Bradley Accipiter, BS
Simulation Lab Technician
B.S., California University of Pennsylvania
Bonnie Adamson, MBA
Director, Financial Aid
B.S., Methodist College; M.B.A., Methodist University
Air Force ROTC
Mfon Akpan, MBA
Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.A., Illinois Institute of Technology; M.B.A., M.A.F.M., Keller Graduate School of Management
Mfon Akpan is Assistant Professor of Accounting. Mr. Akpan’s area of expertise is generating an estimated valuation of earned social media from corporate social responsibility engagement to generate an estimated return on investment and trend analysis. His professional activities include serving as a steering committee member for the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) and planning committee member for the AAA’s Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section (TLC). He is a five-time TEDx speaker, and his most recent TEDx talk gives practical steps on how we can return to life after the COVID-19 pandemic. Mfon is a doctoral candidate in Accountancy at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Alexis Allaman, MEd
Assistant Softball Coach
B.S., Fayetteville State University; M.Ed., Methodist University
Alexis (Alex) Allaman joined the Methodist University staff in the fall of 2018 as an assistant softball coach, after graduating from Fayetteville State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in physical education. Allaman received her Master’s degree from MU in coaching education and athletic administration.
She will work with the outfielders as well as managing other day-to-day responsibilities.
Prior to her arrival at Methodist, she was the assistant coach at Fayetteville State for two seasons. She assisted Jackie Stickley in leading the Broncos to winning a southern division championship in 2017 and to the CIAA conference championship game in 2018.
Allaman was a three-year letter winner, two-time All-CIAA selection, a 2015 CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic selection and a 2016 All-CIAA preseason selection at Fayetteville State. She received All-CIAA First Team honors in 2016 and All-CIAA Second Team honors at the conclusion of 2015; both as a center fielder.
As a student-athlete at Fayetteville State, she played in 106 games with 320 at-bats, 101 hits, 74 runs scored, 19 doubles, 9 home runs, and 81 RBIs. Allaman finished with a career hitting average of .316 and a slugging percentage of .491
Allaman is not new to the USA South. She began her collegiate career at Greensboro College before transferring to FSU. At Greensboro she played in 33 games, had a .283 batting average, .339 on-base percentage, a .434 slugging percentage, and hit 12 doubles. Allaman earned USA South honors as Rookie of the Week going 4-for-7 (.571) with one run scored and one RBI in a doubleheader against Lynchburg. She also was on the All-Academic Conference Team.
Lynetta Allen-Geddie, MPH
Director, Health Services
B.S.N., Western Carolina University; M.P.H., Walden University
Ms. Lynetta Allen-Geddie has held multiple nursing and supervisory positions, Ms. Geddie has worked in the health care field for the past 35 years. Ms. Allen-Geddie understands the needs of the college population and as a Fayetteville native knows many of the resources located in the city.
Vijay Antharam, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Ph.D., University of Florida
Heather Arnold, MM
Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon
B.S., B.M., University of Maryland at College Park; M.M., Peabody Conservatory
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.
Christopher Aul, MD
Professor of Medical Science; Medical Director, PA Program
B.A., Wabash College; M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Dr. Aul also serves as the Medical Advisor to the Athletic Training Program.
Dawn F. Ausborn, MSA, CPA
Vice President for Business Affairs
B.A., Methodist College; M.S.A., Central Michigan University; CPA
AICPA - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
NCACPA - North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
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.
Tom Austin, MA
Head Baseball Coach
B.A., M.A., Rollins College
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
Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Assistant Professor of Nursing; SET-RN HRSA Project Coordinator
B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia; M.S.N., Grand Canyon University
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.”
Kemper Baker, BS
Head Men’s Tennis Coach; Coordinator, Professional Tennis Management
B.S., University of Mississippi
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
Josiah Baker, PhD
Nimocks Professor of International Business; Professor of Finance & Economics
B.A., M.A.A.E., University of Central Florida; M.A., University of Kentucky; M.A., Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
My objective is to correct American financial illiteracy.
International travel and foreign politics
Economic development, impact of culture/religion in economics, taxes, defense spending, welfare spending
Lauren Baskett, BS
Director, Annual Giving
B.S., University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Lauren earned her B.S. from UNCP in Mass Communications and Public Relations. She has worked for UNCP as Assistant Director of Development & Events and the United Way of Robeson County as a Resource Development Manager.
Hem Basnet, Ph.D.
Professor of Financial Economics
M.A., City College of New York; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
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.
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).
Peggy Batten, PhD
Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Atlantic Christian College; M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina State University
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.
Matrix Theory, Lie Algebras
Denise H. Bauer, PhD
Chair & Director, Engineering; Professor of Engineering
B.S., M.S., University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Cheryl Bearringer, DNP, RN, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Spring Arbor University; M.S.N., D.N.P., George Washington University; CNE
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.
Daniel Bennett, MS
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S., M.S., Fayetteville State University
Undergraduate Teaching Areas:
Intro to College Math, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics & Applied Statistics
Real Analysis and Galois Groups
Hunting & Fishing
Jordan Bettleyon, MS, LAT, ATC, EP-C
Assistant Athletic Trainer
B.S., M.S., Bloomsburg University; LAT, ATC, EP-C
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.
Lt. Janet Bird, MPA
Assistant Director of Public Safety
B.S., Methodist University; M.P.A., DeVry University
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.
John Blackburn, MA
Head Women’s Tennis Coach; Coordinator, Professtional Tennis Management
B.S., Oklahoma Christian University; M.A., Oklahoma State University
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.
Admissions Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
Kellie grew up in the community of Plain View in Sampson County, N.C. She joined the Office of Admissions in January 2021 as the Admissions Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. Her main responsibilities include assisting with the communication flow to prospective students, greeting campus visitors, and answering the university switchboard.
Suzanne Blum Malley, PhD
Provost; Professor of English
B.A., M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Suzanne Blum Malley is provost at Methodist University. Dr. Blum Malley holds a Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric and Composition Studies from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Hispanic Literatures, and a B.A. in Spanish, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of research include multilingual and digital literacies and globally networked learning environments. She is passionate about supporting student success.
Olga Booth, MPA
International Programs Admissions & Immigrations Specialist
B.A., M.P.A., Old Dominion University
Student Service Hours
Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment
Germaine Bowles, MBA
Director, OTD Admissions and Alumni Relations
B.A., Lynchburg College; M.B.A., James Madison University
Mark Bowman, PhD
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
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.
Don Brady, DM
Associate Professor of Health Care Administration
B.A., Western Carolina University; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; D.M., University of Phoenix
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.
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.
Mark Brewington, BA
Director, Police & Public Safety; Chief of Police
Evan Bridenstine, PhD
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
Thomas King at Sadler’s Wells and Drury Lane: Proprietorship and Management in Late Eighteenth-Century English Theatre, 1771-1788
Theatre Survey, Acting, Directing, Dramatic Literature, Theatre History
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).
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.
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.
