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APSU welcomes new full-time faculty for fall

For the Fall 2007 semester, Austin Peay State Universitys roster of new full-time faculty has increased among most disciplines. New members are:

College of Arts and Letters
Former city editor for The Leaf-Chronicle, Dr. Patricia Ferrier returns to Clarksville as an assistant professor of communication. Ferrier earned a Ph.D. from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, in 2004. For the Fall 2007 semester, Austin Peay State University's roster of new full-time faculty has increased among most disciplines. New members are:

College of Arts and Letters
Former city editor for The Leaf-Chronicle, Dr. Patricia Ferrier returns to Clarksville as an assistant professor of communication. Ferrier earned a Ph.D. from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, in 2004.
Both her bachelor's and master's degrees are from APSU. She has been an instructor of journalism and student publications manager, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, since 2000.

Ferrier was the first scholar in Ohio University's Ph.D. program in Journalism Ethics through the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She was a member of the inaugural class of the First Amendment Institute, sponsored in 2004 by the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University. She participated in the 2005 Institute for Journalism Excellence, the American Society of Newspaper Editors' summer program for educators.

Ferrier, who has presented at professional conferences, is a member of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association Board of Directors, Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, College Media Advisers and Student Press Law Center.

Darren Van Michael joins APSU as an assistant professor in communication and theater. He comes from Union University, Jackson, where he has been an assistant professor of theater since Fall 2002. Since 2000, he also has served as director of development for university advancement at Mercer University, charged with fundraising for the medical school.

Previous work includes stints as guest director at Mercer University, Macon, Ga., and instructor of theater and director of forensics at William Carey College, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Michael earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, in 1999. In 1993, he graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark., with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. He studied abroad at Bretton Hall College, Wakefield, England, in 1991.

Michael's resume includes several workshops, extensive experience in directing, professional acting and independent filmmaking. His awards include directing the William Carey College Forensics Team, ranked No. 3 in the nation under his leadership. He belongs to the Society of American Fight Directors and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.

Jeongsub Lim joins APSU as an instructor in the department of communication. He was on track to earn a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2007. His Master of Arts in Journalism is also from the University of Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature from Seoul (Korea) National University.

Lim has published a book chapter and article in the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and he has manuscripts under review at professional journals. He has presented many papers at conferences. He received the Top Student Paper, Public Relations Division, at the 2006 International Communication Association Annual Convention in Dresden, Germany.

His professional affiliations include the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the International Communication Association.

David P. Brandon is a new assistant professor of theater and dance. He earned an M.F.A.

in Scenic Design from Indiana University, Bloomington, and B.A. in Theater from Rhodes College, Memphis.

Since June 2005, he has been an instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology, Nashville, and he also taught at O'More College of Design, Franklin. A former adjunct instructor at Middle Tennessee State University, Brandon taught at Cobalt Studios in White Lake, N.Y., from 1995-98.

Brandon's list of productions includes work in professional scenic design, academic scenic design, professional technical direction and professional scenic painting.

Clarksville resident Marcus Hayes joins the department as assistant professor in dance and theater. In May 1999, he earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in dance and history from Beloit (Wis.) College and, in May 2005, an M.F.A. with a concentration in dance choreography from Mills College, Oakland, Calif.

At Without Shoes Modern Dance Company, Rockford, Ill., he was a company member and guest choreographer from January 2001-May 2003. He also has received dance training through the Gus Geordano Dance Studio, Chicago, and Beloit College Repertory.

Since last fall, Hayes has been a temporary assistant professor of dance at APSU. Other professional teaching experience includes the University of Wisconsin and Madison School Community Recreation, both in Madison, Wis., and Mills College, Rockford (Ill.) College and the School of the Rockford Dance Company. His most recent professional choreography was a Spring 2007 dance concert at APSU.

Hayes' professional affiliations include the National Dance Education Organization and the Tennessee Association of Dance. He was elected college/university chair of the Tennessee Theatre Association for 2006-08.

