Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning co-sponsor the Faculty Leadership Program, which recognizes the importance of the faculty’s leadership efforts at Austin Peay.
In exchange for a course release, the Faculty Leadership Program offers an opportunity for selected faculty to acquire a more comprehensive awareness of university operations, current or upcoming initiatives, trends, and relevant literature, as well as work on a team project and present its findings to the president and provost. Accepted applicants meet once a week for an all-day, campus-led immersion program that assists participants in developing a collaborative project to positively impact the institution and student success.
The Faculty Leadership Program fosters an exploratory team environment that requires participants to relegate all other campus responsibilities to non-program hours. It is part of the Campus Connection Initiative, which aims to develop a more interconnected, knowledgeable, and adaptable campus community capable of responding quickly and collaboratively to challenges and opportunities.
Deadline for applications for the Spring 2017 Faculty Leadership Program is August 19, 2016. For more information about the Faculty Leadership Program, please contact Dr. Gray Kane.
Spring 2016 Participants
- Dr. Kallina Dunkle
Dr. Dunkle serves as VA Advisor for the Department of Geosciences and is a member
of the Ft. Campbell Restoration Advisory Board. For the Hydrogeology Division of the
Geological Society of America, Dr. Dunkle chairs sessions, solicits donations, organizes
the annual student reception, and serves as a representative on the Joint Technical
Program Committee for the annual meeting.
- Ms. Gina Garber
Ms. Garber is the coordinator of Digital Services and Archives in the Felix G. Woodward Library, where she manages and conducts digital publishing projects.
She serves on the Faculty Senate and the Student Success Committee. Ms. Garber has
chaired many committees, provided insights into the first-year-experience course as
an APSU 1000 Fellow, and worked extensively with both the First-Year Experience and
Promoting Academic Success programs.
- Dr. Gina Grogan
Dr. Grogan is the lead developer and coordinator of Full Spectrum Learning, which
is a program designed to assist APSU students with Autism Spectrum Disorder successfully
transition into college, build academic, social, and independence skills, and complete
a college degree. Dr. Grogan also serves as Coordinator for the Martha Dickerson Eriksson
College of Education's accreditation process through the Council for the Accreditation
of Educator Preparation.
- Dr. Leslie Hiatt
Dr. Hiatt has created and organized the annual Chemistry Research Symposium, invites
speakers for chemistry seminars, and strives to expand scholarly activities in partnerships
with the Chemistry Club, in an effort to increase the research presence in the Department
of Chemistry. Dr. Hiatt serves as webmaster for the Nashville section of the American
Chemical Society, where she works to bring about collaborative opportunities between
chemistry professionals and academic organizations.
- Dr. Charla White-Major
Dr. White-Major is the coordinator for Austin Peay's Enhanced English Composition
Initiative and has worked with the program since its inception. She sponsors undergraduate-research
opportunities adopted during her term as president of the Tennessee Philological Association,
where she continues to serve as a contributing member. Dr. White-Major also presides
as a judge for the annual Peay Read competition.
- Mr. Darren Michael
Mr. Michael was Interim Coordinator for Theatre and Dance and has served on fourteen
departmental and university committees, including the Theatre and Dance Scholarship
and Admissions Committee, Intellectual Property and Conflict of Interest Committee,
and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Committee. On campus, he has directed
eleven shows, staged the fight choreography for four productions, and has played roles
in others, such as Mark Rothko in APSU's faculty/student production of the Tony Award-winning
play Red about the abstract expressionist painter. Off campus, he works professionally as
an actor, choreographer, director, and playwright. His latest play Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset was published in Spring 2016 by Steele Spring Stage Rights in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Michael is the president of the Tennessee Theatre Association, chair of the Southeastern
Theatre Conference's Charles M. Getchell New Play Award, and a member of the Dramatists
- Dr. John Nicholson
Dr. Nicholson presided as Director of the Mobile Technology Center over the development
of the first-generation of Austin Peay's apps, including PeayMobile, NewGov, and APScanner.
He has served on Faculty Senate and multiple committees such as the Undergraduate
Research and Creative Activities Committee, Technology Committee, Institutional Effectiveness
Committee, and QEP Task Force.
