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Campus welcomes new faculty

9/3/2001
September 4, 2001

When classes began Aug. 22, several new people joined the ranks of tenure-track faculty at Austin Peay State University.

College of Business

Dr. Paul J. Brennan teaches accounting in the College of Business. He came from Gannon University, Erie, Penn., where he was assistant professor of accounting for four years and served as director of the accounting program. While at Gannon, he helped with the business school's successful efforts to obtain accreditation.

He earned his doctorate in business administration (accounting concentration) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1999. He received a master's degree in accounting, also from SIU-Carbondale. His bachelor's degree in history is from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
College of Education

The College of Education welcomes Dr. Heraldo V. Richards and Mary Elizabeth Morton.

Richards, who is an associate professor of diversity education and coordinator of APSU's Minority Teacher Education Program, has previous teaching experience at Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He earned his doctorate in learning disabilities from Northwestern University, Evanston, his master's degree in communication studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Chicago.

Richards has made numerous scholarly presentations and obtained key research grants. He is a member of the National Association of Multicultural Education, American Educational Research Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities Association and International Reading Association.

Morton, who will teach classes in early childhood at APSU, is a doctoral candidate from the department of teaching and learning, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In 1993, she earned a master of art in teaching from MTSU, with a concentration in foreign language teaching and learning (French). Her bachelor's degree in French is from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has studied abroad at the University of Laval in Quebec and at the Institut d'Eudes Francaises and Clarife, both in France.

Morton has been an instructor and teaching assistant at Peabody College and MTSU and also taught French on the elementary, middle and high school levels.

She has made several presentations at professional meetings, published articles in scholarly journals and conducted research in such areas of education as technologically based reading programs.

College of Human Services and Nursing

New to the College of Human Services and Nursing are Dr. Sarah J. Adams, Janis Dianne Ebolum, Catherine M. Suttle, Katherine Emily Orr and Janet Kay McKinney Tracy.

Adams earned a doctorate in physical education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000. Her master's degree in health and physical education is from Louisiana Tech University, and her bachelor's degree in physical education is also from MTSU. She has been teaching in a temporary capacity at APSU since early 2001.

Adams has made several scholarly presentations. Her professional memberships include both the American and the Tennessee Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

During the past year, Ebolum worked as a family nurse practitioner for the Dickson County (Tenn.) Health Department, where her duties covered the gamut-from primary care of pediatric patients to senior adults.

In 1999, she earned a master's degree nursing from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, after receiving an associate degree in 1979 from APSU and a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1991 from Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville.

From 1995-97, Ebolum was the Lung Transplant Coordinator for Vanderbilt University Medical Center after working for eight years at VUMC in other nursing capacities. Other job experience includes an eight-year stint at Cookeville (Tenn.) General Hospital. She has a record of continuing education, including participation at conferences on primary care and midwifery.

A commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve since 1977, Catherine Suttle earned a master of science in nursing from Belmont University, Nashville, and a baccalaureate nursing degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Since 1999 she has been director of practitioners for Health Transitions Inc./HealthEssentials Inc., Nashville. From 1996 to 1999, she worked at Baptist Hospital Inc., Nashville, in outpatient-surgery recovery and in the emergency department. From 1988-96, she worked for Tennessee Christian Medical Center, Madison, as director of the emergency department and employee health services.

In addition to scholarly presentations and articles in professional journals, she is a Certified Emergency Nurse. Other certifications include Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course and Critical Care Course.

Her professional affiliations include Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, Tennessee Primary Care Association and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

Orr brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to APSU. She became a registered nurse in 1968 through Saint Francis School of Nursing, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of the State of New York-Albany. Her master's degree in nursing is from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

She was part of the Nurse Corp, United States Navy Active Reserve during 1968-70. From 1979-80, she was with the 45h Marine Air Wing and, in 1980-82, was again with the Navy Active Reserve Nurse Corp.

Her initiation into nursing came in Vietnam where she experienced all aspects of the profession, both clinical and administrative. She is experienced in acute and chronic psychiatry, with more than 10 years in military and civilian facilities. She was employed as a faculty in psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Primary Medicine, Emergency Medicine Program and as an independent consultant on "Psychiatric Survival Skills" during 1995-98.

