Graduate & Adult Studies


  • Laura Andon

    Position: Admissions and Services Advisor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3444

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Laura Andon advises students throughout the Teacher Education Program and certifies graduate and undergraduate students for teacher licensure. She also prepares reports and maintains policy and program standards. She has more than twenty-five years of combined administrative experience in private K-12 and higher education.

    Laura and her husband, Tom, have two children who are graduates of Carson-Newman.

    “I enjoy the opportunity to assist students as they progress toward their goal to teach.”

  • Lesa Baker

    Position: Director of Field Experiences

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3313

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Baker directs student teaching and practicum field placements. She has served as adjunct faculty teaching Literacy and Language Arts courses, Social Studies Methods, Home, School, and Community Relations, Reading Methods, and ASD Reading courses. She has also served as a college coordinator supervising student teaching experiences.

    Mrs. Baker's areas of interest include Professional Development, Literacy, and Curriculum.

    She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Reading Association, Mossy Creek Literacy Council, Jefferson County Historical Society, board member of the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

    Mrs. Baker enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, water sports, gardening, Appalachian history and folklore.

  • Mark Brock

    Position: Associate Professor of TESL

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4793

    Campus Box: 72015


    Dr. Mark Brock teaches Advanced writing/research, ESL Methods, Syntax, Practicum, Language and Culture.

    His specialty areas are the teaching of writing and teacher training. His areas of interest included World Englishes and language standards.

    Dr. Brock is a member and past president of TNTESOL.

    He enjoys farming, reading, and gardening.

  • Emma Cody-Mitchell

    Position: Associate Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3547

    Campus Box: 71952


    Dr. Cody-Mitchell teaches Instructional Technology; Home, School and Community Relations; Foundations of Education; Classroom Management; Multicultural Issues in Education; and Diversity in the Home, School and Community.

    Her specialty areas include technology integration strategies for teachers, culturally responsive teaching, higher education access for diverse populations, higher education administration, and issues related to the continued existence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Her areas of interest include multimedia development for instruction, minority teacher recruitment research, and computer literacy and utilization for teachers.

    She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Pi Lambda Theta National Honor and Professional Association in Education, and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

    Dr. Cody-Mitchell enjoys computers, cake decorating, horticulture and landscaping design.

  • Sara Demoiny

    Position: Instructor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3319

    Campus Box: 72013


    Sara has her B.A from Carson-Newman College and M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University. She has supervised Carson-Newman student teachers in the past and currently teaches in the areas of diversity in schools and secondary instructional methods. Sara taught in public middle school settings in Philadelphia, PA for 8 years.

    In her free time, you will find Sara cooking, hosting, and traveling the world with her husband.

  • Kim Hawkins

    Position: Chair, Education and Behavioral Science and Director, Reading Specialist Program

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3314

    Campus Box: 72013


    Dr. Hawkins currently serves as the chair of the Education Department and Behavorial Science, and is the director of the Reading Specialist Program and teaches the core literacy courses in this program. Additionally, she teaches middle school methods, K-6 literacy methods, and middle grades literacy methods. Her areas of interest include reading for pleasure and motivation to read.

    She is a licensed Reading Specialist and has taught in public schools in Tennessee and Texas. Her public school experience includes teaching in elementary, intermediate, and middle schools. She is a member of the International Reading Association, the Tennessee Reading Association, the Mossy Creek Literacy Council, and the Association for Middle Level Education.

    She enjoys reading young adult novels and spending time with her husband and two children.

  • Arlene Helms

    Position: Data Management Coordinator

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3320

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Helms is the Data Management Coordinator for the Teacher Education Unit Assessment System. Her primary responsibility is maintaining the Assessment System database and generating appropriate reports as required by the unit head.

    Mrs. Helms is a native of West Virginia who lived in Florida and Virginia Beach before moving to Dandridge, TN with her husband. She has one son, Chip,  who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Albany.

  • Danny Hinson

    Position: Associate Professor of TESL; Dean of Global Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3310

    Campus Box: 72015


    Dr. Hinson teaches Advanced Speaking Skills I, ESL Curriculum, English Phonology, Language Acquisition, and Evaluation in ESL.

    His specialty areas include Teaching English in Foreign Language Settings, Intensive English Program Development, and Developing Speaking and Listening Skills.

    His areas of interest include the role of individual differences in acquiring a second language and the impact of short-term intensive English programs on non-native speakers acquisition of English language skills.

