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  • Chad Airhart

    Category: Art

    Position: Assistant Professor of Art (Art History & Art Appreciation)

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3333

    Campus Box: 71911


    Personal Website:

    Dr. Chad Airhart is the latest addition to Carson-Newman's Art Department faculty. He teaches upper and lower level courses in Art History, as well as Art Appreciation. A native Texan, Chad received his Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies (Art History emphasis) from the University of Texas at Dallas. His scholarly research centers on the connection of historical context, theoretical strategies, and aesthetic intent for American and European artists before and between the World Wars. Chad is also an active artist, emphasizing the expressive qualities of color, surface texture, and lively gesture.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions and is represented by The Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Dallas, Texas.

  • Kate Amburn , C-N Class of 2013

    Category: Admissions Staff

    Position: Admissions Representative and Dual Enrollment Coordinator

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3493

    Campus Box: 72025


    Hometown: Dandridge, Tennessee

    What do you love most about Carson-Newman? The faculty at C-N don’t just care about how you score on an exam or if you come to class—they care about your personal and spiritual development, and that’s why Carson-Newman students succeed. We have a network of accountability and compassion that makes us want to succeed on and off campus because our professors and staff don’t see students as numbers, but as individual people that make up the greater C-N family.

    What is your favorite Carson-Newman tradition? I really love Constitution Day, where we have a CLW credit devoted to celebrating the US Constitution and a speaker comes and talks about a Constitutionally-related modern issue. I think I attended three or four years out of my undergraduate years, and the speakers were always excellent! It was one of my favorite ways to get CLW credit as a student.

    What is your most memorable college experience? My favorite moment in college was getting to compete with the C-N Forensics team at the National Christian College Forensics Association’s speech and debate tournament when it was held outside of Los Angeles, California. California was awesome, but it was even more fun to bring a national championship trophy back to campus!

    What advice do you offer to students regarding college? Visit campuses! You’ll never know if a campus feels like home until you step foot on it. Take the tour, see the dorms, discover how friendly the staff and students are—those are the things that are going to make or break your four years.

    If you get a three-day weekend, how do you spend it? Most weekends include me working on homework for my graduate program, but when I get an extra bit of off-time, I LOVE to do things with my youth group—taking them to local Christian concerts or going on hikes!

    Recruitment Area: Undergraduate, Dual Enrollment, and Upward Bound. Virginia, Tennessee: Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Washington Counties.

  • Cashier and Student Accounts

    Category: Student Accounts

    Position: Cashier and Student Accounts

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3209 or 865-471-3206

    This person accepts payments and inquiries on student accounts

  • Laura Andon

    Category: Education, Undergraduate

    Position: Admissions and Services Advisor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3444

    Campus Box: 72013


  • Alex Arbogast

    Category: C-N VISTA Fellows

    Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Director of Resource Development


    Alex was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. She has a tremendous love for the great outdoors and all things Pacific Northwest. Alex grew up fishing on the Columbia River, playing on the beaches of the Budd Inlet, and appreciating all that the natural world has to offer. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Service and Public Policy from Arizona State University in December 2013. After three short years in Tempe she made the trek to Jefferson County, Tennessee. Alex is currently the Director of Resource Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley.

  • Mary Armstrong , MSN, RN

    Category: Nursing, Undergraduate

    Position: Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4635

    Campus Box: C-N Box 71883


  • Brian Austin

    Category: Honors Program

    Position: Professor of Philosophy

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3273


    Dr. Brian Austin, Associate Professor and Director of the Philosophy program earned his B.A. in Philosophy, Spanish, and Religion from Samford University (1982), his Master of Divinity (1985) and Ph. D. (1989) degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published articles and books in the philosophy of religion, specializing in the intersections of science and religion. He teaches courses in critical thinking, logic, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, Christian ethics, and non-Western religious thought. Dr. Austin is also the director of the Carson-Newman College Honors Program, for which he teaches the course “Humanity and the Cosmos.” He has just completed a paper responding to the “new atheism” in which he argues that the natural sciences are unable to provide a grounding for human values.

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