Cory Briglin, BS
B.S., Methodist University
Jennifer Broome, PhD
Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D., New York University
Jennifer Broome, Ph.D., is assistant professor of Education at Methodist University. She primarily teaches Educational Psychology, Seminar in Education, and secondary methods courses. Dr. Broome's areas of expertise include gifted education and philosophy’s role in secondary education; her most recent publications include “The Dialogic Dilemma: Pacing Guides as Objects of Analysis,” “Learning Contracts: Tips for Creating Appropriate Instruction for Gifted Students,” and “Towards a Pedagogy of Authenticity: Existential Modes of Teaching and Learning in the Secondary Classroom.” Her professional activities include writing policy papers on the Leandro implementation and reviewing licensing documents for Educator Preparation programs. Dr. Broome recently received the Hunkins article award for best scholarly article from the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum. Dr. Broome received her Ph.D. in English education from New York University. She also presented at the Methodist University B.F. Stone Lyceum in 2018.
Jack Brunecz, BS
Director, Cross Country/Track & Field
B.S., State University of New York at Fredonia
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.
Bob Bruns, MBA
Director, PGA Golf Management; Associate Professor of PGA Golf Management
B.S.S., Cornell College; M.B.A., University of Iowa; PGA member.
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.
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
Billy Buckner, MSA, MSS
Director, Military Programs & Workforce Training
B.A., Northeast Missouri State University; M.S.A., Central Michigan University; M.S.S., U.S. Army War College
JerNettie Burney, MS
Instructor of Computer Science
B.S., Elizabeth City State University; M.S., University of Indiana at Bloomington
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.
Beth Butler, MBA
One-Stop Administrative Assistant; Coordinator, Student Employment
Ruth Carr, BS
Director, Religious Life & Community Engagement
B.S., Campbell University
Beth Carter, EdD
Vice Provost for Online & Extended Learning; Professor of Education
B.S., M.A., East Carolina University; Ed.D., Regent University
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.
Carlos Castilla, DM
Adjunct Instructor of Classical Guitar
B.M., Los Andes University at Bogotá-Colombia; M.M., D.M., University of Southern Mississippi
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.
Jennifer Caviness, BS
Office Manager / Admissions, Nursing Program
B.S., Methodist University
Gift Records Coordinator
Darl Champion, EdD
Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Justice Studies
B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.C.J., University of South Carolina; Ed.D., North Carolina State University
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.
Tat W. Chan, PhD
Dean, College of Business, Technology & Professional Studies; Professor of Computer Science
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Southwestern Louisiana
Dr. Chan earned his Ph.D. 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 is a tenured professor of computer science and has been serving as Dean of College of Business, Technology, and Professional Studies since 2020. Courses he has taught include Intro to Programming, GUI development, Operating Systems Concepts, Database Management Systems, Data Structures/Algorithms, Theory of Computation, System Design and Analysis, and Web Programming. He served as chair of the computer science 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 served as Dean of School of Science and Human Development from 2011-2020. As school dean, he contributed to the university’s initiative of founding an engineering program at Methodist University. He started the summer STEM Camp at Methodist University for middle school students in 2012 and served as the camp’s director for the next five years.
Assistant Director, Office of Student Accounts
Diana works in the Office of Student Accounts, handling the following:
- Past Due Payments
- Payment Plans
- Billing Questions
- Student Refunds
- Tuition Payments
MAJ Stephanie Ciabotti
Instructor of Military Science
Assistant Football Coach
Matthew Condo, PT, DPT, EdD
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., Ohio State University; D.P.T., University of St. Augustine; Ed.D., University of St. Augustine
Dr. Matthew Condo has practiced physical therapy for 19 years. A 2002 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Condo also has earned a DPT degree in 2015 and Ed.D. degree in 2019 both from the University of St. Augustine. He has practiced in a variety of settings including occupational health, corporate health, orthopedics, acute care, and vestibular rehabilitation. Dr. Condo currently teaches anatomy, differential diagnosis, and diagnostic imaging in the DPT program at Methodist University.
Steve Conley, MEd
Head Men's Golf Coach; Assistant Professor of PGA Golf Management; Assistant Director, PGM
B.S., Murray State University; M.Ed., Campbell University
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.
Lori Cooke, DNP, RN-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., M.Ed., Kent State University; D.N.P., Carlow University
Dr. Cooke has practiced as a registered nurse since 1990. Although this is Dr. Cooke’s second year at Methodist University, she taught in the undergraduate nursing program at Malone University in Canton, Ohio for seven years prior to relocating to North Carolina. Her primary area of teaching is adult health, with a focus on both acute and chronic disease management. Dr. Cooke is a graduate of Kent State University, where she earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master’s in Education with a focus in Health Education. Her nursing experience includes caring for patients on orthopedic, medical-surgical, pre-admission testing and outpatient surgery, and intensive care units. She is board certified in medical-surgical nursing, and has taught basic life support for over 30 years. She also recently received her certification as a nurse educator. In 2018, Dr. Cooke was honored as an Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Scholar at Parkinson’s Foundation, and has recently completed a project that incorporated the knowledge obtained through this work into a virtual reality experience for nursing students. She is also a member of the Pi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. In 2019, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice through Carlow University in Pittsburgh, where her scholarly project focused on evaluating the effectiveness of adding descriptive behaviors to screening tools for intimate partner violence. In addition to her professional roles, Dr. Cooke continues to serve as a camp nurse for the Jackson Royal Family Kids Camp in Canton, Ohio. The focus of this camp is to provide mentorship to children in the foster care system who suffer from physical, emotional and cognitive issues secondary to abuse and/or neglect, and this work became an inspiration in choosing the topic for her scholarly project.
Elizabeth Cooper, MS
Business Technology & Applications Systems Administrator
Anicca Cox, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., University of New Mexico; M.A., Humboldt State University; Ph.D., Michigan State University
Academic & Research Interests:
Institutional labor, institutional ethnography, materialist feminisms, community engaged research, writing program administration, multimodal composing, graduate education, writing in the disciplines, food justice.
Christopher Cronin, PhD
Professor of Political Science
B.A., Saint Michael’s College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
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.
Religion and politics, Fundamentalist rhetoric, minority religions in majority politics, social movements and religion, religious leaders as political leaders
Volunteering, softball, guitar, hiking, the Cubs, the Patriots, and the Durham Bulls.
Shasta Culbreth, BA
Associate Director of Admissions
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.
Robin Davenport, MBA
Academic & Career Advisor
B.S., Campbell University; M.B.A., Methodist University
John Dembosky, PhD
Director, General Education; Professor of Geology
B.S. Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
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.
Paleotectonic Restoration of Miocene Extensional Strain of Crystalline Rock Provinces and Terranes in Southwestern North America
Geology of Southwestern U.S., Planetary Geology, GIS & Remote Sensing
Deborah Dembosky, MBA
Staff Accountant I
B.S., M.B.A., Methodist University
Keith Dippre, DMA
Professor of Music
B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.A., California State University at Los Angeles; D.M.A., Ohio State University
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.