Named assistant professor of theater and dance, B. Christopher Hardin completed a Master of Fine Arts in Acting Pedagogy from the University of Alabama, Master of Arts in Theater from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Ala.

During January-May 2007, he was an adjunct theater instructor at Shelton State Community College and an instructor of theater and dance at the University of Alabama during 2003-06. During the summers of 2004 and 2005, he was an adjunct instructor at Birmingham-Southern College. From 2000-02, he was a theater instructor, Oklahoma State University.

Hardin has impressive experiences in both performing and directing. In June and July 2007, he was the coordinator and instructor of Project Imagination: Playground for Teen Actors at Theatre Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Appointed an instructor in the department of history and philosophy, David G. Nelson holds a Master of Arts in Pre-Modern East Asian History from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is completing a Ph.D., also in East Asian history. He received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Utah State University, Logan.

During 2006-07, Nelson was a visiting lecturer at Indiana University, Kokomo, as well as an adjunct lecturer for Indiana University, South Bend.
His awards include the 2007 Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship from Indiana University. For 2004-05, he received a research scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. He was Utah State University's 2000 Outstanding Graduate Senior in Asian Studies.

Nelson has several scholarly presentations and publications to his credit.

Dr. Mercy Cannon is a new assistant professor in the department of languages and literature. Previously, she was director of the writing program, assistant director of the Academic Assistance and Resource Center and adjunct instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

In 2005, Cannon earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her M.A. in English is from Radford (Va.) University. She received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College.

Besides scholarly papers, Cannon received the 2004 Hodges Excellence in Tutoring Award, was a finalist for the 2004 Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award and received the Thomas Wheeler Traveling Fellowship and the Norman J. Sanders Dissertation Fellowship.

Among her professional affiliations are the Modern Language Association, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, International Conference on Romanticism, British Women Writers Association and Southeastern Writing Center Association.

Also joining the department of languages and literature as an assistant professor is Dr. Kenneth Cervelli, who comes to APSU from Alberta, Canada, where he has been teaching at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College since 1999. During 1993-98, he taught at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Cervelli earned a Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University in 2004 and a Master of Arts in English from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, in 1990. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Calgary in 1988.

Dr. Amy M. Wright is a new assistant professor in the department of languages and literature this fall. Since 2006, she has been a lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver in 2006 and an M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2001. She received her B.A. in English in 1997 from the University of Virginia.

Wright has been published extensively, including “How to Mourn After Eating a Bottle of Ketchup,” a chapbook to be released in 2007 by Apostrophe Press. Her poetry can be found in such journals as The Pittsburg Quarterly, Virginia Literary Review, The Mississippi Review and American Letters and Commentary. She presented her paper, “Truth, Beauty, Academia and the World: Creative Nonfiction in the Composition Classroom,” at the 2007 Twentieth Century Literature and Culture Conference, University of Louisville.

Wright's professional affiliations include the Modern Language Association, Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the Southern Humanities Council.

New to the department of languages and literature is Dr. Linda Davis, associate professor.

She earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.S. from Tennessee State University. She received the M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University and her B.S. in Secondary Education/English from Tennessee Technological University.

Davis has been a teacher for 36 years. During 2003-05, she was an adjunct instructor of English at APSU. Since 1985 until joining the APSU faculty full time this fall, Davis was an English teacher and department chair at Northeast High School (NEHS), Clarksville. She piloted the APSU Dual Enrollment English IV at NEHS, and from 1983-85, was a special education resource teacher at NEHS.

From 1978-83, Davis was a consulting special education teacher, and from 1968-77, she taught English, both with the Coffee County Schools, Manchester.

Davis was the 1997 Clarksville-Montgomery County Teacher of the Year, a finalist for the State Teacher of the Year and NEHS Distinguished Classroom Teacher in 1991 and 1997.

