Lee Faculty Members Earn Promotion To Professor
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Five Lee University faculty members recently earned promotion in rank from associate professor to professor and include Drs. Kevin Brown, Tom Doolittle, Mike Fuller, William R. Green and Steve Swindle.
Dr. Brown is a professor of English in the Department of Language and Literature. He is the only member of Lee’s faculty ever to be awarded each of three major faculty awards: Excellence in Advising ('10), Excellence in Scholarship ('11), and Excellence in Teaching ('12). Brown has published one full-length collection of poems, Exit Lines and two chapbooks: Abecedarium and Holy Days: Poems. He recently published a memoir,"Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again," and the book, "They Love to Tell the Story: Five Author’s Take on the Gospels."
Dr. Brown received his doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi and his master's degree in English from East Tennessee State University. He has a second master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in English from Milligan College. He is currently working on a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University.
Dr. Doolittle is professor of pastoral studies and chair of the Department of Christian Ministries. He has served as a pastor in the Church of God for over 24 years, including pastorates in Georgia, Alaska, and Kentucky. From 1990 until 2003 he was senior pastor of the Solid Rock Church of God in Louisville, Ky. During his tenures as pastor, he served on numerous elected and appointed state boards and committees, including the Kentucky State Council of the Church of God.
He earned his doctorate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, his master’s and master’s in divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, and his bachelor's degree from Lee College. His research interests are in the field of sociology of religion and congregational ministry.
Dr. Fuller is a professor of Early Jewish and Biblical Studies in the Department of Theology. He completed his master’s at Princeton Seminary and his doctorate in Early Judaism/New Testament at Durham University in Durham, England.
His dissertation explored the various models of Israel's restoration envisioned in Second Temple Jewish texts and in Luke-Acts. A revised version of this study was published in a monograph by Walter de Gruyter/Berlin entitled, "The Restoration of Israel: Israel’s Re-Gathering and the Fate of the Nations in Early Jewish Literature and Luke-Acts."
Dr. Green is dean of the School of Music and professor of choral music in the Department of Vocal Music. He conducts the Lee University Chorale as well as teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. In addition to his performances and recording with Robert Shaw (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus), Dr. Green has collaborated with many leading conductors including John Rutter, Yoel Levi, Z. Randall Stroope, Ann Howard Jones, and Jefferson Johnson. He has led performances of many of the major works for chorus and orchestra, including Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart and Faure, Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, and the works of Bach, Britten, Poulenc, Vivaldi, and Schubert, among others.
Dr. Green earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky, a master’s of music from Georgia State University, and his bachelor's from Lee College.
Dr. Swindle is a professor of political science in the Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities. He teaches in the areas of comparative politics, American politics, and research methods, and has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Party Politics. He is faculty sponsor of Students for Life and co-advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha.
Dr. Swindle's research interests are in the areas of comparative democratic institution, particularly in relation to their effect on the nature of political representation. He received his doctorate in 1997 from the University of California, San Diego and has held previous academic positions at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Brigham Young University, and Southeast Missouri State University.