- Dr. Adriane Sanders
Dr. Sanders enjoys blending her enthusiasm for the APSU community with her expertise
in personnel and occupational health psychology, as evidenced by her continued support
and service to programs, organizations, and committees like the First-Year Faculty
Program, Student Academic Success Initiative, Parental Leave Policy, and Online Evaluation
Transition. Dr. Sanders is the Faculty Senate Representative on the Dean's Council
and serves on the Executive Committee of Faculty Senate, the Planning and Academic
Audit committees for the Master's program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology,
and the Curriculum Committee for the Department of Psychological Sciences and Counseling.
She is the faculty advisor for the Golden Key International Honour Society and served
the co-principal investigator for an institutional grant on behalf of the Society
of Student Scholars.
Spring 2014 Participants
- Dr. Beatrix Brockman
For the Department of Languages and Literature, Dr. Brockman chairs the Student Success Committee, serves as Advising Liaison for conditionally admitted students, and is on both the Foreign Language Committee and the Public Relations Committee. She founded the annual Foreign Language Instructor Workshop for APSU and the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Dr. Brockman has served on the President's Internationalization Taskforce, the International Committee, and Faculty Senate.
- Dr. Jill Franks
Dr. Franks is the founding coordinator of the APSU Film Studies Minor and has served
as both the president and treasurer of the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America,
director of Academic Program for the 13th International DH Lawrence Conference, and
associate editor of the D. H. Lawrence Review. Dr. Franks served as a co-leader of the Women in Leadership Program for Faculty
in Fall 2014.
- Ms. Kathy Lee Heuston
Ms. Heuston serves as the internship coordinator for the Department of Communications
and the program coordinator for the Korea exchange program and oversees departmental
scholarships. She currently is establishing a departmental program in Hungary.
- Dr. Tim Leszczak
Dr. Leszczak is the graduate coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Performance
and a member of the Graduate Research Council, has served two terms on the Faculty
Senate Executive Committee, and has been a reviewer for the Tennessee Board of Regents
Faculty Research Grant. Dr. Leszczak has received numerous internal grants to support
student travel to present at research conferences and was awarded a grant from the
Tennessee Department of Health to develop physical-activity opportunities for the
- Dr. Christine Mathenge
Dr. Mathenge is the coordinator for the Global Environment and Development concentration in the Geosciences department. She has served in Faculty Senate and on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and currently serves on the Internationalization Taskforce, the Study Abroad Committee, and the International Recruitment and Admission Committee. She has chaired a number of committees on campus and holds multiple offices in professional organizations -- such as the Association of American Geographers, the Kenya Studies and Scholars Association, the African Studies Association, and the Association of Third World Studies for which she serves as treasurer of the African Studies Research Forum. Dr. Mathenge also is a Carnegie fellowship recipient under the Carnegie African Diaspora Program.
- Dr. Barbara Peterson
- Dr. David Rands
Dr. Rands serves on the Institutional Review Board for the Tennessee Board of Regents
and as the coordinator of the Asian Studies Program at Austin Peay State University.
He is the principal advisor for a program that requires students to incorporate their
experiences from Japan into their English or Art courses, and he is writing a grant
to extend this opportunity to courses outside the humanities. Dr. Rands works to increase
connections between the community, industry, and the university and has facilitated university interactions with numerous international organizations,
such as the Japanese Consul-General in Nashville, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee,
and Global Culture Nasu. Dr. Rands is a member of Leadership Clarksville's graduating class of 2015.
- Margaret Rennerfeldt
Ms. Rennerfeldt serves as the Interim Chair of Theatre and Dance, chairs both the
department's accreditation efforts and the APSU Accessibility Committee, and is a
certified Somatic Movement Educator from the Center for BodyMind Movement and a member
of the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association.
- Dr. Cindy Taylor
Dr. Taylor has served as the Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and currently serves as both APSU Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA and the assessment coordinator for the Department of Biology.
Spring 2013 Participants
- Dr. Benita Bruster
Dr. Bruster is Interim Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning and the coordinator
of the Reading Specialist Master's Program and has led the charge to increase enrollment
and develop a robust online graduate program. Dr. Bruster currently serves on the
Faculty Senate Executive Committee and is the Faculty Sub-Council Representative to
the state. In addition to serving on multiple university committees, Dr. Bruster has
organized the collection and distribution of more than 30,000 books to children and
families in Clarksville.
