Campus Directory

Dr. Hamid Abbassi

Hamid Abbassi, MBA

Instructor of Marketing
Dr. Hamid Abbassi
Hamid Abbassi, MBA

Instructor of Marketing

B.S., Ferdowsi University of Mashhad; M.B.A., University of Tehran
(910) 630-7642
Trustees 101C
Henry Abernathy

Henry Abernathy

Athletic Fields Manager
Henry Abernathy
Henry Abernathy

Athletic Fields Manager

(910) 630-7202
Riddle Center
Bradley Accipiter

Bradley Accipiter, B.S.

Simulation Lab Technician
Bradley Accipiter
Bradley Accipiter, B.S.

Simulation Lab Technician

B.S., California University of Pennsylvania

(910) 480-8425
Nursing 115
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Bonnie Adamson, MBA

Director, Financial Aid
(910) 630-7307
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Bonnie Adamson, MBA

Director, Financial Aid

B.S., Methodist College; M.B.A., Methodist University

(910) 630-7307
Stout Hall
Indya Addison

Indya Addison, B.S.

Director of Admissions, DPT & OTD Programs
Indya Addison
Indya Addison, B.S.

Director of Admissions, DPT & OTD Programs

B.S., Methodist University

Bio:

Indya Addison is a December 2015 graduate of Methodist University, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. While an undergraduate at MU, Indya was active in the Marching Monarchs, pep band, concert band, the Methodist University Chorale, the Methodist University Chamber Singers, the Treble Tones, the Monarch Review, Leadership Fellows, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Honors Program. Indya is from Wilmington, N.C. and joined the Admissions staff in January 2016 and was named Director of DPT/OTD Admissions in August 2019.

(910) 480-8493
McLean 116D
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AFROTC Program

Air Force ROTC
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AFROTC Program

Air Force ROTC

Nancy Alexander

Nancy Alexander, M.A.

Distinguished Service Professor of English
(910) 630-7695
Nancy Alexander
Nancy Alexander, M.A.

Distinguished Service Professor of English

B.A., M.A., North Carolina State University

Bio:

I think a sense of humor and a passion for teaching are essential in every class. I want my students to learn to think critically, to develop their writing skills, and to develop an appreciation for literature, but I want them to enjoy learning and coming to my class. I want my students to feel free to express themselves and at the same time learn to respect those who have a different opinion.

I enjoy maintaining the free book table in Trustees. It’s interesting to read the responses to the question of the week.

My two favorite quotations are "What remains is the last of human freedoms, the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances" (Viktor Frankl) and "Illegitimi non carborundum" (unknown).

As an aside, I have played over 1000 games of Words with Friends in both English and German.

(910) 630-7695
Trustees 216D
Gabrielle Allison

Gabrielle Allison, B.A.

Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer
Gabrielle Allison
Gabrielle Allison, B.A.

Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer

B.A., Methodist University

Bio:

Gabrielle earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Methodist University in 2015.

(910) 630-7043
Chris's House
Dr. Vijay Antharam

Vijay Antharam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Vijay Antharam
Vijay Antharam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S., Ph.D., University of Florida

(910) 482-4191
Hendricks 214
Earthlyn Armstrong

Earthlyn Armstrong, M.Ed, OTR/L

Instructor of Occupational Therapy
Earthlyn Armstrong
Earthlyn Armstrong, M.Ed, OTR/L

Instructor of Occupational Therapy

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed., Springfield College

Bio:

Earthlyn Armstrong is currently completing her Ed.D. in Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

(910) 482-5432
McLean 206D
Heather Arnold

Heather Arnold, M.M.

Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon
(910) 630-7100
Heather Arnold
Heather Arnold, M.M.

Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon

B.S., B.M., University of Maryland at College Park; M.M., Peabody Conservatory

Bio:

Heather Arnold is a native of Maryland, but has been teaching and playing bassoon in Fayetteville, NC. for the past eight years. She is currently the adjunct professor of bassoon at Methodist University and the University of NC. at Pembroke. She also teaches private bassoon lessons at Snyder Music Academy and at several middle and high schools throughout the area. For the past three years, she has been a double-reed adjudicator for All-District Band auditions. Heather also plays in the Snyder Church Orchestra, is a member of the FayAllegro wind quintet, and is a free-lance performer in Fayetteville, Southern Pines, and Wilmington.

Before moving to Fayetteville, Heather earned both her Masters degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in bassoon performance from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md. She studied with Linda Harwell (National Symphony). Heather also earned her Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. Throughout her studies, she played second bassoon in the National Philharmonic and Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra, and was an active free-lance performer in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.

Since 2000, Heather has been making Baroque and Contra bassoon reeds for James Kopp Reeds in Oregon. She has also given master classes in reed-making for music education students at UMCP, and enjoys teaching the art of reed-making to her current students.

(910) 630-7100
Reeves Lower Level
Dr. Christopher Aul

Christopher Aul, M.D.

Professor of Medical Science; Medical Director, PA Program
(910) 630-7495
Dr. Christopher Aul
Christopher Aul, M.D.

Professor of Medical Science; Medical Director, PA Program

B.A., Wabash College; M.D., Washington University School of Medicine

Bio:

Dr. Aul also serves as the Medical Advisor to the Athletic Training Program.

(910) 630-7495
Medical Science Building
Dawn Ausborn

Dawn F. Ausborn, M.S.A., CPA

Vice President for Business Affairs
Dawn Ausborn
Dawn F. Ausborn, M.S.A., CPA

Vice President for Business Affairs

B.A., Methodist College; M.S.A., Central Michigan University; CPA

Professional Affiliations:

AICPA - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
NCACPA - North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

Bio:

Dawn Ausborn received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Methodist College in 1989.  She worked six years with the public accounting firm, Murphy & Black Accountants, in Fayetteville, before joining Methodist in 1995 as an accountant.  She became a certified public accountant in 1996 and received her Master’s degree in Human Resources in 2000 from Central Michigan University.  She was promoted to Assistant Controller in 1996 and to Controller in 2003, before joining the President’s cabinet as Associate VP for Business Affairs and Controller in January 2013.  She was promoted to Vice President for Business Affairs in April 2016.

(910) 630-7610
Horner Administration Building
Tom Austin

Tom Austin, M.A.

Head Baseball Coach
(910) 630-7176
Tom Austin
Tom Austin, M.A.

Head Baseball Coach

B.A., M.A., Rollins College

Bio:

After 35 years as head baseball coach at Methodist, Austin sports a 1,054-473-9 career record, and is only the sixth coach in the history of NCAA Division III baseball to reach the 1,000-win plateau. Austin’s teams have never won fewer than 22 games in a season. Included in that are 17 30-win seasons and two 40-win seasons. Currently, the Monarchs have enjoyed 33 straight 20-win seasons under Austin. He is currently sixth overall among all-time NCAA Division III head coaches and fourth among active Division III head coaches in victories.

During his tenure at Methodist, he has guided the Monarchs to six NCAA Division III College World Series (1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996), finishing no lower than fifth. Their best finish occurred in the 1995 season, when the Monarchs wound up as the NCAA Division III runners-up.

Under Austin’s guidance, Methodist has tallied 20 Dixie Intercollegiate/USA South Athletic Conference (DIAC) championships, six NCAA Division III South Regional titles and 21 NCAA Division III National Tournament berths. Methodist has also earned recognition as the country’s top-ranked NCAA Division III team on three different occasions, including the 2002 season. Under Austin’s watch, the Monarchs have averaged an impressive 31 victories a season, a true model of consistency and success.

Austin’s accomplishments have earned him numerous coaching honors during his career. He has been selected the Dixie Intercollegiate/USA South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year ten times, the NCAA Division III South Region Coach of the Year seven times in 11 years and the North Carolina College Coach of the Year twice.

In addition to producing championship teams at Methodist, Austin has also molded many a dynamic player at Methodist. A total of 29 players under Austin have garnered NCAA Division III All-American honors, and 129 players have been selected first team

(910) 630-7176
Armstrong Field House
Rufus Autry

Rufus Autry

Plumbing Technician
Rufus Autry
Rufus Autry

Plumbing Technician

Mitzi Averette

Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Professor of Nursing; Simulation Director
Mitzi Averette
Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Professor of Nursing; Simulation Director

B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia; M.S.N., Grand Canyon University

Bio:

Mitzi Averette received her B.S. in Nursing in 1977 and worked in hospitals and other healthcare settings for over 25 years before transitioning her career to include academic teaching.  Starting as a part time clinical instructor, she then accepted a full time position focused on teaching in the simulation lab setting in 2010.  Ms. Averette was chosen in 2011 as one of only twenty faculty from across the United States to participate in the National League for Nursing Leadership Development Program and she became a Certified Simulation Healthcare Educator in 2012.

Ms. Averette completed her Masters in Nursing Leadership in 2015 and passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam that same year. In 2017, she took over the role of Simulation Director at Methodist University which involves not only simulated clinical experiences for nursing courses but includes interprofessional experiences with all other departments within the School of Health Sciences. She has published articles in peer reviewed journals such as Nurse Educator and the Journal of Nursing Regulation.

In addition to her passion for teaching with simulation, Ms. Averette is also dedicated to helping our community address and reduce the negative impact of substance use disorder (SUD).  She is involved in several county and state-wide initiatives which are working to identify and implement evidence-based solutions.  In 2017, her article about supporting students with SUD was published by the National Student Nurses Association.  Ms. Averette was then invited to speak at the North Carolina Board of Education Summit in 2019 on the topic of “Recovery Rising.”

(910) 630-7591
Nursing 118
Dave Baggett

Dave Baggett, PA-C

University Medical Officer
Dave Baggett
Dave Baggett, PA-C

University Medical Officer

B.S., B.H.S., M.S.

(910) 630-7614
Health Center, West Hall
Mara Baker

Mara Baker, M.A.

Ft. Bragg Admissions & Student Services Coordinator
(910) 436-3624
Mara Baker
Mara Baker, M.A.

Ft. Bragg Admissions & Student Services Coordinator

B.S., Methodist University; M.A., Liberty University

Bio:

Baker earned her bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from Methodist University in 2011. She earned her master’s degree in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University in 2017.

(910) 436-3624
Fort Bragg Office
Kemper Baker

Kemper Baker, B.S.

Head Men’s Tennis Coach; Coordinator, Professional Tennis Management
(910) 630-7239
Kemper Baker
Kemper Baker, B.S.

Head Men’s Tennis Coach; Coordinator, Professional Tennis Management

B.S., University of Mississippi

Bio:

Kemper Baker entered his first season at the helm of the Monarchs in 2016 after serving as the head coach of the Coastal Georgia men’s and women’s tennis teams since 2013.

A native of Richmond, Va., Baker attended graduate school at Samford University, where he played two years for the men’s tennis program before becoming an assistant coach with the Bulldogs men’s and women’s teams in 1999.

In 2002, Baker was promoted to head coach for the men’s team and spent nine years with the Bulldogs, leading the team to three conference championships and two NCAA tournament berths.

Baker’s 2005 and 2006 teams finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The 2005 team was the OVC team champion after going 8-0 in conference play, and Baker was named conference coach of the year.

In 2007 and 2008, Baker brought two Top 25 Mid-Major recruiting classes to Samford, and in 2008, he led the Bulldogs to the OVC tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. The 2008 team finished the season 15-9 overall and posted an 11-1 mark in conference play. Baker led his last Samford team in 2011 to the Southern Conference championship and an NCAA tournament appearance.

Baker has an overall record of 171-86 in his 10 years as a head coach and has coached 29 all-conference players and 62 all-conference academic performers.

During his time at Samford, Baker served as president of Bulldog Tennis Camps Inc., which hosted summer camps that attracted 400 junior tennis players each year.

Baker has served on the ITA Southern Region Division I Ranking Committee and was a 2010 NCAA Site Representative for the first and second rounds in Waco, Texas. He is a certified professional of the Professional Tennis Registry, a member of the ITA, member of the Advisory Staff and Competition

(910) 630-7239
Clayton Tennis Center
Dr. Josiah Baker

Josiah Baker, Ph.D.

Nimocks Professor of International Business; Professor of Finance & Economics; Interim Director, MBA Program
(910) 630-7477
Dr. Josiah Baker
Josiah Baker, Ph.D.

Nimocks Professor of International Business; Professor of Finance & Economics; Interim Director, MBA Program

B.A., M.A.A.E., University of Central Florida; M.A., University of Kentucky; M.A., Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Teaching Philosophy

My objective is to correct American financial illiteracy.

Personal Interests:

International travel and foreign politics

Research:

Economic development, impact of culture/religion in economics, taxes, defense spending, welfare spending

(910) 630-7477
Clark 117
Dr. Hem Basnet

Hem Basnet, Ph.D.

Chair, Financial Economics & Marketing; Associate Professor of Financial Economics
(910) 630-7089
Dr. Hem Basnet
Hem Basnet, Ph.D.

Chair, Financial Economics & Marketing; Associate Professor of Financial Economics

M.A., City College of New York; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Bio:

Dr. Hem C. Basnet is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Reeves School of Business at Methodist University. Dr. Basnet teaches both the undergraduate and graduate level Economics and Finance courses. Dr. Basnet's research areas are Consumer Finance, International Finance, Time Series Analysis, Economic/Monetary Integration and Economic Development. He has published his research in some of the leading Economics journals such as World Development, Journal of Economics and Finance, Applied Economics etc. His research has been widely cited in academic community.

Recent Publications:

Regional Economic Integration in Mercosur: The Role of Real and Financial Sectors, (2017), Review of Development Finance, forthcoming (with Gyan Pradhan).

International Migration, Workers' Remittances and Permanent Income Hypothesis, (2017), World Development, 96, p438-450 (with Sokchea Lim).

Internet, consumer spending and credit card balance: Evidence from U.S. Consumers (2016), Review of Financial Economics, 30, p11-22 (with Ficawoyi Donou-Adonsou)

Impact of oil price shocks on output, inflation, and the real exchange rate: evidence from selected ASEAN Countries (2015), Applied Economics, 47(29), p3078-3091 (with Kamal Upadhyaya).

Exchange rate movements and policy coordination in Latin America (2015), Journal of Economics and Finance, 39(4), p679-696 (with Subhash Sharma).

Monetary policy synchronization in the ASEAN-5 region: an exchange rate perspective (2015), Applied Economics, 47(1), p100-112 (with Subhash Sharma and Puneet Vatsa).

Do remittances attract foreign direct investment? An empirical investigation (2014), Global Economy Journal; 14 (1), p1-9 (with Kamal Upadhyaya).

Economic integration in Latin America (2013), Journal of Economic Integration, Vol. 28 (4), p551-579 (with Subhash Sharma).

(910) 630-7089
Clark 106
Dr. Peggy Batten

Peggy Batten, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7131
Dr. Peggy Batten
Peggy Batten, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

B.S., Atlantic Christian College; M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Bio:

Peggy G. Batten has been teaching at Methodist University since 1993. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. She also holds an M.S. degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Operations Research from North Carolina State University. She did her undergraduate work at Atlantic Christian College, now known as Barton College, in Wilson, N.C. She was awarded the 1999 Methodist College Professor of the Year, The Alfred E. Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Methodist University in 2010, and the Jane Weeks Gardiner Award for Excellence in Academic Advising in 2018. She has taught most of the courses offered in the mathematics department. Dr. Batten has served as an AP Calculus Reader for the Collegeboard. She has two articles published in the journal Communications in Algebra.

Research Interests:

Matrix Theory, Lie Algebras

(910) 630-7131
Allison 107
Dr. Denise Bauer

Denise H. Bauer, Ph.D.

Chair & Director, Engineering; Associate Professor of Engineering
(910) 482-5607
Dr. Denise Bauer
Denise H. Bauer, Ph.D.

Chair & Director, Engineering; Associate Professor of Engineering

B.S., M.S., University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

(910) 482-5607
Hendricks 110
Cheryl Bearringer

Cheryl Bearringer, DNP, RN, ANP-C

Associate Professor of Nursing
Cheryl Bearringer
Cheryl Bearringer, DNP, RN, ANP-C

Associate Professor of Nursing

B.S.N., Spring Arbor University; M.S.N., D.N.P., George Washington University

Bio:

Dr. Bearringer began her nursing career 28 years ago, first as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), then an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN-RN), to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and graduated from George Washington University with an MSN-Nurse Practitioner (MSN-NP).

Dr. Bearringer later returned to George Washington University in 2014 to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), including a major in nursing education. She presented her doctoral research on Gender Differences of Modifiable Lifestyle Behaviors and Clinical Factors in Asian Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease, at a cultural diversity conference in San Antonio, Texas and at an annual international conference for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dr.  Bearringer has since then become nationally certified by the National League of Nursing (NLN) as a Certified Nurse Educator.

As a nursing educator, Dr. Bearringer has taught Adult Health I & II, Leadership & Health Policy, Pharmacology, Research, Pathophysiology, Capstone, and a pre-nursing course. Her clinical experience includes working as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse, a local and regional case manager for an international healthcare organization, a hospital cardiovascular case manager, rounding for cardiothoracic surgeons, and later specializing in nephrology working both as an RN and a Nurse Practitioner in Ohio, Michigan and Washington, DC.  Her special interests in nursing education include acute and chronic diseases, holistic nursing care approach, active learning strategies, cognitive science research in healthcare education, testing and evaluation research, and inter-professional simulation clinical experiences, including local and state presentations on immersive active learning strategies using simulation experiences.

Dr. Bearringer personal interests include sketching and watercolor painting; the theater, museums, and music; but most of all, spending time with her four grandchildren.

