Faculty by Academic Area

The fact that Milligan College is named for a teacher is a mark of pride for the faculty, which continues to serve under the influence of the ideals of Christian education that were embodied in the College's namesake, Robert Milligan. Many are involved in research, publishing, and consulting, but their primary focus is teaching and mentoring. They are respected and caring Christian scholars who are committed to scholarship, excellence in teaching, and their students.

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Biblical Learning

Philip D. Kenneson, Ph.D., Chair, The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries, Professor of Theology and Philosophy (1992), B.A., Butler University; M.Div., Emmanuel Christian Seminary; Ph.D., Duke University

J. Curtis Booher, M. Div., Associate Professor of Christian Ministries (2006), B.A., Milligan College; M.Div., Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Craig S. Farmer, Ph.D., Joel O. and Mabel Stephens Chair of Bible and Professor of History and Humanities (1993), B.A., Haverford College; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Duke University; Universität Augsburg

Susan Gayle Higgins, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Missions (1977), B.A., Lincoln Christian College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University

John R. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Bible and Humanities (2005), B.A. and M.Div., Abilene Christian University; S.T.M., Drew University; Ph.D., Duke University

Mark A. Matson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Bible (1985-90; 1999), B.S., California State University, Humboldt; M.Div., Emmanuel School of Religion; Ph.D., Duke University; University of California, San Diego; Fuller Theological Seminary; Shasta Bible College

Jeffrey D. Miller, Ph.D., The Vera Britton Chair of Bible and Professor of Bible (1999), B.Th. and B.A., Nebraska Christian College; M.Div., Emmanuel Christian Seminary; Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology and The University of Denver

R. Garland Young, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Professor of the Practice of Greek and Religion (2010), B.A., Union University; M.Div. and Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Business

David A. Campbell, Ph.D., Chair, Associate Professor of Economics (2007), B.S., James Madison University; M.A. and Ph. D., George Mason University

Harold H. Branstrator, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business Administration (2007). B.S., California State University, San Bernadino; MBA, University of Redlands; Ph.D., Capella University

Carolyn W. Carter, Ph.D., The Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership, Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration (1984), B.S. and M.A., East Tennessee State University; MSC, S.E., University of Evansville; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Teresa A. Carter, M.S., Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems (2005), B.S, Milligan College; M.S. University of Phoenix

William B. Greer, Ph.D., President, Kegley Professor of Economics and Business (1994), B.A., Milligan College; MBA, East Tennessee State University; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Robert L. Mahan, Jr., D.B.A., CPA, Professor of Accounting (1988), B.B.A., Grand Valley State College; M.Acc., University of Georgia; D.B.A., Argosy University;

Carolyn S. Massello, D.B.A., Associate Professor of Business Administration (2008), A.A.S., Belleville Area College; B.S. McKendree College; M.S.A. Central Michigan University; DBA, University of Sarasota (Argosy University)

Mark W. Peacock, J.D., Associate Professor of Legal Studies (1998), B.S., Eastern Illinois University; J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law; Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Victoria L. Sitter, Ph.D., Director of the MBA Program and Professor of Business Administration (1995), B.A., East Tennessee State University, M.S., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ph.D., Regent University

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Communications (Performing, Visual, & Communicative Arts)

Carrie Beth Swanay, Ph.D., Chair, Professor of Communications (1990-1998; 1999), B.S. and M.A., East Tennessee State University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M. Alice Anthony, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art (1991), B.S., The University of Memphis; M.F.A., East Tennessee State University

Simon J. Dahlman, M.A., Associate Professor of Communications (1999), B.A., Milligan College; M.A., University of Cincinnati; Emmanuel Christian Seminary; Springdale College, Birmingham, England; London School of Journalism

K. Bruce Montgomery, Ph.D., Professor of Communications (1995), B.S.L., Minnesota Bible College; M.Div., Christian Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Kenneth L. Suit, Jr., M.F.A., Associate Professor of Communications (2001), B.A., Baylor University; M.F.A., Ohio University

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Education

Lyn C. Howell, Ph.D., Chair, Associate Professor of Education (2001), B.A, Marshall University; M.S., University of La Verne; M.Ed., Georgia Southwestern, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Helen M. Bowman, M.A., Assistant Professor of the Practice of Education (2003), B.S. and M.A., East Tennessee State University

Tausha L. Clay, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education (2005), B.S., M.Ed. and Ed.D., East Tennessee State University

Janet M. Faulk, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education (2009), B.S., Western Carolina University, Radford University; M.Ed., Memphis University; Ed.D., East Tennessee State University

Angela Hilton-Prillhart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education (2011), B.A. and M.Ed., East Tennessee State University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee.

Patrick N. Kariuki, Ed.D., Professor of Education (1995), B.A., Lee College; M.A. and Ed.D., East Tennessee State University

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Fine Arts (Performing, Visual & Communicative Arts)

M. Alice Anthony, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art (1991), B.S., The University of Memphis; M.F.A., East Tennessee State University

Nicholas D. Blosser, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Art (1991), B.F.A. and M.F.A., The Ohio State University

C. Richard Major, M.F.A., Professor of Theatre (1985), B.A., Milligan College; M.F.A., Michigan State University; Ohio University

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Humane Learning

Craig S. Farmer, Ph.D., Chair, The Joel O. and Mabel Stephens Chair of Bible and Professor of History and Humanities (1993), B.A., Haverford College; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Duke University; Universität Augsburg

