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  • William Blevins

    Position: Professor of Counseling, Emeritus

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3274

    Campus Box: 71900

    William L. Blevins, retired Professor of Counseling, joined the Carson-Newman faculty in 1966. He has a BA degree from Carson-Newman College, a M.Div from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and an Ed.S from the University of Tennessee. He also has done postdoctoral studies at Oxford University, England. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed Professional Counselor. He has authored four books and numerous articles in professional journals, and has contributed chapters to five other books. For over twenty years he has been writing a weekly newspaper column on family matters. He is married with four children and five grandchildren.

  • Carolyn Cole Brewer

    Position: Program Director, Graduate Studies in Counseling

    Campus Phone: 865-471-2087

    Campus Box: 71883


    Dr. Carolyn Cole Brewer is the Program Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling and Associate Professor of Counseling at Carson-Newman College. Dr. Brewer’s passion is collaborative program development. During her career she has served as a classroom teacher, school counselor, school administrator, school district prevention coordinator, parent and family educator, safe haven and foster care coordinator, consultant, undergraduate and graduate school instructor in education and counseling, and the coordinator for a counseling program for a large oncology center. Her career includes experience with Knox County Schools, TN, Fairfax County Schools, VA, Little Rock School District, AR, Department of Defense Schools, Germany, Army Community Service, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, George Mason University, Vincennes University, National-Louis University, University of Maryland Europe, and East Tennessee State University. Her professional career has been devoted to the development of quality educational and counseling programs that unite communities in service for children and families.

    Dr. Brewer received an A.A. Degree in Mathematics and Sociology from Martin College, a B.A. Degree in Mathematics and Sociology from Carson-Newman College, a M.S. Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Tennessee, and an Ed.D. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a former President of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association and a former American School Counselor Association Counselor of the Year for Middle Schools. In addition, she was awarded the European Branch of ACA Humanitarian Award and was both the Smoky Mountain Counseling Association and Tennessee School Counselor Association Counselor Educator of the Year for 2009. She is currently serving as the president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors and as the Professional Development Chairperson for the Tennessee Association of School Counselors. Dr. Brewer is married to Retired Colonel Max E. Brewer, also a C-N graduate, who is now a consultant. Together, their favorite activity is visiting their son and his family in Virginia. The role of grandparent is a priority and joy for both of them.


  • Michael Bundy

    Position: Assistant Professor of School Counseling

    Campus Phone: 865-471-2085

    Campus Box: 71883


    Mike Bundy, Assistant Professor of Counseling, earned his master’s in educational psychology and guidance and his doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He holds credentials as a Tennessee Professional School Counselor (K-6 & 7-12) with Career Level III status, a National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Professional Counselor in Tennessee. For over twenty-five years, his work as a professional school counselor includes experiences in high school, middle school and elementary school settings. He has held a variety of leadership positions in many local and state professional organizations including president of the Tennessee School Counselor Association and Board of Directors member of the Tennessee Education Association. Dr. Bundy has authored or co-authored twenty-five papers in refereed journals, book chapters, and other professional publications. His editorial work includes six years as a reviewer for the Elementary School Guidance and Counseling journal and presently for the Tennessee Counseling Association Journal. Dr. Bundy has presented numerous research papers at national, state, and regional conferences on topics of school counseling and educational psychology. Dr. Bundy’s current research focus is on building evidence-based comprehensive school counseling programs with emphasis on social justice.

  • Bruce Davenport

    Position: Adjunct Professor of School Counseling

    Bruce Davenport has been teaching Choice Theory and Reality Therapy at Carson-Newman College since 2000. He is a school counselor and a licensed Professional Counselor. He has a BA degree from Carson-Newman and a master's in educational psychology and guidance from the University of Tennessee. He is a faculty member for the William Glasser Institute and helps train teachers and counselors to become certified in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. He is married to Donna and they have three children. His son is a graduate of C-N and a daughter is a senior at C-N.

  • Mel Hawkins

    Position: Associate Professor of Counseling and Religion

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3246

    Campus Box: 71919


    Merrill Hawkins has been teaching at Carson-Newman since 1995 when he became a member of the Religion Faculty. In 2008, he became a member of the Graduate Counseling Program and developed the Spiritual Guidance and Care Track. After receiving a Ph.D. in Religion at Baylor University, Dr. Hawkins did postdoctoral work in Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, as well as training in the integration of Carl Jung’s thought and Christian Spirituality. His wife, Kimberly, is a member of the School of Education Faculty at Carson-Newman College.

  • Linda High

    Position: Adjunct Professor of Counseling

    Linda High is a native of Jefferson City and a graduate of Carson-Newman. She lived for many years in Washington, DC. She graduated from the Washington College of Law and worked as a staff lawyer for trade and professional associations. She spent several years as a legal and ethical consultant for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.