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  • 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 Aid

    Position: Director of Financial Aid

    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

  • Jacob See

    Category: Music

    Position: Adjunct Instructor of Music - Tuba

    Email: jsee@cn.edu

    Mr. Jacob See is a graduate of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville where he received a M.M. in Tuba Performance. Jacob received his B.M. in Music Education and Tuba Performance from Carson-Newman College. As an active performer, Mr. See can be seen with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band in Crossville, TN as Principal B-flat bass. Additionally, he performs with the Black Oak Brass Quintet, based in Knoxville, TN. Jacob's primary instructors include Dr. Kelly Thomas, Sande MacMorran, and Dr. Sean Greene. Currently, Mr. See is an active private tuba and euphonium instructor in the Knoxville region, while serving as Adjunct Instructor of Tuba on the faculty at Carson-Newman University.

  • Patti Lamb Self , Ph.D.

    Category: Student Success Center

    Position: Director

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3483

    Campus Box: 72018

    Email: pself@cn.edu

  • Kim Sexton , BSN, RN

    Position: Director of Student Health Services

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3350

    Email: ksexton@cn.edu

  • Kelli Shell

    Category: University Relations

    Position: Art Manager

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4389

    Email: kshell@cn.edu

  • Dee Dee Sherrod

    Category: Registrar's Office

    Position: Adminstrative Assistant

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3242

    Campus Box: 71985

    Email: dsherrod@cn.edu

  • 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: Student Accounts

    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

  • Christopher T. Sneed , PhD

    Category: Family and Consumer Sciences

    Position: FCS Adjunct Facultyand Extension Agent II-UTK

    Email: csneed@cn.edu

    BS - Family Studies. The University of Tennessee

    MS - Human Resource Development (Family and Consumer Sciences Education). The University of Tennessee

    PhD - Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management. The University of Tennessee

    A 2014 graduate of The University of Tennessee, Chris holds a PhD in Retail and Consumer Sciences. His commitment to action research, has resulted in authorship/co-authorship of 7 articles in peer-reviewed publications, 7 peer-reviewed presentations, and 3 peer-reviewed Extension publications.

    Chris currently works for UT Extension as a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent in Blount County.

  • Mike Sobiech , Ph.D.

    Category: English

    Position: Assistant Professor of English

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3280

    Campus Box: 71978

    Email: msobiech@cn.edu

    B.S., Indiana University; M.A., Western Kentucky University;

    Ph.D., University of Louisville

    Specialities: American Literature, Rhetorical History and Theory, Composition Pedagogy and Theory

  • Noah Soltau , Ph. D.

    Category: World Languages

    Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of German and Linguistics

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3291

    Email: nsoltau@cn.edu

    B.A., University of Georgia; M.A., University of Tennessee;
    Ph.D., The University of Tennessee
    Specialties: German film, 19th and 20th century German literature, critical theory

  • Ken Sparks

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Head Coach - Football

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3361

    Email: ksparks@cn.edu

  • Greg Stanley

    Category: Physical Education and Exercise Science

    Position: Associate Professor Exercise Science

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3302

    Email: gstanley@cn.edu

  • Alden Starnes

    Category: Mathematics & Physics

    Position: Associate Professor of Mathematics; Football PA Announcer

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3562

    Campus Box: 72037

    Email: astarnes@cn.edu

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

    Office: DSC 113E

    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. Additionally, he is the football PA announcer and serves as Deacon, Sunday School director and 8th string pianist at Mill Springs Baptist Church. Since 2001, he has also served as faculty lacrosse player/coach for the Carson-Newman Kappa Mu Epsilon Tennessee Delta chapter. In his spare time he enjoys enhancing student learning through Strat-O-Matic Baseball and Football. Alden and his wife Mary have two grown children, Elizabeth and Enoch. Starnes holds Mathematics and Statistics degrees from Carson-Newman, Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky.

  • Valerie Stephens , MBA

    Category: Graduate and Adult Admissions

    Position: Chief Information Officer

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4727

    Campus Box: 71989

    Email: vstephens@cn.edu

    In addition to her role as leader for Carson-Newman's Information Technology Department, Valerie is responsible for directing, planning, and operations of for the Center of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS). 

    Valerie brings to Carson-Newman over twenty six years working with computer technology and online learning.  Experienced in higher education, k-12 education she specializes in establishing strategy for short and long term institutional direction in the areas of technology, online, and adult education.

  • Nilma Stewart , DSO

    Category: Admissions Staff

    Position: Adult & Graduate Admissions Representative for International and Domestic Students

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3230

    Campus Box: 72025

    Email: nstewart@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

  • Suzanne Strudwick

    Campus Phone: 471-4983

  • Regina Sullivan

    Category: Global Education

    Position: Dean of Global Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4774

    Campus Box: 71954

    Email: rsullivan@cn.edu


    Regina D. Sullivan is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, and, as an undergraduate, she was an exchange student to Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan.  After her graduation, she returned to Japan and lived there two more years, teaching English as a Second Language classes and in Fukuoka International School.  She has traveled to Korea, China, and Australia as well as to Europe and the Caribbean. She holds an MAR from Yale Divinity School and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She moved to Jefferson City from New York City where she taught in the Bronx and Brooklyn in the City University of New York System. She is the author of Lottie Moon: A Southern Baptist Missionary to China in History and Legend (2011).  Her articles have appeared in Historically Speaking (2012), Entering the Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South (2010), and Women in the American Civil War: An Encyclopedia (2007). Her forthcoming book, Varieties of Southern Religious Experience: Essays in Honor of Donald G. Mathews, will be published next spring.

  • 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 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

    Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Swilley joined the Carson-Newman Music Department in 1965 where she taught applied woodwind, freshman music theory, instrumentation and orchestration, woodwind and string methods, and instrumental repair and maintenance with distinction for 39 years. Upon retiring in 2004, she continued to serve the department two more years as Professor Emerita teaching applied flute. She returned in 2010 and continues teaching applied flute.

    Dr. Swilley has performed numerous recitals in East Tennessee, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisianan, and Michigan. She gave the Premier Performance of the Delta Omicron International Composition Contest winning selection at the International Triennial Conferences of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. During her career, she has also performed on flute and piccolo as a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

    Dr. Swilley has held membership with the National Flute Association, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC) East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Education Association, Music Teachers National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity where she served as chapter advisor to Alpha Gamma Chapter Carson-Newman. She has also served as Faculty Advisor to C-N chapter of Mortar Board.

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