    He is a member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Past President of Tennessee TESOL, and NASFA: Association of International Educators.

    His hobbies and interests include traveling, golf, and reading.

    Dr. Hinson is the Dean of Global Education at C-N and also the sponsor of the International Club.

  • Lisa Hodge

    Position: Administrative Assistant

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3320

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Hodge is the administrative assistant for the School of Education. She received her Associate's degree from Knoxville Business College, now South College, in Office Administration. Her primarily responsibility is to serve as the receptionist for the School of Education Department and to provide clerical support to the Chair and the Dean; Admissions and Services Advisor, the Director of Field Experiences and faculty members.

    She and her husband are natives of Jefferson County and have two children and four grandchildren.

    She enjoys reading and creating crafts of all kinds, especially decorative tole painting.

  • Peggy Hypes

    Position: Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3309

    Campus Box: 71872


    Dr. Hypes teaches Survey of Persons with Exceptionalities, Counseling/Leadership in Special Education, Curriculum Development, Evaluation and Learning, Gifted/Talented, Methods of Teaching English Literature, Foundations of Education, Educational Research, and Behavior Disorders.

    Her specialty areas and areas of interest include Special Education, Gifted/Talented, English and General Education/Special Education collaboration.

    She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, TAILACTE-TN Conference of Graduate Schools (former president), TACTE (former president), Center for Teacher Quality (State Team Member), CACUPA (appointed member), Advisory Council on Teacher Education and Licensure (appointed member).

    Dr. Hypes enjoys reading, gardening, crafts, woodworking, biking, hiking and grandparenting.

  • Cindy Lang

    Position: Assistant Professor of Education; K12 Alliance liaison

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3436

    Campus Box: 72013


  • Sandy Long

    Position: Assistant Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4775

    Campus Box: 72013


    Dr. Long teaches Special Education.  Her specialty area is neuropsychological functioning of children with special needs, and how assistive technology can help us meet the challenges of different learners.

    Her interests are film, blues music, and reading.  She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, daughter, the world's most adorble granddaughter, and a host of cats and dogs.

  • Karen Milligan

    Position: Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3484

    Campus Box: 71874


    Dr. Milligan teaches educational technology and elementary and middle social studies methods. Her areas of interest are team based learning and using Web 2.0 tools to increase collaboration.

    She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education and the National Council for the Social Studies and the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies. She is on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies and is the editor of the organization’s web site. She is also a member of the NCATE Board of Examiners.

    She enjoys camping, bicycling, and jewelry making.

  • Julia Price

    Position: Assistant Professor of Education; Director, Ed.D. and Ed.S. Programs

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4765

    Campus Box: 72013


    Dr. Price teaches in the Graduate Educational Leadership program. Classes include Curriculum and Instruction; Classroom Management; Administrator Field Experience; Educational Research; and various educational specialist and doctoral level classes.

    Dr. Price is a member of the American Association of University Women, National and TN Association of Elementary School Principals and, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

    She has worked extensively in public education as a teacher and administrator and has been involved with higher education as an instructor for many years. Her areas of interest include current public education educational topics, teacher quality, and online instruction.

    Personal interests and hobbies include golfing, kayaking, running, and reading.

  • P. Mark Taylor

    Position: Associate Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3494

    Campus Box: 72013


    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.

  • Sharon Teets

    Position: Professor, Education Department

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3462

    Campus Box: 71952 (Office located in Stokely Memorial room 60)


    Dr. Teets 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.

  • Ernie Walker

    Position: Assistant Professor, Director of Educational Leadership

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3445

    Campus Box: 72013


    Dr. Walker serves as the Director of the Educational Leadership Program. He teachers first-year classes in the program, which include: Foundations of Leadership; Legal and Ethical Issues; Change, Theory and Practice; Evaluation for Continuous Improvement; Management of the School; Administrator Field Experience; and Professional Learning Community; and coordinates all practicum experiences for Master's, Ed.S., and Ed.D. candidates who wish to pursue Administrative Licensure. 

    His previous teaching experience consists of 32.5 years in public education in Tennessee, having served twelve years as Superintendent of Morristown City Schools and Hamblen County Schools.  He is a member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

    Dr. Walker is a native of East Tennessee, having spent most of his life residing in Hamblen County.  He and his wife Sandra are long-time members of manley Baptist Church in Morristown.  His hobbies are woodcarving, hunting and spoiling his grandchildren.

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