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Faculty Leadership Program

Academic Affairs, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Center for Extended and Distance Education 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.

Application for Spring 2017

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 Guild.

  • 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 community.

  • Dr. Christine Mathenge
  • 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 academic advising.

  • 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 SACS 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 SACS 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 (SIOP), and serves on the SIOP Education and Training Committee. 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

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