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27 new, tenure-track faculty help meet APSU's growth

A total of 27 new tenure-track faculty members have become part of the Austin Peay State University community.

College of Arts and Letters
New faculty members are Dr. Alvaro Gomez, Dr. Nikolas Gardner, Dr. Christos G. Frentzos, Dr. Joe B. Thompson, Caroline E. Sawyer and David Bieloh. A total of 27 new tenure-track faculty members have become part of the Austin Peay State University community.

College of Arts and Letters
New faculty members are Dr. Alvaro Gomez, Dr. Nikolas Gardner, Dr. Christos G. Frentzos, Dr. Joe B. Thompson, Caroline E. Sawyer and David Bieloh.
Having conducted a number of orchestras around the world, Dr. Alvaro Gomez joins APSU as an assistant professor of music. He most recently was conductor of the Daytona Beach Civic Orchestra in Florida. Gomez also conducted the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra and the International Music Academy String Program in Kromeriz, Czech Republic. He graduated in 1978 from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, and studied under a fellowship from 1971-73 at the Moscow State Conservatory of P.I. Tchaikovsky in Russia.

Dr. Nikolas Gardner, an assistant professor of history at APSU, previously taught military history at the University of Salford in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. He also taught history courses at Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary, both in Canada. Gardner earned a doctorate in history from the University of Calgary, master's from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and bachelor's from the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Christos G. Frentzos, assistant professor of history, comes to APSU from the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he was a visiting assistant professor. Frentzos earned a doctorate in history from the University of Houston, and his master's and bachelor's degrees, both in history, from the University of New Orleans. Currently, Frentzos is expanding his dissertation, “From Seoul to Saigon: U.S.-Korean Relations and the Vietnam War,” for future publication. His major fields of specialization include U.S. military and diplomatic history, particularly as it relates to the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He is a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, American Historical Association and the Southern Historical Association.

Before joining APSU as an instructor in the communication department, Caroline Sawyer was a graduate assistant in charge of video production for the Govs women's and men's basketball games. An APSU alumna, she earned her master's degree in corporate communication in May. She also has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Dr. Joe B. Thompson is assistant professor of communication and theatre at APSU. His teaching experience began in 1984 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, where he received a bachelor's degree in speech and theatre. Most recently, Thompson taught at Illinois College in Jacksonville. He earned both his doctoral and master's degrees from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Thompson has created professional lighting design for the St. Petersburg Ballet, Western Oklahoma Ballet, Omaha Ballet and country music artists Suzy Bogguss, Charly McClain and Wayne Massey.

With experience using a number of graphic design software, David Bieloh comes to APSU as assistant professor of art, teaching graphic design. Having taught previously at Texas Woman's University in Denton, The Art Institute of Dallas and The Art Institute of Seattle, Bieloh worked as a graphic designer for such businesses as Standard Register Co. and Allied Automation Inc., both in Dallas. He also worked for RBMM, the design studio for the Richard's Group Advertising Agency, Dallas. Bieloh has two master's degrees, an M.F.A. in communication design from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in graphic design from Texas Woman's University. His bachelor's degree in marketing is from Oklahoma State University.

College of Science and Mathematics
New faculty include Dr. J. Allyn Smith, Dr. Kevin D. Schultz, Dr. Tameka Clemons, Dr. Eleanor Jator, Dr. Amy Thompson, Dr. Perry Scanlan, Dr. Sergei A. Markov and Dr. Donald Sudbrink Jr.
Dr. J. Allyn Smith — who earned a Ph.D., two Master of Science degrees and a bachelor's degree all from the Florida Institute of Technology — is assistant professor of physics and astronomy at APSU. Formerly a visiting professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Wyoming, Smith has refereed nearly 100 publications and published several abstracts. Currently, he has four research projects under way. From 1982-84, Smith was a space shuttle orbiter test conductor at the Rockwell International Corp. at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and later became senior space shuttle test conductor.

Before coming to APSU as assistant professor of physics, Dr. Kevin D. Schultz taught in the department of physics at Ohio State University. In 2003, he earned his doctorate in physics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. He has a bachelor's in physics from Loyola University of Chicago. A member of the American Physical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers, Schultz's research interests have involved the study of the ionization dynamics of atoms in strong electromagnetic fields.

Dr. Tameka Clemons joins APSU as assistant professor of chemistry. She previously taught in Atlanta Public Schools and was a guest lecturer of genetics at Clark Atlanta University, Georgia. Clemons earned a bachelor's in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2003 from Meharry Medical College. She completed postdoctoral work at Emory University.

