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Instructor of Chemistry
(615) 547-1276
Memorial Hall, Room 310A
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.A., University of Mississippi
M.A., University of Mississippi

Vichuda Hunter is the instructor of Chemistry.  She received her Bachelor of Art degree in chemistry from the University of Mississippi, her Master of Art in Curriculum and Development from University of Mississippi. She is currently working on her Ph. D. in Mathematics and Science Education (MSE) concentration in Chemical Education.

While working on her Master degree, she taught Chemistry and Physical Science at Northwest Mississippi Community College and continue teaching there after she received her Master Degree.  During that time, she spent two summers teaching Chemistry for the Higher Opportunity Program at Columbia Engineering – Columbia University in New York.

Ms. Hunter began teaching at Cumberland University in the Fall of 2017 as an adjunct faculty in the Biochemistry department and became a full time faculty in the Fall of 2018. She is interesting in the teaching and learning in the analytical chemistry, instrumentation analysis, and chemistry laboratory. She spent 13 years in the analytical laboratory working in various capacities: as a quality control chemist, analytical chemist, senior chemist, organic laboratory supervisor, and the laboratory manager. She worked with the routine analysis using EPA and Underground Storage Tank Program protocol as well as non-routine analysis, special projects, research projects and setting up new testing methods. She routinely trained chemists and technicians on instrumentation and analytical technique. With her background and with her passion on teaching and learning in the laboratory, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in the MSE program at Middle Tennessee State University. Her research on teaching and learning in Chemistry laboratory has been recently published in one of the Royal Society of Chemistry’ s Journals.



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Professor of Accounting
(615) 547-1264
Labry Hall, Room 111
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Haley joined the faculty at Cumberland University in the fall of 1983. She has taught most of the accounting classes offered at Cumberland, as well as the Managerial Accounting and Corporate Finance courses in the Master of Business Administration program. Her main areas of interest include financial accounting and tax. . Dr. Haley has been recognized for teaching excellence by receiving the Teacher of the Year award at Cumberland in 1995 and 2017 and by most recently being recognized by the Mid-South Athletic Conference as a member of the All Conference Faculty Team for 2017-2018.

Dr. Haley holds professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Accounting Educators, Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business, and Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Sciences. In addition, she is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee, a Certified Management Accountant, and is Certified in Financial Management.

Dr. Haley and her husband have one daughter who attends Cumberland University and is majoring in child growth and learning. 


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Professor of Finance and Economics
(615) 547-1346
Bone Hall, Room 201
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.A., McMaster University
Ph.D., George Mason University

Richard J. Grant is Professor of Finance and Economics at Cumberland University, a writer and consulting economist, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Beacon Center of Tennessee. At Cumberland University he teaches Statistics, Finance, and Managerial Economics.

In academia he has taught in several countries at universities ranging in size from Hillsdale College to Virginia Tech and the University of the Witwatersrand. In business, he was Chief Economist of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, a Contributing Editor and columnist at the Financial Mail, and the Director of Research and Publications at the Free Market Foundation. He has also worked in mining and materials fabrication, has been a contributor at and, for four years, wrote a column that appeared each Sunday in The Tennessean. He was also an infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.

His book, Nationalisation, was published in South Africa in 1994 and warned of the dangers to individuals and the country of excessive government control. His 1999 book, Real Money, explained inflation, business cycles, and monetary policy to a broad audience. He has also edited other books and has written numerous monographs and articles.

He met Nelson Mandela in the future president’s first year of freedom, as well as several of the top members of government, and the opposition, who were instrumental in bringing about the transition in South Africa.

He is a graduate of McMaster University and studied at the Center for Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech and George Mason University, where he earned a Ph.D. in economics with fields in finance, public finance, and public choice.

Links to archived publications can be found at < >


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Associate Professor of Health Care Administration
(615) 453-6307
Bone Hall, Room 100
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S.B.A., University of Alabama, Huntsville
M.H.S.A., George Washington University
J.D., Creighton University

Dr. Christi Griffin is Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Health Care Administration program.  Dr. Griffin began at Cumberland University in Fall 2013 as adjunct professor in the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business, and accepted a full-time faculty appointment in Spring 2018.  Dr. Griffin teaches courses in health care administration, general business, and the MBA program.

