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UACT 100

UACT is an introductory course that is required for all first-year students. It is a seminar-style class that covers topics relevant to college life such as study skills, money management, critical thinking, and diversity. This class is meant to be a landing base for students and allows them to connect with a Lincoln Ambassador, a faculty or staff instructor, and other first-year students as they navigate their first semester of college. UACT instructors are faculty or staff members who can serve as resources for new students as well as help direct class sessions with the help of their Lincoln Ambassador.

 

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AARON THOMAS

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH DEZ

Aaron serves as a Special Assistant to the President and an Instructor of History. He has been at LMU for 4 months. His favorite things about LMU are the students, the mountains, and that Abe always has his ax handy. He enjoys watching and playing sports, hiking, cooking, and coffee. When he is not working, he spends time with his partner, Katie, and their three cats, Abbey, Ella, and Lady Bird. He also goes on adventures with his two dogs, Dak and Carolina.

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ALEXANDER PARKS

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH IZZY

Alexander serves as an Assistant Professor and the Chair of Undergraduate Initial Teacher Licensure. He has been at LMU for five and a half years. His favorite thing about LMU is the amazing students. He enjoys books, music, and Dolly Parton memorabilia. When he is not working, he advocates for human rights, watches movies, and pampers his kitty.

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AMANDA RAINEY

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH JAYLA

Amanda serves as an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Health Science and Technology. She will be starting her 5th year at LMU. Her favorite thing about LMU is being able to get to know her students and watching them learn and grow as they go through their collegiate programs! She enjoys running, cooking, watching sports, kayaking, and working in the yard and garden. When she is not working, she spends time with family, friends, and her dog Sophie.

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ASHER FLYNN

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH MARIA

Asher serves as an Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Science. He is starting his 3rd year at LMU. His favorite thing about LMU is the small class sizes that allow him to get to know the students well. He enjoys sports, soccer first and foremost. He also enjoys hiking where he hopes to see wildlife. When he is not working, he is watching LMU sports, soccer on TV, or hiking in the Cumberland Gap.

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ASHLEY WILSON

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH KELCEE AND KRYSTEN

Ashley serves as a Tutorial Coordinator for Student Support Services. She has been at LMU for 8 years. Her favorite things about LMU are the beautiful campus and the students. She enjoys spending lots of time at church, reading, and fishing. When she is not working, she likes spending time with friends and family.

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BARBARA SHOCK

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH JUAN

Barbara serves as an Assistant Professor Biology and Conservation Biology. She has been at LMU for 5 years. Her favorite things about LMU are the quiet pace and friendly attitudes. She enjoys being in and learning about the natural world and conducting research in the field of infectious disease. She also enjoys reading, writing, and arithmetic - she enjoys thinking about and being in nature. When she is not working, she loves to travel.

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BONNIE PRICE

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH SAM

Bonnie serves as an Associate Professor of Veterinary Science. She has been at LMU for 7 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is that she is able to get to know her students, support them in discovering their passions, and see them grow over their time at LMU. She enjoys getting out in nature. One of her new hobbies is learning about the benefits of native grasses and wildflowers to ecosystems. She also is planning an eco-friendly garden at her house, and she also likes sci-fi movies and shows and British bake-offs. When she is not working, she enjoys hanging outside, cooking, watching tv, and watching her cats be weird.

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CANDICE BROGAN

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH LEXI

Candice serves as Transfer Admission Couselor. She has been at LMU for 5 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is the great, inviting atmosphere. She enjoys singing, watching movies, and collecting antiques. When she is not working, she enjoys making memories with her family.

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CHESSICA CAVE

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH GRACE

Chessica serves as an Associate Professor of Undergraduate Education. She has been at LMU for 6 years. Her favorite things about LMU are the small class sizes and faculty, staff, and students. She enjoys sitting up late and watching “Golden Girls” as well as hiking and cooking. When she is not working, she lives on a farm in VA with her husband, two boys, and three dogs; in her spare time, she loves gardening, walking, and canning.

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DAN GRAVES

TEACHING UACT WITH KEANA

Cathy serves as the Director of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement. She has been at LMU for 5 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is getting to know students and watching them succeed at meeting their goals. She enjoys promoting social justice, reading, gardening, DIY projects, bicycling, and hiking. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking new ethnic foods and traveling to visit her children.

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DANIELLE WALTERS

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH ETHAN

Danielle serves as the Director of International Progams. She has been at LMU for 1 year. Her favorite things about LMU are the beautiful mountain setting and the opportunity to make international travel and study abroad experiences available to students who may have never traveled before. She enjoys playing the guitar, singing, learning languages, and traveling. When she is not working, she writes songs, cooks food with friends, and hangs out with her gorgeous calico cat, Wynonna!

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ELISE SYOEN

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH HALEY

Elise serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of First Year Experience. She will be starting her 7th year at LMU. Her favorite thing about LMU is working with amazing students and getting to welcome new students each year. She enjoys collecting pineapples because they symbolize hospitality; she loves all things Disney and baking. When she is not working, she spends time with her partner Steve, baby girl, Darby, and two pups, Minnie and Pickles.

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EMILY LONG

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH CASSIDY

Emily serves as the Associate Registrar. She will be starting her 7th year at LMU. Her favorite thing about LMU is the beautiful campus and the students! She loves the Tennessee Vols and cheering on the Splitters. When she is not working, she enjoys days at the lake and spending time with family.

