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Division of Arts & Sciences

Fields of study in the Division of Arts and Sciences:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry*
  • Classics*
  • Cultural Heritage Studies and Public Arts*
  • English
  • History
  • Languages**
  • Legal Studies/Pre-Law
  • Political Science
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy**
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology*

*minor   **course offerings

Faculty in the Division of Arts and Sciences:

John Allsteadt, Ph.D. (Biology)
B.A., Lawrence University
M.S., University of North Dakota
Ph.D., Old Dominion University

Jeffrey Blackwell, Ph.D. (Biology)
B.S., Emory and Henry College
M.S., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Richard Carroll, Ph.D. (Psychology)
B.A., Emory and Henry College
M.S., Longwood University
Ph.D., Regent University

Debananda Chakraborty, Ph.D. (Mathematics)
M.S., Jadavpur University in India
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY)
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY)

Ronda K. Cole Gentry, M.Div. (Religious Studies)
B.S., Campbell University
M.Div., Duke University
Ph.D. (In progress), Union Institute and University

Jo M. Copeland, J.D. (Legal Studies/Pre-Law)
B.A., University of Tennessee
J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law

Deborah Garfield, Ph.D. (English)
B.A., Agnes Scott College
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia

John Heil, Ph.D. (Classics & Philosophy)
B.A., Emory & Henry
M.A., University of Wyoming
Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Edward Hibbits, M.S. (History)
B.A., Emory and Henry College
M.A., Emory and Henry College
M.S., Radford University

Edison Jennings, M.F.A. (English/Creative Writing)
B.A., University of the State of New York, Board of Regents
M.F.A., Warren Wilson College

Allison Linder, M.A. (English)
B.S., Emory and Henry College
M.A., Appalachian State University

Suzanne Lyle, M.S. (Mathematics)
B.S., Western Carolina University
M.S., East Tennessee State University

Jason Lyons, Ph.D. (Psychology)
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington
M.S., University of Texas at Arlington
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

Douglas Charles Pearson, Ph.D. (Chemistry & Physics)
B.S., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Gary Poulton, Ph.D. (History)
B.A., Marshall University
M.A., Marshall University
Ph.D., Miami University

Robert Rainwater, Jr., Ph.D. (Religious Studies/Philosophy)
B.A., Baylor University
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Sam Rasnake, M.A. (English/Creative Writing)
M.A., East Tennessee State University
Ed.S., East Tennessee State University

Achille Riviello, D.P.S. (Political Science/Languages)
Liceo Classico, Dante Alighieri, Tripoli, Libya
D.P.S, University of Rome
Additional study: Emory University

Anne Shumaker, Ph.D./M.S.S.W. (Political Science)
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.S.S.W., University of Tennessee
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
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Jessica A. Turner, Ph.D. (Cultural Heritage Studies and Public Arts)
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., Indiana University

Krista Turner, M.Ed. (Early Childhood Studies)
B.A., Virginia Intermont
M.Ed., East Tennessee State University
Ed.D. (In progress), East Tennessee State University

Cynthia D. Ward, Ph.D.
B.S., Ferrum College
M.S., Virginia Tech
Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Rebecca Watson, Ph.D. (Sociology)
B.A., Auburn University
M.Ed., Auburn University
Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Judith Wylie, Ph.D.
B.A., Shimer College
M.A., Bread Loaf School of English
M.A., Drew University
Ph.D., Drew University


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