Dr. Griffin possesses more than twenty years of health care industry experience, including corporate general counsel and hospital management positions in Nashville, Washington, D.C. and Boston.  Dr. Griffin’s health care industry experience includes the delivery, insurance, legal and other sectors. Dr. Griffin has served as expert panelist and guest speaker on health care and non-health care business and legal issues.

Dr. Griffin holds a Juris Doctor (Law) degree from Creighton University, a Master of Health Services Administration (Health Services Financial Management) from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Dr. Griffin was editorial staff for the Creighton University Law Review and is a published author.

Dr. Griffin is founder and owner of Griffin Law Office, a boutique health law practice serving Middle Tennessee, and is three-time recipient of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Attorneys for Justice Pro Bono Service Award.  Dr. Griffin is a member of the Tennessee, Maryland (inactive), District of Columbia (inactive), and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.

Dr. Griffin is active with many professional and industry organizations.  Dr. Griffin is a lifelong supporter of the non-profit community, serving on Boards of Directors and holding leadership positions for the Wilson County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the American Red Cross (Volunteer Region) and Outlook Nashville.  Dr. Griffin is a member of Rotary International (Mount Juliet Breakfast Club) and Kiwanis International (Lebanon Club).


Disputes Over Frozen Embryos: Who Wins, Who Loses, and How Do We Decide? – An Analysis of Davis v. Davis, York v. Jones, and State Statutes Affecting Reproductive Choices, Jun 1991, Creighton Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 4, Creighton University School of Law.


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Dean of The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business, and Professor
(615) 547-1336
Labry Hall, Room 103
Office of Academic Affairs
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., Auburn University
B.S., Auburn University
M.A.M., Auburn University
Ph.D., Auburn University

Dr. Fuller joined the faculty at Cumberland University in the fall of 2010. He has taught most of the math classes offered at CU, as well as programming and statistics in the Information Technology and Master of Public Service Management programs. His area of interest in mathematics is linear algebra and its applications, specifically over an indefinite inner product space, but includes other areas of applied math.

After serving as Interim Dean for a year, Dr. Fuller was named Dean of the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business in 2016.

In 2005, Dr. Fuller graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He was a University Honors Scholar and was chosen by the faculty of the two departments as the top graduate in math and in physics. In 2006, he completed a Master of Applied Mathematics for his work concerning the convergence of the iterative Jacobi method when solving a tri-diagonal system. He received his Ph.D. in May 2010 working with Frank Uhlig. As part of his dissertation, Dr. Fuller solved one of a dozen “Challenges in Matrix Theory” problems published a decade ago. None of the other challenges have yet been solved. While at Auburn, he received the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Teaching Award, the E. Haynesworth Fellowship, and several undergraduate scholarships.

Other than math, Dr. Fuller enjoys traveling and music. He participated in marching and concert bands in high school and college as well as with community groups and was selected for several honor bands including the Alabama All-State concert band playing oboe. He has taught music lessons for piano, woodwinds, and percussion and served as a church pianist and organist for over ten years.

Dr. Fuller and his wife have one son and live in Lebanon.


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Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and Professor of Mathematics
(615) 547-1278
Labry Hall, Room 236
Office of Academic Affairs
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., Carson-Newman College
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Laurie P. Dishman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carson-Newman College (1993) with majors in mathematics and French and a minor in music. She earned her Master of Arts (1995) and Doctor of Philosophy (1998) in mathematics from Vanderbilt University. She began teaching at Cumberland University in August 1998. In 1999, Dr. Dishman also became the Director of the Learning Center @ Cumberland University until 2004 when it closed. From 2008 to 2013, she served as the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS). She has been the Program Director for mathematics since 2008. In January 2018, Dr. Dishman assumed the role of Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

At Cumberland, Dr. Dishman has taught many different courses, including Foundations of Scholarship and Learning for new freshmen and mathematics courses at all levels. Her favorite courses to teach are the calculus sequence and Abstract Algebra. She has served on the Faculty Senate, Institutional Effectiveness Committees, the Admissions Committee, the Financial Aid Student Appeals Committee, the Benefits Committee, the University’s curriculum committee, and many others. While Dean of the SLAS, she served on the Deans’ Council, the Executive Management Team, the 2010 SACS Leadership Team, and the 2010 SACS Compliance Audit Committee, as well as various faculty search committees. In 2015, she served on the SACSCOC Fifth Year Report writing team.