He currently has three publishers: Imagine Music Publishers, Ars Nova Press, and Renforth Music Publications. He recently received a grant from the Arts Council of Cumberland County that funded his recording project for his pieces “California Low Brow” and “Ruins of the Pueblo.” California Low Brow was recently released on Spotify as well as several other digital platforms. Ruins
Matt Dobra, PhD
Chair, Accounting & Financial Economics; Nimocks Professor of Business; Professor of Financial Economics
B.A., Loyola University of New Orleans; Ph.D., George Mason University
Matt Dobra, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics and the Nimocks Endowed Professor of Business in the Reeves School of Business at Methodist University. He primarily teaches introductory courses in macroeconomics and upper level courses in econometrics, microeconomics, and other areas of applied microeconomics. Dr. Dobra's primary research interests lie in the fields of resource economics and public economics. He has published peer reviewed academic research in such journals as the European Economic Review, Decision Sciences, and Resources Policy. He 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.
“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
Kirbie Dockery, MS
Senior Director of Advancement Services & Prospect Research
B.S., Methodist University; M.S., University of Tennessee
Cheryl Dodson, DNP, MBA, RN, CCM, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., East Carolina University; M.B.A., M.S.N., D.N.P., Union University
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 was recently published in the field of death, dying, and grief.
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, nursing informatics, and pre-nursing.
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.
Cameron Dodworth, PhD
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
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.
“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.
Lt. Carl Douglas
Lieutenant of Security
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.
Vehicle Dispatcher/Office Manager, Housekeeping & Maintenance
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.
Steven Downs, DBA
Associate Professor & Director of Forensic Science
B.S., Fayetteville State University; M.F.S., George Washington University; D.B.A., Northcentral University
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.
Ashley Doyle, MA, MEd
Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach
B.A., Rhodes College; M.A., M.Ed., Messiah College
Doyle joined the Monarch coaching staff prior to the 2021-22 academic year. Before coming to Methodist, she coached for two seasons as the graduate assistant for Messiah (Pa.) University in 2019 and the shortened 2020 season. She obtained her Master of Arts in higher education with a college athletics concentration, and a Master of Education in special education while coaching the Falcons.
At Messiah, Doyle worked with the goalies and draw team. At the beginning of the Falcons’ 2020 season, they were off to a great start beating ranked University of Scranton (Pa.).
Before coaching at Messiah, Doyle was a standout lacrosse player at Rhodes (Tenn.) College where she became the first player in Rhodes women's lacrosse program history to be selected for the Senior All-Star Game. Doyle appeared in 55 games with 51 starts in her career for the Lynx. She finished fourth in program history in points (128 points, 99 goals and 52 assists), first in draw controls (269), first for ground balls (134), and third in caused turnovers (68). Doyle was a three-time First Team All-Southern Athletic Association selection while also earning All-West Region distinction.
A 2018 graduate of Rhodes, Doyle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in educational studies and psychology.
Cecilia Ducloz, MAT
Instructor of Mathematics
B.A., M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Jennifer Dumond, BS
Assistant Director, Human Resources
B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Susan Durham-Lozaw, DMA
Chair, Performing Arts; Professor of Music; Coordinator, Voice
B.M., East Carolina University; M.M., Meredith College; D.M.A., Boston University
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 Performing Arts. 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.
Carl Dyke, PhD
Professor of History; Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies
B.A., Temple University; Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
I've been at MU since 1999! Before that I taught at Cal State East Bay and UC Santa Cruz among other Bay Area schools.
My doctorate is in Modern European History. I've also taught Philosophy, Human Development, and Sociology. At MU I teach mostly World History of all sorts. I like to learn and I'm not done yet.
My research is on theories and practices of change, identity, and complex adaptive systems. My wife and I also own a farm where we practice regenerative agriculture with a team of pigs, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, birds, snakes, rodents, hawks, buzzards, coyotes, pollinators, beetles, fungal mycelia, soil bacteria, and neighbors.
Erin Earhart, MSAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
B.S., Marymount University; M.S.A.T., Texas Tech University
Erin Earhart has been a part of the Methodist University Athletic Training staff since August 2021. She is primarily responsible for the men’s soccer and women’s basketball teams.
Erin graduated from Marymount (Va.) University in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science in health sciences. While in her undergraduate program, she worked with the NWSL Washington Spirit and a local high school.
Earhart obtained her Master of Athletic Training degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2021. During her graduate program she worked with Texas Tech University football, South Plains College athletics, and several local high schools in the area. Erin also completed a summer training camp internship with the Buffalo Bills in 2020.
Manager, Mail Center
Tyler Easterbrook, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tyler Easterbrook, PhD, is Assistant Professor of English at Methodist University. He primarily teaches writing and rhetoric courses such as Composition (ENG 1010) and Business Writing (ENG 3201). Dr. Easterbrook’s main areas of expertise are digital rhetoric, conspiracy rhetoric, and the politics of social media. He is currently working on a journal article about Pizzagate, a precursor conspiracy theory to QAnon; his future scholarship will explore other social media-based conspiracy theories and their connections to contemporary American politics. Dr. Easterbrook has received multiple awards for his research and pedagogy including a campus-wide teaching award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature in 2021. More information about Dr. Easterbrook can be found at his website: tylereasterbrook.com.
Dave Eavenson, MSE
Vice President & Director of Athletics
B.S., Methodist College; M.S.E., Brockport State University
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.
Sheila Ebri, MBA
Coordinator, Online & Transfer Student Support
B.S., University of Port-Harcourt; M.B.A., Columbia Southern University
Sheila Ebri earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria in 1992 and a master’s in business administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2009. She has worked in higher education for over 18 years, including the College of Coastal Georgia and UNC - Pembroke. She enjoys spending time with her family (husband - Patrick and children - Bernadette and Richard) and entertaining.
Kensley Edge, BA
Director, University Events
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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.
John W. Edwards II, EdD
Associate Professor of Applied Communication
B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; M.A., Murray State University; Ed.D., North Carolina State University
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.
Earl Eidem, MSOM
Program Manager, DPT
B.A., Auburn University; M.S.O.M., University of Arkansas
Earl Eidem earned his A.A.S. in Information Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. During his Air Force career, he also earned a B.A. in English from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.
Jeanie Eidem, BAS
Administrative Assistant, Health Sciences & Human Services
B.A.S., Northwest Florida State College
Parisa Eimanzadeh, PhD
Assistant Professor of Engineering
M.S., Amirkabir University of Technology; Ph.D., Wichita State University
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.
Nurse-staffing and skill-mix optimization in inpatient settings using a stochastic modeling approach.
- 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
- 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
- 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)
Laura Eis, MM
Adjunct Instructor of Violin
B.M., Susquehanna University; M.M., East Carolina University
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.