Dr. Eleanor Jator is an APSU alumna who now teaches as an assistant professor in the medical technology program of the APSU allied health science department. She earned a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, master's and bachelor's degrees in microbiology from Nigeria and a certificate in medical technology. Also in 2005, she received her doctorate in health care administration from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn. Previously, Jator was a medical technologist at Northcrest Medical Center, Springfield. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists.

Having taught last academic year as an instructor in the medical technology program at APSU, Dr. Amy Thompson now is assistant professor of biology. She earned her doctorate in molecular and biomedical pharmacology in 2005 from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She has a bachelor's degree in medical technology from APSU. Thompson is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Lambda Tau Medical Technology National Honor Society.

Dr. Perry M. Scanlan is an assistant professor in the medical technology program of the allied health sciences department. He completed his doctorate in microbiology and immunology at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he was a National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellow. Scanlan has two bachelor's degrees — medical microbiology and immunology and clinical laboratory science — from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scanlan is an associate member and certified medical technician of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists.

Dr. Sergei A. Markov, an assistant professor of biology, comes to APSU from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he was an assistant professor. He also has taught at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., Fisk University in Nashville and Moscow State University in Russia, where he received his Ph.D. in microbiology and master's degree in biochemistry and physiology.

Dr. Donald Lewis Sudbrink Jr. joins APSU as assistant professor in the School of Agriculture and Geosciences. For the last three years, Sudbrink taught courses in plant pathology, soils, entomology and biology at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. From 2001-03, he was an instructor at Mississippi Delta Community College, Moorhead. Sudbrink earned his doctorate in entomology in 1997 from Auburn (Ala.) University. He has a master's degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware, Newark.

College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences
New faculty members are Lesley H. Davidson, Dr. Tammy R. Shutt, Dr. Julia Simmons, Dr. Gary Stewart, Dr. Sharon W. Yates, Dr. Francisca Farrar, Mary Eve Rice, Michelle L. Williams, Dr. Greg R. Rabidoux, Dr. Diane Clark, Leslie R. West and Sharon M. Quigley.
Lesley H. Davidson is an accounting instructor in the School of Business, where she taught courses during the 2005-06 academic year. She previously was a tax consultant in Springfield and a staff accountant in Nashville. She earned a Master of Accountancy from Belmont University, Nashville, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from APSU. Among her civic and professional activities, Davidson is a member of the American Accounting Association and Junior Auxiliary of Clarksville.

A former school administrator in Nashville, Dr. Tammy Shutt is an assistant professor in the School of Education, where she taught on a temporary basis since August 2005. Before coming to APSU, Shutt was the executive director of research, federal programs and grants for the Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools, adjunct faculty at Tennessee State University and appointed principal at Metropolitan Nashville Public School. Shutt also was assistant principal at both Mount View and J.E. Moss elementary schools, Nashville. She has a doctorate from TSU, both an Ed.S. and M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University, a bachelor's degree from Auburn (Ala.) University and a K-8 certification from TSU.

With more than 10 years of teaching experience ranging from elementary to postsecondary education, Dr. Julia Simmons comes to APSU as an assistant professor of early childhood education. Since 2001, Simmons taught at Trevecca Nazarene University, where she received her Ed.D., M.Ed. and B.S. degrees. Before her teaching career at Trevecca, she was a kindergarten teacher at Pleasant View Elementary School. Among her professional activities, Simmons is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Tennessee Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children and Phi Delta Kappa, an international organization for professional educators.

An Austin Peay alumnus, Dr. Gary Stewart returns as assistant professor of education, following nearly 30 years of administrative experience in two Kentucky school systems — Todd and Logan counties — and at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he began as an eighth-grade social studies teacher in 1970. He later became principal at Fort Campbell High School and then assistant superintendent for the Fort Campbell Community Schools. A recipient of the Department of Defense Lifetime Career Achievement Award, Stewart has conducted seminars and research on a number of education-related topics. Stewart received his Ed.D. in public school administration from Vanderbilt University, and his Ed.S., M.A. and B.A. from Austin Peay.

Dr. Sharon Yates joins APSU as an associate professor in the School of Education. Since 2004, Yates was external consultant and project manager for the Tennessee Department of Education. Also most recently, she presented a number of professional development workshops for the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. From 2003-05, she taught literacy courses at Belmont University, Nashville, and was a faculty member at Ohio University, Athens, from 1997-2001. Yates earned her doctorate from West Virginia University, Morgantown, and both her master's and bachelor's degrees from Marshall University, Huntington, W.V. She has completed additional graduate coursework at Ohio University, Marshall University and Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

The newly appointed director of APSU's School of Nursing, Dr. Francisca (Chita) Cisneros Farrar also returned to campus as professor. She had been teaching at Middle Tennessee State University since August 2004. Farrar earned her doctorate in higher education administration with a focus on nursing from George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville. She received both the Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has been working as a special care registered nurse at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville. Farrar served as a consultant for St. Thomas Hospital Magnet Program, a certification program for hospitals from the American Nurses Association.