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GREG LASLEY

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH ANNIKA AND KASS

Greg serves as the Advisor for Student Support Services. He has been at LMU for 29 years. His favorite things about LMU are the beautiful campus and the family atmosphere between faculty, staff, and students. He enjoys reading golf books, collecting old golf clubs, and spending time with family. When he is not working, he loves to golf.

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HANNAH WILSON

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH MITCH

Hannah serves as the Director of Student Leadership and Outreach. She will be starting her 6th year at LMU. Her favorite thing about LMU is the community atmosphere. She loves animals, cooking, and summertime. When she is not working, she spends time with her family and dog, Max.

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HOLLY EVANS

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH COLIN

Holly serves as the Recruitment and Student Success Coordinator for the School of Allied Health Sciences. She has been at LMU for 2 years. Her favorite things about LMU are the mountain views and all of the fun events at LMU! She enjoys kyaking, playing with her animals, watching horror movies, going to Disney, thrifting, growing pumpkins, and any sport with the Tennessee Vols. She collects pressed pennies and Dolly Parton memorabilia. When she is not working, she is spending time with family, kyaking, going to thrift stores, and playing with her many dogs and cats.

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JASON FOWLER

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH ASHLYN

Jason serves as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry. He has been at LMU for 9 years. His favorite thing about LMU is that no matter how bad his jokes are in lecture the students keep coming back! He enjoys hiking (over 1,500 miles a year!), strength training, video games, and card games; he is also a vegan and loves cooking and reading. When he is not working, he is probably hiking in the mountains or playing games with his friends.

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JENNIFER BUTCHER

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH MORGAN

Jennifer serves as an Academic Support and Career Services Counselor. She has been at LMU for 9 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is getting to know the students and playing a part in helping them achieve their goals. She enjoys hiking, visiting waterfalls, and traveling to different destinations. When she is not working, she likes to hang out with her husband and house bunny watching their shows on various streaming services. 

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JILL NEELEY

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH ABBEY

Jill serves as an Academic Support Coordinator. She has been at LMU for 20 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is working with students and helping them attain the tools necessary to be successful in their college education. She enjoys vacationing with her family, cooking, and a good day at the spa! When she is not working, she likes to spend time with her husband, daughter, and their yorkie, named Ziggy. They love to travel or just spend the evening watching movies or having a game night at home.

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JOE GILL

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH CAMI

Joe serves as the Assistant Professor of Theater and Faculty Athletic Representative. He has been at LMU for 5 years. His favorite thing about LMU is the students. He enjoys watching theater, baseball, volleyball (…most sports!); he loves animation (Bugs Bunny and Disney) and art. When he is not working, he hikes with his dog Yankee, dines out, and travels the country.

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KACI AUSMUS

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH DJ

Kaci serves as the Director of Student Activities and Engagement. She has been at LMU for 3 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is the wonderful students she works with across campus. She enjoys playing tennis and watching reality TV. When she is not working, she spends time with her partner Zach, daughter Penelope, and pup Roscoe!

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KATHERINE PEBWORTH

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH TYTIAIRA

Katherine serves as a Professor and Department Chair of Sport and Exercise Science. She will be starting her 18th year at LMU. Her favorite thing about LMU is watching new freshmen come in, grow, change, and walk across the graduation stage. She enjoys watching sports, discovering her ancestors, and playing pickleball. When she is not working, she loves hanging out with friends, watching LMU sports and activities, and genealogy.

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KRISTY LEE

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH KELSEY

Kristy serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Field Coordinator. She has been at LMU for 3.5 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is working at her alma mater, and she loves the personal feel the students get from faculty and staff across campus. She enjoys spending time with her 3 sons and being involved in their activities; she also loves her pets, sewing, hiking, sports, and traveling. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work Administration, so if she is not working, she is studying!

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LILA COMBS

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH LILY

Lila serves as the Director of the Student Support Services Program. She will be starting her 35th year at LMU. Her favorite thing about LMU is teaching UACT 100 with energized students. She enjoys collecting license plates and has a couple thousand with every state represented. When she is not working, she likes taking care of her cows and donkeys, photography, and spending time with her fiancé and family.

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MICHAEL GILES

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH MACK

Michael serves as a Professor of Art, specializing in 2D art. He has been at LMU for 6 years. His favorite thing about LMU is the talented students and the closeness of the community. He is a big fan of Liverpool FC, the Buckeyes, and the Railsplitters! When he is not working, he is probably getting radical on his skateboard; he lives in Knoxville with his wife, son, and “far too many dumb animals.”

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SANDRA WEEMS

TEACHING HNRS 100 WITH EMILY

Sandra serves as an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Honors Scholars Program. She has been at LMU for 6 years. Her favorite thing about LMU is getting to know and work closely with wonderful students while helping them recognize their strengths. She loves her hometown, New Orleans, and cooking its native foods. When she is not working, she enjoys painting, baking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and cats.

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WHITNEY KISTLER

TEACHING UACT 100 WITH ABIGAIL

Whitney serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Conservation Biology. He has been at LMU for 5 years. His favorite thing about LMU is the people. He enjoys hiking and birding. When he is not working, he likes to run.