University Expert List

TSU Expert List for News Media

This page contains a directory of TSU personnel organized by College and their expertise and specialization areas. It is provided as a resource for media organizations seeking expert information on various topics. The individual experts provided all information and have granted their permission to be contacted directly. This on-line directory is updated as new contact information becomes available. 



College of Liberal Arts

Dorjsuren Badamdorj, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5811 –


Michael Bertrand, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-1376 –

Southern Music; Race Relations; Southern History

Debroah Burris-Kitchen, Ph.D.
Department Head
(615) 963-7648 –

Criminal Justice, Racial Disparities in Social Control Efforts, Sentencing as Related to War on Drugs

Delores Butler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7666

Child Welfare/Culturally Competent Public Child Welfare Practice 

Theron Corse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-7457

Latin America, Cuba, Argentina, Guatemala, Caribbean, Religion in Latin America

Mark Crawford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5210 –

Commercial Music, Music Industry

Elizabeth Dachowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5507 –

Medieval European History, Manuscripts and Archives, Church History, French History and Culture, English History and Culture

Joel Dark, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5516

Germany and Modern Europe

Rebecca Dixon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5728

African and African American Literature, Women’s Literature

Robert Elliott, Ph.D.
Professor/Department Head
(615) 963-5347

Distance Education in Music, Music Accreditation, Text book publishing

Daniel Gibran, Ph.D., Professor, (615) 963- 5650
International Relations, International Security, International Political Economy

Terry Likes, Ph.D.
Department Head/Professor
(615) 963-5804

Mass Communication, Radio/TV News, Sports Journalism

Reginald McDonald, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5353

Instrumental Performing Ensembles and Bands, Aristocrat Of Bands

John Miglietta, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5515

International Organizations, Nuclear Proliferation, Middle East Politics and History

Oscar Miller, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts & Sciences
(615) 963-5559 -

Program Evaluation, Community needs Assessment, Employee Turnover, Employee Turnover, Organizational Culture and Effectiveness

Samantha Morgan-Curtis, Ph.D.
Associate Prof & WRITE Director
(615) 963-1536

Elizabethan Literature; Writing; Women’s Studies; Writing in the Disciplines, Rhetoric & Composition; Feminist Theory; Popular Culture; British Literature

Kyle Murray, Ph.D., Professor (615) 963-1394
Global Political Economy, International Relations

Darryl Nettles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5358

Vocal Music, Early Jazz

Adebayo Oyebade, Ph.D., Professor (615) 963-5506
African History

David Padgett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5508 -

Urban Planning and Land use Issues, 

Patricia Reeves, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7785

Music Education

Joe Richie, M.M.A.
(615) 963-1582

Media Management, Media Programming, Media Production, Sports Media, Digital Media

Brian Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-4930

American National, State, and Local Politics

Erik Schmeller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5510 -

Early American History

Robert Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5032

Civil and Criminal Law

Richard Todd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7753

Classical Guitar

Learotha Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5513

Public History, Historic Preservation, Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American History (Slavery, Emancipation, Civil Rights, and African-American Intellectual History)

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College of Business

Dharmendra Dhakal Ph.D. Professor (615) 963-7345
Economics and Finance

Phyllis Flott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-7123


Soumen Ghosh, Ph.D.
(615) 963-7172

Economic Impact Analysis

Carrie Hurst, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7341

Human Resources

Joel Jolayemi, Ph.D.
(615) 963-7134

Quality Management

Festus Olorunniwo, Ph.D.
Department Head
(615) 963-7346

Supply Chain Management

Ramaprasad Unni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-7343


Achintya Ray, Ph.D. Associate Professor (615) 963-7347
Economics and Finance

Abu Wahid, Ph.D.
(615) 963-7149

Micro Loans

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College of Education

Kimberly King-Jupiter, Ph.D. Dean (615) 963-5451
Education, Teacher Prep

James Bass, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5609

Health Fitness, Sports Performance, Exercise Science

James Campbell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5144

Counseling with Children and Adolescents, Family Psychology, Issues Related to Men and Masculinity, Supervision and Training of Psychologists

Charles Dickens, Ed.D.
(615) 963-5029

Educational Technology, Cooperative Learning, Project based Learning

Kirmanj Gundi, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-2298

Kurdish and Middle Eastern Issues, Educational Administration and Leadership

John Hunter, Ed.D.
(615)  963-7051

Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Visual Literacy, Philosophy of Education

