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Psychology, nursing and Woodward Library add new staff

August 28, 2002

Austin Peay officials recently announced the hiring of four tenure-track or tenured faculty.

Dr. David W. Denton and Terry M. Jepson came to APSU this fall, but Chuck McCann began work last fall and Holly Gillon began in January 2002.

Denton, associate professor of psychology, returns to APSU as the chair of the psychology department, after teaching last year in the Division of Business and Economics, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.

Originally coming to APSU in 1994 as assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the industrial and organizational psychology graduate program, Denton was promoted in 1999 to associate professor and continued as graduate program coordinator until he accepted the position at Transylvania University.

He earned his doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Denton has an impressive record of scholarly publications, presentations and research papers. He serves on the editorial board of Applied H.R.M. Research and is a book reviewer for “Personnel Psychology.”

He is affiliated with the American Psychological Society, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Society for Consumer Psychology.

A certified family nurse practitioner and a registered nurse in both Tennessee and Kentucky, Jepson comes to APSU from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, where she was assistant professor of nursing since 1997.

Since 2001, she has worked as a family nurse practitioner for NorthCrest Physician Services, Springfield, Tenn. Last year she completed recertification as a nurse practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

In 1991 she earned her master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University, where she completed a post-master's degree program in 1996. Both her baccalaureate and associate degrees in nursing are from Western Kentucky University.

In addition to her extensive number of professional publications and presentations, she holds membership in the American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners/Nurse Midwives and Sigma Theta Tau.

Gillon, who earned her baccalaureate nursing degree from APSU in 1994, returned to the University as a faculty member after completing a master of science in nursing degree from Vanderbilt University in August 2000. In 1974, she received a diploma from Brockton Hospital School of Nursing, Brockton, Mass.

Since 1974, due to her husband's many military-career moves, she has worked as a nurse in many locations around the world. She has experience in many fields, including nurse practitioner in a long-term care facility, operating room staff nurse, community health staff nurse, outpatient clinic/emergency clinic staff nurse, perinatal educator, neonatal intensive care unit nurse, maternal/child health/pediatrics staff nurse, medical/surgical staff nurse, critical care unit/telemetry staff nurse and geriatrics staff nurse.

Gillon earned her credentials from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the American Academy
of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, American Diabetes Association and Sigma Theta Tau.

She also is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), receiving certification as an operating room nurse in 1998. She served on the board of directors of AORN in 1998-99 and was the founding president of AORN Greater Cumberland Chapter in 1997-98.

An instructor in Woodward Library, McCann came to APSU from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he provided instruction on various aspects of library use for students, faculty and the public since his appointment there in 1997.

Additionally, he was the graphic services coordinator for the University of Southern Mississippi, managing all daily work of graphic services, including the activities of the media center.

A member of the American Library Association, McCann earned a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2001. He has a BFA in graphic design from William Carey College, Gulfport, Miss.
Prior to enrolling in college, he served in the U.S. Army.