Jun 01, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Faculty (M-S)

Faculty 2020-2021

Date in parentheses shows first year of full-time service to Belmont.

David Maddox, Associate Professor Theatre and Dance (2009)
M.F.A., University of Alabama; B.A., Brenau University; A.A., University of North Georgia, Gainesville

Robert H. Magruder, III, Professor Emeritus of Physics/Chair Department of Chemistry and Physics (1984)
Ph.D., M.S., B.A., Vanderbilt University

Lesley Mann, Assistant Professor of Music Education (2014)
Ph.D., M.M.E., B.M.E., Florida State University

Christine Manville, Professor of Occupational Therapy (2007)
Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University; M.Ed., Rhode Island College; B.S., University of Wisconsin

Robert D. Marler, Professor of Music (1979)
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati; M.M., Indiana University; B.M., University of Missouri

Jodi Marr-Horovitz, Instructor of Songwriting (2019)
B.A., University Of Miami

John M. Maslyn, Professor of Management (2004) 
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; B.A., Hobart College

V. Keith Mason, Instructor of Music/Coordinator of Music Tech and Commercial Music Studies (1998)
M.M., University of Miami; B.M., Winthrop University

Susan Maszaros, Collections Management Librarian with Assistant Professor Rank (2010)
M.S., Drexel University; B.A., Middle Tennessee State University

H. Vaughn May, Professor and Chair of Political Science (2003)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.A., University of Alabama, Huntsville

Mary Mayorga, Associate Professor of Mental Health Counseling (2017)
Ph.D., Texas A&M Univ Corpus Christi; M.Ed., Texas Southern University; B.A., Texas A&M Univ Corpus Christi

Donovan R. McAbee, Associate Professor of Religion and the Arts (2011)
Ph.D., University of St. Andrews; M.Div., Princeton University; B.A., Baylor University

Krista McBride, Associate Professor of Physics (2013)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.A., Florida Southern College

Ryan McConnell, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (2019)
D.P.T., University Of Tennessee Hlth Sci Ctr; B.S., University Tennessee Knoxville

Otis B. McCowan, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics (1967)
Ph.D., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; M.A., Louisiana State University; B.S., Tennessee Technological University

Mitchell McCoy, Associate Professor of Spanish/Legal Studies Minor and Pre-Law Coordinator (2012)
J.D., Samford University; Ph.D., M.A., University of Georgia; B.A., Samford University

Marcia A. McDonald, Professor of English (1981)
Ph.D., M.A., Vanderbilt University; B.A., Stetson University

Gary McDowell, Associate Professor of English (2011)
Ph.D., Western Michigan University; M.F.A., Bowling Green State University; B.A., Northrn Illinois University

Mark H. McEntire, Professor Religion (2000)
Ph.D., M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.S., University of Illinois Urbana

Lori L. McGrew, Professor of Biology/Nueroscience Coor and Program Dir Summer Scholars Progam (2004)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.S., Guilford College

J. Michael McGuire, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Psychiatry (2012)
Pharm.D., Samford University

James Morgan Meaders, Professor Emeritus of Art (1992)
M.F.A., Clemson University; B.A., Florida Southern College; A.A., Polk Community College

Natalie Michaels, Professor of Occupational Therapy (2014)
Ed.D., University of Central Florida; M.A., Fairfield University; B.S., Ithaca College

Helen T. Midkiff-Capra, Associate Professor Emerita of Music (1961)
M.M., B.M., University of Michigan and University of Sienna Italy; Additional study, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Amanda C. Miller, Associate Professor of Religion (2011)
Ph.D., Union Presbyterian Seminary; M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary; B.M.E., University of Kansas

Andrew J. Miller, Professor of Mathematics (2003)
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley; B.A., Wartburg College

John-Lloyd Miller, Assistant Professor of Motion Pictures (2014)
B.S., Northeastern University

Jennifer Rushing Mills, Reference Librarian with Associate Professor Rank (2005)
M.A., East Tennessee State University; M.S., University of Tennessee; B.A., Tennessee Tech University

Martha W. Minardi, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and Religion (2011)
Ed.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.A., Baylor University

Margaret P. Monteverde, Professor of English (1988)
Ph.D., Ohio State University; M.A., University of Leeds; B.A., Chatham University

Gypsy Moody, Assistant Professor (2019)
M.S., University Tennessee Knoxville; B.A., Oral Roberts University

Amy L. Moore, Professor of Law (2011)
J.D., University of Chicago; B.A., Harding University

Keith B. Moore, Professor Emeritus of Music (1980)
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati; M.M., University of Louisville; B.A., Jacksonville State University

Rebecca Moore, Instructor of Interior Design and Chair of Interior Design (2018)
M.A., Savannah C Art Desgn All Campu; BID, Auburn University

Tony Moreira, Assistant Professor of Music (2017)
D.M.A., University Of Kansas; M.M.E., Univ Wyoming; B.A., Univ Wyoming

Elizabeth Morse, Assistant Professor of Nursing (2015)
D.N.P., M.S.N., Vanderbilt University; M.S., University of London; B.A., University of Montana

Patrick Morse, Assistant Professor of Psychology (2016)
Ph.D., University of California Riverside

Francesca Muccini, Associate Professor of Italian (2008)
Ph.D., M.A., Arkansas State University; M.A., Miami University; B.A., Universityersita’degli Studi di Urbi

Jessica Mueller, Associate Professor of Theatre/Coordinator of Costume Shop (2011)
M.F.A., University of California Irvine; B.A., University of Northern Colorado

Loren E. Mulraine, Professor of Law (2012)
J.D., Howard University; B.A., University of Maryland

Scott Munsell, Instructor of Audio Engineering Technology (2018)
M.A.T., Mississippi State University; B.S., Middle Tennessee State Univ

Sandra W. Murabito, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of Undergraduate Nursing (2005)
Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University; M.S.N., Vanderbilt University; B.S.N., Western Kentucky University

C. Steven Murphree, Professor of Biology (1991)
Ph.D., Tennessee Tech University; M.S., B.S., Middle Tennessee State University

Douglas Murray, Professor of English (1987)
Ph.D., M.A., University of North Carolinal; A.B., Pfeiffer University

John Murray, Associate Professor of Business Law (2013)
J.D., Georgia State University; B.A., Rhodes College

Amanda Nelms, Assistant Professor of Education (2019)
Ed.D., Lipscomb University; M.A.T., Lipscomb University; B.S., Lipscomb University

Maria Neophytou-Foster, Associate Professor of Mathematics (2011)
Ph.D., Purdue University; B.S., University of Cyprus

John H. Niedzwiecki, Professor of Biology (2007)
Ph.D., University of Kentucky; B.S., Shippensburg University

Cathey Norton, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (2019)
D.P.T., Neurorecovery Trng Inst; B.S., Texas Womans University

Christopher Scott Norton, Professor of Music (2001)
D.M.A., Louisiana State University A&M; M.A., B.M., Eastman School of Music

Dwayne K. O’Brien, Instructor of Music Business (2012)
M.A., Vanderbilt University; B.S., East Central University

Marilyn Odom-Thompson, Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences (2009)
B.S., Ph.D., University of South Alabama

Paulo Oliveira, Assistant Professor of Music (2017)
D.M.A., Univ Colorado Boulder; M.M., Univ Missouri Columbia

D. D. O’Neal, Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics
M.A., University of Mississippi

Virginia J. Osborn, Assistant Professor Emerita of Philosophy (1990)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; J.D., Nashville Law School; M.A., B.A., University of Tennessee

Kristi Oshiro, Assistant Professor of Sport Administration (2020)
Ph.D., Texas A&M Univ College Sta; M.S., East Carolina University; B.S., East Carolina University

Joel Overall, Associate Professor of English (2013)
Ph.D., Texas Christian University; M.A., B.S., Abilene Chrstian University

Jeffrey W. Overby, Professor of Marketing and International Business and Director, Center International Business/Kennedy Chair (2005)
Ph.D., University of Tennessee; M.B.A., Millsaps College; B.S., Mississippi State University

Adam C. Pace, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Manager (2012)
Pharm.D., B.S., University of Mississippi

Barry L. Padgett, Professor of Management, James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics (2010)
Ph.D., Purdue University; M.A., University of Louisville; B.A., Mobile College

Barbara Padovich, Instructor of Nursing (2011)
M.S.N., Belmont University; B.S.N., Richard Stockton College; A.A.S., Ocean County College