In addition to extensive teaching experience in several nursing specialties, she completed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Alabama in Huntsville and was board certified as an Adult Nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in February 2000. She is a member of several professional organizations.

Tracy earned a baccalaureate nursing degree from Berea College, Berea, Ky. Her master of science in psychiatric nursing was attained in 1989 from Vanderbilt University.

She has worked as a staff nurse since 1969 at Harriman (Tenn.) General Hospital, as such previous work experience at surgical nurse at Children's Hospital, Louisville, Ky. and school nurse for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Clinic, Louisville.

Teaching experience includes work as an instructor of nursing during 1973-79 at Arkansas State University College of Nursing, Jonesboro, and nursing instructor for several six years at Motlow State Community College department of nursing. From 1993 until her APSU appointment, she was associate professor of nursing at Lincoln Memorial University department of nursing, Harrogate, Tenn.

In addition to her professional memberships, Tracy has attended many professional workshops and made several scholarly presentations.

College of Arts and Sciences

Mary M. Warner joins faculty in the Developmental Studies Program, where she will teach English. She earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from the University of Louisville (Ky.), and she has additional postgraduate hours from both U of L and Tennessee State University.

Warner comes most recently from TSU's languages, literature and philosophy department, where she taught English. She taught English in U of L's Development Studies Program for three years, after working for several years as program facilitator for U of L's Office of Minority Services.

New to the department of biology is Dr. Katherine R. Gould, a botanist who earned her doctorate in systematic botany from The University of Texas at Austin, where she also was a teaching assistant. Her bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in fine arts is from Harvard University, where she also was a postdoctoral fellow in botany during 1998-99.

Since November 1999, she has worked as coordinator of the New York Metropolitan Flora at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She worked simultaneously as a research taxonomist for Brooklyn Botanic Garden and adjunct curator of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies, New York Botanical Garden.

Gould has written successful grants and contracts and is credited with several scholarly publications and presentations. Her professional memberships include the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Society of Systematic Biologists, Botanical Society of America and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.

The department of chemistry welcomes Carrie B. Brennan, Dr. Kenneth S. Overway and Dr. Robin Blaine Reed.

Most recently, Brennan was at the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked as a teaching assistant and fellow while completing her doctorate. In January 2002, she will earn a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. Her bachelor of science in physics and chemistry is from Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y.

She has made presentations to professional organizations, published articles in peer-reviewed publications and conducted relevant research. She holds membership in the American Chemical Society and Phi Lambda Upsilon honorary fraternity, serving as last year's president.

Overway earned a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. He received a bachelor of science (summa cum laude) from Hope College, Holland, Mich., where he majored in chemistry and minored in mathematics. Since August 1999, he has been a visiting assistant professor in Hope College's chemistry department.

Overway has research experience at Michigan State University, Purdue and Hope College, as well as in the private sector. He has made presentations at professional meetings, published scholarly articles and conducted academic workshops.

Reed has been an assistant professor of chemistry at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, since 2000. During 1997-99, he was assistant professor of biology and chemistry at Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Mo. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Vanderbilt University in pharmacology and molecular physiology. He earned a doctorate in molecular physiology and biophysics from Vanderbilt University. His bachelor's degree in chemistry is from Rhodes College, Memphis. He has published scholarly articles and is an associate member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Frank E. Parcells and Leni A. Dyer join the faculty in the communication and theatre department.

Parcells returns to the classroom after early retirement from Eastern Illinois University in May 2000 as professor emeritus of speech communication. He brings 20 years of university teaching experience that garnered superior ratings from his students, peers and administrators. Parcells began as an assistant professor at Eastern Illinois University in 1980, becoming a full professor in 1989. He earned his doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees-all in speech communication-from Southern Illinois University. He has extensive experience in broadcast media and public relations, as well as computers and networking. He has made many professional presentations, authored numerous articles in scholarly journals and has two books in progress.

His professional memberships include Broadcast Education Association, Public Relations Society of America, National Communication Association, Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, Association of Internet Professionals, International Association of Webmasters, National Association of Webmasters, World Organization of Webmasters.