She has conducted extensive research, had scholarly articles published and made many professional presentations. Her professional affiliations include the National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Tennessee Council of Teachers of English and the APSU chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

Dr. Charla White-Major, who was a temporary faculty member in the department of languages and literature during 2005-07, is now a full-time assistant professor of English.

In 2002-04, she was assistant professor of English at William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa. White-Major earned a Ph.D. in English (2005) and an M.A. in English (1995) from Oklahoma State University. She received a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literary Studies (1990) from the University of Texas at Dallas.

She has presented scholarly articles to professional organizations and served as editor of several books. Among her honors, she received the 2002 President's Excellence in Instruction Award while teaching at William Penn University.

Joining the APSU Department of Music as assistant professor is Mingzhe Wang, most recently a resident of New Haven, Conn. Wang studied at the Wuhan (China) Conservatory of Music from 1988-94 and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, from 1994-97.

He graduated, magna cum laude, with a bachelor's in music from the Conservatory of Music, Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Fla. He received an M.M. degree in 2003 and an artist diploma in 2004, both from the Yale University School of Music. In 2006, he completed a Master of Musical Arts from the Yale University School of Music and currently is a candidate there for the Doctor of Musical Art.

Wang received the 2004 Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize for excelling in his field and making important contributions to the school. He was the 2003 Yale University Woolsey Hall Concerto Composition winner and 2002 recipient of the Alice Cochran Scholarship and the Charles Finch Dalton Memorial Scholarship.

His orchestral experience includes the Clarion Music Society Orchestra and the American Classical Orchestra, both in 2006 in New York City. Other orchestral experiences include performances with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas and Yale Symphony Orchestra.

Wang's performances have been featured on China's CCTV and WQXR, the classical music station of The New York Times.

He also has performed as a choral singer in many cities, including New Haven, New York City and Boston in the U.S.; Oxford, Fairford, Marlborough, Winchester and Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom; and Budapest and Esztergom in Hungary.

Another new assistant professor of music is Nora Lewis, who received a doctorate in music from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 2007. She graduated with a master's in music from Yale University School of Music in 2001. Her bachelor's in music is from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wis. She also earned a B.A. in philosophy from Lawrence University.

Before coming to APSU, Lewis taught courses and private lessons at Yale University and Northwestern University, while she was a graduate student. She also served as assistant dean of faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, Mich. Previously, she was an editor for The Instrumentalist magazine, and she continues to contribute book and CD reviews. She has worked with the nonprofit Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education.

From 2004 until this fall, Lewis was a member of the Elmhurst (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra and the contemporary ensemble, dal neinte. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, New Hampshire Symphony and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Lewis received the Emily Boettcher and Yule Bogue Grant in 2004 and the Charlotte K. David and Ernest David Endowed Fellowship in 2004. Her affiliations include the College of Music Society, American Federation of Musicians and International Double Reed Society.

College of Science and Mathematics
An instructor in the department of biology, Dwayne Estes comes to APSU from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is completing a Ph.D. in Botany. He earned his B.S. in Plant Biology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003.

Since 2001, Estes has been a botanist for the Tennessee Valley Authority, conducting surveys for rare plant species. He has served as a consultant on such projects as a rare plant survey for Mammoth Cave National Park and wetland surveys for several counties.

During graduate studies, Estes was awarded several prestigious grants and scholarships, published many scholarly articles and presented numerous professional papers and reports. His professional affiliations include the Society for Herbarium Curators, Tennessee Native Plant Society, Botanical Society of America and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.

In August 2007, Dr. Karen A. McFarland, instructor in the department of biology, completed the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Vanderbilt University. She earned a bachelor's in biology with a minor in chemistry from Ashland (Ohio) University.

Besides working as a research and teaching assistant during graduate studies, McFarland was a research technician in 1999-2000 at WIL Research, a pharmaceutical company in Ashland.