- Mr. Mark DeYoung
- Dr. Pam Gray
Dr. Gray serves as Chair of the Department of Communications, has sought to empower
departmental faculty and establish equitability between departmental programs, has
worked with the Tennessee Board of Regents in seeking approval for a change of accreditation
agency, and is helping organize department chairs for collaborations in the communications
field across the state of Tennessee. Dr. Gray served on the Writing Team for the Quality
Enhancement Plan (QEP) and collaborated with Mark DeYoung of the Department of Art
and Design on student projects to promote the QEP.
- Dr. Stephanie Hicks
- Ms. Bonnie Hodge
- Dr. Eleanor Jator
Dr. Jator is the education coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Science program and
the Phlebotomy Technician certificate program. She coordinates not only students'
clinical internships in hospitals, but also the phlebotomy program's accreditation
process through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Dr. Jator serves on the board of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science
(ASCLS) Tennessee and as the education coordinator of the Tennessee Association of
Blood Banks. She has earned Omicron Sigma awards for outstanding service to ASCLS-TN.
Dr. Jator also serves on the APSU 1000 Committee.
- Dr. Karen Meisch
Dr. Meisch serves as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and
as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on various TBR, THEC, and
NSF grants, such as "Biology Boot Camp: Pilot Program to Improve Retention and Performance
of Minority Populations and Underprepared Students in Classes within the STEM Disciplines,"
"Improving the Number of Regional Community College Graduates and Active Military
Personnel, Veterans and Dependents Enrolling in and Completing a STEM Baccalaureate
Degree," and "Improving Campus Climate for Increased Degree Attainment." Dr. Meisch
also served on the Writing Team for the Quality Enhancement Plan.
- Dr. Lisa Sullivan
- Dr. Nanci Woods
Dr. Woods serves as a subject-matter expert for the Tennessee Board of Regents Institutional Review Board (IRB) and has served as a non-affiliated member of Vanderbilt's Behavioral Science IRB, the chair of the Middle TN Science and Engineering Fair IRB, and as a member of the APSU IRB. Dr. Woods became the first Psychology Department Undergraduate Coordinator, where she advocated for curricular and advising reforms, and has served on various advising committees for the College of Behavioral Health Sciences and the greater institution. Additionally, Dr. Woods has served on a review committee for APSU 1000.
Spring 2012 Participants
- Elaine Berg
Ms. Berg has served as Faculty Senate President and is Coordinator of Access Services
at the Felix G. Woodward Library. She is a seasoned member of the Faculty Handbook
and Policy Committee and has worked to promote shared governance at APSU.
- Dr. Chad Brooks
Dr. Brooks has served as Faculty Senate President and APSU Faculty Representative
to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and currently serves as Assistant Dean
of the College of Science and Mathematics for Pre-Professional Health Programs. He
has expanded the domain of Pre-Professional Health Programs to acknowledge and accommodate
majors in the health professions outside the College of Science and Mathematics.
- Paul Collins
Mr. Collins served as the president of the non-profit COOP Curatorial Collective in
Nashville and as a member of the Frist Center for the Visual Art's Education Council
and Clarksville's Public Art Commission. He has received two Summer Faculty Research
Grants, a SASI grant to fund APSU student exhibition opportunities in Nashville, and
been nominated for the Socrates Award for Teaching. He has chaired and served on numerous
departmental and university standing committees and task forces and is the faculty
advisor for the Video Game and Anime Club.
- Marcus Hayes
Mr. Hayes has served as the president of the Tennessee Association of Dance and is the regional director of the American College Dance Association and the APSU representative
to the Maxine Smith Fellows program through the Tennessee Board of Regents. He serves
on numerous departmental, collegiate, and university standing committees and is the
faculty advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance. His non-academic areas of expertise
include diversity issues in higher education, non-profit fundraising/management, and
- Dr. Omie Shepherd
Dr. Shepherd has served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Research Involving
Human Subjects, chaired the review of online courses for the Tennesee Board of Regents,
and assisted the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences as D2L Liaison. For the
Department of Health and Human Performance, Dr. Shepherd has reviewed the Public Health
Program for competitiveness and mapped its career tracks and graduate opportunities.