Dr. Dishman enjoys taking students to the Mathematical Association of America-Southeastern Section (MAA-SE) conference meetings each spring, where they can participate in many undergraduate activities as well as present their own work in poster sessions or undergraduate talks. Dr. Dishman recently completed a three-year term as the Tennessee State Director (2014-2017) for the MAA-SE.


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Instructor of Biology
(615) 547-1369
Memorial Hall, Room 309A
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
M.S., Tennessee Technological University

Alison Dorris graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2010.  After spending a year working at an engineering firm, she decided to pursue an advanced degree at Tennessee Technological University.  While there, she studied under the direction of Dr. Sharon G. Berk at the Center for Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources.  

Dr. Berk’s laboratory allowed Mrs. Dorris to become skilled in isolating and culturing marine and freshwater protozoans in laboratory and alternative media.  Mrs. Dorris’s research aided in furthering a patent pending and novel alternative biofuel. Also while at Tennessee Technological University, she discovered her passion for teaching.  

Upon graduating, Mrs. Dorris worked at an environmental laboratory as an assistant biologist where she was trained and certified in areas of aquatic toxicology, microbiology, mold, and EPA Method 1622/1623.  During her time as an assistant biologist, Mrs. Dorris was asked to serve as an Adjunct Instructor at Cumberland University teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology. After leaving the environmental laboratory, she took several graduate courses at Middle Tennessee State University.  Subsequently she was asked to teach as an Adjunct Instructor again at Cumberland University.

Mrs. Dorris now serves as a full-time Instructor of Biology and as the Program Director of Associate of Science.  Mrs. Dorris currently teaches biology for non-science majors, human anatomy and physiology, and aquatic biology. Mrs. Dorris is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Science and faculty advisor for Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.  

In her free time, Mrs. Dorris enjoys running, playing golf, baking, watching old movies, and spending time with her family.  

Poster Sessions:

Dorris, A. (2014). Developing Protocols for Use of Tetrahymena as an Alternative Biofuel Organism. American Society for Microbiology 114th General Meeting, Boston, MA


Rogers, M., Smith-Walters, C., & Dorris, A. (2016). Super sleuths:  Project WET. Tennessee Science Teachers Association, Murfreesboro, TN.  

Sadler, K., & Dorris, A. (2016) Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Franklin, TN


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Professor of Biology
(615) 547-1272
Memorial Hall, Room 309F
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
A.S., Motlow State Community College
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University
Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University

Dr. Danny L. Bryan is Program Director and Professor of Biology at Cumberland University. He has been an employee of Cumberland University since August of 1990. Prior to coming to Cumberland, he taught at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. He has also worked as an Environmental Biologist and research associate with the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, TN under the direction of the United States Department of Energy.

Dr. Bryan has earned an Associate of Science Degree from Motlow State Community College, a Baccalaureate of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a Master of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree from Tennessee Technological University.  Dr. Bryan is a member of the following professional organizations; Tennessee Academy of Science, Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, Tennessee Entomological Society, Kentucky-Tennessee Branch of American Society of Microbiology, Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society, Tennessee Herpetological Society, and the Tennessee representative on the Timber Rattlesnake Conservation Action Plan committee.

Dr. Bryan has served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Herpetological Society since 2008 and has also served as the Zoology Section Chair for the Tennessee Academy of Science in 2018 and 2004. Dr. Bryan serves as a scientific and species review expert for the Tennessee State Wildlife Action Plan on timber rattlesnakes. Dr. Bryan was the first to collect and have verified a timber rattlesnake with Snake Fungal Disease in Tennessee in August of 2012. His research also includes tracking the spread of this disease and how it affects populations of snakes.

Dr. Bryan is also the Dr. Bryan’s most recent publication, Snake fungal Disease, A New Threat Afflicting Tennessee’s Rattlesnake can be found at (

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Assistant Professor of Biology
(615) 547-1361
Memorial Hall, Room 309D
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S.C., Erskine College
Ph.D., University of Georgia

Dr. Laura Bechard attended Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in music in 2004.  She then moved on to graduate school in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia, where she received a PhD in Genetics in 2010.  While pursuing her PhD, she worked in the field of telomere dynamics, with a focus on how telomeres relate to cancer.  After receiving her PhD, she moved to Nashville, where she spent 4 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University, continuing her studies on telomeres.  She has worked at Cumberland University since 2014, where she teaches several biology courses.