SEAN MCDANIEL

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Assistant Professor of History
smcdaniel@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6374
Labry Hall, Room 230
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., Wayne State University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

MAX MATHERNE

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Assistant Editor, Papers of Martin Van Buren and Instructor of History
mmatherne@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1301
Vise Library, Presidential Papers of Martin Van Buren
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Presidential Papers, Martin Van Buren
The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A. Grove City College
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Max Matherne is an Assistant Professor with the Papers of Martin Van Buren. Dr. Matherne earned his PhD in U.S. History from the University of Tennessee, where he previously worked as a lecturer and research associate. His current book project examines the ideological underpinnings of the Jacksonian Democrats’ so-called “Spoils System.” His research interests include American political culture, political subjectivity, democratic thought, and populism.

 

JENNY MASON

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Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts, and Associate Professor of Psychology
jmason@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1338
Memorial Hall, Room 210D
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.Ed., Auburn University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Jenny Mason is an Associate Professor and Cumberland University's Director for the Psychology Program as of fall 2014. Current teaching responsibilities for Dr. Mason include undergraduate courses in developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, statistics for the behavioral sciences, and research methods in psychology, as well as graduate statistics courses in other programs at the university. Prior to arriving at Cumberland, she taught as an Adjunct Professor at Lipscomb and Belmont Universities, was a Research and Corporate Consultant across the state, and a Clinical Therapist working in both individual and group settings with a concentration on aggression and sexual violence. A Nashville native, Dr. Mason graduated from St. Cecilia Academy and went on to attend college at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. In search for more research opportunities, she transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville her junior year, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. Following graduation from Auburn University with her Master's degree in Community/Agency Psychology, Dr. Mason worked for two years as a Child Therapist before returning to school to obtain her doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, taking nearly the full course load required for doctoral degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Experimental Psychology. Research experiences for Dr. Mason included assisting parents of diabetic children to better understand medication and nutrition regimes in managing Type I Diabetes, developmental-based parenting training for parents of children ages 2 to 6, determining levels of change agency and diversity valuing in college students, and assessing the characteristics of those who most effectively challenge workplace bullying in order to provide useful training opportunities for new hires in a business or academic setting.

WYATT KEENER

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Instructor of English
wkeener@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6403
Labry Hall, Room 230
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Union University
M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wyatt Keener began teaching at Cumberland University as an adjunct instructor in 2018 before being appointed to a full-time position in 2019. He has previously taught at the University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Community College, and Volunteer State Community College. Mr. Keener holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. He specializes in Old English Literature and First-Year Composition. Mr. Keener’s teaching responsibilities include Composition, Sophomore Literature, and Writing Workshop courses. In addition to his work at Cumberland, Mr. Keener volunteers as a mentor with tnAchieves. His favorite aspect of teaching is helping students navigate the transition to post-secondary education. He resides in Wilson County with his wife and their dog.  

SUZANN LAFFERTY

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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
slafferty@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1271
Memorial Hall, Room 210C
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., University of Southern California
M.F.S., National University, California
M.A., University of Memphis
Suzann Lafferty is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Criminal Justice at Cumberland University. Prior to coming to Cumberland, Ms. Lafferty served as a Special Agent Forensic Scientist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for seventeen years. During this time, she was a member of the Violent Crime Response Team and processed complex crime scenes throughout the state of Tennessee, specializing in microanalysis and latent prints. As a forensic scientist in TBI’s Nashville crime laboratory, she was assigned to the latent print unit where she processed evidence for the presence of latent prints and compared submitted and developed latent prints to known impressions. Ms. Lafferty has been accepted in the state of Tennessee as an expert witness.  During her last six years at TBI, Ms. Lafferty was assigned to the Training Division. In this capacity, she instructed in the TBI State Academy, TBI Special Agent Academy, and at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. She additionally instructed courses for the TN Department of Children Services, TN Department of Human Services, Comptroller’s Office, and the Office of the Inspector General. She also led a multi-agency team to develop the curriculum for Just and Fair Policing, which was a mandatory four-hour course for law enforcement in Tennessee. Ms. Lafferty was also instrumental in implementing and developing TBI LEARN (Law Enforcement Access Right Now), an online platform that delivers training courses to law enforcement and other state agencies.  During her time at TBI, she attended numerous training courses and conferences. Ms. Lafferty is a life-time member of the Tennessee Division of the International Association for Identification (TN IAI). She also previously served as president, vice-president, conference chair, and treasurer for the TN IAI.  Prior to joining as full-time faculty, Ms. Lafferty also served as an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice at Cumberland University for four years.  

