Graduate & Adult Studies


  • 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: Graduate Studies in Counseling, Program Director

    Campus Phone: 865-471-2087

    Campus Box: 71900


    Dr. Carolyn Cole Brewer is the Program Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling and Associate Professor of Counseling at Carson-Newman University. 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 served as the president 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: Professional School Counseling, Program Coordinator

    Campus Phone: 865-471-2085

    Campus Box: 71900


    Michael Bundy, Director of School Counseling and 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 Counseling Association, president of Tennessee School Counselor Association and Board of Directors member of the Tennessee Education Association. Dr. Bundy has authored or co-authored thirty 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.

    Mike is married to Barbara Gresham Bundy, who is a retired Oak Ridge Schools special education teacher.  They enjoy reading, playing golf, traveling and following the careers of their two adult children: Adrian, who is an accountant in Knoxville, and Erica, who is District Supervisor of Literacy Education for YesPrep Schools in Houston, TX.  

  • Bruce Davenport

    Position: Adjunct Instructor

    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: Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3246

    Campus Box: 71919


    B.A., Baylor University (1985)

    M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1990)

    Ph.D., Baylor University (1994)

    Additional Study: Clinical Pastoral Education Residency, University of Tennessee Medical Center, 2003-2004 Dr. Hawkins joined the faculty at Carson-Newman in 1995 and has taught both in the areas of historical studies and ministry studies, including Love, Grief, and Anger. From 2008-2013, he held a joint appointment in the Department of Graduate Counseling and he continues to teach a course each summer in that program: Foundations of Spirituality. In addition to his Ph.D. in Religion with a concentration in the history of Christianity, he has received post-doctoral education in clinical pastoral education and spiritual direction. Dr. Hawkins has served as a pastor of Baptist and United Methodist congregations since 1983. In 2005, he became the pastor of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Talbott, Tennessee.

    Mel is married to Dr. Kimberly Hawkins, who is also part of the Carson-Newman faculty and Chair of the Education Department (fall 2014). They are the proud parents of Anna Lee, a high school student, and Conner, a middle school student. As a family, they enjoy hanging out at home and travel.

  • Megan Herscher , Ph.D., NCC, LPC-MHSP

    Position: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Program Coordinator

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4217

    Campus Box: 71900


    Megan Herscher, Assistant Professor of Counseling, earned her master’s in counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and her doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee as well as the District of Columbia. For over 10 years, she has worked in the counseling field in an assortment of settings with a variety of populations. Her work includes counseling those struggling with addictions, depression, bi-polar disorder, co-occurring disorders, as well as offenders and PTSD. Dr. Herscher is former president of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has held a number of positions managing clinical programs including; residential treatment centers serving the addicted and co-occurring populations as well as the homeless. She has presented at a variety of professional conferences and her research foci include; suicide, stigma, program evaluation, career choice and ethics.

  • Blair Mynatt

    Position: Adjunct Instructor


    Blair Sumner Mynatt is a doctoral candidate at The University of Tennessee. For over 10 years, she has worked in the educational setting as a high school special education teacher, school counselor, and career counselor. She holds credentials as a Tennessee Professional School Counselor (PK-12) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Her research interests include the use of expressive arts in counseling, counseling young children, and working with individuals with disabilities. While a doctoral student, Blair has earned graduate certificates in several areas including Qualitative Research in Educational Settings; Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement (ESM); Gerontology; and Grant Writing. Blair has served as the student representative to the Governing Council of the American Counseling Association. She was also selected to serve as a Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Intern. Her most important role is being a mom to the most awesome seven year old son in the world!

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