ANDREW WILEY

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Assistant Professor of History, and Associate Editor for the Martin Van Buren Papers
awiley@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1351
Vise Library
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Presidential Papers, Martin Van Buren
The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Indiana University Pardue University, Indianapolis
M.A., Indiana State University
Ph.D., University of Calgary (Canada)
Andrew Wiley started his work at Cumberland University in January 2018 when the Papers of Martin Van Buren hired him as the new associate editor. In addition to his editorial work, Dr. Wiley teaches introductory level courses on United States History and will occasionally teaches upper level history courses. His research interests are Civil War Era politics (particularly conservatism), military history, Cold War History, and the history of Baseball. Prior to his work at Cumberland University, Dr. Wiley worked as an editorial assistant for the Frederick Douglass Papers in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Civil War History, an academic journal published by Kent State University Press. He had also taught a course on U.S. History at the University of Calgary in Canada, and has recently published an article for the Essential Civil War Curriculum based at Virginia Tech. Not isolated to printed works, Wiley has also presented his research at several nationally recognized history conferences.  Wiley currently holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history from Indiana University at Indianapolis, a Master of Arts in history from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a PhD from the University of Calgary. When not on campus you can find Andrew Wiley playing guitar, at a baseball game, or touring the numerous historical sites in Tennessee and other surrounding states.

GEORGE WALKER

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Associate Professor of Physical Education and Athletic Coaching
gwalker@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1213
Bone Hall, Room 200
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.S., Tennessee Technological University
M.A., Tennessee Technological University
Ed.S., Tennessee Technological University
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. George Walker began at Cumberland University in the Fall of 2003. Prior to his arrival at the university, he was an elementary/middle school principal within the Jackson County School System. Dr. Walker gained experience in the area of education by serving many years as a physical education teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as a coaching football at the middle and high school levels. Along with his administration and teaching at K-12 level, he has taught at both Tennessee Technological University and Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Walker holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in the areas of Health and Physical Education from Tennessee Technological University. He also earned at Tennessee Technological University a Specialist in Education degree in the area of Educational Leadership. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University. He holds memberships in many professional organizations most notably Phi Delta Kappa, where he served as the Vice President for Membership. He has received educational honors from the Tennessee State Department of Education, Tennessee Academy for School Leaders as well as the educational peer mentoring program from the Tennessee Army National Guard Special Award (Bee Like Me Program). Along with his duties at Cumberland University, Dr. Walker serves as the Director of Tennessee Special Olympics for Area 27, Wilson County. His area of research deals with all areas adaptive physical education along with the impact of physical fitness on academic performance.  

SUMMER VERTREES

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Assistant Professor of English
svertrees@cumberland.edu
(615) 257-2007
Memorial Hall, Room 200C
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.S., Tennessee Technological University
M.A., Tennessee Technological University
Summer Vertrees earned a B.S. in Secondary Education English from Tennessee Technological University in 2004. After earning her degree and beginning her public school teaching career, she later pursued her M.A. in English, which began her collegiate teaching experience.   As an educator, Vertrees has spent her time teaching students ranging from 7th grade summer school and high school dual enrollment, to seniors at four year universities as well as online college enrollees. Her main focus is in the realm of English Rhetoric and Composition, where she has spent most of the past decade instructing and inspiring students to be better writers. Recently, she has instructed the Advanced Composition and Grammar course for CU. In way of literature, she has taught many courses, from classes on Shakespeare to Utopian and Dystopian Literature, as well as general survey courses covering American Literature.  As a writer, Vertrees has published many pieces in local magazines and newspapers; she has worked alongside excellent student writers to help them get their work published as well, in order to highlight the exceptional work and progress they have accomplished while in her classroom.   Personally, Vertrees enjoys spending time with her husband and three children foremost. Participating in Crossfit workouts, writing with brightly colored pens, drinking coffee, playing word games, and completing any adventure that involves running all serve to make her happy. Currently, she is training for her second triathlon.  

SANDRA SMITH

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Associate Professor of Special Education
sandy.smith@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1327
Bone Hall, Room 101
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.S., Tennessee Technological University
M.A., Tennessee Technological University
Ed.S., Tennessee Technological University
Ed.D., Tennessee State University
Prior to becoming a higher education faculty member, Dr. Sandy Smith taught twenty years in the P-12 setting.  She served as an elementary, special education, gifted and adult education teacher. Her areas of interest include special education, diversity, assessment, and literacy.  She has co-authored a number of college-level texts including The Student Teaching and Field Experience Handbook (7th edition), Teaching Reading in the Today’s Middle Schools (1st edition), Teaching Through Stories, Yours, Mine and Theirs (1st edition), and Teaching Reading in Today’s Elementary Schools (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th editions).  Dr. Smith is actively involved in a variety of professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), The Tennessee Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (TACTE), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the Literacy Association of Tennessee (LAT).  Currently in LAT, Dr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors holds the state leadership position of Treasurer.     At Cumberland University, Dr. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses for candidates seeking teacher licensure.  She teaches courses related to collaboration, special education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and literacy and provides support for candidates in numerous field and clinical experiences.  She advises licensure candidates seeking endorsements in special education, elementary education, and ESL. Dr. Smith serves as the program director for the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. She participates in a number of campus-wide committees, including the CU Colloquium Planning Committee.  Dr. Smith often presents professional development programs for area school systems and serves on a number of state-level committees organized by the Tennessee State Department of Education.   Dr. Smith lives in Overton County with her husband of 47 years, David.  They have two sons, Dustin and Tyler, a daughter-in-law, Mandy, a grandson, Marek, one Siberian Husky dog and four cats.  

