DEBORAH SNELLING

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Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry
dsnelling@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., Vanderbilt University
M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ms. Snelling is an adjunct instructor in chemistry. Her bachelor’s degree is from Vanderbilt University where she did research in phosphorus polymers. She then attended the University of Illinois (IU), where she discovered that she enjoyed teaching more than research.

Ms. Snelling received a Master’s degree from IU and taught full time there. Her next position was analyzing water samples for the State of Illinois. Along the way she met and married the love of her life. When he finished his doctoral degree, they moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

While in Louisiana, Ms. Snelling started a toy company. Later she discovered she missed teaching. She served as an adjunct at three Cailfornia colleges and two in Tennessee. After 20 years, she gave up the toys and went to work at Volunteer State Community College, where she served in the combination position of laboratory assistant technician and instructor. She began at Cumberland University in the fall of 2023.

ANIL K. PALLA

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Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology Management
akpalla@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.M., Rajiv Gandhi University (India)
M.I.B., University of Wollongong (Australia)
M.B.A., Sullivan University
Ph.D., Sullivan University
Ph.D., University of the Cumberlands

Anil Kumar Palla joined the Cumberland University as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 2023. In addition to teaching, he is the Managing Partner in Palla Infotech, a diversified organization with operations in both the United States and India as well as Vesta Technology Solutions.

Courses taught by Dr. Palla include Team Management, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution in Management, Managing Information Systems, Project Management, and Marketing. He is certified in Project Management, Medical Billing, and Professional Coding.

Dr. Palla has published in the International Journal of Business and Commerce, American International Journal of Social Science, International Journal of Social Science and Business, Journal of Education and Social Development, International Journal of Business and Economic Development, and the Journal of Business and Technology. Additionally, he has presented at a number of international conferences, and is a member of several professional organizations.

CATHERINE WILLIAMS

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Adjunct Lecturer of Mathematics
cjwilliams@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
A.A., University of Florida
B.A., University of South Florida, Tampa

Catherine J Williams is a Florida native who has lived and worked in Tennessee for the last 35 years.  She joined Cumberland University as an adjunct lecturer in Mathematics during summer 2023.  Prior to this she taught middle and high school mathematics for 21 years in Wilson County, TN, Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County School System, TN and in Tampa, FL. In addition to these teaching experiences, she worked for Vanderbilt’s Peabody College supervising Secondary Math Education majors during their teaching practicums and taught high school mathematics in a homeschool tutorial.

She is the mother of two daughters, one a Music Therapist and the other a college student.  She is very active in the music ministries of First Baptist Church Nashville where she accompanies a children’s choir, sings in the adult choir, plays in the adult handbell group and each year teaches Vacation Bible School and Music Arts Camp.  She is the wife of an Electrical Engineer who practices in the Nashville area.

 

CIERRA PICKERING

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Adjunct Instructor of Nursing /Foundations Laboratory Instructor
cpickering@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S.N., Cumberland University
M.S.N., Cumberland University

Cierra is a CU alum returning as an adjunct instructor. She has over 13 years of clinical experience and her board certification is in psychiatry mental health nursing. In addition to her board certification, she is a certified dementia practitioner, and she is certified in psychopharmacology through the Neuroscience Education Institute.

When she’s not helping students, she enjoys camping with her family, running, and paddling her surf-ski.

MICHAEL DILLON

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Adjunct Instructor of Project Management
mdillon@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.B.A., Purdue University
M.B.A., Grand Valley State University

Mike Dillon is a long-time business executive having worked for Fortune Five Hundred companies such as Tractor Supply Company, Land O’Lakes, Cracker Barrel and United Airlines. Mike is originally from Indianapolis; Indiana and his career specialization is in negotiations and project management. In his career, Mr. Dillon, a two-time buyer of the year, has led several high performing teams on both the retail buying and sourcing sides of the business.

In addition to buying, Mike has is experienced in retail operations and supply chain. Mike has taught since the fall of 2023.

IRIS BARBOUR

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Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics
Ibarbour@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.B.A., Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Tennessee State University
Ph.D., Capella University

Dr. Barbour began her teaching career in 2000 as a high school mathematics teacher. After twelve years in the classroom, she became mathematics coach, and then moved into administration in 2013.

Dr. Barbour attended Tennessee State University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She also attended Capella University where she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership in Educational Administration. Dr. Barbour completed 18 hours of graduate-level mathematics courses to become an adjunct professor.

Dr. Barbour enjoys traveling, listening to music, and spending time with her family. She is married with two daughters and two granddaughters.

LUKE TRUXAL

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Adjunct Instructor of History
ltruxal@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Abilene Christian University
M.A., University of North Texas
PhD., University of North Texas

Dr. Luke Truxal is an American military historian who focuses on the application of American air power during the Second World War. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 2011 and 2018.  His teaching fields include Europe in the twentieth century, United States history, United States military history, and United States political history in the twentieth century.

Truxal’s main research interest is the air war in Europe from 1942 to 1945. He is the author of the forthcoming book Uniting against the Reich: The American Air War in Europe, which comes out in fall 2023. He is also an assistant editor for the scholarly web journal Balloons to Drones. He previously published “Bombing the Romanian Rail Network,” in the Spring 2018 issue of Air Power History.  He is currently researching the air war over Romania from 1942 to 1944 with a particular emphasis on American and Soviet coordination and joint operations.

 

ORA DENTON

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Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology
odenton@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., Christian Brothers University
M.B.A., Webster University
M.S., Webster University
D.B.A., Northcentral University, Prescott

Dr. Ora Denton is an Adjunct Instructor at Cumberland University.  Her educational journey began by earning her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management from Christian Brothers University. She decided to further her education and enrolled at Webster’s University where she obtained both her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology Management. In 2022, Dr. Denton received her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Northcentral University.

Dr. Denton has worked in Information Technology as a Senior Business and Technical Analyst for over 20 years and has worked for various corporations in such industries as Health Care, Manufacturing, Park and Recreations, and Cloud Security.  She also worked as a Chair for the School of IT at ITT Technical Institute overseeing the Cyber Security, Networking and Program Management Programs.  Where she not only managed the staff and administration for those programs and also served as a professor teaching students about the fundamentals of IT including coding, processing, malware, software application, Microsoft Office as well as how to apply those fundamentals in different positions within the field of IT.

She has over 15 years of teaching experience.  Dr. Ora Denton is extremely dedicated to continuing the educational pursuits of others and has the necessary hands-on experience to provide her students with pertinent insight that can help propel their professional endeavors.

JOHNNY PARK

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Adjunct Instructor of Digital Photography
jpark@cumberland.edu
Adjunct Faculty
The Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.F.A., Middle Tennessee State University
M.F.A., University of Memphis

Johnny Lee Park is a lifelong student of art, history, and language. He has supplemented his English, Graphic Design, and Photography/Printmaking degrees with many years of personal creation and research, while simultaneously taking an avid interest in the ways technology and its effect on societies is portrayed in art.

Following graduation from MTSU and Graduate School at the University of Memphis, Johnny has worked as artist, designer, photographer, and instructor, both freelance and at the university level. His visual works have been featured in Nashville Arts magazine as well as in numerous national and local venues including the Frist Art Museum. Examples of his work can be seen at: eccentricartfoundry.com