(910) 480-8449
Nursing 133
Renee Bell

Renee Bell

Administrative Assistant, Career Services
(910) 630-7333
Renee Bell
Renee Bell

Administrative Assistant, Career Services

(910) 630-7333
Berns Student Center
Dr. Antoinette Bellamy

Antoinette Bellamy, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Students & Director of Career Services
Dr. Antoinette Bellamy
Antoinette Bellamy, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Students & Director of Career Services

B.S., North Carolina A&T University; M.A., Webster University; Ed.D., Capella University

(910) 630-7257
Berns Student Center
Dan Bennett

Daniel Bennett, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dan Bennett
Daniel Bennett, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

B.S., M.S., Fayetteville State University

Undergraduate Teaching Areas:

Intro to College Math, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics & Applied Statistics

Research Interests:

Real Analysis and Galois Groups

Personal Interests:

Hunting & Fishing

(910) 630-7456
Hendricks 257
Jordan Bettleyon

Jordan Bettleyon, M.S., LAT, ATC, EP-C

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jordan Bettleyon
Jordan Bettleyon, M.S., LAT, ATC, EP-C

Assistant Athletic Trainer

B.S., M.S., Bloomsburg University; LAT, ATC, EP-C

Bio:

Jordan Bettleyon has been a part of the Methodist University Athletic Training staff since August 2018. He is primarily responsible for the women’s soccer and men’s baseball teams.

Jordan is a native of Pennsylvania where he attended Bloomsburg University for his master’s degree in athletic training and bachelor’s in exercise science. While in school, Jordan was the President of the Bloomsburg Sports Medicine Association and was a research intern for the DoD and NCAA through the Grand Alliance Care Consortium for concussion research.

Prior to full-time employment at Methodist, Jordan worked for Star Physical Therapy and Fitness in Marion Heights (Pa.) as an Athletic Trainer. He assisted in the care of post-surgical patients as well as being contracted to a local high school for event coverage and treatment of athletes.

Jordan is a Certified Athletic Trainer, a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

(910) 630-7597
Riddle Center
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Gina Billman, B.B.

Academic Records Analyst
(910) 630-7037
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Gina Billman, B.B.

Academic Records Analyst

B.B., Western Illinois University

(910) 630-7037
Horner Administration Building
Jackson Bingham

Jackson Bingham, B.S.

Admissions Counselor
Jackson Bingham
Jackson Bingham, B.S.

Admissions Counselor

B.S., Methodist University

Bio:

Jackson, originally from Holly Springs, N.C., graduated from Methodist University in May with a B.S. in Business Administration and Sport Management. He was active in the Campus Ambassador Program, Sport Management Club, SAAC, and Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society. He also played Men's Lacrosse.

(910) 630-7029
Stout Hall
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Lt. Janet Bird, M.P.A.

Assistant Director of Public Safety
(910) 630-7554
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Lt. Janet Bird, M.P.A.

Assistant Director of Public Safety

B.S., Methodist University; M.P.A., DeVry University

Bio:

Lt. Janet Bird leads the Safety and Support Services Section, which executes many important duties that impact the entire University community. These duties include fire and life safety program compliance and training, crime prevention, driver safety training, emergency preparedness, access control, and administration of the vehicle registration and campus ID card programs.

(910) 630-7554
Campus Services Building
John Blackburn

John Blackburn, M.A.

Head Women’s Tennis Coach; Coordinator, Professtional Tennis Management
John Blackburn
John Blackburn, M.A.

Head Women’s Tennis Coach; Coordinator, Professtional Tennis Management

B.S., Oklahoma Christian University; M.A., Oklahoma State University

Bio:

Coach John Blackburn comes to Methodist after serving as the head women’s tennis coach at Eastern Illinois University since 2005 while also serving as the head men’s coach at EIU for eight seasons. He was promoted to Director of Tennis prior to the 2013-14 season. Over his past three seasons, Blackburn led the women’s team at EIU to a 37-19 overall record and reached the semifinals of the conference tournament in two of the past three seasons and he was named the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Coach of the Year.

Prior to his time at Eastern Illinois, Blackburn spent four years as the men’s and women’s tennis coach at Coker College, an NCAA Division II program located in Hartsville, S.C. At Coker, Blackburn was charged with restarting a men’s program that had been on a one-year hiatus from competition. The Coker programs saw marked improvement as they rose three spots in the conference standings each of Blackburn's years there. Prior to that, Blackburn coached at NAIA affiliated Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida (1999-2001). In 1997-98, he was assistant women’s coach at Oklahoma State and in 1996 he served as both the men’s and women’s assistant at Oklahoma Christian University.

Blackburn earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Christian in 1996 and a Master of Arts from Oklahoma State in 1999.

(910) 630-7315
Clayton Tennis Center
Cliff Bobbitt

Cliff Bobbitt, M.A.

Associate Dean of Students; Director, Campus Recreation
Cliff Bobbitt
Cliff Bobbitt, M.A.

Associate Dean of Students; Director, Campus Recreation

B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; M.A., North Carolina Central University

Bio:

Mr. Bobbitt received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNCW and his master’s in Mental Health Counseling from NCCU.  He started working at Methodist in 2003 as a Residential Coordinator in Sanford Hall.  Since then, he has held the following positions at Methodist: Cape Fear Commons Residential Coordinator, Greek Life Coordinator, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life, Director of Residence Life, and currently Director of Campus Recreation.

(910) 630-7161
Nimocks Fitness Center
Olga Booth

Olga Booth, M.P.A.

International Programs Admissions & Immigrations Specialist
(910) 630-7432
Olga Booth
Olga Booth, M.P.A.

International Programs Admissions & Immigrations Specialist

B.A., M.P.A., Old Dominion University

Student Service Hours

Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment

(910) 630-7432
Berns Student Center
Germaine Bowles

Germaine Bowles, MBA

Administrative Assistant, DPT Program
(910) 480-8538
Germaine Bowles
Germaine Bowles, MBA

Administrative Assistant, DPT Program

B.A., Lynchburg College; M.B.A., James Madison University

(910) 480-8538
McLean 116G
Dr. Mark Bowman

Mark Bowman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Justice Studies; Director, Center for Excellence in Justice Administration
Dr. Mark Bowman
Mark Bowman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Justice Studies; Director, Center for Excellence in Justice Administration

B.S., University of Arkansas at Little Rock; M.P.S.L., Christopher Newport University; Ph.D., Old Dominion University

Bio:

Mark teaches Justice Studies courses, MJA courses, and is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Justice Administration. His research interests are police turnover and police leadership development.

Mark retired as a Lieutenant from the Virginia Beach Police Department in September 2009.  His last assignment was with the Department’s Operations Division in the 2nd Precinct as a Patrol Lieutenant.  In that assignment, he was responsible for leading night operations in the Oceanfront Community Oriented Policing area.

He previously served as a Sergeant in Professional Development & Training as the Department’s leadership development coordinator.  He served as the lead faculty member and coordinator for the Department’s West Point Leadership Course.  He also managed the Department’s multi-rater feedback program and served as a leader coach.  He was also responsible for developing leadership and followership training for the Department’s Basic Recruit Academy, the Field Training Officer’s Course, the Sergeant’s Preparatory Course, and the Field Training Sergeant’s Course.

Mark also served as a Patrol Sergeant, a Detective Sergeant, a Master Police Officer, a Drug Recognition Expert on the Department’s DUI Task Force, and a SWAT Officer.

Mark received a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master’s in Public Safety Leadership from Christopher Newport University.  He was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Policy, with a cognate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in August 2009.

Mark served 26 years on active and reserve duty and retired as a Major from the U. S. Army Reserve.  He served over 18 years as a Special Forces Officer, twice commanding a Special Forces A Detachment.

(910) 630-7434
Trustees 204B
Dr. Don Brady

Don Brady, D.M.

Associate Professor of Health Care Administration
(910) 480-8445
Dr. Don Brady
Don Brady, D.M.

Associate Professor of Health Care Administration

B.A., Western Carolina University; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; D.M., University of Phoenix

Bio:

After working for approximately 40 years in senior administrative positions for some of the country’s largest health care organizations, Dr. Brady retired in 2012 and transitioned into full-time teaching.  In his health care career, he held leadership roles for Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tenet Healthcare in Palm Springs, Calif., and Harbin Clinic in Rome, Ga.  His real-world experience is incorporated into his courses.

Dr. Brady earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Journalism from Western Carolina University in 1972, his Master of Science in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984, and the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 1995.  He also earned a management certificate from William and Mary in 1980.

Research Interests:

Dr. Brady’s primary research interest deals with quality improvement in health care organizations.  His studies examine the leadership philosophies and management styles within health care organizations and their impact on patient care and overall quality.  Hospital quality is most often the responsibility of quality improvement teams and his research deals with the interactions of team members and its impact on sustainable quality improvement and patient care.

(910) 480-8445
McLean 120F
Dr. Dena Breece

Dena Breece, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA

Associate Dean, Reeves School of Business; Assistant Professor of Accounting
(910) 630-7275
Dr. Dena Breece
Dena Breece, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA

Associate Dean, Reeves School of Business; Assistant Professor of Accounting

B.S., Methodist College; M.B.A., Campbell University; Ph.D., Trident University International; CPA, CGMA

Teaching Philosophy:

My primary objective of teaching is to make a difference in the lives of our students. I challenge students to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to be the best that they can be both in and out of the classroom. I encourage students to find value and meaning in their academic experience. My philosophy of teaching focuses on a diversity of instructional applications. To provide interest and methods for everyone, I utilize a variety of teaching techniques from lecture to individual and team assignments to use of technology and even off-site audit simulations. With over 20 years of practical work experience, I enjoy sharing real-life situations in the classroom to enhance accounting discussions. With hard work and commitment to excellence, each student has as an opportunity to succeed at learning and applying accounting in their personal and professional life.

Research:

Business Administration, Accounting, & Finance - The Determinants of Firm Growth in U.S. Economic Sectors.

Personal Interests:

Traveling with my husband, volunteering at my church and in the community, watching all sports – major football fan, coastal fishing, and an appreciation of art, music and theatre.

(910) 630-7275
Clark 108
Mark Brewington

Mark Brewington, B.A.

Director, Police & Public Safety; Chief of Police
Mark Brewington
Mark Brewington, B.A.

Director, Police & Public Safety; Chief of Police

B.A.

(910) 630-7149
Campus Services Building
Dr. Evan Bridenstine

Evan Bridenstine, Ph.D.

Chair, Theatre; Associate Professor of Theatre
Dr. Evan Bridenstine
Evan Bridenstine, Ph.D.

Chair, Theatre; Associate Professor of Theatre

B.A., Ashland University; M.A., Kent State University; M.F.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Dissertation:

Thomas King at Sadler’s Wells and Drury Lane: Proprietorship and Management in Late Eighteenth-Century English Theatre, 1771-1788

Teaching:

Theatre Survey, Acting, Directing, Dramatic Literature, Theatre History

Playwriting:

High Strung Quartet for Unstrung Voices (John Glines, NYC; West Coast Ensemble, LA; Neptune Productions, San Francisco; Reality Theatre, Columbus, OH), Taking Leave (Humbolt State University), Miller’s Point (Ohio State University), Friendship Calls (Washington & Lee University), Gravel Pudding (University of Virginia), Broken Cadences (University of Virginia), Last Lunch (Ashland University), Bull Black (Kent State University).

Acting:

Mister in Sunday in the Park With George, Marley’s Ghost in A Christmas Carol, J.P. Morgan in Ragtime, Moonface Mullins in Anything Goes, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Charlie in Tintypes, Flint in Something’s Afoot, Judge Thatcher and Counsetor Robinson in Big River, Oolie in The Salvation of Sunshine Billy (premiere), Owen Musser in The Foreigner, Chrysale in Learned Ladies, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing.

Directing:

Tar Heel Tales, Little Shop of Horrors, Red and Blue, The Spitfire Grill, Little Red Riding Hood: The Opera, Godspell, A Christmas Carol, Woyzeck, Man of La Mancha, Hook, Line and Sinker (premiere), Anything Goes, The Duck Variations, Our Town, Story Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew.

(910) 630-7105
Reeves 121
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Cory Briglin, B.S.

Network Engineer
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Cory Briglin, B.S.

Network Engineer

B.S., Methodist University

(910) 630-7020
Campus Services Building
Dr. Stacia Britton

Stacia Britton, PT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Academic Coordinator, Clinical Education
Dr. Stacia Britton
Stacia Britton, PT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Academic Coordinator, Clinical Education

B.S., D.P.T., Elon University

Bio:

Stacia Britton, PT, DPT, is an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. She has been a physical therapist for 13 years and worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings. She maintains active clinical practice in the area of outpatient neurological rehabilitation.

Certifications:

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
  • Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • Certificate of Achievement in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University
(910) 630-7476
McLean 116E
Dr. Lori Brookman Cornwell

Lori Brookman Cornwell, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Biology
Dr. Lori Brookman Cornwell
Lori Brookman Cornwell, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Biology

B.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Bio:

Dr. Brookman’s academic specialty and research interest is microbiology, specifically, the structure and function of cellular components of microorganisms as well as their metabolism.

(910) 630-7128
Horner Administration Building
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Jennifer Broome, Ph.D.

Chair, Education; Assistant Professor of Education
(910) 630-7060
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Jennifer Broome, Ph.D.

Chair, Education; Assistant Professor of Education

B.A., M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D., New York University

Bio:

Dr. Broome is chair of the Education Department. She joined Methodist University in 2016, and has been working with the education department to modernize its curricular offerings. Prior to Methodist, Dr. Broome taught in North Carolina Public Schools for nine years. Her research interests include gifted education, philosophy and teaching, pre-service teachers, and critical thinking. She has presented at the National Association for Gifted Children conference, the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum conference, and the National Council of Teachers of English conference. She also presented at the Methodist University B.F. Stone Lyceum in 2018.

(910) 630-7060
Hendricks 210
Genika Brown

Genika Brown, M.S.

Instructor of Environmental & Occupational Management
Genika Brown
Genika Brown, M.S.

Instructor of Environmental & Occupational Management

B.S., Methodist University; M.S., Columbia Southern University

Bio:

  • US Marine Corps Veteran
  • BS - Methodist University: Environmental & Occupational Management; Regulatory Compliance (Concentration)
  • MS - Columbia Southern University: Occupational Safety & Health and Environmental Management (Concentration)
  • Board-Certified Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP); pursuing Board-Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Worked internationally in private industry as an Environmental & Safety Manager and Environmental Technician/ Scientist
  • Worked Civil Service Employee as Pollution Prevention Branch Chief for 63d Readiness Division with responsibility of planning, resourcing and executing the Pollution Prevention Program for all 8 southern states of the 63d RD Command.
  • Career has provided multiple levels of experience and knowledge of private industry to local, state, and federal government.
  • Yoga Instructor
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Jada Brown

Assistant Football Coach
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Jada Brown

Assistant Football Coach

(910) 630-7179
Riddle Center
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Jasmin Brown, MBA

Registrar
(910) 630-7035
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Jasmin Brown, MBA

Registrar

B.A.; M.B.A., Methodist University

(910) 630-7035
Horner Administration Building
Jack Brunecz

Jack Brunecz, B.S.

Director, Cross Country/Track & Field
Jack Brunecz
Jack Brunecz, B.S.

Director, Cross Country/Track & Field

B.S., State University of New York at Fredonia

Bio:

Jack Brunecz was announced as the University's first full-time cross country coach in January of 2015.

Brunecz came to Methodist after serving as the Head Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Pine Forest High School since 2010. At Pine Forest, Brunecz took a program with just three athletes and built it into a roster of over 50 and helped the program gain regional and statewide notoriety. He was named the 2011 Mid-South Atlantic Conference Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year and in 2014 took the boy's program to the State Championship for the first time since 1987. Brunecz developed six first team all-conference runners and 15 second team all-conference honorees in cross country, while coaching 12 conference champions, 10 regional champions, three state champions, 40 state qualifiers and 13 National qualifiers with a National Champion on the track & field side.

Brunecz ran collegiately at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where graduated from in 2006 with a bachelor of science in education. He still races competitively and in 2013 ran a personal best in the marathon of 2:40:48 in between racing in the Boston Marathon in 2012 and 2014. Brunecz also posted a new PR in the 5k in 2014 with a 15:41. He has been teaching at Howard Hall Classical Elementary school since 2008, and he holds a USATF Level 1 certification.

(910) 630-7375
Riddle Center
Bob Bruns

Bob Bruns, MBA

Director, PGA Golf Management; Chair, PGM, PTM, RMT, SMA Programs; Associate Professor of PGA Golf Management
(910) 630-7180
Bob Bruns
Bob Bruns, MBA

Director, PGA Golf Management; Chair, PGM, PTM, RMT, SMA Programs; Associate Professor of PGA Golf Management

B.S.S., Cornell College; M.B.A., University of Iowa; PGA member.

Bio:

Bob received a Bachelor of Special Studies in Business and Economics from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1981, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1986. Bob’s first job in golf was as the Men’s Golf Coach at Central College, a nationally ranked Division III program, where he coached and taught from 1986-1994. Bob’s teams won nine straight conference championships, competed for the national championship each year, and had multiple All-Americans. Bob was selected the IIAC Conference Coach of the Year seven times and served as the Chair of Division III Men’s Golf for three years.

Bob left coaching and joined the PGA, becoming a member in May 1997. Since then, he has served as an assistant professional, Head professional, General Manager/Director of Golf and General Manger/Managing Partner. Bob has worked for clubs in Iowa, Illinois, and Texas. He hosted three PGA Tour events while General Manager and Director of Golf at TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. Bob served on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Section of the PGA and was voted Section Merchandiser of the Year for Resort Properties in 2003.

Personal Statement:

I have been blessed during my time in golf – it has allowed me to travel to some of the most beautiful places, but more importantly introduced me to many of the special people within our industry. Golf truly is a game based on honesty and integrity, and the players, employees, coaches and fellow PGA Professionals I call friends are those who have, and will, serve our industry well into the future. My job here in the Methodist University PGA/PGM Program simply provides me a chance to give back to a game that has provided so much to my

(910) 630-7180
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Billy Buckner

Billy Buckner, M.S.A., M.S.S.