- Taylor Emery
- Dr. Brian Hock
Dr. Hock has served as a reviewer for SACSCOC accreditation, undergraduate coordinator
for the Department of Psychological Sciences and Counseling, and has chaired two successful
Academic Audits for the undergraduate program. He won the Socrates Award for Teaching
and has been nominated for the Richard M. Hawkins Award for Research. Dr. Hock also
has served as the faculty advisor for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology.
- Dr. Ben Ntatin
Dr. Ntatin is an alum of three Campus Connection Initiatives: the Faculty Leadership Program, Faculty Advising Program, and Faculty and Staff Explore, Experience, Excel. He served on the president's Internationalization Taskforce, holds offices in National Council for the PI Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society and the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and serves as Math/Computer Science Editor for the CUR Quarterly. For the last seven years, Dr. Ntatin has played an advisory role in the Summer Math and Science Academy. For three years, he chaired the mathematics section of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Dr. Ntatin routinely sponsors students at local, regional, and national conferences.
- Jane Semler
Ms. Semler is the coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist program, serves on the Student Success Committee and as the faculty advisor for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Student Forum, and is in her second term as a faculty senator. She received the Socrates Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the Omicron Sigma and Keys to the Future awards from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, where she serves as secretary. Ms. Semler regularly sponsors student research at the state level and is an alum of both the Faculty Leadership and Faculty Advising programs
Fall 2011 Participants
- Dr. Perry Scanlan
Dr. Scanlan is the program director of the Medical Laboratory Science program, where he has overseen 560% growth over 5 years. He collaborated with Distance Education to create the MLT to MLS Online Program and the Phlebotomy Technician Program and has strived to raise the visibility of Medical Laboratory Science among the student body. He was awarded both Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year and Excellence in Academic Advising. From the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Dr. Scanlan has earned four national Omicron Sigma awards for outstanding service, a national “Keys to the Future Award,” and a national “ASCLS Voices under 40” award, in addition to various honors at the state level. For the last five years, Dr. Scanlan has served as the editor of Clinical Laboratory Science Journal, a nationally recognized journal for peer-reviewed research in clinical laboratory science. He is currently the president-elect of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science-Tennessee.
- Dr. Gilbert R. Pitts
- Dr. Charmaine Lowe
Dr. Lowe serves on the governing board for the National Social Science Association
and as a co-chair of its Editorial Committee, is the coordinator of the MDECOE's English
Language Learners Endorsement Program, serves as the primary faculty advisor for the
international honor society Kappa Delta Pi, and spearheads the FTA Extravaganza on
behalf of the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education Task Force to Increase
Male and Minority Enrollment. Dr. Lowe additionally has served on Faculty Senate and
numerous college and university committees, including the Martha Dickerson Eriksson
College of Education Appeals Committee, ELL (chair), Standard Five (chair), and NCATE.
She has authored three grants funded by THEC and TBR.
- Dr. Christopher Gentry
- Dr. Harry Clark Maddux
- Ms. Lori Buchanan
Ms. Buchanan has served as Faculty Senate President and Interim Assistant Provost
and worked extensively with SACSCOC reaccreditation, the Quality Enhancement Plan,
and e-portfolio implementation logistics.
- Dr. Samuel N. Jator
Dr. Jator serves as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and has
collaborated with the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information
Technology to grow the Predictive Analytics Program. Dr. Jator has worked with the
Clarksville-Montgomery County School System to increase dual-enrollment courses and
has created undergraduate-research and other opportunities such as the Budapest Semesters
in Mathematics for high-achieving students. He has collaborated with AECOM to provide temporary jobs for students via the Clarksville
Transit System and established the Computational and Decision Sciences Group, which engages in cooperative
research, grant solicitation, consultancy, and service to the community. Dr. Jator
is very active in scholarly work.
- Dr. Uma J. Iyer
Dr. Iyer is the program coordinator of the Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, where she has overseen 200% growth in the graduation rate over five years, and for which she has chaired the Academic Audit. Dr. Iyer also serves on the APSU Institutional Review Board, is a founding member and co-chair of the Tennessee Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement, and serves on the Education and Training Committee for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, for which she pioneered a webinar series. She has been an academic auditor for TBR and served on the planning committee and as a reviewer for TBR's Critical Conversation Journal Initiative. Dr. Iyer is a recipient of the Socrates Award for Teaching Excellence at APSU and the faculty advisor for APSU chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
- Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush