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Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts, and Professor
(615) 547-1323
Memorial Hall, Room 209
Office of Academic Affairs
The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., George Washington University
M.Ed., Harvard University
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, State College
After completing his B.A. in Political Science, Dr. Cummings worked for five years with adolescents as an outdoor educator and Head Climber at the North Carolina Outward Bound School, before pursuing his M.Ed. He completed his Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy in December 2006, focusing on the history of education, measuring cognitive demand in the curriculum, and educational policy. He came to Cumberland in 2007 and resides in Nashville with his wife and three children. At Cumberland, he has taught courses in Education and Public Service Management, at the undergraduate and graduate level, online and on ground. He became Associate Dean for two years before becoming Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts. Dr. Cummings is involved in accreditation and approval of Education programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State Department of Education, and serves in an advisory role to the State Department on the strengthening of University-P-12 partnerships. He currently serves on Representative Mark Pody's Policy Advisory Board, and as a board member for the 15th Judicial Advocacy District Child Advocacy Center. In the past he has served on the executive committee for the Tennessee Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (TACTE), as Government Relations Liaison, and was a member of the Lebanon Special School District Pre-K Council Advisory Committee.  On campus Dr. Cummings serves or has served on multiple university committees including Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, and the Strategic Planning Committee, and served as NCATE Chair.


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Director of Counseling Services
(615) 547-1397
Labry Hall, Room 225
Office of Academic Affairs
A.A., Cumberland University
B.A., University of Texas, Permian Basin
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
Eddie was born and raised in Lebanon, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Lebanon High school, as well as Cumberland College, the University of Texas Permian Basin, and Middle Tennessee State University. He is licensed by the state as a Senior Psychological Examiner. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling wherein, he completed his thesis on the effects of divorce on children. Eddie is currently working on a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Leadership and Coaching. His past employment history includes community mental health, seven years at a state psychiatric hospital conducting court-ordered evaluations, and eight years as Associate Dean for Clinical Services at Bethel University. During his clinical career, Eddie was invited to join a team of practice-management consultants in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he conducted in-office consultations all over the United States, including seminars on a variety of business topics. His current interests include combining his clinical career with new roles in executive coaching. Eddie is married to Joanne Christian who is also a licensed professional counselor in the area. Together, they have one cockapoo named Bogey. In their free time they enjoy golf, other sporting events, and trips to the beach. After being away for many years, Eddie is excited to be back home and part of the Cumberland staff.


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Assistant Director of Student Retention and Tennessee Promise Support, and Instructor
(615) 453-6343
Learning and Career Commons, Room 205
Office of Academic Affairs
B.A., Wittenberg University
M.Ed., East Tennessee State University
Tracy came to Cumberland University in 2019 as the Assistant Director of Student Retention and TN Promise Support.  Prior to Cumberland, Tracy had 20+ years of Academic Advising and Retention experience at places such as the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Charleston Southern University, University of Toledo, and Midlands Technical College.  Her professional background consists of helping students (including specific populations such as First-Year, Undeclared, Academic Probation, First-Generation, Student-Athletes, Veterans, and DACA students) work out requirement issues and coach them to make good academic choices on their way to graduation. Tracy earned a B.A. in Speech and English from Wittenberg University and an M.Ed with an emphasis in Sport Management from East Tennessee State University.  
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