J. BRADLEY JORDAN

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Adjunct Instructor of Exercise and Sport Science
bjordan@cumberland.edu
McFarland Hall
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Part Time and Adjunct Faculty
B.S., Cumberland University
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University
Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Bradley Jordan began as an adjunct at Cumberland University in 2020 having previously taught for the university during the 2013-14 academic year.  He is a native of Lebanon, TN and a proud alumnus of Cumberland University holding a B.S. in Physical Education from the university. He also holds both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to his education, Dr. Jordan is a licensed Physical Education Teacher (Grades K-12) through the State of Tennessee and is also dually certified with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP).  Prior to teaching at Cumberland University, Dr. Jordan was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Dr. Jordan also has prior academic appointments at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN as well as Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. In addition to his previous experience in academia, Dr. Jordan has worked in clinical practice for Healthcare Therapy Services as well as Vanderbilt University Medical Center as Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP). In addition to his clinical role, Dr. Jordan also served as a guest lecturer for the Vanderbilt University Medical School. Dr. Jordan provided lectures on exercise’s role in combating the obesity epidemic while also providing exercise clinical rotations for 3rd and 4th year medical students within the Center for Weight Loss.    Dr. Jordan’s primary research interest is in ergogenic aids to sports performance with particular interest in caffeine supplementation and its effect on both aerobic and anaerobic sports performance. He has presented his research nationally at the annual ACSM conference as well as locally at the Tennessee Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAPHERD) conference. He has several peer-reviewed article publications and abstracts that are published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, International Journal of Exercise Science, and Pediatric Exercise Science. Dr. Jordan has also served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.  Dr. Jordan is an avid runner/triathlete and is passionate about practicing the active and healthy lifestyle he teaches in his courses. Additionally, he enjoys fishing, watching sports, and spending time with his family.   

MARK LANCASTER

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Adjunct Instructor of Music
mlancaster@cumberland.edu
School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Part Time and Adjunct Faculty
B.A., University of South Florida
M.C.M., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Mark Lancaster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Church Music degree with an emphasis in choral conducting from Gateway Seminary in Mill Valley, CA.    Mark has 35 years of experience as a Worship Leader, directing choirs, ensembles, orchestras, praise teams and bands. He has served in churches in Florida, California, Virginia and Tennessee. He currently serves as Minister of Music at Trinity Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Mark’s teaching experience began in 2005 as the choral director for the Renaissance Music Program at Bethel University. Since 2007, Mark has taught Voice, Percussion, and Conducting at Welch College. He also serves as the Choral Union Director and conducts Christmas Masterworks and Spring Musical productions each year. Mark has lived in Mt. Juliet for over 20 years with his wife Jackie, and their two children.    

RONDA LANDERS

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Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
rlanders@cumberland.edu
McFarland Hall
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Part Time and Adjunct Faculty
A.D.N., Stanley Community College
B.S.N., Chamberlain College of Nursing
M.S.N., Middle Tennessee State
D.N.P., Capella University
Dr. Ronda Landers began at Cumberland University in Fall of 2011 and is the Online MSN Program Director in the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions. Within in the MSN program, she primarily teaches Nursing Theoretical Foundations, Nurse Educator Foundations, Professional Leadership Role Interprofessional Collaboration, and Curriculum Frameworks & Design. Prior to arriving at Cumberland University, Dr. Landers was in nursing practice for 28 years. She held positions in acute care settings including ED, Med-Surg, Surgical, ICU, and PACU, and sub-acute care settings including in-patient physical rehab, home care, correctional institution nursing, healthcare insurance, and ambulatory surgery. She spent 15 years of nursing practice in management positions that included Chief Nursing Officer, Unit Manager, House Supervisor, and Clinical Supervisor. Her roles and responsibilities included CQI, risk management, infection control, employee health, peer review development, policy & procedure development, state reporting, state survey readiness, development of medical forms including electronic forms, and preparation for facility special accreditations such as AAAHC and CARF.  Dr. Landers holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her graduate education includes a Master’s of Science in Nursing, specialty Nurse Educator, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, focused in Executive Leadership/Management. Publications include Implementation of a Faculty Peer Review Program (2015) and Three Hinges: The Door to Surgical Success (2015). She holds an unencumbered RN license and certifications specific to the nursing discipline.