Director, MU at Fort Bragg
Billy Buckner
Billy Buckner, M.S.A., M.S.S.

Director, MU at Fort Bragg

B.A., Northeast Missouri State University; M.S.A., Central Michigan University; M.S.S., U.S. Army War College

(910) 436-3624
Ft. Bragg Office
JerNettie Burney

JerNettie Burney, M.S.

Instructor of Computer Science
(910) 630-7141
JerNettie Burney
JerNettie Burney, M.S.

Instructor of Computer Science

B.S., Elizabeth City State University; M.S., University of Indiana at Bloomington

Bio:

JerNettie Burney graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. She obtained her masters’ from Indiana University-Bloomington in Human-Computer Interaction and design.

Much of her interest in research stemmed from the competitiveness in her master’s program, which required students to be fluid in problem discovery, critical thinking, and innovative solutions. As a result, she is interested in creating technologies in interdisciplinary fields. Technology utilization has become an integral part of any discipline’s daily routine and those in the computer science field must work with practitioners to design and implement technologies which can lead to greater solutions.

JerNettie believes that everyone who works in the technology field needs to have flexibility. Working with computers means essentially working with different backgrounds, personalities, and cultures to create the optimal product. Though skills are major assets, skill without knowledge of the targeted group or area will not produce an effective solution. Through research, social interactions, and iterative designing, a product can become an essential part of a user’s daily life in the long term. Usability is a must.

Some of JerNettie’s favorite hobbies are reading books, playing logic games, writing, and watching movies.

(910) 630-7141
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Beth Butler, MBA

Coordinator, Planning & Evaluation
(910) 630-7422
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Beth Butler, MBA

Coordinator, Planning & Evaluation

B.B.A., M.B.A.

(910) 630-7422
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Dr. Hassan Butt

Hassan Butt, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Financial Economics
(910) 630-7062
Dr. Hassan Butt
Hassan Butt, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Financial Economics

B.Com., M.Com., University of Punjab; Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Bio:

Dr. Hassan Anjum Butt is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Financial Economics in the Reeves School of Business at Methodist University. He teaches the undergraduate level Economics and Finance courses. His research interests are Financial Econometrics, Energy Economics, Time Series Analysis, Volatility and Risk Management. He has published his research in Economics and Finance journals such as Review of Financial Economics and Journal of Economics and Finance.

Publications:

Working Paper(s):

  • “Forecasting Risk in the US Dollar Exchange Rate under Volatility Shifts”, with Farooq Malik (under review)
  • “Effect of Asymmetric Volatility in Oil Prices on Trilateral Trade among US, Canada and Mexico”

Teaching:

Fall 2019

  • BUS 2160: Statistics for Business and Economics
  • BUS 3000: Personal Finance
  • BUS 3320: Managerial Finance
  • BUS 4150: Investment and Portfolio Management
(910) 630-7062
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Jason Canady

Jason Canady, Th.M.

Graphic Designer & Campus Photographer
(910) 630-7114
Jason Canady
Jason Canady, Th.M.

Graphic Designer & Campus Photographer

A.A.S., Fayetteville Technical Community College; Th.B., Th.M., Moriah Institute of Christian Studies

Bio:

A Fayetteville native and U.S. Navy veteran, Jason Canady is a Graphic Designer and Photographer for the Methodist University Public Relations Department. He graduated in 1993 from FTCC with an associate’s degree in Graphic Design and has practiced Graphic Design over twenty years.

In 1996, he was requested back to FTCC to teach Production Printing to design students and in 2006 gave a speech to the graduating class of commercial artists.

Canady’s journey through an award-winning career in Advertising and Design has led to work for clients such as jazz legend Ben Tucker, Dale Earnhardt Jr., mayors, U.S. Senators, U.S. President George W. Bush, and the NFL.

Canady has worked at The Fayetteville Observer and The Savannah Morning News and in 2012 was named Artist of the Savannah Jazz Festival where his art represented the Festival.

A writer as well as a fine artist, Canady published Learning To Forgive, a book on the subject of forgiveness. His writings have been published by The Fayetteville Observer and Carolina Country magazine.

Art collectors worldwide have purchased his impressionistic to realistic art style works on canvas.

In 2013, his photography skills won a worldwide contest by Macanudo sending him and three of his invited guests on a week-long all expenses paid VIP trip to The Masters in Augusta, Ga., one of his personal and professional favorite achievements.

Canady still paints in his spare time and is currently working on his first novel.

“I’m proud to be a Monarch and put everything I am behind accomplishing our vision for excellence.”

(910) 630-7114
Chris's House
Ruth Carr

Ruth Carr, B.S.

Director, Religious Life & Community Engagement
(910) 630-7157
Ruth Carr
Ruth Carr, B.S.

Director, Religious Life & Community Engagement

B.S., Campbell University

(910) 630-7157
Religious Life Suite, Matthews Ministry Center
Dr. Beth Carter

Beth Carter, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Education
(910) 630-7425
Dr. Beth Carter
Beth Carter, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Education

B.S., M.A., East Carolina University; Ed.D., Regent University

Bio:

Dr. Carter comes to Methodist University from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla., where she served as the Associate Vice President in the Division of Continuing Education and Student Services.  She earned her baccalaureate and master's degrees in English from East Carolina University and her Ed.D. from Regent University.  Her major responsibilities at Methodist are directing our Extended Learning Programs (MU at Night, Fort Bragg Campus, and E-Learning), helping to assess all academic programs, and helping with several new strategic planning initiatives, including assisting with the development of our Center for Teaching and Learning.

(910) 630-7425
Horner
Dr. Carlos Castilla

Carlos Castilla, D.M.

Instructor of Classical Guitar
Dr. Carlos Castilla
Carlos Castilla, D.M.

Instructor of Classical Guitar

B.M., Los Andes University at Bogotá-Colombia; M.M., D.M., University of Southern Mississippi

Bio:

Carlos Castilla, has been featured as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as in solo recitals in different cities of Latin-America and the United States. Carlos is the co-founder of Duo Guitiano, along with Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles. Duo Guitiano specializes in the repertoire originally written for the guitar-piano duo setting, from 19th century to the present day. In their path, they have rescued forgotten scores from the golden age of the guitar/piano duo, bringing back to life the tradition of this peculiar ensemble.

Dr. Castilla holds a Bachelor of Music from Los Andes University at Bogotá-Colombia where he studied with Maestro Jaime Arias Obregón, and also holds a Master degree and a Doctorate in Guitar performance and pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi, studying with Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo.

Before coming to the United States, Carlos worked as a guitar professor at Universidad del Atlántico in his native Barranquilla, Colombia, where he also founded and directed the Philharmonic Society of Barranquilla (SOFIBA), institution that organized and promoted a vast array of cultural events in the community.

Carlos is a devoted teacher and performer and is constantly engaged in recitals, chamber music collaborations, recording sessions and musical theater shows. After living in Nashville, TN for four years, where he taught at Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State University, he currently resides in Fayetteville, NC and teaches at Methodist University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina State University, Coastal Carolina Community College, and is the owner and founder of Fayetteville School of Music, LLC.

Carlos’ recordings of solo and duo repertoire are available on iTunes, Amazon and Cdbaby.

(910) 630-7100
Reeves Lower Level
Jennifer Caviness

Jennifer Caviness, B.S.

Office Manager / Admissions, Nursing Program
Jennifer Caviness
Jennifer Caviness, B.S.

Office Manager / Admissions, Nursing Program

B.S., Methodist University

(910) 630-7578
Nursing 140
Dr. Darl Champion

Darl Champion, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Justice Studies
Dr. Darl Champion
Darl Champion, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Justice Studies

B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.C.J., University of South Carolina; Ed.D., North Carolina State University

Bio:

Dr. Darl Champion, Sr. is a tenured professor within the School of Public Affairs. Dr. Champion earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in adult education with a minor in public administration from North Carolina State University. At the undergraduate level he has taught courses in policing urban society, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice planning, terrorism and homeland security, organizational behavior in criminal justice organizations, police administration, interpersonal communications for criminal justice personnel, ethical foundations of criminal justice, and criminology. At Webster University he has taught graduate courses in administration of justice, police and society, security management and administration, and behavioral issues. In 1997 he was named the Outstanding Instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College; in 1988 he was named the Margaret Lange Willis Outstanding Educator in North Carolina. In 2004 he was named Professor of the Year at Methodist University. He has presented numerous papers at professional conferences, and in 2002 co-authored a textbook entitled An Introduction to American Policing. He has been a peer reviewer for the journal Crime and Delinquency. Dr. Champion has been a long-term member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, the American Society of Criminology, American Society of Public Administration, and the American Society of Industrial Security. He served ten years as a member of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and is currently a member of the governing board of the Carolina’s Institute for Community Policing. In the local community he serves on the Public Safety Committee of Fayetteville MetroVisions.

Dr. Tat Chan

Tat W. Chan, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Science & Human Development; Professor of Computer Science
(910) 630-7286
Dr. Tat Chan
Tat W. Chan, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Science & Human Development; Professor of Computer Science

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Southwestern Louisiana

Bio:

Dr. Chan earned his doctorate degree in computer science from University of Southwestern Louisiana (now known as University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1994. He joined Methodist University as a faculty member in the Computer Science Department in 2001. He served as chair of the department from 2005 – 2011. As department chair, he led the effort to restructure the Computer Information Technology (CIT) program and added a concentration in Interactive Multimedia Application Development in the CIT major. He also coached students to compete in the ACM Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest. He was appointed Dean of Science and Human Development in 2011. As school dean, he supported and contributed to the university’s initiative of starting an engineering program in the school. He was the founding director of the summer STEM Camp for middle school students in 2012 at MU and served as the camp’s director for the next five years. While Dr. Chan is grateful for the opportunities to serve the university in various capacities, his passion remains in his classroom. Courses he has taught are in the areas of Intro to Programming, GUI development, Operating Systems Concepts, Database Management Systems, Data Structures/Algorithms, Theory of Computation, System Design and Analysis, and Web Programming. His research interests include Mobile Computing, Software Maintenance, Programming Concepts, and Database Management and Technologies. In his leisure, he enjoys spending time with his family, nature walks, and reading.

(910) 630-7286
Hendricks 200
Diana Childress

Diana Childress

Student Accounts Collections Counselor
Diana Childress
Diana Childress

Student Accounts Collections Counselor

(910) 630-7619
Horner Administration Building
Dr. Michael Colonnese

Michael Colonnese, Ph.D.

McLean Professor of English; Director, Creative Writing Program; Managing Editor, Longleaf Press
(910) 630-7085
Dr. Michael Colonnese
Michael Colonnese, Ph.D.

McLean Professor of English; Director, Creative Writing Program; Managing Editor, Longleaf Press

B.A., University of Bridgeport; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton

Bio:

Dr. Michael Colonnese holds an endowed professorship, the McLean Chair in English. He serves as the Managing Editor of Longleaf Press and directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of a mystery novel, Sex and Death, I Suppose (Oak Tree Press, 2011)  and two poetry collections, Temporary Agency (The Ledge Press, 2008) and Double Feature (Big Pencil Press, 2015). All three books were selected as winners of National Competitions. Sex and Death, I Suppose won the Dark Oak Novel Contest; Temporary Agency won the Ledge Poetry Award, and Double Feature won the 2014 Gell Poetry Prize from Writers and Books. He also publishes his short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, and essays in literary journals and magazines.

(910) 630-7085
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Dr. Matthew Condo

Matthew Condo, PT, DPT, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 630-7295
Dr. Matthew Condo
Matthew Condo, PT, DPT, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

B.S., Ohio State University; D.P.T., University of St. Augustine; Ed.D., University of St. Augustine

(910) 630-7295
McLean 116A
Steve Conley

Steve Conley, M.Ed.

Head Men's Golf Coach; Assistant Professor of PGA Golf Management; Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program
(910) 630-7146
Steve Conley
Steve Conley, M.Ed.

Head Men's Golf Coach; Assistant Professor of PGA Golf Management; Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program

B.S., Murray State University; M.Ed., Campbell University

Bio:

Serving as an Assistant Professor and the Advising Coordinator for the PGA/PGM program, Conley is in his 34th year at Methodist University (32nd as the Head Men’s Golf Coach). He earned a Master of Education degree from Campbell University (NC) in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Murray State University (KY) in 1986.

Conley has been a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) since 1996. He has achieved the highest level of rating at the PGA-USGA Rules of Golf Workshop. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor and teaches courses in the PGA Golf Management Program-Intro to PGM 1 and 2.

In 2006, Conley was inducted into the Golf Coaches’ Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the USA South Athletic Conference Hall of Fame (2010) and the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame (2012).

During his tenure as the men’s coach, his teams have won 12 NCAA Division III National Championships and 23 of the Monarchs’ 31 USA-South Athletic Conference Championships. His players have won nine individual NCAA Division III National Titles, 96 All-America Honors and 22 All-America Scholar Honors. Representing the GCAA, he coached the USA team to victory in the USA-Japan Matches in Tochigi-Ken, Japan in 1998. He has been awarded Coach of the Year honors by the GCAA seven times nationally in Division III, 16 times in the South Region, and 21 times in the USA-South Athletic Conference.

(910) 630-7146
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Elizabeth Cooper, M.S.

Software Administrator & Application Analyst
(910) 630-7674
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Elizabeth Cooper, M.S.

Software Administrator & Application Analyst

B.S., M.S.

(910) 630-7674
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Kwasi Covington

Kwasi Covington

Library Assistant
Kwasi Covington
Kwasi Covington

Library Assistant

(910) 630-7645
Davis Memorial Library, Circulation Desk
Dr. Christopher Cronin

Christopher Cronin, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
(910) 630-7665
Dr. Christopher Cronin
Christopher Cronin, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

B.A., Saint Michael’s College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Bio:

Dr. Cronin received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His first book (The Cross, the Fall, and the Resurrection) looks at the Social Gospel Movement and the Democratic Party. His second book (Mormons in American Politics) deals with the rise to power of prominent Mormon politicians. His ongoing research focuses on religion and politics.

Research Interests:

Religion and politics, Fundamentalist rhetoric, minority religions in majority politics, social movements and religion, religious leaders as political leaders

Personal Interests:

Volunteering, softball, guitar, hiking, the Cubs, the Patriots, and the Durham Bulls.

(910) 630-7665
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Charles Crumpler

Charles Crumpler

Maintenance Dispatcher
Charles Crumpler
Charles Crumpler

Maintenance Dispatcher

(910) 630-7238
Maintenance
Shasta Culbreth

Shasta Culbreth, B.A.

Associate Director of Admissions
(800) 488-7110, ext. 7291
Shasta Culbreth
Shasta Culbreth, B.A.

Associate Director of Admissions

B.A.

Bio:

Shasta Culbreth, Associate Director of Admissions, is in charge of internal operations. Shasta’s duties include managing communications for accepted students, supervising the support staff, and coordinating campus visits. A native of Sampson County, Shasta has been an employee of Methodist University since May 1996.

(800) 488-7110, ext. 7291
Stout Hall
Morgan Dancy

Morgan Dancy, M.S.

Instructor of English
(910) 630-7320
Morgan Dancy
Morgan Dancy, M.S.

Instructor of English

B.A., University of Central Florida; M.S., Southern Connecticut State University

Bio:

Since 2016, I have taught freshman composition courses at Methodist University. Prior to MU, I taught at Housatonic Community College, developed new curricula for HCC, tutored English at Southern Connecticut State University, and worked as an assistant editor for a variety of publications in Florida, Connecticut, and New York.

In 2019, I attended a seminar titled “Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom,” a co-sponsored event through the CIC and Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies. Afterward, I began incorporating the Odyssey into my ENG 1020 course in an attempt to make it more accessible to students.

Academic Interests:

Best practices for teaching first-year composition, developmental reading and writing strategies, curriculum development, resiliency in the classroom

Hobbies:

I enjoy spending time with my husband (Tim) and son (Roman), as well as participating in anything fitness related, including yoga, running, tennis, weightlifting, and Crossfit.

Courses:

ENG 1010

Topics: food accessibility, law enforcement/community relations, school-to-prison pipeline, and incarceration as modern slavery

Assignments: Argumentative Research Essay, Social Commentary & Song Lyric Essay, and Problem and Solution Essay, etc.

ENG 1020

Topics: Otherness, patriarchal oppression, identity, race/gender issues

Assignments: Journal Article Analysis, Short Story Analysis, and Comparative Analysis, etc.

Sample Readings: “Story of an Hour,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” “Recitatif,” “Sonny’s Blues,” “A Rose for Emily,” “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “A Hunger Artist,” “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “A Doll’s House”

ENG 1040

Assignments: informative article, film review, film trailer rhetorical analysis, grant proposal, and recommendation report

(910) 630-7320
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CPT Kyle Daniels

CPT Kyle Daniels, B.S.

Chair, Military Science/ROTC; Insructor of Military Science
CPT Kyle Daniels
CPT Kyle Daniels, B.S.

Chair, Military Science/ROTC; Insructor of Military Science

B.S., University of Kansas

Bio:

CPT Daniels received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Leadership in 2010.

(910) 630-7693
Hendricks 209
Jennifer Danks

Jennifer Danks, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
(910) 480-8448
Jennifer Danks
Jennifer Danks, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing

B.S., University of Phoenix; M.S.N., East Carolina University

(910) 480-8448
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Robin Davenport

Robin Davenport, MBA

Director of Internships & Experiential Learning
Robin Davenport
Robin Davenport, MBA

Director of Internships & Experiential Learning

B.S., Campbell University; M.B.A., Methodist University

(910) 630-7279
Clark 104
Dr. John Dembosky, Jr.