John H.E. Paine, Emeritus Professor Emeritus of Literature (1980)
Ph.D., M.A., Emory University; B.A., Eckerd College

Darlene Panvini, Professor of Biology and Chair, Department of Biology (2003)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.S., Gardner-Webb University

Kathryn Paradise, Instructor of Music (2007)
M.M., B.M., University of Miami

Robin Paris, Professor of Practice, Art (2020)
M.F.A., Savannah College Art Desgn; B.A., Evergreen State College; B.S.N., University Tennessee Knoxville

Gideon Park, Assistant Professor of Religion (2015)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Vanderbilt University; M.Div., Westminster Seminary Californ; STM, Yale University; B.A., Missouri Baptist University

Alison Parker, Associate Professor of Chemistry (2004)
Ph.D., M.S., University of Cincinnati; B.A., Transylvania University

Theodore Peetz, Associate Professor of Sport Administration/Director Sport Admin Grad Program (2012)
Ph.D., University of Nevada; M.Ed., Bowling Green State University; B.S.B.A., Kansas State University

Natalia Pelaz, Associate Professor of Spanish (2006)
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; M.A., B.A., University of Valladolid

John N. Pell, Instructor of Music (1980)
Study at Boston University and Berklee School of Music

Shannon Pennington, Professor of Practice, Fashion Design & Merchandising (2020)
M.B.A., Nova Southeastern University; B.S., Univ Arkansas Fayetteville

Luke Petach, Assistant Professor of Economics (2019)
Ph.D., M.A., Colorado State University Ft Collins; B.A., George Fox University

MaryEllen Pethel, Professor of Practice (2018)
Ph.D., Georgia State University; M.Ed., Berry College; B.A., Univ Tennessee Knoxville

Adam Pfleegor, Assistant Professor of Sports Administration (2016)
Ph.D., Louisiana State University A&M; B.S., SUNY College at Brockport

Jeff Phillips, Assistant Professor of Motion Pictures (2017)
M.A., Chapman University; M.F.A., Chapman University; B.A., Loyola Marymount University

J. Mark Phillips, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship (2011)
Ph.D., George Washington University; J.D., M.B.A., New York University; B.A., Johns Hopkins University

James E. Pierce, Dean, College of Art and Professor of Art (2011)
M.F.A., Savannah College of Art & Design; B.F.A., Belmont University

Michael R. Pinter, Professor of Mathematics and Director of Teaching Center (1989)
Ph.D., M.S., Vanderbilt University; M.Ed., University of Mississippi; B.A., Hendrix College

Robbie C. Pinter, Professor of English (1986)
Ed.D., Vanderbilt University; M.A., University of Mississippi; B.A., Ouachita Baptist University

Teresa E. Plummer, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy (2004)
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.S.O.T., Belmont University; B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; A.A., Mount Aloysius College

Benjamin Poff, Instructor of Audio Engineering Technology (2019)
M.F.A., Middle Tennessee State University; B.B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University

Traci M. Poole, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice (2010)
Pharm.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Erin M. Pryor, Associate Professor of Sociology (2011)
Ph.D., University of Akron; M.A., B.A., University of Toledo

William W. Pursell, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music (1980)
D.M.A., M.M.,B.M., Eastman School of Music

Valorie Quarles, Professor of Practice, Motion Pictures (2020)
M.F.A., Florida State University; B.A., Univ Central Florida

Daniel Nicholas Ragsdale, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean, College of Sciences and Mathematics (2000)
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Memphis; B.A., Wabash College

J. Patrick Raines, Professor Emeritus of Economics (2003)
Ph.D., M.A., A.B., University of Alabama; B.M., University of Tennessee Knoxville

Donald R. Ramage, Professor Emeritus of Biology (1970)
Ph.D., University of Kentucky; B.S., Murray State University; A.S., Paducah Community College

Andrew Ramsey, Instructor of Songwriting (2011)
B.M., University of Tennessee

Amy Rasmussen, Assistant Professor of Nursing (2019)
D.N.P., Vanderbilt University; M.S., Georgetown University; B.A., Wheaton College; B.S.N., Loyola University Chicago

David Ribar, Professor Emeritus of Art (1991)
M.F.A., University of Cincinnati; B.F.A., Murray State University

