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  • David Saroka

    Category: C-N Club Soccer

    Position: Secretary

    Email: djsaroka@cn.edu


  • Sylvia Sawyer

    Category: Library

    Position: Acquisitions & Gov. Docs. Assistant

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4847

    Email: ssawyer@cn.edu


  • Morgan Scott

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Women's Soccer - Graduate Assistant

    Email: mescott@cn.edu


  • Allison Scripa

    Category: Library

    Position: Reference and Instruction Librarian

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3338

    Email: ascripa@cn.edu


  • Richard Scruggs

    Category: Performance (instrumental, piano, voice)

    Position: Associate Professor of Music - Saxophone/Theory/Chamber Winds

    Campus Phone: 865.471.3435

    Email: rscruggs@cn.edu


  • Tara Scruggs

    Category: Music

    Position: Adjunct Instructor of Music - Clarinet/Theory

    Campus Phone: 865.471.3423

    Campus Box: 71934

    Email: tscruggs@cn.edu

    Dr. Tara Scruggs earned the Doctor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University, and also performs as pianist. She studied for two years as a grant recipient at the Vienna Conservatory in the class of Professor Roger Salander (former Vienna Philharmonic clarinetist). She has served as principal clarinet in several orchestras, including the the Tübinger Sinfonietta (Germany), the arcademia sinfonica (Germany), and the Vienna Conservatory Orchestra (Austria). She has extensive solo and chamber music experience as both performer and coach in Austria, Germany, and America. In 1994, she was a guest artist at the residence of the American Ambassador to Austria. She can be heard in recordings of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA) and the arcademia sinfonica (Germany). Her students have been notably successful, winning numerous competitions in Germany and America. In school years 2002-03 and 2003-04, 70% of her clarinet section at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida were members of Florida All-State Bands and Orchestras. Originally from Illinois.

    Dr. Scruggs earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Western Illinois University and also studied at the University of Illinois. From 1993-2001 she taught clarinet and chamber music at the music school in Mössingen, Germany. In fall 2004, Dr. Scruggs joined the music faculty at Carson-Newman University as Instructor of Clarinet and Music Theory.


  • Danette Seale

    Category: Financial Assistance

    Position: Director of Financial Assistance

    Campus Phone: (800) 678-9061 or (865) 471-3247

    Email: financialaid@cn.edu


  • Mike Seale

    Category: Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness

    Position: Associate Professor of Physics, Director of Institutional Effectiveness

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3261

    Campus Box: 71905

    Email: mseale@cn.edu

    Personal Website: http://cnweb.cn.edu/mseale/home.htm

    Office: DSC 101A

    Mike Seale joined Carson-Newman in 2004. He received his B.A. from Wabash College and M.S. and Ph.D. from The College of William and Mary. Prior to coming to Carson-Newman, he served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Marietta College for three years and as head of the Physics Department at Thomas Nelson Community College for two years. He has also worked as a National Research Council Associate at NASA Langley Research Center for two years where he was involved with the High-Speed Research program. His main research interests are in ultrasonic materials evaluation (non-destructive evaluation). In his younger days, and before two surgeries, he spent all of his free time playing competitive volleyball. He now spends time as a volunteer assistant coach for the Carson-Newman volleyball program. 


  • Jill Seals

    Campus Phone: 471-3359


  • Patti Lamb Self , Ph.D.

    Category: Student Success Center

    Position: Director

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3483

    Campus Box: 72018

    Email: pself@cn.edu


  • Dee Dee Sherrod

    Category: Registrar's Office

    Position: Adminstrative Assistant

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3242

    Campus Box: 71985

    Email: dsherrod@cn.edu


  • Katrina Shipley

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Coordinator

    Email: krshipley@cn.edu


  • Allie Smith

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Leader

    Email: adsmith403@cn.edu

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allie.smith.395 

    Twitter: @allie_smith


  • Andrew Smith

    Category: Religion, Undergraduate

    Position: Assistant Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3243

    Campus Box: 72040

    Email: asmith@cn.edu

    B. A., Carson-Newman College (2002)

    M. Div., Mercer University (2005)

    M. A., Vanderbilt University (2008)

    Ph. D., Vanderbilt University (2011)

    Andrew came to Carson-Newman in 2011. He teaches courses in church history and Baptist history and directs the Oxford Studies Program. He was ordained at Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw Georgia in 2004 and has served there and at the First Baptist Church of Columbus, Georgia as well. He is married to Pamela and has one child, Elizabeth. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family.


