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Welcome, new faculty

This week, we welcome new, tenure-track faculty in the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences. They are Pennye Brown, Dr. Dixie Dennis, Dr. Taylor Stevenson, Dr. Jocelyn Martin, Dr. Stephen Smoot, Dr. Brian Hock, Dr. Sheila Pirtle, Dr. Brad Mossbarger, Dr. Stephen Truhon and Kempa French.
This week, we welcome new, tenure-track faculty in the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences. They are Pennye Brown, Dr. Dixie Dennis, Dr. Taylor Stevenson, Dr. Jocelyn Martin, Dr. Stephen Smoot, Dr. Brian Hock, Dr. Sheila Pirtle, Dr. Brad Mossbarger, Dr. Stephen Truhon and Kempa French.

In 1983, Pennye Brown, instructor of accounting in the School of Business, graduated from APSU with a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration. She earned an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master's degree from Strayer University. She is pursuing her doctorate. Since 1997, she has worked as a financial analyst in the APSU Business Office, supervising accounts payable staff and serving as a liaison with the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell. Previously, she worked in various state departments as an accountant, tax auditor and budget analyst.

Dr. Dixie Dennis returns to APSU as professor and chair of the department of health and human performance. In 2000, she received a Ph.D. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She earned both her M.S. in Public and Community Health and her B.S. in Chemistry from APSU and is a certified health education specialist. Most recently, she worked as associate professor and research coordinator for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Organizational and Educational Leadership Doctoral Programs. She has authored nine books, and two are in progress. She has published many articles in peer-reviewed professional and educational publications, made numerous scholarly presentations and served as a reviewer of journals and books in her field. Among her many professional activities, she currently is on the Board of Commissioners of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. and chair of the Division Board, Certified Health Education Specialist, both of Whitehall, Penn. Among her honors, she was named the 2005 University of Maryland Eastern Shore Outstanding Woman.

Dr. Taylor Stevenson, who joins the faculty in the School of Business as an assistant professor of economics, comes to APSU from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he was a visiting assistant professor of economics for one year. From 2001-04, he was an instructor of economics at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Mississippi. His B.B.A. in Economics is from the University of North Alabama.

Dr. Jocelyn Martin, assistant professor of social work, earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's and doctorate in social work from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Since 1996, she has been the graduate research assistant for the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, and she taught part time at Peru (Neb.) State University.
She has published articles in refereed journals and made scholarly presentations.

Dr. J. Stephen Smoot joins the School of Business faculty as an assistant professor of finance. Most of his career was spent as a practicing certified financial analyst (CFA) and business consultant, but since 2000, he has taught full time at Aquinas College, Nashville. He earned a Ph.D. in Finance and Business Economics and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His bachelor's degree in engineering psychology and applied statistics is from Rice University, Houston.

Coming to APSU from Denison University, where he had been a visiting assistant professor of psychology since 2004, Dr. Brian Hock, assistant professor of psychology, earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He received a bachelor's in psychology from Lake Superior State University, Sault Saint Marie, Mich., in 1995. From 2002-04, he was a part-time lecturer in the department of psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, while completing five years of postdoctoral studies in the department of genetics, Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Sheila F. Pirkle joins the School of Education as an assistant professor of general education, specializing in middle school and secondary education. She has been an adjunct assistant professor of education at APSU since 2004, after teaching in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Previously, she worked for the Summit Board of Education, Summit, N.J., Louisiana State University and the University of Illinois. She earned an Ed.D. in Science Education from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Science Education from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a bachelor's in biology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Pirkle has authored and secured numerous grants from such organizations as the National Science Foundation and authored many articles published in scholarly journals.

Dr. Brad Mossbarger, assistant professor of psychology, earned a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University, Athens. His B.S. in Psychology is from The Ohio State University, Columbus. A licensed psychologist, Mossbarger comes to APSU from Zane State College, Zanesville, Ohio, where he has been a psychology instructor since 2002. From 2000-02, he taught part time at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus. He has worked since 1998 as a psychologist in private practice in Ohio. He has published several articles in professional journals.

An assistant professor of psychology with an emphasis on military psychology, Dr. Stephen Truhon earned his Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing. His B.A. in Psychology is from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. He comes to APSU from Winston-Salem State University, Winston, Salem, N.C., where he has been a member of the psychology faculty since 1984. He has spent six summers as a research fellow for the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and four summers as a research associate at Armstrong Laboratory, Brooks Air Force Base in Texas. He has been the author of several articles published in professional journals and has made many scholarly presentations. He is a consulting editor to the Journal of Genetic Psychology and Genetic Psychology Mongraphs.

Kempa French, APSU assistant professor in the School of Nursing, comes to APSU from Shelbyville, Tenn., where she has worked as a family nurse practitioner in the Bedford Health Department since 1997. She earned a bachelor's degree in music from APSU in 1981 and bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Center of Health Sciences, Memphis, in 1984. Her M.S in Nursing is from the University of Tennessee-Memphis. She holds certification from Tennessee as a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner. —Dennie B. Burke