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Meet Our Faculty

Melody Amason

 

Amason

Phone: 865.531.4109

Office Location: Cedar Bluff 116

Email: [email protected]


Personal Bio

Mrs. Amason is the Academic Support Assistant for the Associate Dean of the School of Education and the Doctor of Education program. She oversees student admissions, scheduling, and candidate program of study. Melody has a passion for helping people and will be finishing her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling through Liberty University in 2020.


 

 

Dr. Shannon Collins

 

Collins

Phone: 865.531.4109

Office Location: Cedar Bluff 125

Email: [email protected]

 


Personal Bio

Since receiving his PhD in Literacy Studies from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Collins’s primary research interests are how people experience writing as well as the teaching of writing. As a full professor in LMU’s EdD Program, Collins teaches, directs dissertation research, and serves on the editorial review board of the English Journal. In 2018, LMU recognized Dr. Collins by presenting to him the Houston Award, the University’s award for exemplary professional teaching achievement.


 

 

Dr. Andrew Courtner

 

Courtner

Phone: 865.531.4111

Office Location: Cedar Bluff 126

Email: [email protected]


Personal Bio

Dr. Andrew Courtner currently serves as EdD Program Director and Assistant Professor of Education at Lincoln Memorial University. Prior to his current role, Dr. Courtner served in various administrative roles in higher education focused on student success, retention, and academic advising. Recently completing a second doctorate in Statistics from Tennessee Tech University, Dr. Courtner’s research interests include student engagement, college access, rural education, and survey methodology.


 

 

Dr. Cherie Gaines

 

Gaines

Phone: 865.531.4154

Office Location: Cedar Bluff 123

Email: [email protected]


Personal Bio

Cherie Barnett Gaines began her career in 2001 as a middle school teacher of science, reading, and English. Cherie earned her PhD from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a concentration in Educational Administration and Supervision, and she currently works as an Assistant Professor of Education in the doctoral program at Lincoln Memorial University. Dr. Gaines’s research includes rural schools, teacher leadership, school climate, social justice, middle school education, and leadership preparation.


 

 

Dr. Jessica Taylor

 

Gaines

Phone: 865.531.6982

Office Location: Cedar Bluff 123

Email: [email protected]


Personal Bio

Dr. Jessica Taylor is an Assistant Professor in LMU’s EdD program where she teaches and directs doctoral candidates in the Higher Education concentration. Having received her PhD from Bellarmine University, Dr. Taylor’s scholarly interests and expertise include quantitative methods, college student success, socioeconomic benefits of higher education, and social justice education. Dr. Taylor’s experience in higher education began when she was an English faculty member before she transitioned into administrative roles as program and department chair, faculty director, and then dean. 


 

 

Dr. Joshua Tipton

 

Tipton

Phone: 865.531.4105

Office Location: Cedar Bluff 123

Email: [email protected]


Personal Bio

Dr. Joshua Tipton is an Assistant Professor in LMU’s EdD program where he teaches and directs doctoral candidates in the Instructional Leadership concentration. Having received his EdD from East Tennessee State University, Dr. Tipton’s scholarly interests and expertise include Indigenous studies, educational policy, educational leadership, and social justice education. As an educator, Dr. Tipton has taught middle and high school social studies, served as a high school administrator, and a district supervisor.


 

Please see our Scholarly Activity Page for more information concerning presentations and publications from our faculty.