  • Elaine Smith , MBA

    Category: Treasurer's Office

    Position: Controller

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3208

    Campus Box: 71983

    Email: esmith@cn.edu


  • Glenda Smith

    Category: English Language Institute

    Position: Instructor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3543

    Campus Box: 71953

    Email: gsmith@cn.edu

    Ms. Glenda Smith joined the ELI faculty in the fall of 2013. Prior to that, she taught ESOL in the Adult Education Department of Pellissippi State Community College for seven years. She is a Carson-Newman graduate with a BA in English and Secondary Education. She did graduate studies at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has broad experience working with internationals and programs including a past position as an advisor in the Study Abroad Program at the American University in Washington, D.C.

    Ms. Smith is currently teaching Level 1 and Level 3 Speaking & Listening.


  • Leah Smith

    Category: Advancement

    Position: Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3459

    Campus Box: 71983

    Email: lsmith@cn.edu


  • Mark Smith

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Men's Soccer - Asst. Coach


  • John Sonnen

    Category: Information Technology

    Position: Help Desk Coordinator / Data Entry Clerk

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3506

    Campus Box: C-N Box 72063

    Email: ithelpdesk@cn.edu

    After a few years as a high school history and geography teacher, John served as a college administrator in the field of Student Life/Student Affairs for 17 years. When he moved his family to Jefferson City, he transitioned to a career as an Information Technology professional and manager working with and for colleges and universities. After 23 years in I.T., he retired in April 2013 and moved back to Jefferson City.  Though he lived out of state for many years due to his career, Tennessee is his home, and he always hoped to return. 

    He spends volunteer time each week at the Jefferson Rural Clinic, a medical clinic for low income residents of Jefferson and Grainger counties.  He is a member of, and regularly attends, the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City.


  • Ken Sparks

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Head Coach - Football

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3361

    Email: ksparks@cn.edu


  • Canaan Stanley

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Leader

    Email: castanley@cn.edu

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canaan.stanley 

    Twitter: @CanaanStanley


  • Ashlyn Stanton

    Category: Student Chaplaincy Program

    Position: Burnett Student Chaplain

    Email: adstanton@cn.edu


  • Alden Starnes

    Category: Mathematics & Physics

    Position: Associate Professor of Mathematics; Football PA Announcer

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3264

    Campus Box: 72037

    Email: astarnes@cn.edu

    Personal Website: http://starnes.limfinity.com/

    Office: DSC 113D

    Alden Starnes joined the C-N Math Faculty in August 2001.  His special areas of interest are Statistics, Real Analysis and Linear Algebra, and he has a passion for Dual Enrollment students.  Additionally, he plays intramural football at C-N, is the football PA announcer and serves as Deacon, SS teacher and 6th string pianist at Mill Springs Baptist Church.  In his spare time he enjoys fantasy football by managing the Cave ECG in the Blue Ridge Football Association.  He holds Statistics and Mathematics degrees from Carson-Newman College, Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky.


  • Greg Stephens , LTC

    Category: Army R.O.T.C.

    Position: Professor of Military Science

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3384

    Campus Box: CNC Box 720003 Jefferson City, TN 37760

    Email: gstephens@cn.edu

    LIEUTENANT COLONEL GREGORY STEPHENS

    LTC Greg Stephens is a native of Cedar Hill, Missouri.  Upon graduating from high school, he entered the United State Military Academy, West Point, New York in June 1989.  He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May of 1993 in the Armor Branch.