John Dembosky, Ph.D.

Director, General Education; Associate Professor of Geology
Dr. John Dembosky, Jr.
John Dembosky, Ph.D.

Director, General Education; Associate Professor of Geology

B.S. Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Bio:

Dr. John Dembosky earned his Ph. D. in geology from the University of Pittsburgh after earning undergraduate degrees in Earth and Space Science and General Science Education. He is a long standing member of the Geological Society of America and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, but also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a lifetime member of the Carolina Geological Society. He has studied Mars within the United States Geological Survey Branch of Astrogeology and taught courses such as Structural Geology and Remote Sensing before coming to Methodist University in 2005. Dr. Dembosky has specialized in the tectonics of Southwestern North America and teaches several courses across the geosciences which include geology, meteorology, physical oceanography, astronomy, and planetary geology. He has also initiated a course in introductory geographical information systems (GIS). Dr. Dembosky is a proponent of the liberal arts and sciences and serves as the MU Director of General Education.

Doctoral Thesis:

Paleotectonic Restoration of Miocene Extensional Strain of Crystalline Rock Provinces and Terranes in Southwestern North America

Research Interests:

Geology of Southwestern U.S., Planetary Geology, GIS & Remote Sensing

(910) 630-7556
Hendricks 258
Deborah Dembosky

Deborah Dembosky, MBA

Staff Accountant I
(910) 630-7322
Deborah Dembosky
Deborah Dembosky, MBA

Staff Accountant I

B.S., M.B.A., Methodist University

(910) 630-7322
Horner Administration Building
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Matthew Dempster, B.S.

Director, Environmental Health & Safety
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Matthew Dempster, B.S.

Director, Environmental Health & Safety

B.S., Methodist University

Bio:

Mr. Dempster joined the MU staff in 2017.  He is a 2011 graduate of Methodist University, with a degree in Environmental and Occupational Management.

(910) 630-7558
Hendricks 236A
Marian Dillahunt

Marian Dillahunt, M.A., M.L.S.

Assistant Professor of English
Marian Dillahunt
Marian Dillahunt, M.A., M.L.S.

Assistant Professor of English

B.A., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; M.A., North Carolina Central University; M.L.S., East Carolina University

Bio:

Professor Dillahunt has been at Methodist University since 2014. She teaches first-year composition courses, second language acquisition courses, and technical writing courses. Beyond the campus, she has published several articles, and she has made numerous scholarly presentations to community and professional organizations. Her research and teaching interests include composition and rhetoric; British Literature, chiefly early 20th century British literature; African American Women’s Literature; cultural theory, especially critical analysis of gender, race, and sexuality; technical writing, and visual culture studies, including word and image theory.

Prior to her appointment as a full-time Assistant Professor, she served as the district English Language Arts K-12 Curriculum Coordinator in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools; she also has served as a full-time English instructor within the North Carolina Community College System. While teaching in the community college, she was recognized as a distinguished educator and received the North Carolina Community College System Teaching Excellence Award. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Northeast Modern Language Association, and the International Literacy Association. In her spare time, you can find her reading African American speculative fiction, traveling the United States and the world, competing in fitness competitions, practicing yoga, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her family and friends.

(910) 630-7068
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Dr. Keith Dippre

Keith Dippre, D.M.A.

Professor of Music
(910) 630-7101
Dr. Keith Dippre
Keith Dippre, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.A., California State University at Los Angeles; D.M.A., Ohio State University

Bio:

Dr. Keith Dippre is currently a Professor of Music at Methodist University, teaching such courses as music theory, aural skills, and composition.  Dr. Dippre also received a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County and was an artist-in-residence at the Artist’s Enclave at I-Park (East Haddam, Conn.). In October of 2003, his piece “Pilgrim’s Blues” (for piano, violin, and cowbell) premiered in Northampton, Mass. commemorating the tercentenary celebration of Jonathan Edwards.  He has had commissions and performances with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and his current publishers are Imagine Music (Medina, N.Y.) and Ars Nova Music (Seattle, Wash.), and Renforth Music (New Brunswick, Canada).

On his Fall 2009 sabbatical, he took part in the Fresno New Music Festival and was a guest lecturer at Azusa Pacific University.  He was also the recent recipient of ASCAPLUS awards for 2010, 2013, and the 2012 Henry Grady Miller Cup award for his choral work “Daughters of Song.”  In 2014, he accepted the Faculty Research and Creative Expression award at Methodist University.  In 2016, he performed his piece “Lengua No Más” at the College Music Society National Conference in Santa Fe, N.M.  He continues to co-direct the Cape Fear New Music Festival every spring at Methodist University.  His most recent publishing is “Ruins of the Pueblo” with Ars Nova Press.

Dr. Matt Dobra

Matt Dobra, Ph.D.

Nimocks Professor of Business; Professor of Financial Economics
(910) 480-8455
Dr. Matt Dobra
Matt Dobra, Ph.D.

Nimocks Professor of Business; Professor of Financial Economics

B.A., Loyola University of New Orleans; Ph.D., George Mason University

Bio:

Matt Dobra holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Monash University, and a B.A. in History from Loyola University, New Orleans.  He is currently Associate Professor of Economics in the Reeves School of Business at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  His primary research interests lie in the fields of resource economics, public economics, and political economy.

Teaching Philosophy:

“The First Law of College Teaching: Any professor who, subject to the restraints of common sense and common decency, does not seize every opportunity to offend the sensibilities of his students is insulting and cheating them, and is no college professor at all” -- Eugene Genovese

Web Site:

https://sites.google.com/site/mattdobra

 

(910) 480-8455
Clark 112
Kirbie Britt Dockery, Interim Director of Advancement, Director of Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving

Kirbie Dockery, M.S.

Director, Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving
Kirbie Britt Dockery, Interim Director of Advancement, Director of Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving
Kirbie Dockery, M.S.

Director, Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving

B.S., Methodist University; M.S., University of Tennessee

(910) 630-7167
Mallett-Rogers House
Dr. Cheryl Dodson

Cheryl Dodson, DNP, MBA, RN, CCM

Assistant Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8464
Dr. Cheryl Dodson
Cheryl Dodson, DNP, MBA, RN, CCM

Assistant Professor of Nursing

B.S.N., East Carolina University; M.B.A., M.S.N., D.N.P., Union University

Bio:

Dr. Dodson has been a Registered Nurse for nearly a decade and a half. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Business Management, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University.

Dr. Dodson’s nursing experience is vast and includes intensive care, perioperative, psychiatric mental health, case management, and population health.  She holds a certification in case management. Dr. Dodson’s doctoral project focused on the development and implementation of a Business Plan for an Enhanced Integrated Care Management Program.

Dr. Dodson has been teaching in the Nursing Program here at Methodist University since Fall of 2018. During this time as a nurse educator, she has taught courses in psychiatric mental health nursing, fundamentals, adult health, community nursing, and pre-nursing.  Currently, she is working on publication in the field of death, dying, and grief.

Dr. Dodson is a native of Fayetteville and lives here with her family and her dog.  She has strong connections to the community and is involved with church, our military, and veterans.  Passionate about health care and the expanding and critical role of the nurse, Dr. Dodson is dedicated to fostering the development of new nurse graduates that are more than competent to meet the challenges and demands of caring compassionately for others.

(910) 480-8464
Nursing 132
Dr. Cameron Dodworth

Cameron Dodworth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Director, Center for Research & Creativity
Dr. Cameron Dodworth
Cameron Dodworth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Director, Center for Research & Creativity

B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., University of Leicester; M.A., Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Bio:

Dr. Cameron Dodworth is an Associate Professor in English, specializing in nineteenth-century British literature. Dr. Dodworth’s research interests include Gothicism, nineteenth-century art and literature (particularly Realism, Impressionism, and Naturalism), adaptation studies, and food studies in literature. As an undergraduate completing his B.A. at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Dr. Dodworth majored in English, history, and French, and minored in art. He was also a four-year letterman in soccer and sang in the University Choir. Dr. Dodworth also holds a M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. in Victorian Studies from the University of Leicester.  Dr. Dodworth earned his Ph.D. in English, with a certificate in Nineteenth-Century Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently earning an A.A. in Culinary Arts at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Dr. Dodworth loves Nebraska Cornhusker football and basketball, loves watching and playing most sports, loves cooking, loves watching movies, and loves anything to do with literature and art.

Selected Publications

“Fears of Consumption and Being Consumed: The Gothicization of Food in Victorian Literature.”  Chapter 29. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food.  Ed.  Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Lee Brien.  Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2018.  329-341.

“The Strokes of Brush and Blade: How Basil Hallward Executed Dorian Gray in the Style of Naturalism.” Studies in Gothic Fiction 4.1 (Spring 2016).

“Haunted Tomes, Haunted Canvases: Supernatural Realism in Nineteenth-Century Novels and Paintings.” Supernatural Studies 2.2 (Summer 2015): 74-93.

“The Mystery of the Moors: Purgatory and the Absence/Presence of Evil in Wuthering Heights.”  Brontë Studies 37.2 (April 2012): 125-135.

“‘Give Us No More of Body that Shows Soul’: The Metaphysical Interior via the Physical Exterior in ‘My Last Duchess’ and ‘Fra Lippo Lippi.’”  Victorians Institute

(910) 480-8571
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Jason Dorman

Bookstore Manager
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Jason Dorman

Bookstore Manager

(910) 630-7227
Berns Student Center
Carl Douglas

Lt. Carl Douglas

Lieutenant of Security
Carl Douglas
Lt. Carl Douglas

Lieutenant of Security

Bio:

Lt. Carl Douglas leads the Security Services Section, which is the largest, and perhaps most visible, within the Department. He supervises the Security Officers, who patrol in vehicles and on foot, responding to calls for service, providing support for athletic and other special events, and enforcing University parking regulations.

(910) 630-7289
Campus Services Building
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Donna Douglas

Vehicle Dispatcher/Office Manager, Housekeeping & Maintenance
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Donna Douglas

Vehicle Dispatcher/Office Manager, Housekeeping & Maintenance

(910) 630-7267
Maintenance
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Patricia Douthit, B.S.

Associate Director, Financial Aid
(910) 630-7617
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Patricia Douthit, B.S.

Associate Director, Financial Aid

B.S., Methodist College

(910) 630-7617
Stout Hall
Britt Dowd

Britt Dowd

HVAC Supervisor
(910) 630-7436
Britt Dowd
Britt Dowd

HVAC Supervisor

(910) 630-7436
Maintenance
Eric Dowden

Eric Dowden

Monarch Press Assistant
(910) 630-7032
Eric Dowden
Eric Dowden

Monarch Press Assistant

Eric is responsible for the administrative functions of Monarch Press and finishing work on print projects, such as collating, folding and stapling.

(910) 630-7032
Campus Services Building
Steven Downs

Steven Downs, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 751-1177
Steven Downs
Steven Downs, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Justice Studies

B.S., Fayetteville State University; M.F.S., George Washington University; D.B.A., Northcentral University

Bio:

Dr Steve Downs is a retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) and serves as an Associate Professor of Applied Forensic Science at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.  His core courses taught here are focused on practical, hands on, crime scene investigations. Prior to his current position he was a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Ga., where he taught Federal, State, and Local law enforcement officers multiple forensic and law enforcement courses.  Prior to FLETC, he served nearly 30 years in the US Army with over 25 years of experience a CID Special Agent culminating in his last assignment at Fort Hood, Texas, where he provided investigative oversight of all felony investigations in which the US Army has an interest in the southwest United States.  Steve led the multi-agency task force of the mass murder on 5 Nov 2009 there at Fort Hood.  Steve retired as the second highest ranking CID Agent in the US Army.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University, master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University, and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University.  He is a fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 214), a graduate of the Canadian Police College Major Case Management Course, and a graduate of the Fire/Arson Course at The National Fire Academy.  He currently is the faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Association (CJFSA) here which is a club for students interested in these areas.

Professional Organizations:

(910) 751-1177
Hendricks 207C
Cecilia Ducloz

Cecilia Ducloz, M.A.T.

Instructor of Mathematics
(910) 480-8473
Cecilia Ducloz
Cecilia Ducloz, M.A.T.

Instructor of Mathematics

B.A., M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Wilmington

(910) 480-8473
Allison 105A
Allyson Piotrowski

Allyson Piotrowski

Assistant to the Library Director
Allyson Piotrowski
Allyson Piotrowski

Assistant to the Library Director

(910) 630-7126
Davis Memorial Library, 2nd Floor

Jennifer Dumond, B.S.

Assistant Director, Human Resources
(910) 630-7023
Jennifer Dumond, B.S.

Assistant Director, Human Resources

B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bio:

Jennifer Dumond graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and obtained her Professional Human Resources certification in 2011. Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in human resources, including but not limited to recruitment, training, classification and compensation, payroll, performance management, employment and labor law compliance, policy administration, and employee relations.

 

(910) 630-7023
Horner
Rev. Becky Durham

Rev. Becky Durham

Adjunct Chaplain
(910) 488-3211
Rev. Becky Durham
Rev. Becky Durham

Adjunct Chaplain

(910) 488-3211
Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw

Susan Durham-Lozaw, D.M.A.

Chair, Music; Professor of Music; Coordinator, Voice
(910) 630-7603
Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw
Susan Durham-Lozaw, D.M.A.

Chair, Music; Professor of Music; Coordinator, Voice

B.M., East Carolina University; M.M., Meredith College; D.M.A., Boston University

Bio:

Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw, Professor of Music, joined the Monarchs in 2015 as Coordinator of the Voice Program.  She also serves as Chair in the Department of Music.  She holds a B.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from East Carolina University, an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy and Voice Performance from Meredith College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Additionally, Susan has earned certifications in all three levels of Somatic Voiceworks™-The LoVetri Method at the Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She completed post-graduate training in the Evaluation and Treatment of the Injured Voice with renowned Singing Voice Specialist and Voice Pathologist, Dr. Wendy LeBorgne at the Institute as well. Susan has served as a performing participant at the Richard Miller Institute of Vocal Pedagogy at Belmont University, Joan Melton’s One Voice course in New York City, the Professional Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music, and in countless masterclasses throughout her career.

As a singer with both national and international performances to her credit, Susan specializes in music theater, but sings opera, oratorio, and concert literature with equal ease. She studies with Jeannette LoVetri and Liz Caplan, both of New York, N.Y. Among her many accolades, Susan is especially honored to have received the title of Best Female Vocalist in the category of music theater from Talent America in New York City and a Cantey V. Sutton Performing Arts Award for her performance in H.M.S. Pinafore in Raleigh, N.C. Locally, Susan has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphonic Band, and the Cumberland Oratorio Singers.

Susan is a member of NATS, NAfME, The College Music Society, and The Voice Foundation.

(910) 630-7603
Reeves G20
Dr. Carl Dyke

Carl Dyke, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Dr. Carl Dyke
Carl Dyke, Ph.D.

Professor of History

B.A., Temple University; Ph.D., University of California at San Diego

Bio:

I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania with two years in Italy thrown in for variety. After studying history, sociology, philosophy, political science, and literature in college, I focused on modern European history for my graduate work. For several years I got wide-ranging again and taught philosophy, sociology, and human development at several colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay area, then settled down to teach history at Methodist University.

(910) 630-7112
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Dottie Earwood

Manager, Mail Center
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Dottie Earwood

Manager, Mail Center

(910) 630-7160
Berns Student Center
Dave Eavenson

Dave Eavenson, M.S.E.

Vice President & Director of Athletics
Dave Eavenson
Dave Eavenson, M.S.E.

Vice President & Director of Athletics

B.S., Methodist College; M.S.E., Brockport State University

Bio:

Dave Eavenson, a graduate of Methodist College, took over as head coach of the Monarchs' football program for the 2011 season. While embarking on just his second season as head coach, Eavenson has spent 12 seasons on the Monarch football staff.

Since returning to his alma mater, Eavenson has developed the Monarchs into one of the top offensive teams in the USA South Athletic Conference/Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In 2005, Methodist produced 2,000 yards rushing in a season for the third straight year, and the Monarchs set individual records for single season yards rushing, passing completions and passing yards.

Throughout Eavenson’s tenure, the Monarch offense has ranked consistently in the upper tier of the conference and during the 2003 season they spent much of the season ranked in the Top 15 in the nation in rushing offense.

Prior to returning to Methodist, Eavenson coached for four seasons at Brockport State, a NCAA Division III school. Eavenson served the Golden Eagles as the defensive backs coach and was the recruiting coordinator.

Eavenson was a student assistant coach at Methodist from 1993-1996, coaching wide receivers during that period. He received his bachelor’s degree from Methodist in 1996, and his master’s degree from Brockport State in 1999. Eavenson and his wife Jennifer have two children.

(910) 630-7396
Riddle Center
Kensley Edge

Kensley Edge, B.A.

Director, University Events
(910) 482-5362
Kensley Edge
Kensley Edge, B.A.

Director, University Events

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Kensley and her husband, Trey, are Fayetteville natives. She earned an Associate of Arts from Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. (now known as William Peace University) in 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, she worked at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, but she has spent most of her life serving on community boards and organizations. She has two daughters, one of whom is a 2019 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the younger will be a 2020 graduate of the same.

(910) 482-5362
Horner Administration Building
Dr. John W. Edwards II

John W. Edwards II, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Applied Communication
Dr. John W. Edwards II
John W. Edwards II, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Applied Communication

B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; M.A., Murray State University; Ed.D., North Carolina State University

Bio:

Dr. Edwards completed his B.A. in Psychology/Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte in 1997.  He earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication in 1999 from Murray State University.  His Doctor of Education degree, earned in 2006 from NC State University, specializes in Higher Education Administration.

