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  • Sheridan Barker

    Position: Professor of Communication

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3267

    Campus Box: 71961

    Ed.D., M.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville;

    B.A. Carson-Newman College

    Sheridan Barker has been teaching at Carson-Newman since 1980. His primary teaching area is Advertising/Public Relations and also teaches speech communication. He was named C-N’s Adviser of the Year in 1987. He has worked with student media, and is co-founder of the Association of Christian Collegiate Media, which he serves as Special Events and Projects Coordinator. He is a frequent presenter at student media conferences, has co-authored a book, and has recently adapted an Appalachian novel into a stage play. His current focus is service learning related to non-profit organizations.


  • Kyle Biery

    Position: Associate Professor of Theatre

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3293

    Campus Box: 71999

    B.Arch. University of Tennessee – Knoxville

    M.F.A University of North Carolina – Greensboro

    Kyle Biery has been on faculty with Carson-Newman since 2008 and serves as the theatre program coordinator. While his primary work as a professional artist lies in set and lighting design, his focus as an artist is to be fully engaged in the collaborative process so as to seamlessly integrate all the elements of a production. Directing credits include The Crucible, Big River, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Grapes of Wrath, No Exit, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Miracle Worker. Kyle has also worked as a designer and technical director for productions with the Greensboro Children’s Theatre, The Community Theatre of Greensboro, UNCG Summer Repertory Company, Actor’s COOP, Struther’s Library Theatre, and Encore Theatrical Company, of which he is a founding company member.


  • Mark Borchert

    Position: Department Chair, Associate Professor of Communication & Director of Film Studies

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3294

    Campus Box: 71889

    Ph.D. University of Colorado

    M.A. University of Texas

    M.A.in Christian Education, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    B.A., Carson-Newman College

    Mark Borchert worked in the communication industry as a writer, researcher, and producer before earning his doctorate in Communication. He now teaches students writing, research, and production, while overseeing Carson-Newman's growing film program. Mark enjoys helping students practice the ancient art of storytelling using the latest in media technology. Mark has published research on media and religion, filmmaking, and the changes brought about by new communication technologies. His current research examines the ways churches and other religious organizations structure identity through their communication efforts. He is developing the Communicating Church Conference, a communication resource for pastor and other church leaders


  • Glenn Cragwall

    Position: Associate Professor of Communication

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3434

    Campus Box: 72050

    M.A. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    B.S. Middle Tennessee State University  

    Glenn Cragwall began teaching at Carson-Newman in 1988. He currently serves as department chair and teaches courses in the media studies area.  Additionally, Glenn has served as director of media ministries at churches in New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. He has produced and directed television programming for a variety of broadcast and cable networks. Glenn is a charter member of the Digital Video Professionals Association, which he serves as Advisory Board member. His current research interests include media convergence and the First Amendment. He serves as a media production consultant to local churches and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the subject of church copyright issues and video presentation in worship.


  • Chip Hall

    Position: Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3443

    Campus Box: 71912

    M.A. University of West Florida

    B.A. Berry College

    Chip Hall joined the Carson-Newman faculty in 2005. His main interests in the communication discipline fall into the speech and rhetoric category. Besides teaching classes in the speech discipline, Chip coaches the school’s nationally competitive forensics team. Traveling around the country with some of the school’s most gifted students is rewarding for him and he enjoys the opportunity to teach and mentor in a one-on-one environment. Chip serves as the president of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association and was recently elected to be a councilman at large by the National Forensics Association.


  • Anita Newport

    Position: Administrative Assistant

    Campus Phone: 471-3292

    Campus Box: 72020

    Email: anewport@cn.edu


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