Lee Faculty Members Earn Promotion

Friday, July 4, 2014

Eight faculty members of Lee University have earned promotion. Three faculty members earned promotion in rank to professor from associate professor and include Drs. Michael Freake, Eric Moyen, and Douglas Warner. Five faculty members were promoted to associate professor from assistant professor and include James Frost, LuAnn Holden, Stacey Isom, Dr. William Kamm, and Dr. Heather Quagliana.

Dr. Rickie Moore and Dr. Skip Jenkins have taken new roles in Lee University’s School of Religion.  Dr. Moore was named associate dean of the school, and Dr. Jenkins replaces Dr. Moore as the new chair of the Department of Theology.

Dr. Freake joined the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the fall of 2001 where he teaches courses such as Environmental Science, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. He also coaches the Lee Women’s rugby team, who has made it to the national championships the past five years in a row.

 Dr. Freake’s ongoing research focuses on conservation biology and genetics of eastern hellbenders (giant salamanders), and has been published in journals including Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, the Bulletin of the Florida Natural History Museum and Herpetological Conservation and Biology. He also wrote the section on hellbenders in the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2014.

Dr. Freake earned his PhD from Flinders University of South Australia and his BA from St. Catherine's College, Oxford University.

 Dr. Moyen joined the Helen DeVos College of Education in 2004, where he currently serves as chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science & Secondary Education. From 2010-2014, he served as director of Lee’s First Year Programs.

Along with teaching, Dr. Moyen has conducted research on the impact of international education experiences while directing cross-cultural student-teaching trips to Greece and Ghana. His other research and writing interests focus on history and policy in higher education. He has authored a biography of educational reformer Frank L. McVey and edited a textbook for freshmen with Dr. Matthew Melton, dean of Lee’s College of Arts and Sciences. Moyen's essays and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Southern History, the History of Education Quarterly and Insidehighered.com.

Dr. Moyen earned his PhD from the University of Kentucky, his MA from the University of Alabama, and his BS from Taylor University.

Dr. Warner began teaching part-time at Lee in 1998 and joined the School of Music’s full-time faculty in 2002. Effective July 1, Dr. Warner will serve as chair of Music Performance Studies while continuing to teach courses such as Low Brass Techniques, Music History, Symphonic Literature, and Music Theory. 

In addition to his teaching at Lee, Dr. Warner has taught Applied Low Brass at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Covenant College and Cadek Conservatory. He has been principal trombonist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera since 1985 and is in frequent demand as a freelance musician in the greater Chattanooga region.

 Dr. Warner earned his DMA and MM from the University of Cincinnati and his BM from UTC.

Mr. Frost joined Lee’s School of Music in 2007, where he teaches applied voice and directs the Opera Theatre. Prior to his arrival at Lee, Frost resided in Germany for 20 years where he gained professional experience at various opera houses including Stadttheatre Hildesheim in Germany, Tiroler Landestheater in Austria, and regional theatres in the United States.

In 2009-2010 Mr. Frost performed the roles of Kunz Vogelgesang and David in Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at the Theater für Niedersachsen (formerly Stadttheater Hildesheim) in Hildesheim, Germany, in celebration of the theater’s 100th birthday.

Mr. Frost holds an MM and BM from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a BBA from Southern Methodist University. 

Ms. Holden joined the School of Music in 1997 and currently teaches choral and general music methods courses, along with supervising student teachers.  Ms. Holden served as chair of Lee’s department of vocal music from fall 2006 through spring 2011. 

Ms. Holden presents at state and regional conferences on topics relating to choral rehearsal techniques, such as visual imagery, critical thinking and assessment. She frequently conducts state and regional honor choirs, adjudicates choral festivals, serves as a clinician for choir workshops and writes choral music reviews for publication in the Choral Journal.  She also serves as the artistic director of the Chattanooga Girls Choir.

She earned her MM with an emphasis in choral music education from Georgia State University and a BM in music education from Wesleyan College. 

Ms. Isom joined the Department of Language and Literature as an assistant professor of creative writing in 2007. Her work has been seen or won awards at The Barter Theatre, the Playwright’s Theater (Dallas), Pittsburgh New Works Festival, L.A. First Stage, Third Course: Theatre (Austin), the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and EstroGenius Xtended (Manhattan Theatre Source), among others. 

She is also a Fellow of The Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.  

Ms. Isom received an MFA in script and screenwriting from Regent University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University where she was the recipient of a teaching assistantship, as well as the David Scott Sutelan Memorial Award.  She received her BA from Lee College.

 Dr. Kamm joined the Helen DeVos College of Education’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education as an assistant professor in 2007. Dr. Kamm was recently named the new director of Graduate Studies in Education at Lee.  His teaching emphasis addresses reading strategies and teaching methodologies. 

Prior to Lee, Dr. Kamm served as an administrator and classroom teacher for 30 years in private Christian schools in Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. 

Dr. Kamm holds an EdD from Liberty University, an MA from Appalachian State University and a BS from Concordia University. He received his principal’s certification from the University of North Carolina.   

 Dr. Quagliana joined the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. She teaches courses such as Childhood Disorders and Intervention Strategies, Child Development, Personality Theory, and Community Psychology courses. Prior to Lee, she taught at Community Christian College in Redlands, Calif., and Azusa Pacific University.

 She has co-authored numerous book chapters on the integration of spirituality and therapeutic work with children, including the American Psychological Association Press book “Spiritual Interventions in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.” Her clinical work and research focuses on children and families. Her specializations include foster care of children, childhood trauma, ADHD, Autism, and expressive therapies.

Dr. Quagliana earned her PhD and MA from Fuller Theological Seminary and her BA from Lee University. 

As a graduate of Lee, Dr. Moore joined the faculty of his alma mater as chair of the Department of Theology in the fall of 2007. Prior to this, Dr. Moore had taught part-time at Lee since 1997 and had been a full-time faculty member of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary since 1982. 
Dr. Moore has been a guest lecturer at various schools around the United States and in other countries, including Korea, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, Germany, and China. 

He was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Pentecostal Theology, the first academic periodical ever to feature constructive theology from a Pentecostal perspective on an international, scholarly level. Complementing his publication of a number of scholarly articles in this area, Dr. Moore is a past recipient of a major research grant from the Association of Theological Schools to study the relationship of charisma and canon in the Old Testament. 

Dr. Moore received his PhD and MA from Vanderbilt University and his BA from Lee College in 1978. 

Also a Lee alum, Dr. Jenkins joined the faculty of his alma mater in the fall of 2004. He teaches courses such as Introduction to Theology, Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and Freshman Gateway Seminar. He also teaches graduate seminars on prayer, the Trinity, and early Christian doctrine, and most recently served as the director of Lee’s Graduate Studies in Biblical and Theological Studies.  

Since being at Lee, Dr. Jenkins has co-established an open discussion forum on campus called “Conversations on Apologetics,” and founded, with his wife, a student-oriented mentoring house whose stated purpose is spiritual, academic, and social accountability.  

Dr. Jenkins received the Excellence in Advising Award in 2012, the Janet Rahamut Award, given to the faculty member that exhibits the most heart for students evidenced by frequent interaction and positive involvement with them outside of the classroom, in 2013, and the Excellence in Teaching Award this spring. 

Dr. Jenkins obtained his PhD in Systematic Theology at Marquette University, two master’s degrees at Duke University Divinity School, one in general theological studies (MTS), the other with an emphasis in historical theology (ThM), and his BA in Bible and Theology at Lee University.

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