Bonnie P. Riechert, Associate Professor of Public Relations/Chair Dept of Public Relations (2006)
Ph.D., University of Tennessee; B.A., University of Georgia

Rachel E. Rigsby, Professor of Chemistry and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Learning Community Courses (2005)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.S., Kentucky Wesleyan College

Paula Roberts, Assistant Professor of Management (2020)
Ph.D., Chicago Sch Of Prof Psychology; M.P.A., B.S., Tennessee State University

Dorren Robinson, Instructor of Journalism (2012)
M.S., Murray State University; A.B., Western Kentucky University

Stephen J. Robinson, Professor of Physics (2007)
Ph.D., M.S., University of Illinois; B.S., North Carolina State University

T. Kevin Robinson, Professor of Physical Therapy (1998)
D.Sc., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions; M.S., University of Kentucky; B.S., East Carolina University

Christine Rogers, Assistant Professor of Art (2015)
M.F.A., Tufts University; B.A., Oberlin College And Conservatory

Clyde P. Rolston, Professor of Songwriting (1994)
Ph.D., Temple University; M.S., B.S., Louisiana State University

Dustin Rumbaugh, Assistant Professor of Economics (2017)
Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State Univ; M.A., Middle Tennessee State Univ; B.S., Middle Tennessee State Univ

Emmanuel Saka, Assistant Professor of Experiential Graphic Design (2020)
Ph.D., Iowa State University; M.F.A., Iowa State University

Abigail Santos Villalobos, Assistant Professor of Music (2019)
D.M.A., M.M., University Cincinnati; B.M., Puerto Rico Consrvtry Of Music

Casey Schachner, Assistant Professor of Art (2019)
M.F.A., University of Montana; B.F.A., Baylor University

Daniel E. Schafer, Professor of History (1996)
Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan; A.B., Washington University

Mark T. Schenkel, Professor of Entrepreneurship (2005) 
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; M.B.A., Northern Kentucky University; B.A., University of Cincinnati

Carole Scherling, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience (2017)
Ph.D., Univ Of Ottawa; M.S., Mcgill University (Montreal); B.S., Univ Of Ottawa

Brad Schleben, Assistant Professor of Mathematics (2015)
Ph.D., M.S., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; B.A., Carthage College

Amy Schmisseur, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (2019)
Ph.D., University Texas Austin; M.A., University Cincinnati; B.S., Ohio University Athens

Patrick L. Schneider, Professor of Exercise Science and Chair, Exercise Science (2006)
Ph.D., University of Tennessee; M.S., University of Wisconsin; B.S., Winona State University

Timothy Schoenfeld, Assistant Professor of Psychology (2017)
Ph.D., Princeton University; M.A., Princeton University; B.A., Pepperdine University

David Schreiber, Assistant Professor and Chair of Entertainment Industry Studies (2015)
Ph.D., Miscellaneous Institution; M.M., University of Miami; B.A., University Wisc Stevens Point

Regine Schwarzmeier, Associate Professor of German (1997)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.A., University of Regensburg

Ashley Scism, Assistant Profesor of Nursing (2018)
D.N.P., Belmont University; B.S.N., Trevecca Nazarene University

Ryan Seay, Assistant Professor of Accounting (2019)
Ph.D., University of Mississippi; MACC, B.A., Murray State University

Harold See, Professor of Law (2011)
J.D., University of Iowa; M.S., Iowa State University; B.A., Emporia State University

Patrick D. Sells, Professor of Physical Therapy (2004) 
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University; M.A., B.S., Tennessee Tech University

Alexey Semenov, Assistant Professor of International Business (2019)
Ph.D., M.B.A., St Louis University 

Hogeun Seo, Assistant Professor of Creative Entertainment Industries (2019)
Ph.D., M.A., University Texas Austin; B.A., Hankuk University Forgn Stds (Korea)

Richard C. Shadinger, Professor of Music/University Carillonneur (1974)
D.M.A., M.C.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.M., Shorter University

David Shamburger, Associate Professor of Music (2008)
M.F.A., University of Nevada; B.A., Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Erin Shankel, Associate Professor of Nursing/Interim Coor Family Nurse Practitioner Track (2013)
D.N.P., Belmont University; M.S.N., Vanderbilt University; B.A., Greenville College

