Position: Adjunct faculty
Campus Phone: (865) 471-3365
Campus Box: 72027
Coach Carter has been the Compliance Coordinator for 10 years and in this capacity helps ensure that Carson Newman student athletes adhere to institutional, conference and NCAA rules. He also teaches First Aid and Safety as well as Basic and Advanced Drivers Education courses. He recieved his B.S. in Physical Education from Carson newman College and M.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee. He maintains professional memberships in the NCAA, TAHPERD and women's basketball coaches association
Prior to his present position he was the head women's basketball coach for 15 years during which time he was the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year for 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1998.
He is happily married to his wife Vicki with whom has three sons, Tommy, Bryce and Ryan
Position: Professor of HPSS
Campus Phone: (865) 471-3303
Campus Box: 71987
Dr. Melanie Hodgson recently served as the department chair of the Health, Physical Education and Sport Science department and has been a professor of Physical Education at Carson Newman for 20 years. She completed her B.S. in Physical Education, M.S. in Special education and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, respectively, at the University of Tennessee. Her teaching responsibilities include: practicum in Physical Education I and II, teaching individual and dual sports, teaching physical education in elementary school, rhythmic movement education, adapted physical education and teaching physical education and wellness in secondary school.
Prior to Carson Newman she taught and directed the special education progarm at Jefferson county high school for 15 years which served the following handicapped students: educable mentally retarded, trainable mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, physically handicapped, learning disabled, multiple handicapped, deaf, and visually handicapped.
Dr. Hodgson is a current member of Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) and First Baptist Church in Morristown. She is an extremely proud mother of her two children, Trevor and Cara, with her husband Jack.
Position: Associate Professor of HPSS
Campus Phone: (865) 471-3244
Campus Box: 71897
Dr. Love is an associate professor of physical education and recently served as the department chair for Health, Physical Education and Sport Science. Furthermore, she has been the head coach for the men's and women's tennis team since 1988. Her teaching responsibilities include: psychology of sport, psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity, basic coaching principles, motor learning and assessment.
She is an alumnus of Carson Newman where she completed her undergraduate studies in Physical Education and Health and was twice an All-American in tennis. At Vanderbilt University, she completed her M.Ed. in Health Promotion and Exercise Science and then obtained an Ed.D. in Human Performance and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Love maintains a Certified Coaching Principles Instructor credential through American Sport Education Program (ASEP).
Her personal interests include tennis and attempting to maintain a cordial relationship with her cat, Sam.
Position: Administrative Assistant - Health, Physical Education and Sport Science
Campus Phone: (865) 471-3301
Campus Box: 71897
Tanja McDermid is the Administrative Assistant to the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Science (HPSS). Tanja oversees the front office; greeting students and visitors alike and provides clerical support to the faculty, adjuncts and Chair of the HPSS department. Tanja has over twenty-eight years of secretarial experience in both the corporate and educational environments. She was born in the United Kingdom and grew-up in South Africa, immigrating to the United States in July, 1998 and is now a permanent resident.
Tanja and her husband John have two boys; the oldest is a Carson-Newman graduate, now a re-admit doing a second degree in Teacher Licensure. The youngest, a Carson-Newman freshman since Aug., 2010.
Tanja enjoys reading, socializing, family time, and vacations at the beach.
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Campus Phone: (865) 471-3304
Campus Box: 71897
Mrs. Gracie Stroup is an adjunct instructor who teaches Wellness, Teaching Team Sport and Teaching Individual and Dual Sports. She received her B.S. in Physical Education from Carson Newman and M.S. in Physical Education from the University of Tennessee. The majority of her illustrious teaching and administrative career was at Meadowville Middle School at which she served in the following capacities: physical education instructor, department chair, athletic director as well as girls' basketball and track coach.
She has professional memberships in TAHPERD, the American Alliance for Health and the Tennessee Education Association. Furthermore, she is an avid Lady Vols fan and cycling enthusiast.
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