He also has a long history of university and community service.

Coming to APSU from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, where she was a graduate teaching assistant while earning an MFA in costume design and production, Leni Dyer received a bachelor's degree in theatre from Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Ga. In addition to teaching at the University of Alabama, she has worked as a designer for theatre productions at several universities, including Tulane and Emory, and for community theatres in Georgia, Nebraska and Massachusetts. She has given scholarly presentations at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Southeastern Theatre Conference and American College Theatre Festival.

Dr. Nancy J. Dawson will direct and teach in APSU's African-American Studies Program, part of the University's Enrichment Programs. She comes to the University from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she has taught Black American Studies since 1995. She received a doctorate in humanistic studies at the University of Albany, State University of New York. She earned two master's degrees from the University of Albany-the first, in African and African American Studies and the second in curriculum development and instructional technology. Her bachelor's degree in mass communication is from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.

Dawson has made many scholarly presentations at professional meetings and at colleges and universities. In addition to community service, she has an impressive list of research activities and successful grant proposals. She has published many articles in professional journals, as well as chapters and essays in professional books.

Dr. Dwonna Naomi Goldstone joins the department of languages and literature, where she will teach African-American literature. She earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2001. Her master's degree in education is from Brown University and her bachelor's degree in American Studies is from the University of Iowa. At the University of Texas-Austin, she was an assistant instructor from 1999-2001 and a teaching assistant during 1997-99. She worked four years as a social studies editor for Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Austin, and as an English teacher in Alexandria, Va., from 1991-94. She has made several scholarly presentations.

New to the department of history and philosophy, Dr. Jordy Rocheleau will teach philosophy. He earned both his doctorate and master's degree in philosophy from Michigan State University, East Lansing, where he was a graduate assistant and instructor. His bachelor of arts in philosophy is from Carleton College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He comes to APSU from Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn., where he was an assistant professor of philosophy. During 1999-2000, he was a philosophy instructor at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, and he taught English for a year in Costa Rica.

He has authored several articles for scholarly publication and made numerous professional presentations. His list of honors is extensive, including three fellowships.

Selley Doctoral Fellow at Tulane University in New Orleans, Dr. Matthew T. Kenney joins the political science faculty. He earned a master's degree in Latin American Studies in 1998 from Tulane and a master's degree in Greek in 1987 from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. His bachelor's degree in philosophy is from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Since 1998, he has served as the director of Tulane University's Summer-in-Mexico Program and worked as an instructor in the department of political science before coming to Austin Peay. He has published a scholarly article and presented papers at professional conferences.

The department of psychology adds one full-time, permanent faculty member to its roster-Kathryn Leigh Baldwin, who is slated to graduate in December 2001 from the University of Kentucky (UK) with a doctorate in school psychology. In May 2000, she received an education specialist degree from UK while working as a teaching assistant and adjunct faculty. Her master's degree in clinical psychology is from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond. With a double major in psychology and sociology and a double minor in business administration and criminology, she earned a bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, in 1993.

Baldwin comes to APSU from Louisville, Ky., where she has been working full time as a clinical psychology intern for the Jefferson County Internship Consortium. From August 1998-May 2000, she was a full-time school psychologist for the Fayette County Public Schools. She has completed several clinical practicums and worked as a clinical child therapist at the Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Ky. and as a part-time clinician at Eastern Kentucky University Child and Family Clinic.

During 1997-98, Baldwin was a research assistant in UK's Human Development Institute. She is a nationally certified school psychologist who also is certified by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. Baldwin's professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

Several full-time, temporary faculty will teach at APSU this year: Michael Hubbard in the communication and theatre department; Terry Ferrell in the Developmental Studies Program; Olusegun Areola in the geology and geography department; Taylor Emery and

James Iddings in languages and literature; Darla Adams and Marcia Joiner in math and computer science; Michele Graun and Shawn Davis in the psychology department; and Mary Jane Hayes, Carol Nadeau and Anne Sauder Wall in the education department.

Dr. Bruce Speck, vice president for academic affairs, said, "We are pleased with the new faculty who became part of the University family this fall. They have joined a faculty nationally known for outstanding quality and commitment to student success."