JACLYN JENNINGS

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Instructor of English
jjennings@cumberland.edu
(615) 257-2006
Memorial Hall, Room 200B
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Cumberland University
M.A., Western Kentucky University
Born in Eschenbach, Germany, Jaclyn Jennings was raised in southern Tennessee on the Alabama state line. Mrs. Jennings grew up with a nursery behind her home, playing ball with her twin sister against a backdrop filled with blue-green, rolling hillsides, and visiting a neighbor across the field who split his time between Old Salem, Tennessee, and Paris, France, capturing a young girl’s imagination. Nothing beats the sound of that gray gravel driveway coming home. Jennings came back to Cumberland in the fall of 2016 when she was hired as an adjunct instructor of English. Visiting campus for a baseball game with her twin and brother-in-law, Jaclyn ran into a professor who asked what she’d been up to since graduating from CU? After graduating with an undergraduate degree in English from Cumberland University, Mrs. Jennings began her teaching career under her maiden alias Ms. George at a small, private Christian school in Robertson County. Three years later, she had a crisis of belief and switched fields opting for a job in customer service and perhaps a career with a different passion -travel. While working in an office setting at a travel agency with very memorable colleagues evoked memories of growing up playing on sports teams, Jaclyn missed the classroom. She especially missed the connections with her students. So, Jennings pursued her master’s degree first online and then on ground in night classes. Working two part time jobs and going to school she relates to the student population today who are largely not ‘traditional’ university college students. As a full-time instructor at Cumberland, Mrs. Jennings teaches Composition I, Composition II, Introduction to Literature, and FSL. Her activities at CU include sponsoring Sigma Tau Delta, meeting bi-weekly with Table of Comments, a book club for all, supporting any English Department events, and trying to catch her student-athletes outside the classroom in action on the field or court. Mrs. Jennings’s interests include reading, writing, traveling, hiking, skiing, baking, and cooking as long as she doesn’t have to do the dishes. She is a novice rower, fiddler, and gardener (containers and planters count, right?). A dream day is waking up in a tent or hammock outside, fishing or sunbathing all day, and then sitting around the campfire with hotdogs and marshmallows as the sun sets, geese fly home, crickets serenade, and bullfrogs croak. Or…just sitting on the front porch of Memaw’s house on Neal Street in Huntland, Tennessee, swinging, sipping sweet tea, breakin’ beans into an old metal bowl, and watching the world go by again would be nice Jaclyn is a graduate of Huntland High School, holds a BA from CU, and an MA from WKU. She is an alumna of Sigma Tau Delta. Jaclyn is married to Drew Jennings, a CU alum, and they have one daughter. They’re members and attend services at First Baptist Church where Mrs. Jennings prefers to sit on the back row. Ever since reading Lauren Slater’s Lying in a writing class with Dale Rigby, Jaclyn has been largely stuck on reading nonfiction, but still manages to reread a few classics like Wide Sargasso Sea, The Awakening, and a little Hemingway on summer breaks. Mrs. Jennings’s latest kick is food writing which she discovered during her pregnancy when she was unable to eat much that agreed with her, finding comfort in words about food instead. Having recently discovered poets Frank O’Hara on YouTube and Jericho Brown in a Garden & Gun article during her Covid-19 quarantine Mrs. Jennings’s 2020 summer reading list is looking promising. Jaclyn’s humble abode is in Portland, Tennessee, home of the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festive, but that’s not why she and her husband live there. It is Drew’s hometown. She lives with him, their two dogs, and the newest, cutest addition to the household, a baby girl, their daughter, on a quiet cul-de-sac off the 8th green of the local, municipal course. It’s not Sun-Drop country, but she’s not north of the state line either. After teaching ENG 216 Topics in Literature over Travel Literature last fall and reminiscing over her travels to the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Ireland, and Iceland, Mrs. Jennings looks forward to the opportunity of teaching the class again. Maybe food writing will be chosen as the next topic.  

NATALIE INMAN

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Associate Professor of History
ninman@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1279
Labry Hall, Room 214
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B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Dr. Natalie Inman joined Cumberland University in 2010 after receiving her doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Her research is on the intercultural interaction of American Indians and Anglo-Americans, with particular attention to the roles of kinship networks. Dr. Inman is the author of Brothers and Friends: Kinship in Early America (University of Georgia Press), articles in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly and Journal of East Tennessee History, as well as a chapter in Before the Volunteer State: New Thoughts on Early Tennessee History, 1690-1800 (University of Tennessee Press).  Dr. Inman helps lead Cumberland University’s annual Spring Break student leadership conference in Haiti.  She is also active with organizations that support Haitian education.  

KAREN HOBSON

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Licensure Officer
khobson@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1313
Bone Hall, Room 102
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B.B.A., Cumberland University
M.A.E., Cumberland University
Karen Hobson is the Certification Analyst. She supports all candidates in the recommendation process for licensure. Karen facilitates the data collection for STEPP I, II, III, and IV and is responsible for entering data for the Annual Report, Report Card, and Title II. Karen holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree and has been a part of the CU family since 1996.  

SHERIDAN HENSON

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Executive Director of Academic Support, and Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
shenson@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1315
Learning and Career Commons
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Office of Academic Affairs
The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S.P., Cumberland University
Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
With well over a decade of service to Cumberland University, Dr. Sheridan Henson has served across campus in administrative support, graduate admissions, and academic support services. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in English (B.A. '04) from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Science in Public Service Management (M.S. '09) from Cumberland University, and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D. '16) from Trevecca Nazarene University. Currently, Dr. Henson oversees the curriculum and teaches in the first-year experience course known as Foundations of Scholarship and Learning (FSL) currently taught by a cadre of over 20 faculty members hailing from multiple disciplines. At the graduate level, Dr. Henson has the privilege to teach Organizational Behavior, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership in the Masters of Public Service Management program. As a university administrator and campus leader, Dr. Henson directs the Academic Success Center which contains the Offices of Student Success, Career Services and Internships, the Chaplain, Retention and TN Promise Services, and the Writing Center. In his role as a catalyst for student social integration, Dr. Henson serves as the faculty advisor for the Theta Prime Chapter of The Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Cumberland Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Tennessee Lambda Chapter of Alpha Chi, and the Cumberland Chapter of Gamma Beta Phi.