A member of the Society for Developmental Biology, McFarland received two travel awardsto the 2006 International Society for Developmental Neuroscience meeting in Alberta, Canada, and to the 2005 Society for Development Biology meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Lisa Sullivan, who previously worked as a temporary faculty member, is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2005 from Vanderbilt University. She received her bachelor's in chemistry from APSU in 2000.

From 2000 until beginning work at APSU, Sullivan was a graduate research assistant at Vanderbilt. She has made professional presentations and published several scholarly articles.
Sullivan is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society.

Coming to APSU from Lane College, Jackson, Tenn., where she has taught since August 2005, Dr. Dorothy Ann Assad is an assistant professor of mathematics. During Summer 2006, she taught developmental algebra at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Assad earned a Ph.D. in Math Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her master's in secondary education with a teaching certificate in mathematics, physics and computer science is from Murray State University. She received a bachelor's in math from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

She has had scholarly articles and reports published, made several professional presentations and conducted a significant body of grant-funded research, generally serving as project director. Assad is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America and the American Association of University Women.

Dr. Kirsten J. Boyd, assistant professor of mathematics, comes to APSU from St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she was a visiting professor of mathematics in 2006. From 2004-06, she was an assistant professor of mathematics at Eureka (Ill.) College and from 2001-04, she was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.

Boyd earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University in 2003. In 1994-95, she was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow in Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, department of mathematics. She received a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University, Oxford, England, in 1994.

Boyd, a British citizen, has made several scholarly presentations and been published in the SUIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis.

Dr. John M. Bryden, assistant professor of mathematics, comes to APSU from France, where, most recently, he was a visiting professor at the Universite de Caen and the Institut des Hautes Etudies Scientifiques, Paris. Prior to his tenure as a research mathematician in France, he was an associate professor and Hoppe Research Professor at Southern Illinois University.

In 1991, Bryden earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Both his master's and bachelor's degrees are from the University of Calgary in Canada.

In addition to being published extensively in professional journals and books, Bryden has made invited talks to numerous scholarly groups and has received several awards and grants.

Besides schools in France, Bryden has been a visiting professor at the University of San Paulo in Brazil, Aarhus University in Denmark, Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and the Max Planek Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany. In 2004, he was an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and he was director of the NATO research workshop, “New Techniques in Topological Quantum Field Theory,” in 2001.

An assistant professor of mathematics, Dr. Benselamonyuy Ntatin earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics, graduating magna cum laude, from RuhrUniversitat in Bochum, Germany, in 2004.

In 1998, he received a diploma in mathematics from the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Triest, Italy. He received his master's degree in mathematics from the University of Ilorin and his bachelor's from the University of Jos, both in Nigeria.

Fluent in four languages, Ntatin has had articles published in scholarly journals and been a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews. He holds membership in the American Mathematical Society, The African Mathematical Union and the Nigerian Mathematical Society.

Dr. Ramajik K. Sahi, assistant professor of mathematics, earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Dallas, Richardson, Texas, in August 2007. She received a master's degree in mathematics from San Jose (Calif.) State University in 2002.

Sahi was awarded the Paul F. Byrd Scholarship at San Jose State University Mathematics and Computer Science Department and the Dr. B. D. Gupta Scholarship at the MCMDAV College for Women in Chandigarh, India.

Dr. Han Wu, assistant professor of mathematics, comes from Husson College, Bangor, Maine, where he taught mathematics and statistics. He also taught briefly at Iowa State University, Ames.

Wu earned both the Ph.D. and M.S. in Statistics from Iowa State University. He received an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine, Orono, and a bachelor's degree in control theory from Shandong University in China.

Wu, who has been published in scholarly journals and made professional presentations, is affiliated with the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Dr. Yuriy Bulka, a citizen of Ukraine, comes to APSU from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he taught algebra, business calculus and other math classes.

An assistant professor of mathematics, Bulka earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He earned a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and an engineering diploma with honors from the National Aerospace University in Kharkov, Ukraine.

