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Film Faculty

Carson-Newman’s Film major is an interdisciplinary program involving faculty member from various fields of study.

Mark Borchert

Mark Borchert is the chair of Communication and director of Carson-Newman’s Film program. He has his master’s degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, as well as a degree from Southern Seminary. With experience as a television writer, researcher, and producer, he enjoys teaching classes in production and writing, as well as a course in communication and research. Mark also oversees film internships and Senior film projects.

Glenn Cragwall

With graduate work in Texas and a background in digital production, Glenn Cragwall brings experience and knowledge to all his classes. He often trains media professionals in the use of new technologies and leads workshops in production for the National Association of Broadcasters. In Carson-Newman’s Film program, he teaches courses in digital production. Glenn also has studied First Amendment law extensively and teaches a course in Media Law and Ethics.

Shannon Carpenter Collins

Shannon Collins holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, as well as two degrees from the University of South Alabama. Her background in literature allows her to help Film majors understand the art and practice of storytelling through film. With an expertise in cinema, she teaches a number of classes in film history and aesthetics, including Introduction to the Art of Film, the History of Film, and Studies in American Film Genres.

Mary Baldridge

Mary Baldridge is chair of Philosophy, Languages, and Linguistics and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee. As a professor of foreign languages, she teaches the World Cinema class in the Carson-Newman Film program. Mary’s course enables Film majors to better understand international cinema and film traditions from other cultures and parts of the world.

Wayne Ballard

Wayne Ballard has a M.Div. from Golden Gate Seminary and a Ph.D. from Southern Seminary, and he is currently working on a second Ph.D. With a background in the study of religion and in ministry, Wayne enjoys helping students to understand the theological implications of cinema and to find connections between film and the biblical narrative.

Elizabeth Vanlandingham

Beth Vanlandingham has a master’s degree from Emory University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Tennessee. In the Film program, she teaches classes in history and film, including Asian Cinema, one of her areas of expertise. Beth also helps students better understand history through the use of film, especially documentary cinema.

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