B. Lee Blackburn, Ph.D., Director of the Humanities Program, Assistant Professor of History and Humanities (2008), B.A., Milligan College; M.T.S., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Michael J. Blouin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Humanities (2012), B.A. and M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Timothy L. Dillon, Ph.D., The Henry and Emerald Webb Chair of History and Professor of History and Humanities (1982), B.A., Milligan College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Kayla Walker Edin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Humanities (2013), B.A., Seattle Pacific University, M.A., Portland State University, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University

Susan Gayle Higgins, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Missions (1977), B.A., Lincoln Christian College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University

Heather M. Hoover, Ph.D., George and Janet Arnold Chair of Humanities, Director of Writing, and Associate Professor of English and Composition (2007), B.A., Milligan College; M.A., East Tennessee State University; Dartmouth College; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

John R. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Bible and Humanities (2005), B.A. and M.Div., Abilene Christian University; S.T.M., Drew University; Ph.D., Duke University

Sarah R. Lindsay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Humanities (2013), B.A., Wheaton College, M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Philip D. Kenneson, Ph.D., The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries, Professor of Theology and Philosophy (1992), B.A., Butler University; M.Div., Emmanuel School of Religion; Ph.D., Duke University

Jeffrey D. Miller, Ph.D., The Vera Britton Chair of Bible and Professor of Bible (1999), B.Th. and B.A., Nebraska Christian College; M.Div., Emmanuel Christian Seminary; Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology and The University of Denver

Rebecca Stephens, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Writing (2009), B.A. and M.A., East Tennessee State University

Charlene L. Thomas, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor of Humanities (1989), B.A., Milligan College; M.A. and M.A., East Tennessee State University; The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Michigan Technological University; University of Oxford

Theodore N. Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities, History, and German (1999), A.A., Northeastern Christian Junior College; B.A., Pepperdine University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Maryland

Carolyn M. Woolard, D.M.L, Associate Professor of French and Spanish (1972), B.A., Bridgewater College; B.S., East Tennessee State University; M.A., University of Kentucky; D.M.L. Middlebury College; University of Strasbourg

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Human Performance and Exercise Science

John C. Simonsen, Ph.D., Sub-Area Chair, Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science (1999), B.A., Furman University; MBA, Clemson University/Furman University; M.S., Texas Tech University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Reformed Theological Seminary

Leslie Hanneken, Ed.S., Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science (2010), B.S. and M.Ed., East Tennessee State University; Ed.S., Lincoln Memorial University

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Music (Performing, Visual & Communicative Arts)

Kellie D. Brown, Ed.D., Sub-Area Chair, Associate Professor of Music (1998), B.M.E. and Ed.D., East Tennessee State University; M.M., Appalachian State University; Furman University; University of Virginia

Charlotte V. Anderson, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music (2007), B.A., Youngstown State University; M.M. and D.M.A., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Noah D. DeLong, M.M., Assistant Professor of Music (2011), B.A., Taylor University; M.M., Ball State University

Anne B. Elliott, M.C.M., Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music (2007), B.A., Coastal Carolina College; M.C.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; East Tennessee State University

David C. Runner, D.M.A., Professor of Music (1972), B.M., Boise State University; M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Rick L. Simerly, M.A., Associate Professor of Music (2001), B.S. and M.A., East Tennessee State University

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Nursing

Melinda K. Collins, Ph.D, Chair and Director of Nursing, The Mountain States Health Alliance Chair of Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing (1994), M.S.N., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; East Tennessee State University

Beth D. Crouch, M.S.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing (2007), B.S., B.S.N, and M.S.N., East Tennessee State University.

Aimee M. DePriest, M.S.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing (2013), ADN, Walters State Community College, BSN and MSN, King College 

Mary M. Fabick, M.S.N., Associate Professor of Nursing (1996), B.S.N., Southwest Missouri State University; M.Ed., Drury College; M.S.N., Bellarmine College; East Tennessee State University

Teresa A. Heaton, M.P.H., MSN, Associate Professor of Nursing (2005), B.S.N. and M.P.H., East Tennessee State University; M.S.N., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Tammy Samples, M.S.N., Associate Professor of Nursing (2005), B.S.N. and M.S.N., East Tennessee State University

Amy Swango-Wilson, Associate Professor of Nursing (2012), B.S.N., Berea College; M.S.N., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., Walden University

Rita M. Trivette, Assistant Professor of Nursing(2002), ASN, B.S.N., and M.S.N., East Tennessee State University

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Occupational Therapy

Jeffrey E. Snodgrass, Ph.D., Chair and Director of Occupational Therapy and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy (2002), B.S., Eastern Kentucky University; M.P.H., East Tennessee State University; Ph.D., Touro University International

John-Paul Abner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Psychology, and Director of Academic Advising (1999), B.A., Middle Tennessee State University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Florida

Christy M. Fellers, O.T.D., Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy (2005), B.S. and MSOT, Milligan College; O.T.D., University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Christy Isbell, Ph.D., Professor of Occupational Therapy (1998), B.S. and M.S., Medical University of South Carolina; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Karen L. Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Occupational Therapy (1993), B.S., Milligan College; Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

A. Jil Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy (2004), B.S., Central Michigan University; MSOT, Western Michigan University; Ph.D., Touro University International

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Scientific Learning

Diane E. Junker, Ph.D., Chair, Professor of Chemistry (1984-88; 1992), B.S. and B.S.N., Milligan College; M.S.N., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Aaron A. Allen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics (2009), B.A., Northwestern College; M.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Ph.D., Iowa State University.

Marvin E. Glover, Jr., M.S., Associate Professor of Mathematics (1990), B.S., Athens State College; M.S., Vanderbilt University

Karen L. Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Occupational Therapy (1993), B.S., Milligan College; