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  • Tom R. Tabor

    Category: Life Directions Center

    Position: Academic Counselor for Student Success

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3430

    Campus Box: 72018

    Email: ttabor@cn.edu

    1975 Graduate of Carson-Newman College

    Retired High School Counselor (Morristown West HS)

    Hometown - Oak RIdge, TN   Current residence - Morristown, TN

     I graduated from Carson Newman in 1975 with a B.S.in Elementary Education.

    An unusual memory while at CNC: I retrieved my bicycle out of Philo Hall during the burning of Henderson Hall in January 1974. In additon to that, members of the Philomathean Literary Society carried out of the fire a 6 legged baby grand piano, 37 chairs, the president's chair and a gavel stone and stand (that were saved from the 1916 fire of the Henderson/Administration Building).

    Received my M.S. in Educational Psycholoy & Counseling from the Universitiy of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN in 1979.

    Began employment as a licensed school counselor until my retirement as a High School Counselor at Morristown West H.S. (TN) in 2006.

    I have been employed the last 30 years as a motorcoach tour director with Knoxville Tours, which has allowed me the priviledge and opportunity of traveling in all 50 states, all provinces of Canada and Mexico.

    I am now in my 4th year as an Academic Counselor for Student Success in the "Life Directions Center"

    I meet and talk with students individually about a variety of issues that relate to being successful in college. I love to talk with students.

    I am so blessed to be back at my alma mater that I have always dearly loved.

    I look forward to students and faculty making their way to my office on the 3rd floor of Baker to "The Life Directions Center" in room 317.


  • Jessica Tarbet

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Golf - Assistant Coach


  • Aaron Taylor

    Category: Information Technology

    Position: Network and Systems Support Specialist

    Campus Phone: 865-471-2015

    Email: ataylor@cn.edu

    Originally from Asheville, NC, Aaron has lived in Tennessee since 1998. He considers Morristown to be his hometown since he has lived there most of his life, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He grew up hunting, fishing and camping which eventually evolved into him joining the Boy scouts when his family moved to Morristown. He was a member of the Scouts since second grade and received his Eagle Scout award in 2008, after which he went on to receive three Eagle palms before he reached the age of 18. Once he had aged out of the scouts he became a junior assistant scout master and eventually a full-fledged scout master after his 21st birthday.

    He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Information Technology at the Tennessee Technology Center in Morristown and attends Central Baptist Church of Morristown. He spends most of his time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing and camping. He loves to be outside and on the lake whenever he can. He has had several people tell him they would have “never seen him as a computer guy growing up,” but working with computers seems to just come naturally.


  • P. Mark Taylor

    Category: Education, Undergraduate

    Position: Associate Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3494

    Campus Box: 72013

    Email: ptaylor@cn.edu

    Dr. Taylor teaches Mathematics Education courses at the elementary, middle grades, and secondary levels. He also teaches Educational Research and Foundations of Education.

    His research area is teacher learning, both preservice & inservice, with an emphasis on teachers as researchers.

    Dr. Taylor is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Tennessee Mathematics Teacher Association, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators , and the Tennessee Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. He also serves as a representative of Carson Newman to the Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

    He enjoys running, woodcarving, and spending time with his family.


  • Seth Taylor

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Leader

    Email: sethtaylor57@yahoo.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seth.taylor.790?fref=ts 

    Twitter: @Seth_57


  • Sharon Teets

    Category: Education, Undergraduate

    Position: Chair, Education Department

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3462

    Campus Box: 71952

    Email: steets@cn.edu

    Dr. Teets currently serves as Chair for the Education Department and teaches a variety of courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She most often teaches Foundations of Education and Human Development. She is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and serves as the chief institutional representative for the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Association for Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

    Her interests include reading both fictional and professional material, walking and jogging outdoors, cooking, and traveling.


  • Sharon T. Teets , Ph.D.

    Category: MED: Curriculum and Instruction Online

    Position: Dean

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3462

    Campus Box: CN Box 71952

    Email: steets@cn.edu


  • Taylor Thigpen

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Leader

    Email: trthigpen@cn.edu

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylor.thigpen.5 

    Twitter: @Tthiggy


  • Richard L. Thomas

    Category: Maintenance

    Position: Maintenance - Grounds Helper

    Campus Phone: 865 471-3352

    Campus Box: 71890


  • Lori Thornton

    Category: Library

    Position: Technical Services Librarian

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3339

    Email: lthornton@cn.edu


  • Eric Thorson

    Category: Music

    Position: Professor of Music - Choral/Conducting/Education

    Campus Phone: 865.471.3422

    Campus Box: 71909

    Email: ethorson@cn.edu

    Personal Website: http://www.knoxvillechoralsociety.org/?id=10&mp=5

    Dr. Eric Thorson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Carson-Newman University, where he conducts A Cappella Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Oratorio Chorus. In 2003, Thorson was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest award given to faculty at Carson-Newman. A native of Iowa, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista College and both his Master of Music and Doctor of Education degrees from Arizona State University. Dr. Thorson’s professional music education career spans more than two decades and includes teaching at the elementary, secondary, college, and university levels.

    In addition to his choirs at Carson-Newman, Dr. Thorson also directs the Knoxville Choral Society. His choirs have given honor performances at divisional conventions and have toured both nationally and internationally, performing with orchestras in Atlanta, Phoenix, New Orleans, and Knoxville. In the summer of 2002, the Knoxville Choral Society appeared with orchestras in Prague, Czech Republic; Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and Cottbus, Germany. His Carson-Newman singers also toured Brazil, and A Cappella Choir and the Knoxville Choral Society, under his direction, were invited to perform in Israel and Jordan as part of a peace initiative between the Israeli and Palestinian governments. Concerts were held in Amman, Jerusalem, and Nazareth, and the tour culiminated with a concert in Manger Square in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve 2007.

    Dr. Thorson has prepared choirs for such notable conductors as Eduardo Mata, Douglas McEwen, Robert Page, John Rutter, Gregg Smith, Noel Tredinnick, and, in Knoxville, Kirk Trevor and Lucas Richman. He has participated in divisional conventions, served on the advisory board of the American Choral Directors Association, and produced five professional recordings with his choruses. He has served as president of the Tennessee chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and is a member of the advisory board for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

    Also an active church musician, Dr. Thorson is the current minister of music at West Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, having served there since April 1995


  • Ashley Tipton

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Assistant Coach - Women's Basketball

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3511

    Email: atipton@cn.edu


  • Robert Trentham , Ph.D.

    Category: Biology

    Position: Professor of Biology and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3253

    Campus Box: 71890

    Email: btrentham@cn.edu

    Dr. Trentham, a 1984 graduate of Carson-Newman, earned his M.S. degree in biology at Tennessee Tech, and the Ph.D. in plant sciences from the University of Tennessee. He is a former Carson-Newman athlete and an outstanding scholar and professor ( You haven’t really walked in a forest until you walk with Bob and listen as he discusses flora and fauna).

    Bob joined the Carson-Newman faculty in 1989. Wife, Kim, and son, Heath, are Carson-Newman graduates, while daughter, Shannon, is a sophomore at C-N. 

    Each college is required by the NCAA bylaws to have a Faculty Athletics Representative.  Dr. Trentham was appointed to this position this Fall.


  • Susie Trentham

    Category: Advancement

    Position: Advancement Services Director

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3500

    Campus Box: 72017

    Email: strentham@cn.edu


  • Dee Trull

    Category: Treasurer's Office

    Position: Switchboard

    Campus Phone: 865-471-2000, 471-3582 or on campus "0"

    Campus Box: 71983

    Email: dtrull@cn.edu


  • David Tuell

    Category: Information Technology

    Position: Director of Information Technology

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3506

    Originally from Tennessee, David has lived here most of his life. He graduated from Carson-Newman in 2001 (BS) and 2012 (MBA).

    Working at Carson-Newman for 11 years as an employee, his most recent job is that of Director of Information Technology and Network and Systems Administrator.  He thinks of himself as "A computer guy."

    Outside of work he enjoys family life with his wife and daughter.  For recreation he plays golf and basketball.  In the past played Tennis on the college team and wrestled in high school.


  • Shannon Tuell , LCSW

    Category: Counseling Services

    Position: Counselor

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3535

    Campus Box: CNC Box 71984

    Email: stuell@cn.edu

    Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Tennessee
    Green Dot Certified

    QPR Gatekeeper Certified Instructor


  • Mike Turner

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Asst. Head Coach - Football / Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3364

    Email: mturner@cn.edu


  • Todd Turpin

    Category: University Relations

    Position: New Media Specialist

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3203

    Email: tturpin@cn.edu