Pam Ellis-Phipps, BS
Administrative Assistant, Academic Affairs
B.S., Methodist University
Vickie Erben, MA
Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator, Middle Grades Education
B.A., Methodist College; M.A., Campbell University
Charlotte Evans, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
B.S., Montclair State University; OTD, Mary Baldwin University
Charlotte Evans, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, is an assistant professor in the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program at Methodist University. She primarily teaches OT Professional Skills and Techniques, OT Interventions to Support Occupational Performance: Adult Rehab, and Professional Competency. She is also the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) faculty advisor. Dr. Evans's area of expertise is in acute care, specifically critical care. She has successfully implemented ICU early mobility programs and ICU delirium protocols, including securing grant funding. Dr. Evans recently earned her specialty credential as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Charlotte received her BA in Psychology from Montclair State University and her OTD from Mary Baldwin University.
Carla Fagan, PhD
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
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.
- crossword puzzles
- listening to jazz
Patricia Fecher, EdD
Associate Provost, Academic Operations; Assistant Professor of Education; Director, Field Experience & Student Teaching
B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.S., University of Dayton; Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University
Patricia Fecher is the Associate Provost for Academic Operations, Assistant Professor of Education, and Director of Field Experience and Student Teaching at Methodist University. Dr. Fecher holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Gardner-Webb University, an M.S. in Education from the University of Dayton, and B.S. in Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University. Prior to coming to Methodist, Dr. Fecher worked in the public school system as an ELA Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach. Her areas of research include Adult Learning Theory, Professional Development, and Literacy.
Kathleen Fick, PhD
Chair, Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Buena Vista University; M.S., Ph.D., Auburn University
Undergraduate Teaching Areas:
First Year Seminar, Intro to College Math, Finite Mathematics, College Algebra, Integrated Pre-calculus, Pre-calculus I, Pre-calculus II, Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations, History of Mathematics, Modern College Geometry, Mathematics for Teachers I, and Mathematics for Teachers II
Current research focus is in K-16 mathematics education. More specifically, research focus areas include future educators’ mathematical understanding and preparation; teachers’ mathematical content knowledge, understanding, and training; the development of children’s algebraic and geometric understanding, procedural versus conceptual error analysis, the use and understanding of manipulatives; STEM/Mathematical critical thinking; Calculus sequence preparation; and mathematical literacy.
In the area of pure mathematics, prior research focused on boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations and dynamic equations on time scales.
Nan Fiebig, BA
Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life
B.A., William Jewell College
Nan joined the Housing & Residence Life staff in 2011.
Arleen Fields, MSLS
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.
Reference Liaison Areas:
Applied Communication, Art, English, History, Mass Communications, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Education, Theatre
Cheryl Fiser, MSW
Adjunct Instructor of Social Work
B.A.S.W., M.S.W., University of Kentucky; Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Susan Greer Fisher, DS, PA-C
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine; Clinical Coordinator, PA Program
B.S., M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska; D.S., Baylor University
Administrative Assistant, Admissions
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.
Margaret Folsom, PhD
Professor of Biology
B.S., M.A., University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. North Carolina State University
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.
Matthew Foreman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
B.S.M.E., Ph.D., Washington University
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.
John Fox, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., M.A.Ed., Union University; Ph.D., Auburn University
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.
Cristina Francescon, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Modern Languages
B.A., M.A., M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Middlebury College
Melissa Frazee, BA
B.A., Fayetteville State University
Melissa is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music from Fayetteville State University in 2004. Since then, Melissa has held various roles in education with both Cumberland County Schools and the N.C. Community College System. Melissa works with students whose last names start with A-C.
Diana Garcia, MS
Coordinator, Accessibility/Disability Services
B.S.W., Fayetteville State University; M.S., Winston-Salem State University; Certificate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace, University of South Florida
Winifred Garrett, MM
Adjunct Instructor of Harp
B.M., University of the North Carolina School of the Arts; M.M., Manhattan School of Music
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.
I love interior design, Greek cuisine, the study of the universe, and spending time in museums with my family…and of course…ice cream.
Dipa Sharma Gautam, MA
Adjunct Instructor of Sociology
M.A., Idaho State University
Dipa got her Master’s in Sociology from Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID and Master’s in English from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Dipa has been teaching Principles of Sociology, Gender and Society, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Marriage and Family since 2016. Her research interests include Gender and Sexuality and Women’s Health.
Sharma Gautam, Dipa and Gesine Hearn. 2019. No time, no money, no luck: Barriers to prenatal care among dalit women in rural Nepal. Health Care For Women International.
Nataya Geddie, MSAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Mareion Gill, MSW
Residential Area Coordinator
B.S., Methodist University; M.S.W., North Carolina State University
Mr. Gill is an experienced Graduate Teaching Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and in mental health. He is skilled in communication, anger management, leadership, community outreach, and grief counseling. He holds a Master of Social Work from N.C. State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Methodist University. My goal is to become a mental health professional for athletes. As a former athlete, I want to help others realize their potential outside of their athleticism. I am dedicated to incorporating a holistic approach to athletes and their lives through mental health, academic achievement, and both personal and professional success.
Mr. Gill supervises Cumberland and Sanford Halls.
Ragan Glover-Rijkse, MA
Assistant Professor of Communications
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., University of South Carolina
Ragan Glover-Rijkse is an Assistant Professor of Communication. She currently teaches courses in Speech Communication and Interpersonal Communication. Her research examines the intersections between mobile media, infrastructures, and space/place. She has a book, titled Hybrid Play (co-edited with Adriana de Souza e Silva, 2020), and her work has also appeared in journals such as Mobile Media & Communication; New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society, and Communication Education. Glover-Rijkse will complete her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media in Fall 2021.
Robert Gmeiner, PhD
Assistant Professor of Financial Economics
B.A., Wake Forest University; M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University
I have a passion for research and teaching, which is why I never really left the college environment after completing my first degree. As an undergraduate, I studied economics and Russian at Wake Forest University before earning my Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University. My research centers on economic analysis of government policy, with recent emphasis on monetary policy and international trade. I have published research in several academic journals and recently published a book entitled How Trade with China Threatens Western Institutions: The Economic Roots of a Political Crisis. I’ve never been one to be content with the status quo, and my research often takes innovative, perhaps quirky, approaches. This bleeds over into my teaching, which is very thought-provoking by design.
Zach Gordon, BA
Assistant Football Coach
B.A., Bethany College
MSG Derrick Gosney
Instructor of Military Science
William Greenwood, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
B.S., M.S., Eastern New Mexico University; M.D., University of New Mexico
Nancy Grimes, BS
Administrative/Clinical Assistant, Nursing
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University
Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA, FAOTA
Director & Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
B.A., O.T.D., Washington University in St. Louis
OTR/L, CLA, FAOTA
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”.
