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APSU community welcomes new faculty

Several new faculty members were welcomed to Austin Peay this fall.

A number of new faculty joined colleagues in the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences, which includes the School of Business, School of Education and School of Nursing.

This week, we are introducing the new faculty from the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences and the School of Technology and Public Management at Fort Campbell.

College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences
Several new faculty members were welcomed to Austin Peay this fall.

A number of new faculty joined colleagues in the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences, which includes the School of Business, School of Education and School of Nursing.

This week, we are introducing the new faculty from the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences and the School of Technology and Public Management at Fort Campbell.

College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences

*Nicole Knickmeyer comes to APSU from Bozeman, Mont., where she was completing a one-year pre-postdoctorate in the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, Montana State University. She completed her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis this summer. Her master's degree in community agency counseling is from the University of Memphis, and her bachelor's degree is from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has co-published several scholarly articles and given some professional presentations. She is affiliated with the American Psychological Association and the Association of Women in Psychology.

*Dr. Dan Wesley Meyer joins APSU's School of Business as an associate professor of accounting and a certified public accountant. Most recently, he was an assistant professor of accounting, Indiana University East in Richmond. He earned his doctorate in accountancy from the University of Missouri, his master's in management from Purdue University and a B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He has completed several scholarly publications and presentations.

*Dr. Gregory A. Moore, assistant professor of health and human performance, earned his doctorate in human development coordination from Vanderbilt University. He received an M.B.A. from APSU in 1981 and a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1969. For the past two years, he has been an instructor in the Jones Business School, Middle Tennessee State University. He was employed 28 years as chief executive/manager of health and human service organizations in three states. In addition to scholarly presentations, he has held several professional positions, such as vice president of the Kentucky Association for Private Residential Resources and board member of the Tennessee Network of Community Organizations.

*Dr. Paul D. Nicodemus, associate professor of psychology, taught as a temporary faculty member in the APSU psychology department last year. His Ph.D. in experimental psychology is from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. His master's degree is from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, and his bachelor's is from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville. In addition to professional publication and presentations, he has secured state and federal grants. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society and Southeast Psychological Association.

*Dr. Laura Elizabeth Plybon, assistant professor of psychology, comes to APSU from Richmond, Va., where she was co-investigator/research director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention, Virginia Commonwealth University. She also taught part time in the psychology departments of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Plybon earned a B.A. (liberal arts) and M.A. (child development) from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., and an M.S and Ph.D. in experimental development psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has published professionally, given many scholarly presentations, authored several successful grants and served as an editorial consultant for The Journal of Black Psychology. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, American Psychological Association, Society for Community Action and Research and Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

*Anne Sauder Wall, assistant professor of education, completed her doctoral degree in education at Tennessee State University. She earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and an education specialist degree in elementary education from APSU. Since 2001, she has taught in a temporary position in APSU's School of Education. From 1996-2001, she taught in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System where, in 2001, she was named Teacher of the Year for Burt School and received WSMV-Channel 4's Apple for the Teacher Award. She has served as secretary for the Tennessee Reading Association and vice president of the Mid-Cumberland Reading Council. She is a member of the International Reading Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association for Advancement of Computing in Education and the International Society for Technology in Education.

*Bringing 20 years of military experience to his work as the new commander of APSU's award-winning ROTC program, Lt. Col. Treye Bird, professor of military science, comes to APSU from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 5th Battalion of the 101st Aviation Battalion. He earned a master's degree in human resource management from Troy State University and a bachelor's in physical education from the University of Tennessee. His military education includes Command and General Staff College, UH60 Blackhawk Transition Course and Flight School. He has served overseas in Alaska, Korea and Iraq. Among his many awards, he has received the Bronze Star, multiple Air Medals, Meritorious Service medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Ranger Tab.

*Capt. Darren L. King, assistant professor of military science, has 16 years of experience in the military with overseas service in Germany and Iraq. He comes to APSU from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he was chief of plans and exercises for the 101st Aviation Brigade. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Lenoir Rhyne College. Included in his military education, he is a graduate of the Warrant Officers Course, Officers Candidate Course, Rotary Wing Aviation Course and the AH-64D Apache Qualification. Among his commendations, he has received the Bronze Star, Air Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

*Master Sgt. Kenneth L. Kio, instructor of military science, comes to APSU from his previous assignment at Fort Bliss, Texas. With 17 years of military experience, including stints with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he has provided service overseas in Asia, Hawaii and Iraq. He earned a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Phoenix. His military education includes Ranger School, Primary Leadership Development Course and Instructor Training Course. His awards include two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Medal.

School of Technology and Public Management at Fort Campbell

*Dr. Michael J. Kane is assistant professor and manager of the police science and administration program. He comes to APSU from Northwestern State University, Leesville, La., where he was an assistant professor of criminal justice. In 2001, Kane earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati. He earned an M.S. in forensic sciences from National University, San Diego, and a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, N.C. He has made many professional presentations and published two books as well as several scholarly articles. He has been active in the American Criminal Justice Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team.

*Also joining the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell faculty in October is Becky Starnes, who will be teaching within the relatively new and rapidly growing Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program. A doctoral candidate at Auburn University of Montgomery, Ala., she earned her M.B.A from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., and her Bachelor of Business from National University, San Diego. Additionally, in 1993 she graduated from The Teachers College of the Air Force and The Air Command and Staff College, as well as the Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. She comes to APSU from Alabama State University, where she has been a management and marketing instructor since 1998. She has an extensive list of honors and awards and is involved with several professional associations. She has had many scholarly articles published in refereed publications.
—Dennie Burke