His scholarly interests include leadership communication, cultural communication, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Dr. Edwards regularly teaches the following courses:

  • ACL 1500 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • ACL 1510 Speech Communication
  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication
  • LSS 2850 Collegiate Leadership Competition

Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director for the Institute for Community Leadership for the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 terms.

(910) 630-7409
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Dr. Parisa Eimanzadeh

Parisa Eimanzadeh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Engineering
Dr. Parisa Eimanzadeh
Parisa Eimanzadeh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Engineering

M.S., Amirkabir University of Technology; Ph.D., Wichita State University

Bio:

Parisa Eimanzadeh received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. She received her M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial, systems and Manufacturing Engineering from Wichita State University. She then joined Methodist University as an assistant professor in 2018. Her research focuses on simulation, optimization and stochastic modeling in healthcare systems. She is also interested in data analytics with application in Industrial Engineering.

Dissertation Title:

Nurse-staffing and skill-mix optimization in inpatient settings using a stochastic modeling approach.

Professional Organizations:

  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), 2014 - Present
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2014 - Present
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ), 2013 - Present

Service Activities:

  • Institutional Effectiveness Committee Member, Methodist University, 2019
  • Vice president of APICS Wichita Chapter, 2016
  • Treasurer of the Iranian Students Association, Wichita State University, 2016
  • Graduate student leader of Society of Women Engineers (SWE), 2013

Selected Courses:

  • Engineering Probability and Statistics I (EGR 3310)
  • Engineering Probability and Statistics II (EGR 3320)
  • Engineering Economy (EGR 3100)
  • Operations Research (ISE 3300)
  • Engineering Management (ISE 4310)
  • Special Topics - Data Analytics (ISE 4850)
(910) 630-7463
Hendricks 110
Laura Eis

Laura Eis, M.M.

Instructor of Violin
(910) 630-7100
Laura Eis
Laura Eis, M.M.

Instructor of Violin

B.M., Susquehanna University; M.M., East Carolina University

Bio:

Laura Eis earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Susquehanna University in 2001. She received a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy and a Certificate of Advanced Performance Studies in viola from East Carolina University in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Currently Ms. Eis is a member of the Fayetteville Symphony, the Wilson Symphony, and concertmaster of the Pitt Community College Orchestra. She has been the assistant director for the North Carolina Suzuki Institute since 2007 and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and treasurer of the North Carolina and Eastern North Carolina Suzuki Associations. Ms. Eis maintains a private violin and viola studio in Greenville, NC, and is an adjunct faculty member at Fayetteville State University, Methodist University, and Pitt Community College.

(910) 630-7100
Reeves Lower Level
Pam Ellis-Phipps

Pam Ellis-Phipps, B.S.

Administrative Assistant, Academic Affairs
(910) 630-7031
Pam Ellis-Phipps
Pam Ellis-Phipps, B.S.

Administrative Assistant, Academic Affairs

B.S., Methodist University

(910) 630-7031
Horner Administration Building
Brenda Elmore

Brenda Elmore

Administrative Assistant, Athletics & Phone Coordinator
(910) 630-7175
Brenda Elmore
Brenda Elmore

Administrative Assistant, Athletics & Phone Coordinator

(910) 630-7175
Riddle Center
Dr. Cindy Erb

Cindy Erb, OTD, MSH, OTR/L, C/NDT, CLT

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
(910) 482-5409
Dr. Cindy Erb
Cindy Erb, OTD, MSH, OTR/L, C/NDT, CLT

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

B.S., Mount Mary University; M.S.H., Cardinal Stritch University; O.T.D., South University

Certifications:

OTR/L, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (Bobath)(Adult Hemi), Lymphedema Treatment, Cranial Sacral Treatment, ETPS, Kinesiotape Ortho/Neuro Applications.

Bio:

Cindy has enjoyed a diverse clinical, management, and academic career in occupational therapy for over 30 years.  Neuro and orthopedic clinical focus enabled specialty in stroke/traumatic brain injury rehab, shoulder diagnoses, and hand injuries which ultimately enabled exciting opportunities in driver rehab, home modifications, workers rehab, orthotics, and neuro-recovery protocols.  Her most recent academic position was OTA Program Director/Instructor for BMC in Greenville, SC, she also enjoys providing CEU courses for clinicians, especially those which enhance the invaluable relationship of COTA/OTR in practice.  Current research involves identifying the distinct role of occupational therapy in driver rehab. In December 2018, Cindy completed her OTD with South University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

(910) 482-5409
McLean 220A
Erben, Vickie

Vickie Erben, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator, Middle Grades Education
(910) 630-7489
Erben, Vickie
Vickie Erben, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator, Middle Grades Education

B.A., Methodist College; M.A., Campbell University

(910) 630-7489
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Connor Evers

Connor Evers

Recruiter, PGA Golf Management
(910) 630-7278
Connor Evers
Connor Evers

Recruiter, PGA Golf Management

(910) 630-7278
Player 204
Dr. Carla Fagan

Carla Fagan, Ph.D.

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology
(910) 630-7699
Dr. Carla Fagan
Carla Fagan, Ph.D.

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology

B.S., City College of the City University of New York; M.S.W., Fordham University; Ph.D., Yeshiva University

Bio:

Dr. Fagan began teaching at Methodist University in August 2011 after teaching full time for one year at Southwest Minnesota State University, where she also served as Director of Field Instruction and Student Social Work Association Advisor. Born and raised in New York City, she began teaching as an adjunct in 2001 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. She also taught at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and Yeshiva University’s Stern College.

It was her very positive experience as an adjunct that motivated her to return to school for her doctorate, which she earned in May 2010, allowing her to fulfill her desire to teach full time in a university. Her dissertation examined the impact of demographics, social support and health beliefs on adherence to hemodialysis treatment regimen. Her 20 years as a nephrology social worker inspired this dissertation topic. Her research interests include health disparities, ethics and aging.

Dr. Fagan brings to Methodist University over 30 years of practice experience in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, AIDS services, nursing home services and nephrology social work. She is a regular at Chapel on Wednesdays and enjoys participating in activities to support MU and its students. Her community interests include homeless services, working to achieve social justice, and policy advocacy.

Personal Interests:

  • Sudoku
  • crossword puzzles
  • crocheting
  • knitting
  • listening to jazz
(910) 630-7699
Trustees 272B
Jarred Favorite

Jarred Favorite, B.S.

Assistant Football Coach
Jarred Favorite
Jarred Favorite, B.S.

Assistant Football Coach

B.S., University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Bio:

Entering his first season with the Monarchs, Favorite will be serving as the Corner Backs Coach and the defensive coordinator of Methodist’s junior varsity squad. Favorite began his coaching career in 2015 as a Defensive Backs Coach at his high school alma mater St. James High School in South Louisiana.

In three years at St. James High, Favorite helped lead his team to three consecutive playoffs appearance including a state championship appearance in his first season with the Wildcats. During his tenure, Favorite produced multiple All-District and All-Metro selections as well as four all-state selections and seven collegiate athletes.

He is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a degree in professional studies with a double concentration in Sports Administration and Education. He lettered in football for three years at UMHB, where he finished with a record of 37-3 during his 3 seasons and was part of back-to-back National Quarterfinals appearances and a National Semi-Finals appearance in 2012.

Favorite signed to play Professional Indoor Football in 2014 with the Wichita Wild of Kansas and again with the Amarillo Venom of Texas in 2015 after graduating from UMHB.

Favorite is a native of Vacherie, Louisiana in St. James Parish where he also served as the youngest City Councilman in history in the state of Louisiana.

(910) 630-7184
Football Field House
Patricia Fecher

Patricia Fecher, Ed.D.

Instructor of Education; Director, Field Experience & Student Teaching
(910) 630-7374
Patricia Fecher
Patricia Fecher, Ed.D.

Instructor of Education; Director, Field Experience & Student Teaching

B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.S., University of Dayton; Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University

(910) 630-7374
Hendricks 215
Taylor Fernandez

Taylor Fernandez

Grounds Technician
(910) 630-7199
Taylor Fernandez
Taylor Fernandez

Grounds Technician

(910) 630-7199
Maintenance
Dr. Kathleen Fick

Kathleen Fick, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7229
Dr. Kathleen Fick
Kathleen Fick, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

B.S., Buena Vista University; M.S., Ph.D., Auburn University

(910) 630-7229
Allison 105B
Nan Fiebig

Nan Fiebig, B.A.

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life
(910) 630-7370
Nan Fiebig
Nan Fiebig, B.A.

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life

B.A., William Jewell College

Bio:

Nan joined the Housing & Residence Life staff in 2011.

 

(910) 630-7370
Berns Student Center
Arleen Fields

Arleen Fields, M.S.L.S.

Assistant Director of Library Services; Archives Librarian; Associate Professor of Information Science
(910) 630-7412
Arleen Fields
Arleen Fields, M.S.L.S.

Assistant Director of Library Services; Archives Librarian; Associate Professor of Information Science

B.A., University of Virginia; M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bio:

Arleen’s interests are special collection organization and access, and music librarianship.  She teaches the “Pirates” Reading Circle.

Reference Liaison Areas:

Applied Communication, Art, English, History, Mass Communications, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Education, Theatre

(910) 630-7412
Davis Memorial Library
Dr. Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher, M.P.A.S., D.Sc., PA-C

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine; Academic Coordinator, PA Program
Dr. Scott Fisher
Scott Fisher, M.P.A.S., D.Sc., PA-C

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine; Academic Coordinator, PA Program

M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska; D.Sc., Baylor University

(910) 630-7219
Medical Science Building
Dr. Susan Greer Fisher

Susan Greer Fisher, D.S., P.A.-C.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine; Clinical Coordinator, PA Program
(910) 630-7426
Dr. Susan Greer Fisher
Susan Greer Fisher, D.S., P.A.-C.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine; Clinical Coordinator, PA Program

B.S., M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska; D.S., Baylor University

(910) 630-7426
Medical Science Building
Jen Fleck

Jen Fleck

Administrative Assistant, Admissions
(800) 488-7110, ext. 7027
Jen Fleck
Jen Fleck

Administrative Assistant, Admissions

Bio:

Jen Fleck, Admissions Administrative Assistant, joined Methodist University in July 2017. Her main responsibilities include coordinating campus visits, assisting with the communication flow to prospects, processing applications, and answering the primary Admissions line.

(800) 488-7110, ext. 7027
Stout Hall
Dr. Margaret Folsom

Margaret Folsom, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
(910) 630-7127
Dr. Margaret Folsom
Margaret Folsom, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

B.S., M.A., University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Bio:

After I finished my doctoral work I spent three years in a post-doctoral research program. I missed working with people, and decided to try teaching. I found this so rewarding, and so time consuming that I focused my creative interests on trying to make my classes both meaningful and challenging and on my many and varied hobbies, one of which is reading. I never imagined that these passions would converge and lead to my part in Methodist’s first Quality Enhancement Plan, developing a culture of reading, or in my giving a presentation with several of my colleagues on this project at one of the annual meetings of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  I was also one of the charter members of the North Carolina Health Occupations Advisors organization, and was delighted to be selected as one of the first honorary inductees to the physician assistant organization Pi Alpha National Honor Society.

I became a biologist because I grew up in the country, and while I was growing up spent most of my free time observing plants and animals, both wild and domestic. Gradually this lead to my interest in understanding physiological pathways. I remain a nature watcher, though.

(910) 630-7127
Hendricks 200A
Dr. Matthew Foreman

Matthew Foreman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Matthew Foreman
Matthew Foreman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

B.S.M.E., Ph.D., Washington University

Bio:

Dr. Foreman’s research focuses on the application of engineering principles and modern technology towards assessment and intervention for persons with neuromotor conditions. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Participation Science from the Washington University School of Medicine. During his graduate work, he gained experience working with video motion capture, force transducers, electromyography, and dynamometers for measuring the kinematics and kinetics of human motion. His dissertation involved the development and testing of a custom software system combining the Microsoft Kinect, online video games, and virtual feedback mechanisms to provide intense and motivating upper extremity therapy for persons with chronic stroke. His current research continues this line of work toward developing and establishing evidence for more affordable, accessible, and customizable rehabilitation solutions for those with motor impairments that affect their participation in daily life.

(910) 482-5426
McLean 220C
Silvana Foti

Silvana Foti, M.F.A.

Executive Director, David McCune International Art Gallery; Professor of Art
(910) 630-7107
Silvana Foti
Silvana Foti, M.F.A.

Executive Director, David McCune International Art Gallery; Professor of Art

B.F.A., St. Mary’s College, IN; M.F.A, University of Notre Dame; North Carolina Art Certification (K-12); Graduate Certificate, Meredith College

Bio:

As a practicing artist, Silvana is best known for her expertise in printmaking (both traditional and non-toxic). In addition to participating in numerous artist exhibitions, her former and current art gallery representation encompasses works on display in galleries throughout North Carolina, New York City, and Chicago. Her personal works are in both public collections and private collections, including The State Department in Washington, D.C., American Express, and banks in Japan.

Silvana’s professional background includes teaching at the university level, serving as department chair, developing the B.F.A. program in Graphic Design, program serving as program coordinator for visual arts education.

As an educator, Silvana is uniquely involved in the lives of students. Her commitment to education extends beyond the realm of higher education. Silvana has offered extensive service in the area of arts education to state and national organizations. She is skilled in educational leadership, curriculum review and design, and instructional strategy, and has also partnered with many organizations to review, design, and implement competency-based art education programs that have earned state-wide recognition.

As executive director for the David McCune International Art Gallery, Silvana has curated numerous regional, national and international exhibitions. Select exhibits include Warhol, Chagall, The Story of the Exodus, Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics from the Rosenbaum Collection, Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collection, and Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography. The exhibitions were often augmented with lectures, workshops, docent training, and interdisciplinary events. All gallery exhibitions met The American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) national standards and best practices. In addition, she curated and led all aspects of production, including research, budget planning, press, publications, installation and fundraising.

(910) 630-7107
Bethune 111
Dr. John Fox

John Fox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 480-8494
Dr. John Fox
John Fox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

B.S., M.A.Ed., Union University; Ph.D., Auburn University

Bio:

Dr. Fox has research experience relating to various characteristics of gait and joint load, including effects of footwear and cadence. He specializes in the use of motion capture devices and force plates. Prior to joining the DPT faculty, Dr. Fox has taught high school science and was a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University. He earned a B.S. in Sports Medicine and an M.A.Ed. from Union University, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics from Auburn University. Dr. Fox's specific research examines force capacity in multi-articular movements and changes in electromechanical delay associated with preparatory movements.

(910) 480-8494
McLean 120A
Dr. Cristina Francescon

Cristina Francescon, Ph.D.

Professor of Modern Languages; Director, Center for Global Education; Co-Coordinator, Spanish
Dr. Cristina Francescon
Cristina Francescon, Ph.D.

Professor of Modern Languages; Director, Center for Global Education; Co-Coordinator, Spanish

B.A., M.A., M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Middlebury College

Bio:

Dr. L. Cristina Francescon, studied at the University of Bologna and Indiana University, Bloomington for her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Linguistics and for her two Masters in Italian and Spanish literature and linguistics. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish and Italian from Middlebury College. Her special interest area includes but is not limited to the influences of Italian literature on the Renaissance literature of Spain, WWII history of Italy, and the Arab influence on Spain and Spanish literature. She speaks several languages fluently and has lived and worked in several countries besides Italy, Spain and the USA. She was Chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literature from 2003-2012 and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Global Education. Her passion is teaching and introducing students to different cultures and languages whether in the classroom or outside the classroom with on-campus activities and study abroad through the Center for Global Education. She also founded the International Film Festival, which has been running successfully for 16 years.

(910) 630-7082
Trustees 111
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Elizabeth Freitas

Bookkeeper/Accountant
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Elizabeth Freitas

Bookkeeper/Accountant

(910) 480-8490
Horner Administration Building
Winifred Garrett

Winifred Garrett, B.M., M.M.

Instructor of Harp
Winifred Garrett
Winifred Garrett, B.M., M.M.

Instructor of Harp

B.M., University of the North Carolina School of the Arts; M.M., Manhattan School of Music

Bio:

Principal harpist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Winifred Garrett is Adjunct Harp Instructor at Methodist University, NC State University, Bennett College, and Guilford College. Harpist in Residence at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, N.C., Ms. Garrett teaches adult harp students through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. Harp instructor for Grammy Award winner Justin Robinson of the NC Chocolate Drops, Ms. Garret has coached four students to first prize/first chair wins in local and regional competitions and auditions. As Founder/Artistic Director/Harp Instructor of “The Harp Studio,” she has worked to bring the harp to the children and greater community of the Triangle via private harp lessons, harp ensembles, summer harp camps, and concerts.

Performing her solo debut with the Winston-Symphony Piedmont Triad Symphony in 1994, Ms. Garrett has been a freelance orchestral musician with the North Carolina Symphony, Western Piedmont Orchestra, Long Bay Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, Greensboro Symphony, and Wilmington Symphony. Her choral credits include performances with the Boys Choir of Harlem, the Girls Choir of Harlem, the Hickory Choral Society, Bel Canto, and the Concert Singers of Cary. Highlights from her performances in New York include performances with Stevie Wonder at the Metropolitan Opera House, Marvin Gaye at Radio City Music Hall, and playing the Off Broadway and Japan tour of The Fantasticks.  Her film credits include the Spike Lee directed films Mo Better Blues and School Daze. Principal harpist for the Longleaf Opera, Ms. Garrett has also performed for the North Carolina Theater, Broadway South, Carolina Ballet, and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Personal Interests:

I love interior design, Greek cuisine, the study of the universe, and spending time in museums with my family…and of course…ice cream.

(910) 630-7100
Reeves, Lower Level
Lynetta Geddie

Lynetta Geddie, M.P.H.

Director, Health Services
(910) 630-7164
Lynetta Geddie
Lynetta Geddie, M.P.H.

