5 Lee Faculty Receive Tenure

Monday, February 22, 2021

Following its annual board meeting this month, Lee University’s Board of Directors has awarded tenure to five faculty members. The new tenured faculty members are Dr. Joseph Daft, Dr. Rebecca Hergert, Jordan Holt, Dr. Christopher Stephenson, and Dr. Charlotte Webb.

Dr. Daft joined Lee’s College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor of biology and health science in 2015. He teaches courses in health science, microbiology, and anatomy. Dr. Daft earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in pathology with a focus on diabetes-based pathology and immunology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and his Bachelor of Science (BS) from Juniata College. While at UAB, Dr. Daft served as a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant. He has also been a research fellow at the University of Toledo and an adjunct professor at the University of Montevallo.

Dr. Hergert is an assistant professor of nursing and joined Lee’s School of Nursing faculty in 2015. Prior to Lee, Dr. Hergert taught at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), where she was also a clinical nurse for the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee. Dr. Hergert is a certified nurse educator with the National League of Nursing and recently passed her exam to become a diplomat from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Hergert earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Southern Adventist University and her Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Western Governors University.

Mr. Holt joined Lee University as an assistant professor of graphic design in 2015, where he teaches courses in graphic design, illustration, art history, and theory, along with advising students. Prior to joining Lee, Mr. Holt served in a variety of commercial and non-profit graphic design and currently maintains a freelance illustration business. Mr. Holt received his Master of Fine Arts in illustration from Academy of Art University and his BS from Lee University.

Dr. Stephenson joined Lee’s full-time faculty as an assistant professor of systematic theology in 2012 after serving four years as a part-time lecturer in the School of Religion. Along with teaching theology courses at Lee, Dr. Stephenson is an internationally recognized scholar of Pentecostalism and ecumenism. He is the author of “Types of Pentecostal Theology: Method, System, Spirit,” and his current research includes a monograph with Oxford University Press, tentatively titled “Redeeming Rituals: Baptism and Lord’s Supper in Pneumatological Perspective.” He earned his PhD in theology and ethics from Marquette University and his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Lee University.

Dr. Webb, the associate dean of the School of Nursing, joined Lee’s full-time faculty as an assistant professor of nursing in 2015. Prior to Lee, she was an associate professor of nursing at Chattanooga State Community College and an adjunct professor for East Tennessee State University School of Nursing. As a member of several nursing professional affiliations, she has made numerous presentations regarding medication safety, nursing education, and faculty mentoring. Dr. Webb earned her DNP from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her Master of Science in Nursing from Southern Adventist University, and her BSN from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


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