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
Cooking, raising boys, road trips, eliminating clutter, small towns and local eateries
Yihe Guo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
M.S., Tianjim Medical College; Ph.D., University of Louisville
Development of GABAergic neuron in the cat visual cortex
Sickle Cell Disease
Soccer, travel, and foods
Michael D. Hadley, MBA
Director, Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Abdulrahman Hafez, DSc
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
B.S., Taibah University; M.S., Hood College; D.Sc., Towson University
Dr. Hafez graduated with D.Sc. Information Technology from Towson University. For the last four years, Dr. Hafez has been working on social media mobile platforms for the mild cognitively impaired elderly. His research interests focus on assistive technologies for the elderly with cognitive disabilities in professional settings and retirement, accessible security techniques for people with visual or cognitive declines, game-related technologies, and ubiquitous mobile healthcare, specifically wearable technology.
Dr. Hafez obtained his M.S. Information Technology and Cybersecurity Certificate from Hood College and B.S. Chemistry from Taibah University. Dr. Hafez also granted a Graduate Diploma in Commerce & Administration, majoring in International Business from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Dr. Hafez worked as an Adjunct Professor for three years at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University.
- COSC 109: Computers and Creativity
- CIS 265: Visual Basic Programming
Teaching schedule at Methodist University:
- CSC 2010 Intro to Computer Science
- CSC 3250 Programming Languages
- CSC 3500 Computer Graphics
Kelsie Hagan, BS
B.S., Methodist University
Stacia Hall, PT, DPT
Associate Professor of PT; Director, Clinical Education; Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
B.S., D.P.T., Elon University
Stacia Hall, PT, DPT, is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education. She has been a physical therapist for 15 years and has worked in various rehabilitation settings. She maintains active clinical practice in the area of outpatient neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Hall is currently enrolled in the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Doctor of Philosophy Program in Health Professions with a concentration in education.
Dr. Hall’s research interest includes teaching strategies in physical therapy didactic and clinical education, and neurological evaluation and treatment methods.
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Big
- 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
- Hall S, Carriveau K, Legue B, Yip J. Faculty Perception on Learning Hands-On Skills with Real Patients in a Physical Therapy Program. Poster, APTA North Carolina Annual Conference. October 8, 2021
- Sattgast J, Hall S. Bridging the Neuromusculoskeletal Gap. Presentation, APTA North Carolina Annual Conference. October 9. 2021
- Schulken P. Hall S. Highly effective integrated clinical experiences: Multiple perspectives. Poster, Combined Sections Meeting. January 25, 2021
- Hall S, Fike C, Fedun N. Long-term vestibular rehabilitation for cerebellar dizziness: a case study. Poster, North Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. October 23, 2020
- Hall S, Spears B, Scales J. Confidence and competence of physical therapists in vestibular rehabilitation. Poster, North Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. October 23, 2020
- Britton S (Hall). Student Perceptions of Learning Physical Therapy Skills with the Use of Human Patients in the Classroom: A Qualitative Study. Poster, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Research Symposium. August 14, 2020
- Robbins J, Dodworth C, Britton S (Hall). Exercise and literary reading comprehension: An alternative to sedentary studying. Poster, Southeast Chapter of the American College of
O. Z. Hamzah, MS, 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.
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
Operations management, systems modeling and business technology assessment
Scott Handback, MEd
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
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.
Hugh Harling, EdD, LAT, ATC
Director, Athletic Training; Professor of Athletic Training
B.S., M.E.S.S., University of Florida; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University; LAT, ATC
Alexis Harris, BS
B.S., Methodist University
Alexis Harris is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. and 2021 graduate of Methodist University with a degree in Kinesiology. She joined the office in June 2021. Prior to her role as Admissions Counselor, she served as the Admissions Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. She works with students whose last names start with S-Z.
Rhonda Harris, MSA
B.S., Methodist University; M.S.A., Liberty University
Todd D. Harris, EdD
Senior Associate Dean of Students
B.A., M.Ed., North Carolina State University; Ed.D., University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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.
Director, Monarch Press
Mike is responsible for the production of all printing and copy requests, from design to completion.
Sarah Hayden, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
B.S., Methodist University; M.S., Life University; ATC
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.
Amy Haynes, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
B.S., Regent College; B.S., Austin Peay State University; OTD, Belmont University
Amy Haynes, OTD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at Methodist University. She teaches Anatomy: Structure and Function, Functional Neuroscience, Human Movement and Performance, Program Development, Professional Writing, and is a Level I Research Mentor. Dr. Haynes’ areas of expertise include delivering comprehensive clinical occupational therapy services as part of interdisciplinary teams, development of community-level programs, research, and course development. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Beta Nu Chapter of the Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society. Dr. Haynes is an US Army Veteran and serves as a Senior Advisor for military family programs. She received her OTD degree from Belmont University, B.S. degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from Austin Peay State University, and B.S. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Russian Studies from Regent's College.
Anna Heinz, BS
Assistant Volleyball Coach
B.S., University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Anna Heinz joined the Methodist staff prior to the 2020 season, following a four-year playing career at UNC Pembroke.
A defensive specialist at Pembroke, Heinz amassed 1,516 digs in her career with a single-season high of 568 in her final campaign with the Braves. Her 5.18 digs per set rate in 2019 ranked 47th nationally in Division II. Twice during her career she totaled 32 digs in a match.
A seasoned player for Pembroke, Heinz played in 122 matches accumulating 408 sets played.
A Salemburg, North Carolina, native, Heinz was a four-year letter at Lakewood High School, also playing on the softball team. As a senior, she led the conference in digs with 693 -- tops in the state -- and in aces with 97, and was named to the volleyball all-conference team. Heinz finished her prep career with the school record in career digs (1,668).
Rebecca Helms, PT, DPT, Wound Care Certified
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Director of Clinical Education
B.S., DPT, Gannon University
Will Helms, BS
Assistant Cross Country Coach
B.S., Methodist College
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.
George Hendricks, PhD
Senior Director for Community Affairs; Professor of Social Work
B.S., M.S.W., East Carolina University; Ph.D., Walden University
Dr. George Hendricks serves as the Senior Director for Community Affairs. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs, 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.
- Academic achievement of homeless children
Meghan Hennessey, MS
Instructor of Biology & Laboratory Coordinator
B.S., Methodist University; M.S., University of Florida
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.
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.
Aloysius Henry, BS
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
B.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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.
John Herring, MEd
Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
B.S., M.Ed., Frostburg State University; North Carolina Teaching Licensure in Physical Education (K-12)
John Herring, M.Ed., is an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Methodist University. He teaches courses in physical education and health education, adapted physical education, exercise and sport science, education, special education, and wellness. John also teaches in the Residency Program, supervises students in field experiences, practicum experiences and student teaching. John has been teaching since 1983 at both public and private schools and colleges/universities. John's areas of expertise include pedagogy, adapted physical education, behavior management, curriculum design and implementation, lifetime activities, assessment, and evaluation. John received his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in Physical Education & Health Education from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md.
Stephanie Hicks, BS
Administrative Assistant, Institutional Advancement
B.S., Westfield State University
Administrative Assistant, College of Business, Technology, & Professional Studies; Education
Ronda Hirtzel, MA
B.A., Wells College; M.A., State University of New York at Brockport
Jessica Hobbs, BS
Administrative Assistant to the President
B.S., Methodist University
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.
