Drs. Baumgardner and Teets to deliver winter commencement addresses

Dr. James Baumgardner speaks at a Founders’ Day Service at Carson-Newman.  The C-N professor of history will deliver the University’s Undergraduate Commencement Address on Friday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in Holt Fieldhouse.

Dr. James Baumgardner speaks at a Founders’ Day Service at Carson-Newman. The C-N professor of history will deliver the University’s Undergraduate Commencement Address on Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. in Holt Fieldhouse.

(Dec. 5, 2013) – Dr. James Baumgardner will mark his 50th year teaching at Carson-Newman University by delivering the winter commencement address to undergraduates at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in Holt Fieldhouse. Dr. Sharon Teets will address those receiving graduate degrees at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the sanctuary of Jefferson City’s First Baptist Church.

Baumgardner began teaching in the History Department at Carson-Newman in 1963 and holds the distinction of being the longest faculty member in continuous service. He is a 1959 alumnus and bi-vocational pastor.

Baumgardner received his Master of Arts degree and doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Teets serves as chair of Carson-Newman’s Education Department. She teaches both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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.

Teets received her Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University, her Master of Science from the University of Tennessee and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

More than 75 undergraduates and some 30 graduates will participate in winter commencement ceremonies.

Friday's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be streamed online, and may viewed at www.cn.edu/live