Dr. Stephen Finch



School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
Assistant Professor
(615) 547-1378


Stephen served 20 years as a US Army officer with command and staff assignments in Air Defense, Infantry and Intelligence. Highlights included G2 Plans officer of 82d Airborne Division, and Assistant Professor, US Military Academy. Awards include: Ranger and Master Parachutist, and Bronze Star Service medal for the first Gulf War. Retired as a Major, taught in a rural Maine high school, served as a high school administrator, and Baptist pastor. Completed education leadership masters at University of Southern Maine and doctorate at Vanderbilt. Taught leadership at Vanderbilt and education at Austin Peay State University. Coordinated student teaching and clinical experiences for Austin Peay State University. Began teaching at Cumberland University in 2008.

Stephen is a Russian linguist and attended Leningrad State University in 1972.

Areas of Expertise
• Principal Leadership
• Turn-around leadership of failing schools
• Assessment
• Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS)

Academic Background

B.S., Foreign Service
Georgetown University

M.S., Educational Leadership
University of Southern Maine

Ed.D., School Administration
Vanderbilt University

Volunteer and Group Affiliations
Program Manager for Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership, George W. Bush Institute

Online Courses Taught
MAE 507 - Advanced Classroom Management
MAE 5400 - Advance Assessment