A recipient of the Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship in Economics and the Richard V. Andree Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics, Bulka has conducted research in both the U.S. and Ukraine. He has presented scholarly papers and had articles published in professional journals. His professional affiliations include the American Mathematical Society.

Dr. Yingbing Yu, assistant professor of computer science and information technology, earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Louisville. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China, and a B.A. in Public Affairs from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

He comes to APSU after serving, since Fall 2006, as an assistant professor of math and computer science at LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis. From August 2004-July 2006, he was a visiting assistant professor in the computer science department at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.

With research interests that include computer security, intrusion detection and cryptography, he has had articles published in several scholarly journals and made many professional presentations.

College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences
Dr. Denita Bruster, assistant professor of education, has been a temporary faculty member at APSU this year. Previous higher education experience includes stints at Florida Atlantic University, Texas Women's University in Denton and Texas A&M University, Commerce.

From 2005-07, Bruster was a curriculum specialist for reading and language arts, pre-K-12, for CompassLearning. Among her duties, she designed the curriculum for reading and language arts technology content for grades K-8 and trained at the corporate level.

Bruster earned a Ph.D. in Reading from Texas Women's University, M.Ed. from North Texas State University, Denton, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Cameron University, Lawton, Okla.

In addition to several professional presentations and scholarly writing and research, Bruster has authored several successful grants. Among her honors, she was a Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient from the McKinney (Texas) Rotary Club.

Bruster is affiliated with the Mid-Cumberland Reading Council, International Reading Association and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Dr. Lauren Robb Wells, assistant professor in the School of Education, earned a doctoral degree in education from Mississippi State University, Starkville, and a master's degree in educational leadership from Mississippi State University, Meridian. Her B.A. in Elementary Education is from the University of Mississippi, Oxford.

Since 2001, Wells has been an assistant professor in the department of leadership and instruction at the University of Alabama, Livingston. During 2003-04, she was a visiting professor at Mississippi State University, Starkville.

Wells is a longtime member of the board of directors of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. She is co-editor of the Journal of the Louisiana Educational Research Association.

Wells has authored numerous articles, papers and monographs that have been published in professional and scholarly publications.

From August 2004 until she was named assistant professor in the department of health and human performance, Dr. Lisa O'Dear Lewis was president of The Well Effect in Liberty. From 1999-2004, she was an instructor in the department of health, physical education, recreation and safety, Middle Tennessee State University.

Lewis earned a doctorate in supervision and administration in higher education from Tennessee State University in 2005. Her education specialist, master's and bachelor's degrees, all in the area of physical education and fitness, are from MTSU.

Besides professional presentations and wellness workshops, Lewis, a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor since 1979, has been a dancer on such shows as the Country Music Awards and in several commercials including Levi Jeans.

Also a new assistant professor in the department of health and human performance, Dr. Janet Hurley earned a Ph.D. in Community Health Education (2000), M.S. in Health Education (1997) and M.A. in Applied Linguistics (1991), all from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She received a B.A. in French from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

From August 2000-August 2003, she was an assistant professor in the Division of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa.

Hurley has published articles in professional journals and made several scholarly presentations. In 2002, she authored a grant of $44,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Her professional affiliations include the American Association for Health Educators, American Public Health Association, International Union for Health Promotion and Education and Society for Public Health Education.

Dr. Dong Y. Nyonna, new assistant professor in the School of Business, earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Mississippi, Oxford. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, an M.S. in Mathematics from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trodheim, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

From 2005 until Fall 2007, he was a visiting instructor of finance at Christian Brothers University, Memphis. During 2003-05, he was a consultant with the University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center.

Dr. Dennis Pearson, assistant professor in the School of Business, earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He received an M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Mathematics from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.

Pearson came to APSU from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he has been assistant director of the Center for Economic Education and occupant of the Probasco Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise since 2004.