Lina Sheahan, Music Librarian with Assistant Professor Rank (2012)
M.A., SUNY College Buffalo; B.S., Gettysburg College

Jane Shelby, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing (1987)

Stephen (Han) Kil Shin, Associate Professor of Sports Administration (2011)
Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.S., University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; B.P.E., Yong In University

Lynne S. Shores, Professor of Nursing (1995)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; M.S., University of  Tennessee, Memphis; B.S.N., Vanderbilt University

Kendall Shultes, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy (2017)
Pharm.D., Belmont University; B.A., Suny Colg Geneseo

Lakisha L. Simmons, Associate Professor of Information Systems Management (2012)
Ph.D., University of Mississippi; M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.B.A., Tennessee State University

Debbie Dempsey Simpler, Professor Emerita of Social Work (1979)
M.S.S.W., University of Tennessee; B.A., Memphis State University; A.C.S.W.; L.C.S.W.

Steven H. Simpler, Professor Emeritus of Religion (1987)
Ph.D., Baylor University; M.Div., Southwestern Seminary; B.A., Baylor University

Annette M. Sisson, Professor of English (1989)
Ph.D., M.A., Indiana University; B.A., University of Evansville

Judy Skeen, Professor of Religion (1998)
Ph.D., M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., Vanderbilt University; B.A., Samford University

Cheryl Slay, Associate Professor of Music Business and Associate Dean (2007)
J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore; M.P.A., Clark Atlanta University; A.B., University Michigan

Elisabeth Small, Assistant Professor of Music/Coordinator of Camerata (2003)
M.M., B.M., The Juilliard School

Henry W. Smiley, Assistant Professor of Music (1998)
M.M., University of Tennessee; B.A., Emory & Henry College

Amy Smith, Assistant Professor of Music Business (2017)
J.D., Nashville School Of Law; B.B.A., Belmont University; B.S., Belmont University

Kara Smith, Associate Professor of Economics (2012)
Ph.D., University of Tennessee Knoxville

William Smith, Professor of Practice and Director Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics (2018)
M.B.A., Univ North Carolina Chapel Hl; B.S.B.A., Univ Tennessee Knoxville

Bonnie K. Smith-Whitehouse, Professor of English and Director of Honors Program (2003)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A., University of Tennessee; B.A., University of the South

Joseph C. Smolira, Professor of Finance (1999)
Ph.D., University of Kentucky; M.B.A., Marshall University; B.S., Wheeling Jesuit University

Thom Spence, Dean, College of Sciences and Mathematics and Professor of Chemistry (2014)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.S., Birmingham Southern College

Kenneth M. Spring, Associate Professor of Sociology (2002)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; M.A., B.A., University of Toledo; B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University

Justin J. Stace, Associate Professor of Chemistry (2010)
Ph.D., M.S., University of Cincinnati; B.S., Western Kentucky University

Jason D. Stahl, Instructor of Communication Studies and Director Speech and Debate Program (2005) 
M.A., Western Kentucky University; B.A., Georgetown College  Ph.D. Candidate, Louisiana State University

James Stamper, Professor Emeritus (1980)

Catherine Starnes, Assistant Professor of Statistics (2017)
Ph.D., Univ Kentucky Lexington; B.M., Roane State Cmty College; B.S., Belmont University

Condit Steil, Professor of Pharmacy Practice (2009)
Pharm.D., B.S., A.S., University of Kentucky

Andrea Stepnick, Professor of Sociology (2001)
Ph.D., M.S., Florida State University; B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Sarita M. Stewart, Associate Professor of Entertainment Industry Studies (2007)
Ph.D., University of Alabama; M.B.A., Claremont Mckenna College; B.S., Oregon State University

Steven P. Stodghill, Professor, Pharmaceutical Social, and Administrative Sciences (2007)
Ph.D., B.S., University of Mississippi

Andrea Stover, Professor of English and Director of Writing Program for English Dept (1999)
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Boston College; B.A., University Vermont

Sabrina Sullenberger, Professor of Social Work and Chair Social Work Department (2013)
Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; M.S.W., University of Tennessee Knoxville; B.A., University of Memphis

Bryce Sullivan, Professor of Psychology and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (2008)
Ph.D., M.A., Ohio State University Columbus; B.S., Georgia State University