Director, Health Services

B.S.N., Western Carolina University; M.P.H., Walden University

Bio:

Ms. Lynetta Geddie has held multiple nursing and supervisory positions, Ms. Geddie has worked in the health care field for the past 35 years.  Ms. Geddie understands the needs of the college population and as a Fayetteville native knows many of the resources located in the city.

(910) 630-7164
Health Center, West Hall
Vickie Gettleman

Vickie Gettleman

Library Assistant
Vickie Gettleman
Vickie Gettleman

Library Assistant

(910) 630-7645
Davis Memorial Library
Luke Gogerty

Luke Gogerty, B.A.

Assistant Football Coach
Luke Gogerty
Luke Gogerty, B.A.

Assistant Football Coach

B.A., John Carroll University

Bio:

Luke Gogerty is entering his second season with the Monarchs. In the 2013 season, he headed-up the inside linebackers. One Monarch linebacker earned all-conference honors under Gogerty’s tutelage. During the 2014 season, Gogerty will take over the entire linebacker corps. The position group is looking to make a statement in the USA South as they are returning only one starter from the 2013 roster.

As a player for John Carroll University, Gogerty was a two-year letter-winner and centered a Blue Streaks O-Line that received d3football.com Offensive Line of the Week accolades three times in his playing career. Through his junior and senior year, Gogerty and the JCU O-Line helped to amass 3,482 yards rushing and 5,289 passing yards, while only letting up two sacks per game.

Gogerty graduated from John Carroll University in the spring of 2013 with a bachelor's degree of Arts & Sciences. Furthermore, Gogerty was an Academic All-OAC player that was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and Alpha Sigma Nu, academic honor societies.

A native of Fort Myers, Fla., Gogerty attended Fort Myers High School, where he was a two-year letter-winner and starter at center for the Greenwave. Gogerty was awarded “Best Blocker” for the Greenwave and graduated in the top five percent in his class.

(910) 480-8483
Football Fieldhouse
Summer Gonzales

Summer Gonzales

Administrative Assistant, Admissions
Summer Gonzales
Summer Gonzales

Administrative Assistant, Admissions

Bio:

Summer Gonzales, Admissions Administrative Assistant, joined Methodist University in October 2013. Her main responsibilities include assisting with the communication flow to prospects, greeting parents and students who visit the Office of Admissions, and answering the University switchboard.

(800) 488-7110
Stout Hall
Zach Gordon

Zach Gordon, B.A.

Assistant Football Coach
(910) 480-8472
Zach Gordon
Zach Gordon, B.A.

Assistant Football Coach

B.A., Bethany College

(910) 480-8472
Football 125
Robin Greene

Robin Greene, M.A., M.F.A.

Professor of English & Writing; Director, Writing Center
(910) 630-7110
Robin Greene
Robin Greene, M.A., M.F.A.

Professor of English & Writing; Director, Writing Center

B.A., University of Bridgeport; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.F.A., Norwich University

Bio:

Robin Greene is Director of the Writing Center and Professor of English and Writing, and held the McLean Endowed Professorship in English from 2013-2016. Greene has published two collections of poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), two editions of a nonfiction book (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories) and a novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman) about a woman who was a slave in Fayetteville. Her new novel, The Shelf Life of Fire, about a woman’s emotional breakdown and recovery, was published by Light Messages in May 2019. She is co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, MU’s literary press, and co-founder of the Sandhills Dharma Group, a Buddhist meditation and study group. Greene is a certified yoga teacher, and every year she teaches a women’s writing, meditation, and yoga retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is also a new weaver and re-learning how to play the guitar. Greene holds a M.A. in English from Binghamton University and a M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art at Norwich University.

(910) 630-7110
Trustees 219
Dr. William Greenwood

William Greenwood, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Dr. William Greenwood
William Greenwood, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

B.S., M.S., Eastern New Mexico University; M.D., University of New Mexico

(910) 630-7427
Anatomy Lab 101
Nancy Grimes

Nancy Grimes, B.S.

Administrative Assistant, Nursing
(910) 480-8409
Nancy Grimes
Nancy Grimes, B.S.

Administrative Assistant, Nursing

B.S., Middle Tennessee State University

(910) 480-8409
Nursing 119
Dr. Meredith Gronski

Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Director, Occupational Therapy Program; Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Meredith Gronski
Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Director, Occupational Therapy Program; Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

B.A., O.T.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Certification:

OTR/L, CLA

Bio:

Dr. Gronski joined the faculty in 2016 as the founding Program Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. In addition to her academic position, she conducts early childhood eligibility evaluations for Cumberland County Schools.  She is nationally certified (NBCOT) and licensed to practice occupational therapy in NC. She holds the academic leadership credential (CLA) from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Academic Leadership Institute.

Dr. Gronski has served the profession as a member of AOTA’s Commission on Practice, Emerging Leaders Development Committee, and the Knowledge Translation Content Development Board.  She is currently serving as President (2019-20201) of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA). Dr. Gronski’s most recent peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters address occupational therapy interventions for young children to support self-care skills and sleep.

Dr. Gronski has served on the Executive Board of the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County since 2017 and is an active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, serving as a lector and a faith formation catechist. In 2019, she was honored as one of the Fayetteville Observer’s “40 Under 40”.

Research Interests:

Early childhood, movement and learning, pediatric food allergy impact and self-management, early powered mobility (“GoBabyGo” program), teaching and learning outcomes in doctoral occupational therapy education, interprofessional education and faculty development

Personal Interests:

Cooking, raising boys, road trips, eliminating clutter, small towns and local eateries

(910) 480-8594
McLean 220H
Brent Gunter

Brent Gunter

Grounds Technician
(910) 630-7199
Brent Gunter
Brent Gunter

Grounds Technician

(910) 630-7199
Maintenance
Deondre Gunter

Deondre Gunter, B.S.

Assistant Football Coach
(910) 480-8539
Deondre Gunter
Deondre Gunter, B.S.

Assistant Football Coach

B.S., East Carolina University

Bio:

Beginning his first season at Methodist University, Dre Gunter originally hails from Johnston County, North Carolina. He played his college ball at North Carolina Wesleyan College before transferring to East Carolina University where he majored in sport studies.

Before coming to Methodist, Gunter had a short coaching stint at North Pitt High School in Bethel, N.C., where he coached running backs.

 

(910) 480-8539
Football Field House
Dr. Yihe Guo

Yihe Guo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
(910) 480-8457
Dr. Yihe Guo
Yihe Guo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

M.S., Tianjim Medical College; Ph.D., University of Louisville

Doctoral Thesis:

Development of GABAergic neuron in the cat visual cortex

Research Interests:

Sickle Cell Disease

Personal Interests:

Soccer, travel, and foods

(910) 480-8457
Hendricks 231
Michael Hadley

Michael D. Hadley, MBA

Director, Institutional Research & Effectiveness
(910) 630-7550
Michael Hadley
Michael D. Hadley, MBA

Director, Institutional Research & Effectiveness

B.S., M.B.A.

(910) 630-7550
Medical Science 102
Kelsie Hagan

Kelsie Hagan, A.S.

Circulation Manager
(910) 630-7212
Kelsie Hagan
Kelsie Hagan, A.S.

Circulation Manager

A.S., University of South Carolina Upstate

(910) 630-7212
Davis Memorial Library
O. Z. Hamzah

O. Z. Hamzah, M.S., MBA, CCM

Director, Resort & Club Management; Assistant Professor of Business Administration
(910) 630-7557
O. Z. Hamzah
O. Z. Hamzah, M.S., MBA, CCM

Director, Resort & Club Management; Assistant Professor of Business Administration

B.S., Shaw University; M.S., M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Teaching Philosophy:

Professor Hamzah’s teaching philosophy focuses on engaging the students and empowering them to be active participants in the design of his course content and delivery

Research:

Operations management, systems modeling and business technology assessment

(910) 630-7557
Clark 105
Scott Handback

Scott Handback, M.Ed.

Director, PTM Program; Assistant Professor of Professional Tennis Management
Scott Handback
Scott Handback, M.Ed.

Director, PTM Program; Assistant Professor of Professional Tennis Management

B.A., Queens University of Charlotte; M.Ed., American Intercontinental University; Member of the USPTA & PTR, USTA High Performance Coach

Bio:

Certified by the USPTA and PTR, Scott has over 30 years of experience in the tennis and private club industry as a tennis director, general manager, and club owner.

Scott has passed all levels of the USTA Sport Science Program and has earned the RacquetFit Certification for Tennis Physiological Connection and Etcheberry Certified for Strength, Conditioning and Movement in Sports. He served as a USTA National Zonals Coach and USTA National Clinician for many years and was the 2004 & 2005 USTA/Southern Junior Davis Cup coach.

Selected as the 1999 South Carolina USPTA Professional off the Year, Scott served as the Director of the Western North Carolina USTA High Performance Competitive Training Center for eight years. He has coached 71 players who have gone on to play collegiate tennis, including 19 players ranked #1 in the state in their age division. Scott also coached two future NCAA Division I Singles Champions: Thai Kwiatkowski (Virginia) in 2017 and Mallory Cecil (Duke) in 2009.

Honored as the USTA/ITA Community Service Award in 2004, Scott has served in various capacities in the tennis industry including the USTA/North Carolina Board of Directors, numerous USTA/North Carolina and USTA/South Carolina committees and president of three community tennis associations (Charlotte Tennis Association, Beaufort Tennis Association and Sea Island Tennis Association).

With a background in strategic planning, Scott is one of the few tennis professionals to transition to serving as a general manager of private clubs. He spent over 15 years in strategic management of private clubs and has served as a consultant for several golf and country clubs. Scott is the owner of Deer Valley Athletic Club in Boone, N.C. with over 450 members offering tennis, pool, golf and fitness programs.

(910) 630-7147
Clayton Tennis Center
Dr. Hugh Harling

Hugh Harling, Ed.D., LAT, ATC

Chair & Director, Athletic Training; Professor of Athletic Training
Dr. Hugh Harling
Hugh Harling, Ed.D., LAT, ATC

Chair & Director, Athletic Training; Professor of Athletic Training

B.S., M.E.S.S., University of Florida; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University; LAT, ATC

(910) 630-7418
McLean 206K
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Rhonda Harris, M.S.A.

Director, Payroll
(910) 630-7023
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Rhonda Harris, M.S.A.

Director, Payroll

B.S., Methodist University; M.S.A., Liberty University

(910) 630-7023
Horner Administration Building
Dr. Todd Harris

Todd D. Harris, Ed.D.

Senior Associate Dean of Students
Dr. Todd Harris
Todd D. Harris, Ed.D.

Senior Associate Dean of Students

B.A., M.Ed., North Carolina State University; Ed.D., University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Bio:

During the summer of 2012, Todd D. Harris joined the Methodist University staff as the Associate Dean of Students. Dr. Harris has worked in the field of student affairs for the past 23 years. He has extensive experience in housing and residence life, new student orientation, student conduct, crisis management and leadership development. Prior to arriving at Methodist, Dr. Harris served students at several institutions including NC State University, Georgetown University, and Lake Forest College. Dr. Harris earned his undergraduate degree in public relations and master’s degree in college student development from NC State University. He completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from UNC-Wilmington. Dr. Harris is a native of Raleigh, N.C.

(910) 630-7155
Berns Student Center
Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Director, Monarch Press
Mike Harrison
Mike Harrison

Director, Monarch Press

Mike is responsible for the production of all printing and copy requests, from design to completion.

(910) 630-7061
Campus Services Building
Ben Hart

Ben Hart, B.S.

Assistant Football Coach
(910) 630-7579
Ben Hart
Ben Hart, B.S.

Assistant Football Coach

B.S., University of Mount Union

Bio:

Ben Hart comes to Methodist University after spending the 2017 season as a student assistant at the University of Mount Union. Previously, Hart spent four years as a defensive end for the Purple Raiders, and was a member of the 2015 national championship team.

Hart graduated with a degree in sport business, and minors in French and coaching.

Hart will be coaching the defensive ends and JV defensive line.

(910) 630-7579
Football Field House
Kim Hasty

Kim Hasty, B.A.

Director of University Relations & Public Information Officer (PIO)
(910) 630-7609
Kim Hasty
Kim Hasty, B.A.

Director of University Relations & Public Information Officer (PIO)

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Hasty has 35 years of experience in journalism, having worked for The Fayetteville Observer as a columnist, community news editor and sportswriter.

She is a 1982 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 1978 graduate of Reid Ross High School.

She and her husband, David, have four children and two grandchildren.

(910) 630-7609
Chris's House
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Sarah Hayden, M.S., ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
(910) 630-7572
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Sarah Hayden, M.S., ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer

B.S., Methodist University; M.S., Life University; ATC

Bio:

Sarah Hayden has been a part of the Methodist University Athletic Training staff since August 2018. She is primarily responsible for the women’s basketball and softball teams.

Sarah received her master’s in sport health science in 2016 from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. While at Life, she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s rugby teams.

Sarah attended Methodist University from 2010 through 2014 when she received her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training.

Prior to full-time employment at Methodist, Sarah worked at Lindenwood University-Belleville (Ill.) as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. She was responsible for men’s rugby as well as men’s and women’s swimming and diving.

(910) 630-7572
Riddle Center
Will Helms

Will Helms, B.S.

Assistant Cross Country Coach
(910) 630-7336
Will Helms
Will Helms, B.S.

Assistant Cross Country Coach

B.S., Methodist College

Bio:

Helms joined his alma mater’s cross country and track and field staff in August 2013. In addition to his responsibilities at MU, he also works at College Lakes Elementary in Fayetteville as a second grade teacher.

Helms graduated from Methodist in May 2006 with a degree in elementary education. As a college student-athlete, he competed on three Monarch cross country teams that qualified for NCAA Southeast Regionals, and earned All-Mason-Dixon Conference honors for the distance medley relay in track and field.

He is currently working toward a master’s degree in physical education-sports administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

(910) 630-7336
Riddle Center
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Help Desk

IT Help Desk
(910) 630-7300
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Help Desk

IT Help Desk

Contact the IT Help Desk for issues with MU Email and other miscellaneous IT topics, except:

 

(910) 630-7300
Trustees CAC Lab
Dr. George Hendricks

George Hendricks, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Public Affairs; Professor of Social Work
Dr. George Hendricks
George Hendricks, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Public Affairs; Professor of Social Work

B.S., M.S.W., East Carolina University; Ph.D., Walden University

Bio:

Dr. George Hendricks serves as the Dean of the School of Public Affairs. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Social Work Department. George has twelve years of practice experience in School Social Work where he worked with at-risk elementary school, middle school, high school and alternative school students. His research interests and dissertation include the academic achievement of homeless children. In May 2019, George and Rev. Kelli Taylor published, “A Fresh Expression Of And Are We Yet Alive” in the Asbury Theological Journal. He also has a motivational speaking business, George Hendricks Motivational Speaking. Dr. Hendricks is a two-time past presenter at the B. F. Stone Lyceum. His favorite quote is by Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Dr. Hendricks is an active member at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, He was recognized as the Cumberland County School Social Worker of the Year. He also earned the Exemplary Teacher Award and the Distinguished Professor of the Year award at MU and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the East Carolina University School of Social Work.

Dr. Hendricks is married to Kelly Hendricks, an R.N. with the Cumberland County Health Department. George and Kelly have two children, Tanner and Trevor.

Research Interests:

  • Academic achievement of homeless children
  • Methamphetamine

Personal Interests:

  • Tennis
  • Reading
  • Kayaking
Meghan Hennessey

Meghan Hennessey, M.S.

Instructor of Biology; Biology Lab Coordinator
Meghan Hennessey
Meghan Hennessey, M.S.

Instructor of Biology; Biology Lab Coordinator

B.S., Methodist University; M.S., University of Florida

Bio:

Meghan has a Master’s degree from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her specific areas of interest are veterinary shelter medicine and animal behavior. She also has a graduate certificate in non-profit leadership from the University of Florida.

Research Interests:

Meghan’s research explored the perils of breed assignment in animal shelter settings, as they relate to breed specific legislation and euthanasia of dangerous breeds. This project tested the accuracy of canine breed assignment using DNA samples from dogs whose specific breed and background were unknown. The DNA test results revealed if the breeds assigned to the dogs by shelter workers were correct, or if they were in fact different breeds all together.

(910) 630-7511
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Aloysius Henry

Aloysius Henry, B.S.

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
(910) 630-7181
Aloysius Henry
Aloysius Henry, B.S.

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

B.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bio:

Aloysius Henry joined the Methodist men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2015. A native of St. Lucia, Henry graduated from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Prior to enrolling at UNCG, Henry attended Three Rivers College (Mo.) from 2008-10 and earned an associate’s degree in general education.

While at Three Rivers, Henry played under junior college coaching legend Gene Bess, and helped the team to the NJCAA national championship game. He averaged 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in his final season.

He then transferred to UNCG and played two seasons for the Spartans, appearing in 63 games with 36 starts and averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game en route to earning a pair of varsity letters.

After graduating, Henry played one season of professional basketball in the Baltic League as a member of Estonia’s KK Parnu before returning stateside and coaching the Cape Fear girl’s varsity team for the 2014-15 season.

(910) 630-7181
Riddle Center
John Herring

John Herring, M.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
John Herring
John Herring, M.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

B.S., M.Ed., Frostburg State University; North Carolina Teaching Licensure in Physical Education (K-12)

Bio:

John Herring serves as the Program Coordinator for Physical Education and Health Education. He also oversees the Wellness Program. His primary areas of teaching are physical education, adapted physical education, health education, education, exercise and sport science and wellness. John has been teaching since 1983 at both public and private schools and colleges/universities.