    His previous assignments include: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1994-1997); Headquarters Troop Commander, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (1998-2000); AC/RC Cavalry Observor/Controller Chief, Fort Drum, New York (2000-2001); Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Instructor, West Point, New York (2003-2006); Brigade Assistant Operations Officer, 4th  Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division (2006-2007); Operations and Executive Officer, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division (2007-2009); Brigade Operations and Executive Officer Forward, 4BCT, 82d Airborne Division (2009-2010); Assistant Brigade Operations Officer, 4th Brigade ROTC, Fort Bragg, NC (2010-2011); Professor of Military Science, Carson Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee (2011-Present).

    LTC Stephens deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom VIII (RC-East) from 2007 to 2008 and OEF X (RC-West) from 2009 to 2010.

    LTC Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.  His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Engineer Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal.  His badges and tabs include the Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

    LTC Stephens is married to the former Cassandra Carpenter of Lewisville, Arkansas, his bride of 17 years.  They have three sons, Stone (12), Cody (10), and Lowe (8).


  • Valerie Stephens , MBA

    Category: Information Technology

    Position: Chief Information Officer

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4727

    Email: vstephens@cn.edu

    Background
    With more than 30 years’ experience in the field of information technology, Valerie has a diverse background in corporate, k-12, and higher education settings. She has extensive experience in instructional technology, technology training and support as well as systems administration.

    Education
    Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management from the State University of New York, Empire State and a master’s degree in business administration from Alfred University.


  • Josh Stone , Dr.

    Category: C-N Club Soccer

    Position: Club Coach/Professor of Biology

    Campus Phone: 471-3251

    Email: jstone@cn.edu


  • Kara E. Stooksbury , Ph.D.

    Category: Pre-Law

    Position: Associate Professor Political Science

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3556

    Campus Box: 71959

    Personal Website: http://cnweb.cn.edu/kstooksbury/


  • Sonny Strange

    Category: Religion, Undergraduate

    Position: Adjunct Professor

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3272

    Campus Box: 71899


  • Peggy Stroud

    Campus Phone: 471-3214 or 471-2032


  • Gracie Stroup

    Category: Physical Education

    Position: Adjunct Faculty

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3304

    Campus Box: 71897

    Email: gstroup@cn.edu

    Mrs. Gracie Stroup is an adjunct instructor who teaches Wellness, Teaching Team Sport and Teaching Individual and Dual Sports. She received her B.S. in Physical Education from Carson Newman and M.S. in Physical Education from the University of Tennessee. The majority of her illustrious teaching and administrative career was at Meadowville Middle School at which she served in the following capacities: physical education instructor, department chair, athletic director as well as girls' basketball and track coach.

    She has professional memberships in TAHPERD, the American Alliance for Health and the Tennessee Education Association. Furthermore, she is an avid Lady Vols fan and cycling enthusiast.


  • Suzanne Strudwick

    Campus Phone: 471-4983


  • Melissa Summey

    Category: Global Education

    Position: Assistant Director, Center for Global Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4153

    Campus Box: 71954

    Email: msummey@cn.edu

    Melissa coordinates special programs which include study abroad, International Club, and assisting with small groups coming from other countries for mini terms in English and American Culture. While a student at Carson-Newman, Melissa spent time overseas during each of her summer breaks. Following her graduation from Carson-Newman, she lived in China before returning to work in the Center for Global Education.  Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman and a Master of Science degree from Drexel University.


  • Henry Suters

    Category: Mathematics & Physics

    Position: Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3265

    Campus Box: 72037

    Email: hsuters@cn.edu

    Office: DSC 113C

    Henry Suters joined the C-N Math Faculty in 1994. He holds a double major in Mathematics and Physics from Berea College, a M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Duke University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His academic interests include Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science. Henry is active in Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville where he serves as chair of the Sterchi Lodge committee. His hobbies include woodworking and home improvement.


  • Sue Swilley

    Category: Music

    Position: Professor Emerita - Flute

    Campus Phone: 865.471.3331

    Campus Box: 72048

    Email: sswilley@cn.edu


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