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Educational Leadership

Psychology

Teaching & Learning

College of Education
Robert E. Clay Hall, College of Education Building
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209

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College of Education (COE) Offices

Mrs. Ruth Gordon

Mrs. Ruth Gordon  
Senior Office Assistant,
Dean Office  

Office: 118 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5451
Email:  rgordon1@tnstate.edu



JoNatalyn Mercer 

Mrs. JoNatalyn Mercer  
Senior Office Assistant,
Assoc. Dean's Office/TESS Office

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Office: 112 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5459
Email:  jmercer@tnstate.edu 

 

Educational Leadership (EDAD)
Main Office: 103 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963- 5450

Trinetia Respress

Trinetia Respress, Ed.D.
Department Chair / Professor 

B.B.A., 1989, University of West Georgia; M.A., 1994,
Tennessee Technological University; Ed.D., 1997, 
East Tennessee State University.

Office: 103 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5450
Email:  trespress@tnstate.edu



Carole de Casal 

Carole de Casal, Ed.D.
Professor

B.A., 1971, M.Ed. 1978, Ed.D. 1980, University of Utah 
MBA, 2007, Novus University

Office: Avon Williams Campus
Phone: (615) 963-

Email:  cdecasal@tnstate.edu

 Denise Dunbar

Denise Dunbar, Ed.D.
Professor

B.S., 1974, Northern Illinois University; M. Ed., 1983,
George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University;
Ed.D., 1989, George Peabody Collegeat Vanderbilt University

Office: 104 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5128

Email:  ddunbar@tnstate.edu


Eleni Elder
 

Eleni Elder, Ed.D.
AssociateProfessor 

B.A., 1985, University of Mary Washington; M.Ed.,
1998,
Virginia Commonwealth University; Ed.D., 2002, Florida
Atlantic University

Office: A404  Avon Williams Campus
Phone: (615) 963-7296
Email:  ecoukos@tnstate.edu

Janet Finch

Janet Finch, Ph.D
Professor

B.S., 1972, M.A., 1978, Tennessee State University;
Ph.D.,1985, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt
University

Office: L401  Avon Williams Campus
Phone: (615) 963-7038
Email:  jfinch@tnstate.edu


Kirmanji Gundi
 

Kirmanji Gundi, Ed.D.
Professor 

B.S., 1986, Tennessee State University; M.Ed., 1994,
Tennessee State University; Ed.D., 1998, 
Tennessee State University.

Office: 108A Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-2298
Email:  kigundi2@tnstate.edu

Kimberly King-Jupiter 

Kimberly King-Jupiter, Ph.D.
Dean, Professor 

Office: 118 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5446
Email:   kkingjup@tnstate.edu

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Karen Stevens, Ed.D.
Professor

B.A., 1977, Belmont College; M.Ed., 1988, Belmont
College; Ed.D., 1997, Vanderbilt University

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Office: 108C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5448

Email:  kstevens@tnstate.edu

 Eric Vogel

Eric Vogel, Ph.D.
Professor 

B.A., 1971, Louisiana State University at New Orleans; M.Ed., 
1974, University of New Orleans; Ph.D., 1983,
Florida State University

 

Office: A403 Avon Williams Campus
Phone: (615) 963-7089

Email:  evogel@tnstate.edu 

 

 

 

   

 

     

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Psychology (PSYC)
Main Office: 303 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5141

     
Kiesa Kelly

Kiesa Kelly, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Associate Professor 

B.A., 1996, Bowdoin College; M.S., 1999, Rosalind Franklin 
University of Medicine and Science; Ph.D., 2003, 
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

 

Office: 317C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5144

Email:  kkelly5@tnstate.edu

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Christopher Blazina, Ph.D.
Professor 

B.S., 1988, Centre College: M.S., 1990, Eastern Kentucky
University; Ph.D., 1996, University of North Texas

 

Office: 313 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5152
Email:  cblazina@tnstate.edu  

James Campbell

James Campbell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

B.A., 1982, Central State University; M.S., 1984, Oklahoma
State University; Ph.D., 1991, Oklahoma State University

 

Office: 308C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-2920

Email:  jcampbell21@tnstate.edu

James Chatman

James Chatman
Associate Professor

Office: 303 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5150

Email:  jchatman@tnstate.edu


Diane Coakley

Mrs. Diane Coakley
Administrative Assistant III

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Office: 303 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-2175
Email:  dcoakley@tnstate.edu

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Lisa de la Mothe
Assistant Professor 

 

B.S., 2001, University of Tennessee at Martin; M.A., 2006, 
Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., 2008, Vanderbilty University

