Lee University College Of Arts And Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

Monday, August 26, 2013

With a total of 15 new members added to Lee University’s faculty this semester, six are welcomed into Lee’s College of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Katherine Carlson joins Lee’s Department of Language and Literature as an assistant professor of English. Prior to her arrival at Lee, she was at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill where she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship. While at UNC, Dr. Carlson taught English, Introduction to Fiction, and Rhetoric and Composition.  She has presented at conferences both in the United States and abroad in fields such as British studies, children’s literature and comparative literature. 

Dr. Carlson earned her PhD and MA from UNC and her BA from Whitworth University.

Melody Howard-Clark, visiting lecturer in English, has been an adjunct instructor at Lee since 2012. Prior to that, she was a member of the faculty at Anderson University for three years and an adjunct English instructor at Ivy Tech Community College.  

Ms. Howard-Clark earned her MA from Butler University and an MS and BA from Indiana University.

Dr. Ana Alves joins the Department of History, Political Science and Humanities as an assistant professor of political science. Prior to Lee, Dr. Alves was a lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Virginia and an adjunct professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica do Rio de Janeiro.  Alves has conducted research in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador. 

Dr. Alves earned her PhD from the University of Virginia, an MA from Pontificia Universidade Catoìlica do Rio de Janerio, and a BA from Pontificia Universidade Catoìlica de Minas Gerais.

Also joining the Department of History, Political Science and Humanities is Dr. Drew Bledsoe as an assistant professor of history. He has taught at Rice University, Lone Star College and Houston Community College.  His main area of interest is the American Civil War, reconstruction and American military history. 

Dr. Bledsoe earned his PhD and MA from Rice University, his MLA from Henderson State University, a JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and his BA from Ouachita Baptist University.

Dustin Cawood, a native of Cleveland, joins the Communication Arts department as an assistant professor of communication.  He spent the past 10 years in California working in the film and television industry at Skywalker Sound and Pixar Animation Studios.  His credits as sound effects editor/designer include such productions as “Lincoln,” “Madagascar 2,” “Madagascar 3,” “Wall-E,” “Star Wars,” “Toy Story 3” and “Mission Impossible.”  Earlier in his career, he worked at Chattanooga stations WTVC and WRCB as a graphic artist, audio mixer and production assistant.  

Dr. Cawood earned his MFA at Florida State University and his BA at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Bryan Poole joins the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences as a lecturer in psychology. He has taught introductory and research classes, along with cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Poole is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology.

Dr. Poole is currently pursuing a PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Alabama and earned his MA at Middle Tennessee State University and BA at Lee University.


Alexander: President’s Directive Ensures Faithful Implementation Of The Law That Restored Local Control Of Classrooms

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Wednesday made the following statement on the Trump Administration executive order ensuring faithful implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act – the new education law that Alexander sponsored to restore local control of classrooms: “In 2015, there was a consensus that No Child Left Behind needed to be fixed and, ... (click for more)

Lee's Price, Sanders, And Kamm Receive CWC Awards

At a Lee University chapel service, Cody Price and Elisabeth Sanders were presented with the 2017 Dr. Charles W. Conn Servant Leadership Award, and Dr. William Kamm, director of graduate studies in education, received the Dr. Charles W. Conn Service Learning Faculty Award. University leadership honored the three for their exemplary work in service learning.    The ... (click for more)

Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Predatory Law Firm Targeting Grieving Families

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III on Wednesday announced the filing of a lawsuit against a Texas law firm, its sole attorney, and two investigators working for the firm, in connection with the tragic Woodmore Elementary bus crash. The civil enforcement action, filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, alleges that the Witherspoon Law Group PLLC, based in Dallas, ... (click for more)

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Leads To 1 Of The Largest Meth Seizures In Hamilton County

Agents with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Special Operations Division, along with personnel from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Chattanooga Police Department and the DEA, arrested Mathew Turner, of Chattanooga, in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express in Tiftonia on Tuesday night.     A search of Turner’s vehicle revealed approximately ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me too contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Knoxville’s Godsend

Back when we were uppity teenagers, the best put-down when a friend started acting crazy was to say to the heathen, “Quit acting like you are from Knoxville!” I don’t know how the term originated but I can say that back in the day it was pretty insulting to be told you were acting like you were from Knoxville. This week I wish that more of us acted like Knoxville. The Knox County ... (click for more)