A registered nurse in Clarksville also new to the School of Nursing, Mary Eve Rice joins the University as assistant professor, specializing in pediatrics. For the last six years, Rice worked in the nursery at Gateway Medical Center, Clarksville. She also has worked in the mother-baby unit at Centennial Women's Hospital, Nashville, emergency room at Gateway and pediatrics at Premier Medical Group, Clarksville. Rice earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Stony Brook and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from APSU.

Michelle L. Williams, who most recently coordinated the fundamentals curriculum program at Southside Regional Medical Center's School of Nursing, Petersburg, Va., is assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Williams, who is a registered nurse in both Virginia and Tennessee, began her nursing experience in 1996, when she was staff nurse/charge nurse at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn. She earned both her M.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees from Union University, Jackson. Williams is a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Tennessee Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Honor Society.

Dr. Greg R. Rabidoux joins the department of political science as assistant professor of law. Although he earned a Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rabidoux obtained a law degree three years later from the Marquette University Law School. There, he participated in a joint program that awarded him a certificate is dispute resolution and mediated U.S. equal employment opportunity cases involving a number of federal laws that ban discrimination. In addition to nondiscriminatory laws, Rabidoux specializes in U.S. constitutional law, as well as administrative, labor and employment law. From 2001-05, Rabidoux taught American politics and government at Carroll College in Wisconsin, where he also served as the men's tennis coach. He earned a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and M.A. from the American University, Washington, D.C.

With a number of professional licenses in counseling from three states, Dr. Diane Clark comes to APSU as assistant professor of psychology. In addition to her state licenses, Clark is a national certified counselor. Most recently, she was a school counselor in the Mobile County Public School System, Chickasaw, Ala. In August, Clark earned her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She has a master's degree in guidance, counseling and human services from Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y., and a bachelor's in elementary education from State University at New York (SUNY)-Geneseo. Clark has presented workshops and research at various conferences. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American School Counselors Association and the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors.

Having maintained a part-time private holistic nursing practice since 2003 and taught as an adjunct faculty at Tennessee State University, Leslie R. West joins the School of Nursing as assistant professor of nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay in 1996 and a Master of Science in Nursing from TSU in 2003. West has earned the Advanced Holistic Nurse Board Certification and specializes in holistic wellness for adults, children, infants and pregnant women. West volunteers for the American Cancer Society and is a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, American Holistic Nurses' Association, Association of Retarded Citizens of Dickson County and the Dickson Civitan Club.

Also joining APSU's School of Nursing full time is Sharon M. Quigley, assistant professor of nursing. Quigley, who previously taught at APSU on a temporary basis, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., in 1982 and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2002. She is licensed as a registered nurse in both Hawaii and Tennessee. Quigley has extensive global experience in the medical field through the U.S. Department of Defense, most recently with the 18th Medical Command in Seoul, Korea. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

School of Technology and Public Management
With 13 years of higher education teaching experience, Dr. Thomas R. O'Connor comes to APSU as criminal justice program manager and assistant professor in the department of public management. O'Connor received tenure in February 2003 at North Carolina Wesleyan College, where he began in 1997. Previously, he taught at Southeastern Louisiana University, Mercyhurst College and Southern Illinois University. O'Connor has refereed several publications since 1994, provided content development assistance to higher education institutions and published extensively. From 1986-90, he was mental health counselor and therapist at Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center, Olney, and Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department, Eldorado, Ill. Prior to that, O'Connor was a correctional counselor at the Illinois Department of Corrections, Pontiac. He earned his Ph.D. in criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh, master's in criminal justice from the University of Illinois-Springfield and bachelor's in anthropology-sociology from Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.

New one-year, temporary faculty members are Dr. Betsie B. Rothermel, researcher and assistant professor, Center of Excellence for Field Biology; Dr. William H. Francisco, visiting assistant professor of business; Leigh Anne Clark, instructor of business; Dr. Neil Dortch, assistant professor of business; Mussie Teclezion, instructor of business; Marcus Hayes, assistant professor of communication and theatre; Dr. Dolores Ramirez-Douglas, assistant professor of education; Lynda R. Stephenson, assistant professor of languages and literature; Dr. Thomas C. Call, assistant professor of languages and literature; Dr. Linda K. Davis, assistant professor of languages and literature; Truman Best, instructor of mathematics; and Anna Gregg, instructor of public management. — Melony Leazer