Carole Bucy has been recently named “Distinguished University Professor,” at Cumberland University, after a long career as a history professor at Volunteer State Community College. She also serves in the honorary position of Davidson County Historian. She holds degrees in history from Baylor University, George Peabody College, and Vanderbilt University where she earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History. As a longtime advocate for local and state history, she is a regular speaker on Tennessee and Nashville history in all parts of the state to a variety of organizations and groups.
Carole regularly teaches classes for the public known as “Nashville 101 and 102” and other topics as a way to help local Nashvillians learn and appreciate the city’s history. During the COVID pandemic, she taught Tennessee 101 and 102, for the Tennessee Historical Society by Zoom. More than 400 people took these classes, not only from Tennessee, but also from 45 of the 50 states, and 4 countries. In October 2017, she travelled to Magdeburg, Germany with a Nashville Sister Cities delegation and gave a talk there on Nashville history. She regularly teaches for Vanderbilt’s Osher Life-long Learning program and has just completed a six-week course for this program on the 1930s in the United States and Tennessee.
She conducts teacher workshops on the incorporation of Tennessee history into existing U.S. history courses and is a frequent speaker across the state on a variety of historical subjects. She is the author of the textbook used in 4th and 5th Social Studies classes in Metro Schools as well as other districts across the state. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. She is considered the foremost authority on the history of how Nashville and Davidson County consolidated their governments to create Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County. This was among the earlies city-county consolidation sin the United States.
Dr. Bucy was the lead researcher for the Nashville Public Library’s Votes for Women Room, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Tennessee ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave across the United States the right to vote, as well as a consultant for the Tennessee State Museum’s Woman Suffrage Exhibit which opened in July. She is also featured on “By One Vote”, Nashville Public Television’s documentary about Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th amendment, which had distribution to public television stations across the country.