Nicole Kendall, Ed.D.
(615) 963-5482

Elementary Education, Education Technology

Marcia Millet, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7622

Elementary Education, Pre-service Teachers, Math Education, Science Education, Professional Development for Teachers

Judith Presley, Ed.D.
(615) 963-5468

Special Education, Teen Sexuality Issues, Preparing Students for Praxis

Christopher Blazina, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5152

Men’s Issues, Men and Masculinity

Robin Oatis-Ballew, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-1558 -

Work-Life Balance in Women, Women’s Issues, Multicultural Counseling

Mary A. Pangle, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-2126

Elementary-Teacher Education Methods

Heraldo Richards, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Professor (615) 963-5620
Education, Teacher preparation

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College of Engineering, Technology & Computer Science

S. Keith Hargrove, Ph.D.
Dean of Engineering
(615) 963-5399 -

STEM Education and Manufacturing in Tennessee

Muhammad Akbar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (615) 963-5393
Environmental Modeling, Storm Surge Prediction

Orville Bignall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5870


Geoffrey Burks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 277-1622


John Henry, Ph.D. Research Specialist, Center of Excellence, (615) 277-1616

Landon Onyebueke, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5425

Engineering Design, Modeling and Simulation, and Optimization of System

Deo Chimba, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5430


Sachin Shetty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, (615) 963-2160
Computer Networking, Network Security, Machine Learning

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College of Health Sciences


Stephanie Bailey, Ph.D. Interim Dean and Director of Public Health Initiative (615) 963-5924
Disease Control, Health

Ronald Barredo, PT, DPT, Ed. D., GCS
Assistant Dean
(615) 963-5932

Geriatrics, Cardiopulmonary

Revlon Briggs, M.S., DHA (ABD)
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7331

Behavioral Health Sciences, Maternal Child Health

Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7252

(Health and Human Sciences) Geriatrics, Health Education and Health Promotion, Child Health, Health Disparities

Wanda Burrell, MT (ASCP) MSPH
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7334
Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Medical Parasitology, Urinalysis/Body Fluids, and Immunology

Kevin Lawrence, PT, DHS, OCS
Associate Professor
(615) 963-1388
Musculoskeletal System, Spine and Hands

Iris Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-7030
Speech and Language Development/Disorders, Preschool/School Age Populations

Mohamed Kanu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7326
(Public Health) Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Immigrant Health, International Health

Elizabeth Kunnu, Ed.S., M.Ed., RHIA
Department Head
(615) 963-7430
Personal Health Records, Confidentiality of Patient Records

David Lehman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5946
Neuro-rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease

Stephen Penick, MSOT, OTR/L, CPAM
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5953
Board Certified and State Licensed in Occupational Therapy, Areas of Specialization: Hand Injuries, Pediatrics Farm Related Injuries

Edilberto Raynes, MD, Ph.D. (ABD)
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-2190
Health Promotion, Disease Prevention

Elizabeth Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-7222
(Anthropology) Health Disparities, Cultural Competency, Cancer Prevention Among Women and Minorities

Janice Williams, MS RDH, BSDH, MS
Assistance Professor
(615) 963-5839
Geriatrics and Community Dentistry

Kathy Martin, Ph.D.
Dean-School of Nursing
(615) 963-5251
Issues Related to Nursing Education and Nursing Workforce Preparation

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College of Public Service and Urban Affairs

Michael Harris, Ph.D., Dean and Professor (615) 963-7201
Public Policy and Management

Joan Gibran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7255
Non-Profit, Representative Bureaucracy; Diversity, Organization Theory, Public Budgeting

Ann Marie Rizzo, Ph.D.
(615) 963-7250
Public Sector, Ethics in Public Administration

Rodney Stanley, Ph.D.
Department Head
(615) 963-7249
Research Methods & Qualitative Techniques, Organizational Theory & Behavior, Public Policy

Megan Streams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7112
Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Policy Analysis and Economics, Performance Management

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School of Agriculture Human and Natural Sciences

Karla Michele Addesso, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, (615) 963-5616
Insect Pests

Ahmad Aziz, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
(615) 963-1595
Plant stress-Pathogenicity Interactions, Molecular Screening, Molecular Genetics