Nicole Hodges, PT, DPT, ATC
Assistant Professor of PT; Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy
B.S., Methodist College; M.S., Armstrong Atlantic State University; DPT, University of Montana
Pelvic Health Certified
Athletic Trainer Certified
Dr. Nicole Hodges PT, DPT, ATC, is assistant professor of Physical Therapy at Methodist University. She primarily teaches Special Populations and Tests and Measures. Dr. Hodges has worked as a physical therapist since 2001 working in home health, sports medicine, and pelvic health. She is licensed to practice physical therapy in North Carolina and is an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Dr. Hodges has been a resident of Fayetteville for much of her life graduating high school from Fayetteville Christian School. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Methodist College, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. Dr. Hodges is a certified athletic trainer, has completed training in dry needling, occupational medicine, manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, nutrition, has a certificate in pelvic health and is a board-certified clinical specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy.
Kevin Hoffman, PhD
Chair & Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion
B.A., Valparaiso University; Ph.D., Fordham University
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 Exceptionally Common Courage, Fear and Trembling and the Puzzle of Kierkegaard’s Authorship.
Jerry Hogge, MS
Director Emeritus, PGA Golf Management Program; Associate Professor of Business Administration
B.A., Elon College; M.S., University of Tennessee; PGA member
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
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.
Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD
Head, Division of Natural Sciences; 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
Development of an Ionically-Assembled On-Column Enzyme Reactor for Capillary Electrophoresis
American Chemical Society
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.
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.
Tori Jordan Hord, MGD
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
B.A., Coastal Carolina University; M.G.D., North Carolina State University
Tori Hord, M.G.D., is assistant professor of Graphic Design at Methodist University. She teaches in all areas and levels of Graphic Design including Typography, Design Production, Graphic Design Studio, and Senior Exhibit. Tori Hord’s areas of expertise include typography, visual identity and branding, and new information environments for which she has received multiple ADDY awards and other recognition. During her graduate studies much of her research centered around digital correspondence and how the development of new technologies such as Virtual Reality could not only facilitate, but 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, the impacts of visual metaphor and semiotics within visual storytelling, and the future of design pedagogy. In addition to teaching, Hord also serves as a freelance designer and consultant, is a member of AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and UCDA, University and College Designers Association. She completed her undergraduate degree in graphic design (B.A.) at Coastal Carolina University and received her Masters in Graphic Design (M.G.D.) from North Carolina State University.
Kadejah Horne, MSW
Academic & Career Advisor
B.S.W., Methodist University; M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Terry C. House, PhD
Chair, Computer Science; Professor of Computer Science
B.S., Campbell University; M.S., Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
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
Computer Security, Software Engineering, Programming, GUI Development, Operating Systems, Database Management, Client-Server computing, Computer Graphics
Playing chess, camping, exercising, reading IT Literature
Victoria Houser, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., Clemson University
Victoria Houser, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of English at Methodist University. She teaches Composition and Rhetoric courses as well as Introduction to Linguistics. Dr. Houser's research interests are in composition studies, material feminisms, queer theory, and religious rhetorics. She has current scholarship in KB Journal: The Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society, Intraspection: A Journal of Rhetoric Culture and Style, and Disability Studies Quarterly as well as a forthcoming book chapter in an edited collection. In 2019, she received the Thomas E. Douglass award from Clemson University for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition. Houser received her Ph.D. from Clemson University in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design, and she earned her M.A. degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University. Dr. Houser received the Victor J. Vitanza Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled Altared Bodies: Evangelical Purity Rhetorics in the Age of Sexual Politics.
Nicky Howard, BA
B.A., Columbia State University
Emily Howson, MFA
Adjunct Instructor of English
B.A., University of Dayton; M.F.A., North Carolina State University
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.
- Skills Development in English
- Composition & Introduction to Literature
- Composition & Rhetoric
- Reviewing Writing
Trey Hoyt, PhD
Dean, College of Health Sciences & Human Services; Professor of Kinesiology
B.S., Auburn University; M.Ed., Northeast Louisiana University; Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Trey Hoyt is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences & Human Services and Professor of Kinesiology at Methodist University. He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 2003. In addition to his 19 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 27 years and has four children. In his time away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, playing tennis, and flatwater kayaking.
Ryan Hull, BS
Golf Course Superintendent
B.S., Methodist University
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.
Tavares Hunter, MS
Director, Academic Support & Student Services
B.S., Methodist University; M.S., Walden University
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.
Elizabeth Hunter, MA
Associate Director, Admissions
B.A., Meredith College; M.A., North Carolina State University
Elizabeth Hunter is from the Sandhills region of N.C. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Meredith College in 2004 and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from N.C. State in 2010. She joined the Methodist University Admissions staff in July 2021. She is responsible for students with the last names starting with I-M.
Mary Hupp, MS
B.S., Methodist University; M.S.
J. R. Hustwit, PhD
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities & Sciences; Professor of Religion & Philosophy
B.A., University of Texas; M.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
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, MA
Director, Corporate, Foundation & Sponsored Programs
B.A., University of Redlands; M.A., Claremont Graduate University
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.
Tom Inczauskis, MBA
Head Women’s Golf Coach; Associate Professor of PGA Golf Management; Assistant Director, PGM
B.A., Governor’s State University; M.B.A., Methodist University
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).
DeeDee Jarman, MSA
Deputy Athletic Director; Senior Woman Administrator
B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; M.S.A., Central Michigan University
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.
Office Manager, Occupational Therapy
Help Desk Technician
Allen Jeter, MA, 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
Eugenia Johnson, PhD
Academic & Career Advisor
B.S., Pembroke State University; M.S., East Carolina University; Ph.D., Walden University
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.
Brad Johnson, BA
Director, Marketing & Communications
B.A., University of Indiana
Brad J. Johnson, who has nearly two decades of management experience in university marketing, publishing and public relations, will help lead Methodist’s strategies and initiatives in relation to internal and outward messaging. His key areas of focus include, but are not limited to, enrollment, advancement, alumni, and academic departments; also management of web, social media, video/photography, print, writing, design, brand, vendors, media/public relations, advertising and other constituent communications.
Johnson is passionate about higher education and spent the past decade in charge of all marketing and messaging for Asbury University in Kentucky, helping set record numbers in enrollment (undergrad, grad and degree-completion), development (capital campaigns and events) and marketing strategies (new web site, social media/digital marketing campaigns, media relations, etc.).
Community is of great value to Johnson. He has spent the past decade-plus as a board member (chair) with an inner-city ministry for the homeless and has led numerous university-student mission trips (focusing on homelessness and social justice) to underserved communities in Chicago, Jacksonville, New York and abroad. He’s also been a board member and coach with the Miracle League (baseball, basketball and football programs for children and adults with special needs) for more than a decade.
Johnson’s experience includes time as the Director of Publishing for IMG College, the world’s premier sports marketing company, and Content Director for TeamTalk (an international marketing agency). His journalism/marketing career began as a writer/editor/designer at The Charlotte Observer and has included state and national recognition/awards. Prior to that, he was a two-sport collegiate athlete (soccer and baseball) who earned two degrees (double-majoring in journalism and history) from Indiana University.