From 1999-2004, he was associate professor of quantitative methods and economics, Troy (Ala.) State University. From 1997-99, he was assistant professor of economics and finance, Georgia Southwestern State University, and from 1994-97, assistant professor of economics and statistics at South Georgia University.

Pearson was the 2007 Koch Foundation Young Scholar Fellow, 2006 Young Scholars Fellow and 2005 Earhart Research Fellowall to the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) International Conference. In 1998, he was named Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Education at Georgia Southwestern.

Pearson has authored several scholarly articles and presented his research to professional organizations, including a two-day seminar, “Globalization and Free Markets,” which he led for K-12 teachers in 2007. Pearson is a member of the Southern Economic Association and the Association of Private Enterprise Education.

A visiting professor at APSU last year, William Francisco came to the University from the School of Accountancy, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, where he had taught since 1980. From 1977-80, he was an assistant professor of accounting, California State University, after working one year as a senior cost analyst, Lockheed Space and Missile Division.

Francisco, who earned his M.S. in Accounting and B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi, has written several articles that were published in refereed journals. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Georgia Society of CPAs and the Society for the Advancement of Management.

Dr. R. Neil Dortch, a faculty member in the APSU School of Business during 2006-07, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master's degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and a bachelor's degree from APSU in 1960.

From 1968-2002, Dortch was on the faculty of the College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He taught from 1966-68 at Northern Illinois University and from 1960-66 at Dickson County (Tenn.) High School.

Dortch, who has been published in several professional publications, has been active in the Association of Business Communication, Mid-West Association of Business Communication and North East Decision Science Institute.

New to APSU as an instructor in the School of Business, Xin Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of statistics, operations and management science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on track to complete her doctorate by December 2007. She earned an M.S. in Management Science from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Central South University in China and a B.S. in Finance from Central South University, China.

She has written articles published in scholarly journals, made conference presentations and conducted research both in China and at UT-Knoxville, where she received the Scholarly and Research Incentive Fund Award in May 2007.

A member of the Institute for Operations and the Management Sciences, she taught a few management courses at University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Tamara K. Flaherty, who previously worked as a temporary faculty member in the APSU School of Nursing, is now an assistant professor.

Flaherty earned the Master of Science in Nursing Administration in 2006 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004 from APSU. For both degrees, she graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Besides being a registered nurse, she holds BLS and ACLS certification.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, she has worked as a registered nurse in the neurosurgical/critical care unit, Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, since 2005. During 2005, she was a charge nurse at Centennial Medical Center, Nashville.

Flaherty is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Omicron Delta Kappa, Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Phi, all national honor societies.

Her professional affiliations include the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association. In 2006, Flaherty was a presenter at the Sigma Theta Tau Conference at MTSU. She was the 2005 HCA representative and panel member for the U.S. Department of Labor Convention, Philadelphia.

Leonard C. Lindsay, who was an associate professor of nursing at APSU from 1999-2004 and an assistant professor from 1994-99, has returned to the faculty. Since 2005, he has worked as a public health nursing consultant for the Tennessee Department of Health Communicable and Environmental Disease Services and a clinical instructor of nursing for Vanderbilt University.

Lindsay earned the M.S.N. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the B.S.N. from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis. He received an M.P.H. and a B.S. in zoology, both from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Lindsay, who has extensive research experience, has published many scholarly papers, abstracts and posters. He has made numerous professional presentations and has helped plan state, national and international conferences.

Among his honors, Lindsay received the 2003 Outstanding Classroom Teacher Award from the APSU School of Nursing. In 1998, he received the Outstanding Alumnus in Academic Nursing Education from the School of Nursing, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

In May 2007, Debbie Ellison, Clarksville, earned a master's in nursing from Austin Peay after completing the B.S.N. at APSU in 1999.

Named an assistant professor of nursing at APSU, Ellison had been working as a critical care nurse at Gateway Medical Center, while teaching as adjunct faculty in the APSU School of Nursing. Previous experience includes working as a nurse or nursing supervisor in a private medical practice, nursing homes and Gadsden (Ala.) Regional Medical Center.

