
M.A., Austin Peay State University
Ed.S., Tennessee Technological University
Ed.D., Tennessee State University

A. Wayne Ray III, Instructor of Music and Athletic Band Director
B.A., Cumberland University
M.M.E., Old Dominion University

Michael C. Rex, Associate Professor of English
B.A., Sam Houston State University
M.A., Texas A & M University, College Station
Ph.D., Wayne State University

J. Michael Ripski, Assistant Professor of Foundations of Scholarship and Learning, Religion, and University Chaplain
B.A., Rhodes College
M.Div., D.Min., Emory University

Ted C. Rose, Professor of Art
B.A., Lipscomb University
M.A.E., Edinboro State University
M.F.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Sandra H. Smith, Associate Professor of Special Education
B.S., M.A., Ed.S., Tennessee Technological University
Ed.D., Tennessee State University

Cyndy Stone Allen, Assistant Professor of Education
A.S., Motlow State Community College
B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., Middle Tennessee State University
Ed.D., Tennessee State University

Summer B. Vertrees, Instructor of English
B.S., M.A., Tennessee Technological University

George L. Walker, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Athletic Coaching
B.S., M.A., Ed.S., Tennessee Technological University
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University

Andrew W. Wiley, Assistant Professor of History
B.A., M.A., Indiana State University
Ph.D., University of Calgary, Canada

Jessica R. Bilbrey Worthington, Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., Cleveland State University
M.C.J., Tiffin University
Ph.D., Capella University