A. De Ruiz Ballard, M.S.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5623
Sustainable Design, Historic Preservation, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Sustainability

Alicia Bray, Ph.D.
Research Associate
(615) 963-5160
Entomology, Wood-boring Insects, Japanese Beetles, Fire Ants

Matthew Blair, Ph.D., Research assistant professor, (615) 963-7467
Biotechnology, crop rotation, legumes

Richard Browning, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5837
Physiology and Genetics in Beef Cattle and Meat Goats

Fitzroy Bullock, Ph.D.
Professor-Extension Svc Adm
(615) 963-5449
Weed Science, Integrated Pest Management, Sustainable Agriculture

Barbara Canada, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-2294
Gerontology, Faith and Health

Carter Catlin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean-Research
(615) 963-5819
Agricultural Economics

Fur-Chi Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5410
Food Safety, Biosensors, Foodborne Pathogens, Microbial Contamination of Food

Arvazena Clardy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-4887
Ornamental Horticulture

Sammy Comer, M.S.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5820
Agricultural Economics, International Agriculture

Jason de Koff, Ph.D.
Asst Pro-Agronomy/Soil Sci
(615) 963-4929
Bio-fuel Crop Production, Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Chemistry

Samuel Dennis, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
(615) 963-5822
Water Quality, Soil Science

Charles Dumenyo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5634
Plant Pathology, Genetics of Plant-associated Bacteria; Soft Rot Pathogenesis

Desh Duseja, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5439
Soil Science, Environmental Science

Emmanuel Dzantor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(615) 963-2546
Bio-remediation, Phytoremediation

Enefiok Ekanem, Ph.D.
Research Professor
(615) 963-5823
Agribusiness, Rural Development

Rita Fleming, M.S.
Asst Prof- Health Education
(615) 963-2135
Community Health

Nick Gawel, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
(931) 668-3233
Nursery Crops, Plant Breeding

Sandria Godwin, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5619
Food Safety, Emergency Preparedness

Solomon Haile, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor-Extens Svc
(615) 963-5445
Caron Sequestration, Forestry, Geospatial Information Systems

William Hayslett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5438
Cultural Practices on Horticultural Crops, Plant Science

Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5437
Food Safety, Microbial Safety of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Lan Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
(615) 963-4935
Food Marketing, Food Economics

Latif Lighari, Ph.D.
Associate Dean-Extension
(615) 963-1594
Agricultural Extension

Margaret Machara, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5628
Human Development, Parenting, Family Relationships

Tyrone Miller, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor-Extens Svc
(615) 963-1843
Leadership, Organizational Development

Margaret Mmbaga, Ph.D.
(615) 931-815-5143
Plant Pathology, Nursery Crops, Integrated Disease Management

Samuel Nahashon, Ph.D.
Research Professor/Agr
(615) 963-2575
Poultry Nutrition, Animal Biotechnology

Veronica Oates, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5625
Childhood Obesity Prevention

Jason Oliver, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
(931) 668-3572
Entomology, Nursery Crops, imported fire ants, Japanese Beetles

An Peischel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-5539
Animal Science, Goats, Plant Nutrition, Sustainable Organic Farming

Dharmalingar Pitchay, Ph.D.
Assoc Pro- Consumer Hort & Org
(615) 963-4890
Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Agronomy, International Agriculture, Fertilizer Management, Green House operation, Hydeoponics

Chandra Reddy, Ph.D.
Dean and Director of Research/Administrator of Extension
College of Agriculture, Human & Natural Sciences
(615) 963-7561
Agriculture Student Achievement, Critical Thinking

John Ricketts, Ph.D.
Assoc Professor-Extens Svc
(615) 963-7620
Agriculture Education, Critical Thinking, Extension Education

Javiette Samuel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(615) 963-7885
Family Life, Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

Roger Sauve, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5828
Consumer Behavior, E-commerce, Retailing and Consumer Information Processing

Surendra Singh, Ph.D.
(615) 963-5829 
Sustainable Community Planning, Landscape Architecture

George Smith, Ph.D. assistant professor (615) 963-1233,
Community Planning, Environmental Planning and Design

Alvin Wade, M.S., M.ED
Associate Professor
(615) 963-5533
Remote Sensing, Air Quality, Agricultural Meteorology, Plant Growth Modeling

Ying Wu, Assistant Professor, (615) 963-5824
Food Development and Health promotion


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