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Welcome, new faculty

This fall, 24 new tenure-track faculty, several one-year, interim faculty and a few adjunct faculty have joined the APSU family. We will introduce them by college over the next several weeks, beginning with the College of Arts and Letters.

New tenure-track faculty in the College of Arts and Letters are Graham Cooper, Ken Shipley, Dr. Andrew Smallwood, Barry Jones, Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu, Eloise Weatherspoon, Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Dr. Jennifer L. Snyder and Dr. Pamela Gray.
This fall, 24 new tenure-track faculty, several one-year, interim faculty and a few adjunct faculty have joined the APSU family. We will introduce them by college over the next several weeks, beginning with the College of Arts and Letters.

New tenure-track faculty in the College of Arts and Letters are Graham Cooper, Ken Shipley, Dr. Andrew Smallwood, Barry Jones, Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu, Eloise Weatherspoon, Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Dr. Jennifer L. Snyder and Dr. Pamela Gray.

An assistant professor of theatre, Graham Cooper earned a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Arts from Middlesex University, London, and a Master of Fine Arts from Western Illinois University, Macomb. He comes to APSU from Indiana University-East, Richmond, where he had been director of theatre since 1995. He is the founder and artistic director of Richmond's “Shakespeare in the Park,” and designed the theatre department curriculum. Since Summer 2001, he also has been the head of the Odyssey Theatre Program at Eartham College, Richmond, Ind.

An assistant professor of art, Ken Shipley earned a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since 2002, he has taught ceramics, wheel-throwing and sculpture part time at APSU. Since 1985, he has had an independent studio, where he produces bisque-ware. From 1988-97, he was the technical director for APSU's music/mass communication building.

Dr. Andrew Smallwood, assistant professor and coordinator of African-American Studies, earned his doctorate in leadership and educational policy studies from Northern Illinois University.

His M.Ed. in Counselor Education and Bachelor of Science in Community Studies are from The Pennsylvania State University. Most recently, he has been a visiting scholar in African-American Studies at the University of Houston. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of the book, “An Afrocentric Study of the Intellectual Development: Leadership Praxis and Pedagogy of Malcolm X,” published in 2001 by Edwin Mellen Press. The book “Malcolm X: A Historical Reader,” which he co-authored, is being published by the Carolina Academic Press. He is on the editorial board of Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research journal.

An assistant professor of art, Barry Jones earned a bachelor's degree in art (photography) from APSU and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He has been assistant professor of art and director of exhibitions for Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va., since 2003. From 2000-03, he was instructor of art and coordinator of the art department of Middle Georgia College, Cochran. His work has been seen in solo and group exhibits, and he has served as curator for several exhibitions.

Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu joins APSU as professor and chair of the music department. She earned a doctorate in vocal performance from New York University. Her bachelor's and master's of music education are from Howard University, Washington, D.C. Since 1984, she has served at Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla., as professor of music, coordinator of vocal studies and opera workshop director. After a 10-year decline, enrollment in the vocal music program there quadrupled under her leadership. As a performing artist, she has been featured as guest soloist before local, national and international audiences. She chaired the 48th Annual National Opera Convention in Virginia in 2003. Most recently, she was a visiting scholar at the DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University.

An instructor of English, Eloise Weatherspoon taught as an adjunct instructor of English at APSU during 1984-2002. She earned a Master of Arts in English from APSU in 1969 and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Alabama in 1967. Prior to teaching at APSU, she taught mathematics in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

Dr. Minoa Uffelman, assistant professor of history, has been an adjunct instructor since 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Science in History and English from APSU in 1981 and a Master of Arts in History, also from APSU, in 1983. She earned her doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 2003. She has authored several articles in professional publications and has made several scholarly presentations.

Coming to APSU from Tallahassee, where she recently earned her doctorate in art education from Florida State University, Dr. Jennifer Snyder joins the faculty as an assistant professor of art. She earned her M.A.Ed. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Fabric Design from Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens. She has been an adjunct art instructor on the college level and taught art education as a public school teacher in 1998-2002.

An assistant professor of communication, Dr. Pamela Gray earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky. Her M.A. in Organizational Communication is from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, and her B.A. in Telecommunications is from the University of Kentucky. Since 1990, she has been an associate professor and director of communication arts at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro. During this time, she served as station manager for WKWC-FM, Owensboro. From 1981-87, she was assistant professor of communication at Vincennes (Ind.) University.

Next week, we will introduce you to the new tenure-track faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics. —Dennie B. Burke