WILLIAM (COLE) LASATER

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Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
wlasater@cumberland.edu
McFarland Hall
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B.S.N., Cumberland University

BIANCA JEFFERSON

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Adjunct Instructor of Education
bjefferson@cumberland.edu
School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Part Time and Adjunct Faculty
B.S., Tennessee State University
M.S., Tennessee State University
Ed.D., Lipscomb University
Bianca Jefferson is an Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Education. She has over a decade of experience in public education serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and executive principal. Bianca is currently an Educational Consultant with the IRIS Center, where she creates professional development resources for educators of struggling learners and students with disabilities. Bianca holds both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Special Education from Tennessee State University. She earned her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University.

HEATHER HARGIS

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Adjunct Instructor of Psychology
hhargis@cumberland.edu
School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Part Time and Adjunct Faculty
B.S., Belmont University
M.A., Lipscomb University
Heather Hargis, M.MFT, is a practicing Marriage and Family therapist in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. She graduated from Belmont University in 1996 with a B.S. in Journalism and Minor in Music Business. After working in the music industry in Nashville and as a freelance technical and marketing writer in New York, Heather returned to Nashville to pursue her Masters degree. Serving as a graduate research assistant, she completed her M.MFT from Lipscomb University and is trained in brainspotting from the Southeast Brainspotting Institute.  After 25 years volunteering as a counselor and board member for the American Legion Auxiliary’s Volunteer Girls State, she has continued serving this population by working therapeutically with emerging adults as they navigate life transitions, family of origin concerns, and other issues that can arise from these experiences.   

MARIA HILMARSDOTTIR

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Adjunct Instructor of Fine Arts
mhilmarsdottir@cumberland.edu
School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Part Time and Adjunct Faculty
M.A., Edinburgh University
M.Sc., Edinburgh University

WILLIAM HEAD

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Adjunct Instructor of Physical Education
whead@cumberland.edu
School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Part Time and Adjunct Faculty
B.S., Fisk University
M.A.Ed., Tennessee State University
Ed.D., Tennessee State University
Dr. Head is a native of Lebanon having graduated from Lebanon High School in 1965 as the first African American male to have attended the previously all-white high school.  Upon graduation, Dr. Head enrolled in Fisk University in the fall of that year and graduating the spring of 1970 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.  Subsequent to graduating from his undergrad alma mater, Head enrolled in the Master’s Degree program in Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Tennessee State University receiving his degree in August 1974.  Dr. Head returned to the pursuit of academic qualifications in 1993 when he enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Tennessee State University which he completed in December 2003 William served at nine different institutions of higher education to include his alma mater Fisk University, Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY, Lane College, Jackson, TN, Cumberland University, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR and Virginia University Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA.  In the case of three of these institutions, he served multiple stints. Head’s experiences range from first year assistant Football coach to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  He served on the faculties of six of these institutions with various committee assignments; Faculty Senate, Chair of Departmental Curriculum Committee, Coordinator of Special Populations Recreation and Intern Placement. William’s career has been dominated by his duties in the area of Athletics.  Head served as Director of Athletics at four of the institutions he served and as Head Football Coach at two.  He also served as Head Coach in Track and Field, Golf, Women’s Softball and a very brief stint as Interim Head Basketball Coach.  Head has been very involved in Special Olympics serving as a member of Southeast Arkansas Special Olympics Committee.  He has also been involved in service to the community as the Commissioner of a Cal Ripken Little League Association. Head counts as his greatest experiences, those associated with his daughter Kendra, son Marvin, step-son Gregory Bradford and his sister Monica and the love of his life his wife Delores.  He also finds great joy in the successes of the young women and men who have succeeded with whom he had close associations as a coach, teacher and administrator.  His greatest appreciation is to those parents who trusted the future of their children to him.     

NICKYE GOSLIN HAMLET

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Adjunct Instructor of Education
ngoslinhamlet@cumberland.edu
School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
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B.S., Middle Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University