He joined the PXS Department (then Wellness and Exercise Science) at Methodist University in 2006 and led the development of a revised Physical Education major (now Physical Education and Health Education) and a revised Strength and Conditioning major (now Exercise and Sport Science). He also contributed to the revision of the Applied Exercise Science major (now Kinesiology and in the School of Health Sciences). A thorough program evaluation of the Wellness program led to numerous changes, made to better meet the needs of all of the students at Methodist University. Most recently University approval was achieved for a concentration in Physical Education within the Master’s of Education program. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is still needed for final approval of the concentration.

His research interests include positive behavior management, teacher behavior change, physical education for children with disabilities, design and evaluation of achievement-based curricula in physical education, assessment-based instruction, and motivation in physical education. John enjoys reading, volleyball, writing, coaching youth sports and spending time with his family.

(910) 630-7365
Riddle 202
Dr. Jaunita Heyward

Jaunita Heyward, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education; Coordinator, Elementary Education
Dr. Jaunita Heyward
Jaunita Heyward, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education; Coordinator, Elementary Education

B.S., Bennett College; M.A., Ed.D., Fayetteville State University

North Carolina Teaching Licensure:

  • Middle Grades Language Arts (6-9)
  • Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
  • Early Childhood (Grades K-4)
  • Grammar (grades 4-8)
  • Curriculum Instructional Specialist
  • Principal (K-12)
  • Mentor
  • Superintendent
  • Pre-K/K Add On

Bio:

Dr. Heyward has over 45 years of experience teaching, mentoring and guiding students from a multitude of diverse backgrounds.  She prides herself in the five words which support her Philosophy of Education, “Look, Listen, Learn, Laugh and Love.” During her lifetime as an educator she has continually expressed to her students the need to provide all students with the fundamental skills needed to be productive citizens. She is constantly being asked by her many students to write a book of all the interesting true stories she has gathered over the years.  Perhaps she will get it done very soon.

(910) 630-7051
Hendricks 213
Baylor Hicks

Baylor Hicks, J.D.

Managing Editor, Monarch Review; Writing Consultant
(910) 630-7264
Baylor Hicks
Baylor Hicks, J.D.

Managing Editor, Monarch Review; Writing Consultant

B.A., Duke University; J.D., Stanford University

Bio:

Baylor Hicks is a writing consultant in addition to being the managing editor of the Monarch Review, Methodist’s journal of undergraduate research and art. Prior to arriving at MU, she practiced law for many years, in both North Carolina and the San Francisco Bay area. Notwithstanding the fact that she lived for close to 30 years in northern California (including three years at a Zen Buddhist retreat center), she is one of those rare creatures—a Fayetteville native. As a lawyer, she has worked in a various fields, ranging from civil litigation to tax planning, and for several years specialized in legal research and writing. A Buddhist and a meditator, she has a broad array of interests, including art and architecture, kayaking, qigong and yoga, and fixing up a modernist house created by her father, local architect Mason Hicks. She obtained her law degree at Stanford University and her bachelor’s at Duke University, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.

(910) 630-7264
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Stephanie Hicks

Secretary, School of Public Affairs
(910) 630-7394
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Stephanie Hicks

Secretary, School of Public Affairs

(910) 630-7394
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Maryanne Hickson

Maryanne Hickson

Administrative Assistant, Education & M.Ed.
Maryanne Hickson
Maryanne Hickson

Administrative Assistant, Education & M.Ed.

(910) 630-7057
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Kevin Hight

Kevin Hight

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Kevin Hight
Kevin Hight

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Tracey Hinds

Tracey Hinds, M.S.W.

Instructor of Social Work
(910) 630-7059
Tracey Hinds
Tracey Hinds, M.S.W.

Instructor of Social Work

B.S.W., Methodist University; M.S.W., Fayetteville State University

Bio:

Professor Hinds is currently a doctoral student at Walden University.  Her employment experiences include Social Work Case Manager, Clinical Social Work Therapist and Supervisor, Teacher Assistant, Legislative Assistant – North Carolina General Assembly, and adjunct Instructor for Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Professional Affiliations:

  • NASW Member since 2005
  • Certified SBIRT Trainer
  • PACE Committee Member
  • Institute for Community Leadership 2015/2016
(910) 630-7059
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Jessica Hobbs

Jessica Hobbs, B.S.

Administrative Assistant to the President
(910) 630-7005
Jessica Hobbs
Jessica Hobbs, B.S.

Administrative Assistant to the President

B.S., Methodist University

Bio:

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management from Methodist University.  She is a Class A member of the PGA of America.

(910) 630-7005
Horner Administration Building
Dr. Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman, Ph.D.

Chair & Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion
Dr. Kevin Hoffman
Kevin Hoffman, Ph.D.

Chair & Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion

B.A., Valparaiso University; Ph.D., Fordham University

Bio:

My introduction to philosophy explores fundamental ideas about justice and personal love—two topics we spend a great deal of time sorting through regardless of job or technical degree.  In courses on religion, my approach is existential, treating questions of faith just as those who hold their beliefs actually do.  In either case, what matters is that these things matter, since what we care about, and how we understand those concerns, determines how we live outside the classroom.  No surprise, then, that my own scholarship devotes special attention to the Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard, who once said: “If we should believe nothing that we cannot see with our physical eyes, then we first and foremost ought to give up believing in love.”  More surprising may be how students end up learning something about their own selves—for example, whether one truly, actually thinks playing a video game is more enjoyable than changing a diaper.  At first blush, the answer seems obvious until you try to fit that answer into a coherent view of what is worthwhile in human life.

In addition to books and fountain pens, my other tools include a hammer, saw, drill, block plane, and sewing machine.  These are handy for constructing a cool desk and chair, for example, to go with the books and pens.

Publications include The Divine Madness of Romantic Ideals, A Reader’s Guide for Kierkegaard’s Stages on Life’s Way, and the forthcoming Exceptionally Common Courage, Fear and Trembling and the Puzzle of Kierkegaard’s Authorship.

(910) 480-8530
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Jerry Hogge

Jerry Hogge, M.S.

Director Emeritus, PGA Golf Management Program; Associate Professor of Business Administration
(910) 630-7144
Jerry Hogge
Jerry Hogge, M.S.

Director Emeritus, PGA Golf Management Program; Associate Professor of Business Administration

B.A., Elon College; M.S., University of Tennessee; PGA member

Bio:

A native of Poquoson, Va., Jerry Hogge earned his B.A. from Elon University his M.S. from the University of Tennessee. After graduation, Jerry became a faculty member at Kennesaw College in Kennesaw, Ga.

Introduced to golf at 26 by the late Bill Strausbaugh, Jerry became hooked on the game and decided to make it into his career. Earning his PGA Class A Membership in 1977, Jerry first took a position as Assistant Golf Professional at Argyle Country Club in Silver Springs, Md., then Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Md. a few years later. He became Vice President and Director of Golf at Canaan Valley Resorts in Davis, W. Va., where he directed retail golf and ski operations and managed three full-time food and beverage operations.

In 1987, Jerry became the Director of the PGA Golf Management Program at Methodist College. Under his direction, the Program has graduated over 1,000 graduates and has a 100% job placement since 1989. The Program was accredited by the PGA of America in 1999. Program graduates are the most outstanding and highly sought prospects in the golf industry job market.

Jerry has been recognized by the PGA of America and the Carolinas PGA Section:

  • 1999 Horton Smith Award Recipient – Carolina’s PGA Section
  • 2001 Bill Strausbaugh Carolina’s Section Award Recipient
  • 2002 Bill Strausbaugh National Award Recipient

Teaching Philosophy:

Education is a lifelong progress that allows one to apply principles learned in the classroom to everyday practical application. I attempt to make the classroom an exciting place by applying academic principles through real life stories and situations. The more I facilitate discussion, the more everyone learns and participates. My goal for students is for them to be able to use their education and have a position in the golf industry upon graduation.

(910) 630-7144
Player 202
Ken Holland

Ken Holland

Production Assistant
Ken Holland
Ken Holland

Production Assistant

(910) 630-7111
Huff Concert Hall Production Office
Stacy Holland

Stacy Holland

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Stacy Holland
Stacy Holland

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

(910) 480-5328
Riddle Center
Racheal Holler

Racheal Holler, B.S.

Assistant Director, Campus Recreation
(910) 630-7366
Racheal Holler
Racheal Holler, B.S.

Assistant Director, Campus Recreation

B.S.

(910) 630-7366
Nimocks Fitness Center
Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek

Stephanie Hooper Marosek, Ph.D.

Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry
(910) 630-7457
Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek
Stephanie Hooper Marosek, Ph.D.

Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S., University of South Carolina; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Doctoral Thesis:

Development of an Ionically-Assembled On-Column Enzyme Reactor for Capillary Electrophoresis

Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society

Research Interests:

Dr. Hooper Marosek has several research interests. She is involved in forensic research with our Applied Forensic Science department. She utilizes chemical instrumentation to analyze gunshot residue (GSR) on T-shirt samples, the age of dried bloodstains, and hemoglobin and certain proteins in human bones. Some of Dr. Hooper’s work has been published in the Journal of Forensic Research.

Dr. Hooper Marosek is also involved in research that is applicable to the fields of athletic training and exercise science. She has analyzed the content of several sports drinks and various products utilized by athletes to alleviate muscle cramps during practice, sport, or competition. These findings are under review for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

In addition to her laboratory research, Dr. Hooper has served as a forensic consultant. She has worked with legal teams in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York. She has published several chapters in a collaborative book with other forensic experts to educate law enforcement officials and attorneys about the science of drug and alcohol testing.

Personal Interests:

Her personal interests include clog dancing (recreational and competitive), music (clarinet, piano), art, sports, forensics, being a mom, Gamecock sports, chemistry, puzzles (crosswords, soduku). She is married and has daughter, a dog, and a cat.

 

(910) 630-7457
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Tori Jordan

Tori Jordan Hord, M.G.D.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
(910) 630-7118
Tori Jordan
Tori Jordan Hord, M.G.D.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

B.A., Coastal Carolina University; M.G.D., North Carolina State University

Bio:

Tori Hord, a multiple year ADDY award winner, completed her undergraduate degree in graphic design at Coastal Carolina University and her Masters in Graphic Design at North Carolina State University.

During her time at NC State much of her research centered around digital correspondence and how the development of new technologies such as Virtual Reality could not only facilitate, but also enrich emotional expression and connectivity in an age of digitally mediated communication. She remains very much interested in how new information environments can enhance communication, the role designers might have in shaping such experiences and what that might mean in terms of design education. Other areas of research that she is passionate about are the evolution of typography, and the impacts of visual metaphor and semiotics within visual storytelling.

Tori considers inspiration to be an integral pillar of both design practice and education. Inspiration sparks creativity, evokes motivation, and facilitates progress. Design is about finding creative solutions to problems, but she has learned that simply imparting tools and skills is not enough. Ultimately, it is moments of inspiration that turn skills and tools into creative and successful design. Therefore, constructing an environment that creatively empowers and inspires is the most valuable thing that she can give her students and it is her hope that providing this will encourage them to create thoughtful, successful, and inspiring design solutions.

In addition to her love of design and scholarship, she enjoys hiking with her husband and their dogs, spending time with her family, and tackling a good DIY project.

(910) 630-7118
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Dr. Terry House

Terry C. House, Ph.D.

Chair, Computer Science; Professor of Computer Science
(910) 630-7416
Dr. Terry House
Terry C. House, Ph.D.

Chair, Computer Science; Professor of Computer Science

B.S., Campbell University; M.S., Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University

Bio:

From 1983 to 2004, I served in the United States Army as a Special Forces Green Beret, with deployments in several countries to include Africa and Afghanistan. I have authored several peer-reviewed papers that are published in IEEE journals and conferences. My philosophy is: No task is too hard if you adopt an “I can do this” mentality.

A few of the classes I teach in the Computer Science department are Programming (gaming and App Development, Java, C++, C#, Visual Basic, Assembly Language), Architecture, App Development, Computer Literacy, Azure, AWS, Networking, Computer Security, Senior Project, Database, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, AWS, and other various courses.

I know from experience, that setting your standards high can be challenging but very rewarding as well. I expect every student to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and seek perfection in every assignment!

Undergraduate Teaching Areas:

Visual Basic Programming, Assembly Language, Software Engineering, Computer Networks, Unix Programming, Computer Architecture, Computer Security

Research Interests:

Computer Security, Software Engineering, Programming, GUI Development, Operating Systems, Database Management, Client-Server computing, Computer Graphics

Personal Interests:

Playing chess, camping, exercising, reading IT Literature

(910) 630-7416
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Nicky Howard, B.A.

Assistant Registrar
(910) 630-7033
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Nicky Howard, B.A.

Assistant Registrar

B.A., Columbia State University

(910) 630-7033
Horner Administration Building
Emily Howson

Emily Howson, M.F.A.

Instructor of English
(910) 630-7163
Emily Howson
Emily Howson, M.F.A.

Instructor of English

B.A., University of Dayton; M.F.A., North Carolina State University

Bio:

I began teaching at Methodist University in 2017, which makes me the newest member of the English faculty. I teach writing, and like most teachers, I’ve got a pretty deep belief that what I teach matters. I would argue that there is considerable power in the way that we language (yes, “language” as a verb; when you’re an English instructor, few people have the courage to scold you when you break the official rules). In an increasingly online world, written words (typed ones, anyway) carry the weight of much of our interaction with one another. We have a responsibility to learn to be very careful with them.

My approach to teaching writing prioritizes clarity, structure, precision, and synthesizing information. I am interested in understanding how writing transfers across contexts and modes, in using popular cultural texts to increase student access and authority, and in developing an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) approach to remedial writing courses at Methodist. I have this idea that composing and responding to arguments with great care is an important part of the work of citizens in a democracy.

Prior to Methodist, I taught and directed the writing center at Saint Augustine’s University. My most recent scholarly work has appeared in Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy and Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, and my most recent creative work has appeared in The Florida Review and American Fiction.

I’m an Ohio native, with no impending plans to return. I enjoy spending time with my family (including a toddler, preschooler, spouse, dog, and cat) and reading books.

Courses Taught:

  • Skills Development in English
  • Composition
  • Composition & Introduction to Literature
  • Composition & Rhetoric
  • Reviewing Writing
(910) 630-7163
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Dr. George "Trey" Hoyt

Trey Hoyt, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, School of Health Sciences; Chair & Professor of Kinesiology
(910) 630-7620
Dr. George "Trey" Hoyt
Trey Hoyt, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, School of Health Sciences; Chair & Professor of Kinesiology

B.S., Auburn University; M.Ed., Northeast Louisiana University; Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Bio:

Trey Hoyt is a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Methodist University.  He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 2003.  In addition to his 18 years in academia, Dr. Hoyt has five years of clinical experience as an exercise physiologist in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation for two hospital systems.  His research interests are in the area of cardiorespiratory physiology with a specific interest in the effects of cigarette smoking on performance during physical activity.  Dr. Hoyt holds professional memberships in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Southeastern Chapter of ACSM.

Dr. Hoyt thoroughly enjoys being at Methodist University, interacting with colleagues and students.  He believes that if we all (faculty, students, and staff) do our best to give good effort, we can continue to make Methodist an institution that positively touches the lives of many.

Dr. Hoyt has been married for 26 years and has four children.  In his time away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, playing tennis, and flatwater kayaking.

Professional Memberships:

American College of Sports Medicine; Southeast Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine.

Research Interests:

Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Exercise Performance; Cardiorespiratory Physiology.

Personal Interests:

Spending time with family, tennis, kayaking, running.

(910) 630-7620
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Ryan Hull

Ryan Hull, B.S.

Golf Course Superintendent
(910) 630-7688
Ryan Hull
Ryan Hull, B.S.

Golf Course Superintendent

B.S., Methodist University

Bio:

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in PGA Golf Management from Methodist University in 2011 and Professional Golf Turf Management Certification from Rutgers University in 2013. He is a PGA Class A Member, and a GCSAA Superintendent Class B Member.

(910) 630-7688
Golf Maintenance Shop
Tavares Hunter

Tavares Hunter, M.S.

Director, Center for Student Success; Assistant Coordinator, C.H.A.M.P.S.
Tavares Hunter
Tavares Hunter, M.S.

Director, Center for Student Success; Assistant Coordinator, C.H.A.M.P.S.

B.S., Methodist University; M.S., Walden University

Bio:

Tavares joined the staff in 2010 and received his master’s degree in higher education in 2015. He worked as a Residential Coordinator from 2010 until 2016, when he was appointed Student Solutions Coordinator. He became Director of the Center for Student Success in 2018. He also teaches MU Journey courses.

(910) 630-7249
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Mary Hupp, M.S.

Database Administrator
(910) 630-7020
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Mary Hupp, M.S.

Database Administrator

B.S., Methodist University; M.S.

(910) 630-7020
Campus Services Building
Dr. J. R. Hustwit

J. R. Hustwit, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Arts & Humanities; Professor of Religion & Philosophy
Dr. J. R. Hustwit
J. R. Hustwit, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Arts & Humanities; Professor of Religion & Philosophy

B.A., University of Texas; M.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Bio:

I am interested in the prospects and challenges of looking for truth in multiple religions. In 2014, I wrote Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth (Lexington Books), which explores the mind’s need to interpret everything it encounters, and how interpretation helps us understand and compare unfamiliar religions. I am also interested in process philosophy, which involves the claim that events and processes are more fundamentally real than substances. Currently, I am working on a book about the Buddhist concept of emptiness and its promise for cultivating ecological societies.

My goal in the classroom is to guide students past the instrumental goods of career and salaries to the final goods that give meaning and value to a life. As important as it is to get a stable job that pays well, it is the pursuit of truth, beauty, and justice that make working 9-to-5 worthwhile.

I teach courses in east and south Asian religions; monotheisms and violence; angels, demons, and jinn; mystical literature; and the feminine divine. I am honored to have been awarded Methodist University Exemplary Teacher Award in 2013 and to have been recognized as one of the Fayetteville Observer’s “Forty under 40” in 2015.