Married to DeAnna for nearly 30 years, the Johnsons have two children (Matthew and Niklas).
Tom Johnston, DNP, RN, CNM, IBCLC
Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S., Austin Peay State University; M.S.N., University of Rhode Island
Dr Jarold "Tom" Johnston DNP, CNM, IBCLC is an Associate Professor of Nursing teaching Maternal-Child nursing, Human Lactation, nursing theory and research. He is well known for his energetic and entertaining lecture style. He is a midwife, lactation consultant, retired US Army Nurse, and the father of 8 children (that's right, 8). Dr Johnston served the US Army in several positions during his 27 years, finishing as the Chief of Midwifery at Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg. He is active on the lecture circuit and regularly speaks at conferences across the US and internationally. His publications focus primarily on fatherhood, breastfeeding, and newborn care. He is currently the lead investigator working with an international team to develop the Lactation Assessment Care Tool (LACT) which aims to be helpful at identifying families at risk of breastfeeding complications. He serves as the Medical Director and primary provider for his private practice in Human Lactation and specializes in at-risk and premature newborns. Professionally he is active in the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Committee (LEAARC) which oversees Lactation education in the US and abroad. Locally he serves on the board of Partnership for Children, a regional organization providing care for infants and children, he is the Sunday School Director at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Haymount, and has been a scout leader in Scouts BSA for 20 years. Dr Johnston earned his Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, his Masters in Nursing at the University of Rhode Island, and his Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
Alexander Jones, MBA
Head Golf Professional; Director of Instruction
B.S., Methodist University; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati
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.
Jason Joseph, BS
Associate Professor of Mass Communications
B.S., Framingham State College; M.A., Emerson College
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.
- Bike riding
- photography (medium format)
- independent film production
- fiction writing
Blake Justice, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., M.S., Appalachian State University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Blake Justice, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and specializes in the Foundational Sciences (such as Physiology, Cadaver Anatomy, Exercise Physiology and Nutrition). Dr. Justice has a research focus on human performance. He is a native of North Carolina and completed both a B.S. and Master's Degree at Appalachian State. After a number of years in health and hospital administration, he pursued and completed a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Hannah Key, BS
Assistant Director, Campus Recreation & Student Involvement Center
B.S., Methodist University
Eun Hoo Kim, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., M.S., Hanyang University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Eun Hoo Kim, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Chemistry in the Division of Natural Sciences. He teaches Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Physical Science. Dr. Kim's areas of expertise include organic synthesis, biologically active fluorinated compounds, organometallic (Fe, Pd, Zn, Zr) catalysts, and heterocyclic compounds. He is very active in Cumberland County Science Olympiads (K-12). He received the Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Before coming to Methodist in 2013, he did postdoctoral research with a 2010 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
A New Synthetic Pathway to Diquinane and Triquinane Systems
Negishi Lab and Colby Lab (Purdue University)
Rebecca King, MFA
Director, Writing Center
B.A., Methodist University; M.F.A., University of Southern Maine
Rebecca King is the 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 and the internship course, ENG 4160, to prepare students to be writing consultants. She moved in 2007 to the Carolinas from Maine, where she owned and operated a cafe for many years, sold real estate, and started a furniture repurposing business. Rebecca values time spent with family and friends, reading, writing, traveling when possible, baking, and being in the great outdoors. She completed an MFA in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine and is currently working on her first novel. Her poetry has been published in various publications including Third Wednesday and FEM.
Sheila Kinsey, BA
Vice President for Planning & Administration
Mary Kirchner, PhD, CPA
Head, Reeves School of Business; Professor of Accounting
B.A., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Iowa; M.Acc., Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; CPA.
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.
Her primary research interest is strategic behavior by individuals in response to social change.
Die-hard sports fan, avid cook, swimmer, camper, and international traveler. Leads annual study abroad trip to Guatemala over Spring Break.
Lauren Klabonski, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Drexel University
Dr. Lauren Klabonski is an Assistant Professor of Biology. She teaches courses in Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, and Biological Science for non-majors. Dr. Klabonski often incorporates research-style lab experiences into her courses and loves working with students in the classroom and the lab.
Dr. Klabonski earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Penn State University in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Drexel University in 2019. Prior to joining the faculty at Methodist, she had academic appointments as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Penn. and Stillman College, an HBCU in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Dr. Klabonski’s areas of expertise include microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. Her research focuses on growth factors, which are proteins necessary for growth, development, metabolism, and other essential biological processes. Growth factors also play important roles in the development of several diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Klabonski’s research aims to understand how specific growth factors are transported within and, ultimately, released from a cell to exert their effects. To answer these questions, she uses a genetic model organism, the microscopic worm C. elegans. Ultimately, Dr. Klabonski’s research can be used to identify new avenues for treating disease by targeting growth factor release.
Karen Kletter, PhD
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
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.
Mark Kline, PhD
Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., Ph.D., Indiana University
I came to Methodist University with a wide variety of lifetime experiences. I went to high school in Alice Springs, Australia and enlisted in the U.S. Navy following graduation. After trying my hand at construction, food service, and insurance sales, I landed on the academic path and haven’t looked back.
I am primarily interested in the relationship between belief and experience as influences on behavior. Early in my career I focused on the topic of alcohol use in adolescents. My experiences at Methodist University have expanded those interests into the realm of PTSD and to a focus on intervention studies surrounding binge drinking and academic performance. I have recently been addressing the topic of social media use and negative impacts that come from that.
My passion is to find new and engaging approaches to teach students about Psychology. I have used zombies, teenagers, and research projects to allow the world of Psychology to come alive for the students.
Undergraduate Alcohol Use, Binge Drinking, Risky Behaviors in general, How belief affects behavior, Behavior Genetics of Alcohol Use (How biological and Environmental variables interact to cause a behavior)
Swim Coach, Soccer, Guitar, Stand Up Comedy
J-D Knode, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing
B.S., M.B.A., Salisbury University; Ph.D., University of Baltimore.
Applications of emerging technologies
Paul Knudson, PhD
Chair, Sociology; Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., Northwestern College; M.A., University of North Dakota; Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Dr. Knudson’s teaching and research interests focus on urban and metropolitan affairs, education, political economy, and class/inequality. His current research project examines school choice, particularly middle class families who decide to remain in central cities and enroll their children in central-city public schools. Papers based on this research have been presented at meetings of the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Association for Humanist Sociology. Another project of Knudson’s will explore gentrification in Raleigh, N.C.
Paul T. Knudson. 2021. “How Institutional Context Shapes the Accounts of School Choice and Boundary-Making among Middle Class Parents in an Urban School District.” The Qualitative Report, 26 (3): 806-831.
Paul T. Knudson. 2021. “Continuing Social Constraints in Education Agency: The School Choices and Experiences of Middle Class African American Families in Albany, NY” Qualitative Sociology Review, 21(3): 150-175.
