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Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Larry Goins (2013), Chair, Department of Nursing; Director, Professional Nursing Studies; Professor of Nursing; B.S.N., Tennessee Technological University; M.S.N., Andrews University; Ed.D., Argosy University; R.N. Diploma, Baroness Erlanger Hospital School of Nursing; N.E.-B.C., G.C.N.S.-B.C., A.C.N.S.-B.C. Office: N-128; Phone: (910) 630-7063; E-Mail:

Dr. Marcella Atwater (2014), Assistant Professor of Nursing; B.S.N., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University; M.S.N., Hampton University; M.A., North Carolina Central University; Ph.D., Capella University. Office: N-130; Phone: (910) 480-8425; E-Mail:

Dr. Shelley Barry (2012) Assistant Professor of Nursing; B.S., University of Alberta; B.S.N., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S.N., George Washington University; D.N.P., University of South Alabama; APRN, FNP-C. Office: N-131; Phone: (910) 480-8448; E-Mail:

Ms. Cheryl Bearringer (2012), Assistant Professor of Nursing; B.S.N., Spring Arbor University; M.S.N., George Washington University. Office: N-132; Phone: (910) 480-8449; E-Mail:

Professor Bearringer is currently pursuing her D.N.P. at George Washington University

Ms. Sharry Malpass (2014), Instructor of Nursing; B.S.N., Lees McRae College; M.S.N., East Carolina University; R.N. Office: N-118; Phone: (910) 480-8464; E-Mail:

Professor Malpass is currently pursuing her D.N.P. at East Carolina University.

Ms. Shannon Matthews (2013), Instructor of Nursing and Simulation Director; B.S.N., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S.N., East Carolina University. Office: N-130; Phone: (910) 480-8479; E-Mail:

Professor Matthews is currently pursuing her D.N.P. at Gardner-Webb University

Mr. Jake M. Terry, Jr. (2014), Assistant Professor of Nursing; B.S.N., M.S., M.S.N., University of Tennessee at Knoxville; M.A., Tusculum College. Office: N-129; Phone: (910) 480-8403; E-Mail:

Professor Terry is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Administrative Staff

Ms. Jennifer Caviness, Nursing Office Manager; B.S., Methodist University. Office: N-127; Phone: (910) 630-7578; Fax: (910) 630-7006; E-Mail:

Ms. Nancy Grimes, Administrative Assistant; B.S., Middle Tennessee State University. Office: N-101; Phone: (910) 480-8428; Fax: (910) 630-7006; E-Mail:

Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Susan W. Bowers, MSN, RN-BC
Adjunct Nursing Instructor

Ms. Elyse Carreno, BSN, RN
Adjunct Nursing Instructor

Ms. Theadoshia Hines, MSN, RN, CEN
Adjunct Nursing Instructor

Mr. Jarold T. Johnston, Jr., MSN, RN-CNM
Adjunct Nursing Instructor

Ms. Jennifer M. Skane, MSN, RN
Adjunct Nursing Instructor

Ms. Linda Spjute, MSN, BSN, RNC, PHN, CNS, Nurse Ed.
Adjunct Nursing Instructor