I am also an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to horology, cooking, gardening, wildlife observation, cephalopods, fiction reading, and parenting.

A more-or-less complete list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Wendy Hustwit

Wendy Hustwit, M.A.

Grant Writer & Sponsored Research Officer
Wendy Hustwit
Wendy Hustwit, M.A.

Grant Writer & Sponsored Research Officer

B.A., University of Redlands; M.A., Claremont Graduate University

Bio:

Wendy Hustwit earned her bachelor’s degree in Government, with a minor in Spanish. She received her master’s degree in Applied Women's Studies from Claremont Graduate University.

Wendy became Grant Writer/Sponsored Research Officer at Methodist University in October 2014. Prior to this position, she was the Grants Coordinator at Fayetteville Technical Community College for three years (2011-2014) and provided grant-writing consulting services in Fayetteville since moving to the area in 2009.

Since graduate school, Wendy has worked in non-profit and higher education fundraising, grassroots organizing, and political advocacy positions. Wendy's grant writing career began in 2005 with her first grant proposal while working as Development Manager for a medium sized non-profit in Southern California. Wendy has helped numerous organizations with proposals and grant awards in higher education, public housing, health education, social services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, arts and culture, and workforce training.

(910) 630-7103
Mallett-Rogers House
Tom Inczauskis

Tom Inczauskis, MBA

Head Women’s Golf Coach; Associate Professor of PGA Golf Management; Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program
Tom Inczauskis
Tom Inczauskis, MBA

Head Women’s Golf Coach; Associate Professor of PGA Golf Management; Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program

B.A., Governor’s State University; M.B.A., Methodist University

Bio:

Tom Inczauskis enters his sixth year as the Head Women’s Golf Coach and Assistant Director of the PGA Golf Management Program.  He was selected the WGCA GolfPride Division III East Region Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013.  He also received the McLean Foundation Methodist University Athletics Coach of the Year award in 2012.

Inczauskis continues to lead a team with historic success in NCAA Division III women’s golf and has kept the dynasty alive with National Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012.  The Methodist women’s golf program has won 25 National Championships including a stretch of 15 consecutive national titles.  This past season, the Monarchs finished 5th at the National Championship and featured two All-Americans including Kelsie Carralero and Loretta Giovannettone.

Over the past 20 years, Inczauskis has had extensive teaching, coaching, and tournament experience with a wide variety of students and events, from amateur to professional.  He has been a Head Professional at three different facilities and is a PGA Master Professional in Instruction.  He served as the Director of Instruction and Head Professional for the University’s PGA Golf Management Program from 2005-2009.

Inczauskis has attained the All But Dissertation (ABD) designation from Northcentral University (2013) and is completing a doctorate in Sports Organizational Management and Leadership. As a member of the University faculty, he completed a Master of Business Administration degree at Methodist (2007).  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Governor’s State University (1992) as well as an Associate of Science degree from Moraine Valley Community College (1989).

(910) 630-7608
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Dr. Deirdre Jackson

Deirdre Jackson, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Personal Development
Dr. Deirdre Jackson
Deirdre Jackson, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Personal Development

B.A., Dillard University; M.A., Xavier University of Lousiana; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Bio:

Dr. Deirdre R. Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with over 25 years of experience in the field of Human Growth and Development. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling/Counselor Education and Supervision from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a B.A. in Psychology from Dillard University. In addition to being licensed in four states, she holds a Certification in Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Teamwork Training, and was formally trained by the National Coalition Building Institute International, an institution “rooted in an understanding of individual, community and systemic change.”

She has served in a variety of positions, including, but not limited to, Executive Director, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Program Director and Assistant University Professor in the states of Louisiana, Illinois and Tennessee. She also had her own private practice in Nashville, TN, and at one time hosted both a television talk show and radio call-in show.

Her areas of interest include relationship issues, personal growth and development, stress and anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, as well as general life transition issues. Immediately prior to joining the Counseling Center staff at Methodist University, she served as the Clinical Program Director for an out-patient behavioral health agency in New Orleans, La., the city of her birth.

To make an appointment, please call (910) 630-7150 or send an e-mail. Please write “appointment” in the subject line to be sure of immediate attention.

(910) 630-7150
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McKenzie Jackson, M.P.A.

Budget Analyst
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McKenzie Jackson, M.P.A.

Budget Analyst

B.A., M.P.A.

(910) 630-7108
Horner Administration Building
DeeDee Jarman

DeeDee Jarman, M.S.A.

Deputy Athletic Director; Senior Woman Administrator
(910) 630-7283
DeeDee Jarman
DeeDee Jarman, M.S.A.

Deputy Athletic Director; Senior Woman Administrator

B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; M.S.A., Central Michigan University

Bio:

In her 18 seasons as head coach, the Kinston, N.C. native DeeDee Jarman has amassed a 269-187 (.560) record, making her the winningest head coach in the history of women’s basketball at Methodist. She ranks first all-time in victories at Methodist, and her winning percentage of .560 ranks second among any Monarch head coach.

Jarman, who garnered the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1999-00, has led her squads to at least a share of three consecutive DIAC regular-season championships, two DIAC Tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament twice. Additionally, Jarman directed the Monarchs to a 24-home game winning streak, a streak that spanned three seasons and broke the school record for most consecutive home wins.

Methodist’s best season during Jarman’s tenure was an impressive 21-5 in the 1999-2000 season. Under her watch, 41 players have received their degrees from Methodist, 23 players have garnered All-Conference honors and two have won DIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player awards.

Prior to the 1997-98 campaign, Jarman spent two years as the assistant coach to 11-year Methodist mentor, Rita Wiggs. Prior to coming to Methodist, Jarman served as the head women’s basketball coach at New Bern High School from 1993-95. During that time, her squads registered a 32-16 record (.667).

Jarman earned a Bachelor of Arts in health and physical education from UNC-Wilmington in 1989, as well as an associate’s degree from Mount Olive College, where she played basketball and softball for two years. In the spring of 2003, she earned her Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

Jarman and her husband, Errol, welcomed a daughter, Dawson Michele, to the family on June 2, 2004.

(910) 630-7283
Riddle Center
Kerry Scott Jenkins

Kerry Scott Jenkins, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Kerry Scott Jenkins
Kerry Scott Jenkins, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

B.F.A., Western Carolina University; M.F.A, East Tennessee State University

Bio:

Beginning with winning a Halloween Carnival poster contest in third grade, Kerry Jenkins was tempted by the notion of a career in graphic design. He then pursued caricature drawing in high school, with his algebra teacher as an (unbeknownst) model. Kerry followed up his high school slog by earning two degrees in his subject of interest. He then officially began work as a graphic designer.

Soon, he started his own studio in Johnson City, Tennessee—Great Scott Design—using his middle name in the title. (“Great Kerry Design” just didn’t have the same ring.) More than 12 years of award-winning graphic design studio success followed.
Kerry felt his career choice was a wise one—a continuing visual oeuvre with very little math involved. But he thought, “What if I could teach others contemplating the same career choice?” So he helped to establish the B.F.A. in Graphic Design program at Methodist in 2007. Since then, Kerry has taught graphic design, typography, imaging, photography, and graphic design history courses and is a tenured Associate Professor. See some of his professional projects and his students’ work on his website at www.kerryscottjenkins.com.

Jenkins earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and his Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. He is the recipient of two print media “Best of Show” awards, two “Judges’ Choice” awards, and 68 ADDY® awards collectively across twelve annual Tri-City Metro Advertising Federation American Advertising Awards®.

Brenda Jernigan

Brenda Jernigan, M.S., M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English
Brenda Jernigan
Brenda Jernigan, M.S., M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S., Old Dominion University; M.F.A., North Carolina State University

Bio:

Professor Jernigan has written two novels, Angel’s Aura and Every Good and Perfect Gift.

(910) 630-7454
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Thomas Jester

Help Desk Technician
(910) 630-7020
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Thomas Jester

Help Desk Technician

(910) 630-7020
Trustees CAC Lab
Alan Jeter

Allen Jeter, M.A., LAT, ATC

Director, Athletic Training Services
(910) 630-7596
Alan Jeter
Allen Jeter, M.A., LAT, ATC

Director, Athletic Training Services

B.S.A.T., State University of New York College at Cortland; M.A., Southeastern Louisiana University; LAT, ATC

(910) 630-7596
Riddle Center
Eugenia Johnson

Eugenia Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Academic Advising; Coordinator, Culture of Reading Program
Eugenia Johnson
Eugenia Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Academic Advising; Coordinator, Culture of Reading Program

B.S., Pembroke State University; M.S., East Carolina University; Ph.D., Walden University

Bio:

Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change. She is a professional Academic Advisor and Coordinator of the Culture of Reading Program.

 

(910) 630-7588
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Tom Johnston

Tom Johnston, MSN, RN, APRN, CNM, IBCLC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Tom Johnston
Tom Johnston, MSN, RN, APRN, CNM, IBCLC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

B.S., Austin Peay State University; M.S.N., University of Rhode Island

Certifications:

CNM, IBCLC

Bio:

Tom Johnston earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee in 1997, and his Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Midwifery from the University of Rhode Island in 2005.  He is a midwife (not mid-husband) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who retired from the Army in 2015 as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 27 years in the Army Nurse Corps.  During his long career in the Army he served in a plethora of roles in Tennessee, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, and Landstuhl, Germany.  His last assignment was as the Chief of Midwifery Services at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Professor Johnston is an expert in human lactation and has traveled across America presenting in professional and lay conferences on the role of the father in breastfeeding, the molecular biology of human lactation, the impact of health care providers on the breastfeeding relationship and newborn transition to extra-uterine life.  His research interests include the biochemical processes behind human milk synthesis and the impact of support personnel (both formal and informal) on the breastfeeding family.  His publication topics include safe bed sharing for the new family,  nursing care in grief, death and dying for the maternal-child arena, the role of the father in breastfeeding.

In his private life he is married to a lovely woman (herself a nurse) and together they have eight children.  He is the Co-Director of Sunday School programing at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America as Cub Master for the Cub Scouts on Fort Bragg and serves each year as the Highlander District Pinewood Derby Grand Marshall.

(910) 480-8423
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Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones, MBA

Head Golf Professional; Director of Instruction
(910) 630-7689
Alexander Jones
Alexander Jones, MBA

Head Golf Professional; Director of Instruction

B.S., Methodist University; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati

Bio:

The MU PGA Golf Management Program is excited to announce the hiring of 2014 alumnus, Alexander Jones, as our new Head Professional and Director of Instruction. Alex recently earned his MBA from the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Prior to that, Alex was on the golf staff at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. where he instructed over 250 lessons per season. He is also TPI Level I certified.

Alex also took a year away from golf to participate in The World Race, an 11-month missionary project traveling to 11 countries in 11 months aiding local churches, schools, or civic groups and spreading the gospel.  During this time, Alex served as the team leader and financial manager of a seven-person team, arranging all of their travel and administering the necessary funds while moving from country to country.

Prior to his year of Christian service, he also worked at the Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, Md. as an assistant professional.  Alex completed his internships at Shinnecock Hills GC, Bethpage, and Hidden Creek Golf Clubs in New Jersey.

(910) 630-7689
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Jason Joseph, B.S.

Network Engineer
(910) 630-7020
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Jason Joseph, B.S.

Network Engineer

B.S.

(910) 630-7020
Campus Services Building
Paul J. Joseph

Paul Joseph, M.A.

Associate Professor of Mass Communications
(910) 630-7052
Paul J. Joseph
Paul Joseph, M.A.

Associate Professor of Mass Communications

B.S., Framingham State College; M.A., Emerson College

Bio:

Paul J. Joseph has been teaching at Methodist University since 1996 in the field of mass communication.

He acquired his B.S. at Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass., and his M.A. at Emerson College in Boston.  His work experience includes five years of video production in the Boston area where he created video projects, worked as an editor, and did video engineering.  His teaching experience began at EIIC Emerson College in Maastricht, The Netherlands.  Following this, Joseph spent one year at Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska before moving to North Carolina as his permanent home.

Joseph introduced computer-based video editing at Methodist in 1998 and built the University’s video facilities.  An independent film maker, Joseph has produced a number of award-winning projects, including a documentary about epilepsy and two video dramas, one of which was featured in the Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival in 2010.  Also during his career at Methodist University, Joseph wrote 10 novels, all of which are currently available in e-book, print, and audible format on Amazon.com.  Joseph was chair of the Communication Department for almost 10 years, and he created the foundation for much of what the department is today.  He created the new radio station, designed and built all editing facilities, and crafted the current studio for live production and general use.  He participates regularly with live multi-camera projects on location and supervises student service projects.

Joseph’s current research interests include 3-D graphics for virtual reality and 3-D printing; HD video production in single camera and multi-camera format; and storytelling through writing, video, and animation.

Personal Interests:

  • Bike riding
  • travel
  • photography (medium format)
  • independent film production
  • fiction writing
  • flying
Dr. Blake Justice

Blake Justice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Blake Justice
Blake Justice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

B.S., M.S., Appalachian State University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

(910) 480-8499
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Father Jack Kelly

Fr. Jack Kelly

Catholic Campus Minister
Father Jack Kelly
Fr. Jack Kelly

Catholic Campus Minister

Dr. Eun Hoo Kim

Eun Hoo Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
(910) 630-7433
Dr. Eun Hoo Kim
Eun Hoo Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S., M.S., Hanyang University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Bio:

My name is Eun Hoo “Uno” Kim. I was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Michigan in 2002.

I graduated from Hanyang University (BS/MS), and Case Western Reserve University (PhD). Then, I did my postdoctoral research at Purdue University. Go Boilermakers! At Purdue, I did research with a 2010 Nobel Chemistry laureate, Dr. Negishi. I had the privilege of writing a book chapter and a huge review paper with him.

My main research interests are syntheses of difluorinated natural product analogues using selective carbon-carbon bond cleavage via trifluoroacetate-release. Gingerols and Epihirsutanonol were the targets over last a few years. Three of my undergraduate students worked on the project and all of them are now in graduate school (Duke/Purdue/Waterloo).

I teach Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry. I also have taught General Chemistry and Biochemistry, too. My favorite class is Medicinal Chemistry. It’s a real charm. Students are surprised to learn about medicines with unexpected views by synthetic pharmaceutical/medicinal chemists.

I have been working at MU since 2013. I chose here because I liked the weather MOST! Believe me. I lived in Midwest (MI/OH/IN) for 11 years before N.C.

Now, I live in Fayetteville near with my son, my daughter, my wife and many fruit trees in the backyard. For other activities, I'm a serious member of Cumberland County Science Olympiad Team. You can find me in all competitions (Elementary/Middle/High). My other hobbies are table tennis and puzzle games like Rubik’s Cube (sub-15).

I am an Iron(Fe) man. Fe means “iron” in the periodic table. It is closely related to my PhD thesis subject.

Doctoral Thesis

A New Synthetic Pathway to Diquinane and Triquinane Systems

Postdoctoral Experiences

Negishi Lab and Colby Lab (Purdue University)

(910) 630-7433
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Rebcecca King

Rebecca King, B.A.

Assistant Director, Writing Center
(910) 630-7264
Rebcecca King
Rebecca King, B.A.

Assistant Director, Writing Center

B.A., Methodist University

Bio:

Rebecca King is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University, where she graduated, magna cum laude, in 2012 with a B.A. in Writing. She teaches the Dirty Dozen workshops. She moved to the Carolinas from Maine in 2007, where she owned and operated a restaurant for many years, sold real estate, and started a furniture repurposing business.  King continues to own her small business, Sage and Twine, and can often be found painting and working on furniture in her barn. However, she is also a writer and is currently working on her first novel.

(910) 630-7264
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Sheila Carr Kinsey

Sheila Kinsey, B.A.

Vice President for Planning & Administration
(910) 630-7668
Sheila Carr Kinsey
Sheila Kinsey, B.A.

Vice President for Planning & Administration

B.A.

(910) 630-7668
Horner Administration Building
Dr. Mary Kirchner

Mary Kirchner, Ph.D., CPA

Chair, Accounting, Business & Management; Professor of Accounting
(910) 630-7048
Dr. Mary Kirchner
Mary Kirchner, Ph.D., CPA

Chair, Accounting, Business & Management; Professor of Accounting

B.A., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Iowa; M.Acc., Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; CPA.

Teaching Philosophy:

I honestly believe that every student can learn and use accounting. I love to teach. Different styles of teaching are integrated into my courses to meet the needs of my students. If a student puts forth a reasonable effort, I want that effort to pay off in spades. Learning accounting is an individual accomplishment but requires a team effort.

Research:

Her primary research interest is strategic behavior by individuals in response to social change.

Personal Interests:

Die-hard sports fan, avid cook, swimmer, camper, and international traveler. Leads annual study abroad trip to Guatemala over Spring Break.

(910) 630-7048
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Dr. Karen Kletter

Karen Kletter, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Dr. Karen Kletter
Karen Kletter, Ph.D.

Professor of History

B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

I'm originally from New York, which is also where I got my B.A. and my Masters degrees before moving to North Carolina to finish my Ph.D at UNC Chapel Hill. I was trained as a medieval historian, but I also teach classes in ancient history, the history of the Renaissance and Reformation and the history of early science. My own particular areas of interest are medieval cultural and intellectual history. I’m especially interested in how people in earlier times thought about and wrote history Currently I’m researching and writing about accounts of interreligious relations and violence in the period of the Crusades. In addition to being a historian, I’m also a musician. I play the piano and I sometimes sing, these days with the North Carolina Master Chorale in Raleigh.

(910) 630-7079
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Dr. Mark Kline

Mark Kline, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
(910) 480-8470
Dr. Mark Kline
Mark Kline, Ph.D.