Paul T. Knudson. 2021. “Exploring the Perspectives of Middle Class African American Parents Who Are Charter School Skeptics.” Humanity & Society.
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Dana Kolbfleisch, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
B.S., M.O.T., University of Pittsburgh; O.T.D., Chatham University
Dr. Kolbfleisch has worked as an occupational therapist for 15 years and has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She has previously worked in the pediatric setting, including schools, early intervention, and outpatient pediatrics. Dr. Kolbfleisch has also spent time working in home health, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities at a clinical level and in various management roles. She has previously taught courses in the OT departments at Kaplan Career Institute and Winston-Salem State University. She currently works in the acute care and inpatient rehab settings at WakeMed Hospital, in addition to her academic role. Dr. Kolbfleisch also has an earned advanced certificate in Health and Wellness in Occupational Therapy from Salus University. Her research interests include health promotion and wellness, maternal/women’s health, self-management of chronic disease, healthcare management, dementia care, and sensory integration.
Colleen Kowalenko, ABA
A.B.A., Montgomery County Community College
Colleen Kowalenko earned her associate’s degree in Business Administration from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Penn. She spent 25 years with Sanofi Pharmaceuticals in Bridgewater, N.J. in the payroll department, with the past 10 years as the payroll supervisor.
Kyrstin Krist, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.S., Springfield College; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
- BS in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- MS in Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Ph.D. in Physical Education, Human Growth and Development
Focus of studies:
- The intersectionality of race, class, sex and other variables within society and sport.
- NCAA LGBTQ+ DIII Working Group
- NCAA LGBTQ+ and Religion Common Ground
- Faculty Athletic Representative
- Title IX Conflict Management Team
- MU Ally Team
- Women’s Studies Advisory Committee
A Few Courses Taught at MU:
- First Year Seminar
- Fitness and Wellness
- Motor Development
- Sport Psychology
- Research Seminar
- History and Philosophy of Sport
- Bodies in American Culture
- Motor Learning
- Foundations of Coaching - M.Ed.
Kenneth Kuzmuk, BS
Assistant Football Coach
B.S., Western New England University
Kenny Kuzmuk (pronounced Kuz-mick) enters his second season, first season as the linebackers coach, here at Methodist University.
During the Spring 2021 season, he was the coach of the cornerbacks that helped guide the Monarchs to a 4-1 record and were the USA South Athletic Conference runner-up team. His group was second in the conference by only allowing 175.2 passing yards per game. He also mentored freshman cornerback JK Lee to an all-conference selection.
Prior to his time at Methodist, he was the coach of the Defensive Backs at Alfred State College in 2020, where there was no season due to the pandemic.
Kuzmuk began his coaching career in 2018 at Juniata College, where he was in charge of the defensive backs. In 2019, Kuzmuk coached the Centennial Conference Interception leader Marson Weh, in his freshman season.
A native of North Arlington, NJ, Kuzmuk graduated from Western New England University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and a minor in Athletic Coaching. While there he was a member of the Golden Bears football team from 2014-17, where he played multiple positions on both offense & defense. During that time span, the team compiled a 37-7 record, claimed three Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championships, and hosted a 2016 NCAA playoff game, which was the first in school history.
Cynthia Lally, MS
Director, Campus Recreation & Intramurals
B.A., Rider University; M.S., Northeastern University
A New Jersey native, Cynthia began her career in 2010 as an Intramural Official while obtaining her undergraduate degree at Rider University. In 2014, she joined Methodist University’s Student Affairs division as a Recreation Technician. After finishing her master’s in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University, she became the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation & Wellness at Bellarmine University in 2018.
In 2021, Cynthia returned to Methodist as the Director of Campus Recreation. She was elected to serve as the current NIRSA Region II Kentucky State Leader in 2020 and is an accredited Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP) as well as being a member of the NIRSA National Championship Series Flag Football Work Team committee. Cynthia’s passion for sports also extends to her personal life, in which she plays semi-pro women’s tackle football for the 2021 DIII National Champions, Derby City Dynamite, in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA).
Laura Lamm, MEd
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.Ed., Campbell University
Laura Lamm, a first-generation university student and North Carolinian, is living proof that a person can teach in the public school system for over thirty years and retire in good health. She has enjoyed a long and varied career as not only a classroom teacher but also as a theatre director and forensic coach. Under her direction, students won many state awards, traveling to nationals, competitive places at colleges and universities, and scholarships. Whether on stage or paper, Laura encourages students to excel and become the best versions of themselves. She feels no better award or compliment than that her students do well in life. Laura has appeared in many commercials, films, and stage productions both locally and regionally, and while she enjoyed this work, she came to realize that she missed the classroom, so she joined Methodist University through the Writing Center (2009) where she tutored students on the paper writing process. Lately, she serves as English Coordinator on the university’s Teacher Education Committee and as a bridge between high school and freshmen English in the MAAP classes, assisting those students in strengthening their skills for future classes as only a high school veteran can, enabling them to continue their chosen studies. She is honored to be Methodist University’s Exemplary Teacher for 2019. Laura continues to expand her teaching abilities, recently adding a degree in teaching English as a Second Language to her repertoire.
She loves to travel both at home and abroad. She loves walking the beach, scavenging for driftwood and shells, and fishing. Her favorite activity is taking a ferry ride anywhere, which she hasn’t done nearly often enough.
Don Lassiter, PhD
Professor of Psychology; Director, Accreditation, Assessment & Student Learning
B.A., Tulane University; M.S., Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Lassiter is a Professor of Psychology who specialties include industrial/organizational psychology and human factors. His research interests include workload and aging. As former Vice President for Planning & Evaluation and current Director for Accreditation, Assessment, and Student Learning, he is the person responsible for coordinating the University’s accreditation. He has also served as Methodist University’s Title III Coordinator.
Pamela Lauchengco, MBA
Adjunct Instructor of Accounting
B.S., Appalachian State University; M.B.A., University of Florida
Krista Lee, BS
PGA Golf Management Office Manager & Admissions
B.S., Methodist University
Mrs. Lee became employed by Methodist University in 2004 and joined the PGA Golf Management team in 2014. She graduated with her associate’s degree in 1995 from Northland International University and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Methodist University in 2013. Mrs. Lee is responsible for maintaining all PGA records, daily Program operations, oversees the golf shop, and is available to help students with everyday needs.
As a native of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Lee likes the warmer temperatures in the south and has made North Carolina her home. She assists the staff and students in all aspects of the Program and maintains the ever-growing alumni network.
Jamie Legg, MBA
Dean of Admissions
B.S; M.B.A., Methodist University
Jamie Legg, Dean of Admissions, joined the Methodist University admissions staff in May 1997. Jamie received his MBA from Methodist University in December 2009. His primary responsibilities include overseeing strategic planning in the admissions office, day-to-day supervision of the Admissions Staff, student search, research, special projects and admissions marketing. Jamie is responsible for students whose last name falls between N and S, and his travel territory includes parts of North Carolina.