Office: 305D Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-1390

Email:  ldelamot@tnstate.edu

John Dossett

John Dossett
Associate Professor

Office: 304C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-1559

Email:  jdossett@tnstate.edu 

Linda Guthrie

Linda Guthrie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.S., 1965, M.Ed., 1969, Middle Tennessee State University; 
Ph.D., 2000, Tennessee State University

Office: 107 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-2920
Email:  lguthrie@tnstate.edu

Marie Hammond

Marie Hammond, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

B.M.E., 1978, Olivet College; M.A., 1980, Ph.D., 1999,
University of Missouri

Office: 305B Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5191

Email:  mhammond1@tnstate.edu

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Ann Hampton
Research Assistant, Temporary Part-time

Office: 105C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-4951
Fax: (615) 963-4949
Email: 
ahampto1@tnstate.edu

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Shannon Hays
Temporary Instruction

Email:  shays@tnstate.edu

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Mrs. Carolyn Hodison
Administrative Assistant III
Service Obligation & Employment Verification Coordinator

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Office: 105E Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-4951
Fax: (615) 963-4949
Email:  chodison@tnstate.edu 

Rosemary Jefferies

Rosemary Jefferies
Associate Professor 

Office: 317A Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5149

Email:  rjefferies@tnstate.edu

Jeri Lee

Jeri Lee, Ed.D., J.D.
Associate Professor 

B.A., 1978, East Texas Baptist University; M.S., 1979, 
Texas Christian University; Ed. D., 1994, Tennessee State 
University, J.D., 2011, Nashville School of Law

Office: 308C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-1569
Email:  jlee6@tnstate.edu

Marvin Lee

Marvin Lee
Associate Professor

Office: 317D Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5087

Email:  mlee6@tnstate.edu

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Robin Oatis-Ballew, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

B.A., 1995, Fisk University; M.S., 1998, Howard University; 
Ph.D., 2001, Howard University

Office: 305A Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-1558

Email:  roatisballew@tnstate.edu

Charlotte Phillips

Mrs. Charlotte Phillips
Administrative Assistant IV

 

Phone: (615) 963-5141
Email:  cphillips@tnstate.edu

Joan Popkin

Joan Popkin, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor 

B.S., 1995, University of Tennessee; M.S., 1996, 
University of Tennessee; Ph.D., 2002, University of Tennessee

Office: 105A Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-1385

Email:  jpopkin@tnstate.edu

Mary Shelton

Mary Shelton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 

B.S., 1975, University of the South; M.S., 1989, 
George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; 1999, Ph.D., 
George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

 

Office: 304D Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-7984

Email:  mshelton@tnstate.edu

David Miller

David S. Shen-Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 

B.A., 1994, University of Massachusetts-Amhurst; 
M.S.W., 2002, University of Texas-Austin; Ph.D., 2008, 
University of Oregon

Office: 311 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5345
Email:  dmiller20@tnstate.edu

Joshua Shive

Joshua Shive
Assistant Professor

Office: 317A Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5160

Email:  jshive@tnstate.edu

Amy Sibulkin

Amy Sibulkin
Professor 

B.A., 1976, Clark University; M.S., 1979, Cornell University;
Ph.D, 1981, Cornell University 

 

Office: 305C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5088

Email:  asibulkin@tnstate.edu

Stephen Trotter 

 

Stephen Trotter, Ph.D.
Professor 

B.S., 1972, Stephen F. Austin State University; M.S., 
1976, University of Houston; Ph.D., 1981, University of 
Utah

 
Office: A406 Avon Williams Campus
Phone: (615) 963-5161
Email:  strotter@tnstate.edu 

 

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Teaching & Learning (EDCI)
Main Office: 203 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5465

Celeste Williams

Celeste Williams, Ed.D. 
Interim Department Chair, Professor

B.S., 1987, Guilford College; M.S., 1995, Ed.D. 2001,                     
Tennessee State University

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Office: 211C Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5474
Email: cwilliams@tnstate.edu  

Jane Asamani

Jane Asamani, Ph.D. 
Professor

Practitioner License, 1981, Moneaque Teachers College, St. Ann,
Jamaica; B.A., 1981, University of the West Indies, Mona Kingston, 
Jamaica; M.A., 1986, Fisk University; Ed.S., 1993, Tennessee State
University; Ed.D., 1995, Tennessee State University 

Office: 212-214 LRC Bldg.
Phone: (615) 963-5573
Email: jasamani@tnstate.edu

Sumita Chakraborti-Ghosh

Sumita Chakraborti-Ghosh, Ph.D. 
Professor 


B.S., 1975, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India; B.S., 1987,
Utah State University; M.A., 1979, Rabindrabharah University,
Calcutta India; Ph.D., 1998, New Mexico State University