TED ROSE

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Professor of Art
trose@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1383
399 Phoenix Plaza, Room 2A
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Lipscomb University
M.A.E., Edinboro State University
M.F.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
A nationally known artist and author, Ted Rose has, for nearly half a century influenced the field of arts through his role as an artist, author, consultant, and educator. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Education degree from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from David Lipscomb University. He has worked extensively for over 35 years in secondary education, colleges and universities, including Abilene Christian University, Union University, William Carey College, Lipscomb University, and is presently professor and chair of the art department at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.   Ted’s artwork explores a diverse range of concepts and content, from highly detailed works to more creative and abstract pieces. He has had 21 solo exhibits in seven states, six international exhibitions, and received more than 50 awards for his work.  He currently has paintings on exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum in Boulder, Colorado, and recently had a one man exhibition at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. His artwork is displayed in over 200 private and corporate collections, including the collections of several Fortune 500 companies. Ted has several publications to his credit, including the top-selling secondary education textbook on drawing in the United States, "Discovering Drawing”,   currently in its third edition.  His students have also won numerous awards and have been recognized for outstanding work at the secondary, collegiate, and graduate levels, including the National Scholastic Art Competition, the Texas Collegiate Art Competition, the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Awards, international competitions in Mexico and Switzerland, and Artists of the 21st Century 10 state Collegiate Competition. Over 56 of his past students have gone on to receive terminal degrees with some of his former students currently enrolled in graduate programs at Arizona State University, Clemson University, Chicago Art Institute, and Harvard University.   In addition to his professional career, Ted Rose has lectured twice at the National Art Education Association Conference.  He has also served as keynote speaker for state art conferences in Nevada, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana and has also worked extensively with fine arts organizations as an instructor and board member. These organizations include The Tennessee Arts Academy, The Governor's School for the Arts and state fine arts programs in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.  He and his wife, Kathy, make their home in Lebanon.

Dan ROUSSEAU

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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
drousseau@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1229
Memorial Hall, Room 210D
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., University of Central Florida
M.A.E., Central Michigan University
D.C.J., California University of Pennsylvania

J. MICHAEL RIPSKI

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University Chaplain and Assistant Professor
mripski@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6347
Learning and Career Commons, Room 121
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Academic Success Center
The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Rhodes College
M.Div., Emory University
D.Min., Emory University

Retiring after 40 years as a United Methodist pastor of churches in West and Middle Tennessee, Dr. Ripski serves as University Chaplain. He also has teaching responsibilities.

He previously taught courses in philosophy, Bible, and religion as an adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

His publications include: Conversing with God, Abingdon Press, 1992; This Side of Easter, A Lenten Study for Adults, Abingdon Press, 1998; and numerous articles.

 

MICHAEL REX

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Associate Professor of English
mrex@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1329
Memorial Hall, Room 210B
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Sam Houston State University
M.A., Texas A & M University, College Station
Ph.D., Wayne State University
Michael Rex, PhD Dr. Michael Rex's areas of interest fall mainly in British and World Literature particularly 16th, 17th, & 18th-century British Literature and Culture. In addition to British Literature courses and First Year Composition, he teaches courses in Creative Writing, Women's Literature, Queer Theory, Classical and Early Modern World Literature, Linguistics, Native American Literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy, as well as Harry Potter, and Superheroes in Literature and Film. Lots of Reading – Exercise for the Brain, but Massive Fun! Dr. Rex holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, with a Master of Arts in English with concentrations in 17th century British Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, and ELL from Texas A&M University. His PhD, concentrations in 17th & 18th century British and Medieval and Arthurian Literature, comes from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. As a playwright, Michael Rex has had several plays locally produced. Letters to God was part of Out Front on Main's Anti-Gay Bullying Campaign Bully This! In April 2013, Nice Girls Don’t played to sold out houses for three weeks at Lakewood Theatre and again at Encore Theatre in the Spring of 2015. My Mama Says, a play about 11 African American women in the Civil Rights Era was produced at Encore Theatre Company in May 2014. A Merry Little Christmas was produced at Out Front on Main in Dec 2015. His adaptations of Shakespeare - The 12th of Whatever, Something's Up, Maybe?, The Merry Wives of Nashville, and, We're Even Now – are all well received. Somebody's Baby – a play about five African American women dealing with losing family members to police violence won the Best Original Play in Middle TN 2017. Current projects include A Newer Way to Pay Old Debts and The Red Queen's Dilemma.

JOHN PIGG

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Assistant Professor of Education
mpigg@cumberland.edu
Memorial Hall
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.S., Lipscomb University
M.S., University of Tennessee Knoxville
M.Ed., CArson-Newman University
Ed.D., Lipscomb University
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