After completing his B.A. in Political Science, Dr. Cummings worked for five years with adolescents as an outdoor educator and Head Climber at the North Carolina Outward Bound School, before pursuing his M.Ed. He completed his Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy in December 2006, focusing on the history of education, measuring cognitive demand in the curriculum, and educational policy. He came to Cumberland in 2007 and resides in Nashville with his wife and three children.
At Cumberland, he has taught courses in Education and Public Service Management, at the undergraduate and graduate level, online and on ground. He became Associate Dean for two years before becoming Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts.
Dr. Cummings is involved in accreditation and approval of Education programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State Department of Education, and serves in an advisory role to the State Department on the strengthening of University-P-12 partnerships. He currently serves on Representative Mark Pody’s Policy Advisory Board, and as a board member for the 15th Judicial Advocacy District Child Advocacy Center. In the past he has served on the executive committee for the Tennessee Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (TACTE), as Government Relations Liaison, and was a member of the Lebanon Special School District Pre-K Council Advisory Committee. On campus Dr. Cummings serves or has served on multiple university committees including Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, and the Strategic Planning Committee, and served as NCATE Chair.