Ellison is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Melan J. Smith-Francis, assistant professor of nursing, earned a Master of Science in Midwifery from Vanderbilt University in 2006. She received a bachelor's in nursing from APSU and a bachelor's in biology from Florida A&M University.

From 2003-06, Smith-Francis worked as a registered nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Department. She has worked at Baptist Hospital, Nashville.

Her professional affiliations include the American College of Nurse-Midwives, National Association of Women's Health and Emergency Nurses Association.

Born in Leningrad, Russia, Anna Nikolaevna Gregg, instructor in the department of political science, is familiar with APSU, having taught as a temporary faculty member in the department of public management and criminal justice during 2006-07.

From 1998-2001, she taught in the Leningradki Oblastnoi Gosudarstvenniy University Economics Department and Department of English Linguistics.
Gregg is in the Ph.D. program in political science at Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale. She earned a master's in public administration from SIU in 1997 and a bachelor's in agricultural economics and business from Leningradki Public Agrarian University, U.S.S.R.

Gregg has written and presented several research papers before scholarly groups.

Coming to APSU from Metairie, La., Dr. Leigh Schmitt, assistant professor of psychology, earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organization Psychology from Tulane University in 1996. She received a master's in sociology and bachelor's in business administration, both from the University of New Orleans.

Schmitt has been teaching statistics and management in the University of New Orleans College of Business Administration since 1999. Previous teaching experience includes Capella University in Minneapolis, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, as well as Loyola University and Tulane University, both in New Orleans.

She has had articles published in scholarly publications, presented to several professional organizations and done consultancy work in her field. Among her honors, she received a Pew Fellowship for undergraduate teaching and was named to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, University of New Orleans chapter.

Besides being a charter member of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, Schmitt's professional affiliations include the Academy of Management's Divisions of Research Methods, Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior, the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Tucker Brown, assistant professor of sociology, comes to APSU from Arizona State University, Tempe, where he has been a teaching associate while completing work on a Ph.D. in Sociology, which he received in May 2007.

He earned a Master of Science in Recreation Management and Tourism from Arizona State University in 2001 and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Management from Pennsylvania State University in 1998.

Tucker, who has made several professional presentations to scholarly organizations, was a recipient of Arizona State University's 2006 Graduate Student Outstanding Teaching Award and was selected to participate in Arizona State's Preparing Future Faculty Program.

His professional affiliations include the American Sociological Association, Population Association of America, Pacific Sociological Association, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and the National Recreation and Parks Association.

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Dr. Becky Starnes, who served APSU as temporary instructor of professional studies, was named assistant professor in the department of public management.

Starnes earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policywith specialties in the management of nonprofit organizations, human resource management and gerontologyfrom Auburn (Ala.) University in 2004. She received the M.B.A. from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., and Bachelor of Business Administration from National University, San Diego.

She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Teachers College (1993), Air Command and Staff College (1993) and Squadron Officer School (1983), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Previous teaching experience includes management and marketing instructor, Auburn University in 1997-98 and command and leadership instructor, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, from 1993-96.

Among other work experiences, she was an advancement and alumni officer for Auburn University of Montgomery, Alabama, in 1996-97 and a quality adviser to the commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base in 1994-95.

Starnes has had numerous articles published in refereed publications and has made many professional presentations for various scholarly organizations.

Starnes was featured as “A Face of Quality” in the May 2005 edition of “Quality Progress.” She was tapped to Alpha Theta Chi, Pi Alpha Alpha and Pi Sigma Alpha, all honor societies. She was named 1988 U.S. Air Force Administration Management Officer of the Year.

Among her professional affiliations, Starnes is a member of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence and the American Society for Quality.

For more information, contact staff in the Office for Academic Affairs by telephone at (931) 221-7676. -- Dennie B. Burke