Office: 209B Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5476 
Email:  schakraborti@tnstate.edu  

Beth Christian

Beth Christian, Ph.D. 
Professor

B.A., 1991, University of Tennessee; M.A., 1993, 
Middle Tennessee State University; Ph.D., 2002, Peabody College of
Vanderbilt University

Office: 216 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5324
VSCC Campus: (615) 230-3706
Email: bchristian1@tnstate.edu 

Faculty Website

 

Mrs. Gervaise Clark

Mrs. Gervaise Clark 
Administrative Assistant III 


Office: 203 Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5465 
Email:  geclark@tnstate.edu  

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens, Ph.D. 
Professor


B.A., 1971, George Peabody College for Teachers; M.S., 1972,
University of Tennessee; Ph.D., 1979, George Peabody College of
Vanderbilt University

Office: 204B Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5029 or 1489 
Email:  cdickens@tnstate.edu   

Blanche Glimps

Blanche Glimps, Ph.D. 
Professor


B.S., 1964, Eastern Michigan University; M.Ed., 1967, Wayne State
University; Ph.D., 1979, University of Michigan

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Office: 211D Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-1346 
Email:  bglimps@tnstate.edu  

Dr. Carol Helton

Carol Helton, Ed.D. 
Associate Professor

B.A., 1968, George Peabody College for Teachers; M.Ed., 1973,
University of Memphis; Ed.D., 1994, Tennessee State University

Office: 211A Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5466 
Email:  chelton@tnstate.edu  

John Mark Hunter

John Mark Hunter, Ed.D. 
Professor


B.A., 1982, College of Charleston; M.M.A., 1983, University of
South Carolina; Ed.D., 1991, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University

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Office: L402 Avon Williams Campus 
Phone: (615) 963-7051 
Email:  jmhunter@tnstate.edu  

Nicole Kendall

Nicole M. Kendall, Ed.D. 
Associate Professor

B.S., 1999 University of Tennessee at Martin, M.S. 2000, 
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University , Ed.D, 2005, 
Tennessee State University

 

Office: 203 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5482
Email: nkendall@tnstate.edu

Faculty Website 

Dr. Show Mei Lin

Show Mei Lin, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

B.A. 1981 Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan; M.S.W. 1985,
California State University, Fresno; Teacher Certification 1997,
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Ph.D.2009 The 
University of Oklahoma

Office: 209A Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-1348 
Email:  slin@tnstate.edu 

Delores Mathis

Dolores Mathis, Ph.D. 
Professor

B.S., 1967, Florida A & M; M.A., 1969, The Ohio State University, Ed.S.,
1971, Ph.D., 1975, University of Michigan

Office: 413 Avon Williams Campus 
Phone: (615) 963-7282 
Email:  dmathis@tnstate.edu  

David McCargar

David McCargar, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor

B.A., 1973, Michigan State University; M.S., 1975, State
University of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D., 1987, University of
California Los Angeles

Office: 211B Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5477 
Email:  dmccargar@tnstate.edu

Mary Ann Pangle

Mary Ann Pangle, Ed.D. 
Associate Professor


B.S., 1961; M.A. 1965, George Peabody College; Ed.D. 2004,
Tennessee State University

Office: 206 Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-2126 
Email:  mpangle01@tnstate.edu

Judith Presley

Judith Presley, Ph.D. 
Professor

B.S., 1969, Tennessee State University; M.S., 1974,
Tennessee State University; Ph.D., 1998, George Peabody 
College of Vanderbilt

Office: 210 Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5468 
Email:  jpresley@tnstate.edu

Heraldo Richards

Heraldo Richards, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean, College of Education
Associate Professor

B.A., 1975, University of Chicago; M.A., 1985, University of Michigan;
Ph.D., 1993, Northwestern University

 

Office: 112 Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5620 
Email:  hrichards@tnstate.edu

John David Tiller

John David Tiller, Ed.D. 
Assistant Professor

B.S., 1973, Gardner-Webb College; M.R.E., 1978, Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary; Ed.D. 2000, Tennessee State University

 

Office: 214A Clay Hall 
Phone: (615) 963-5457 
Email:  jtiller01@tnstate.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Office of Teacher Education & Student Services
Main Office: 112 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5459

     

Dr. Dianne Bryant 

Dianne Bryant, Ed.D.
Analyst I    

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Office: 117 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5484
Email: dbryant@tnstate.edu  

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Ruby W. Martin Curriculum Laboratory
Main Office: 212 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5459

Debra Jackson

Mrs. Debra A. Jackson 
Director

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Office: 212A Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5480
Email: djackson@tnstate.edu

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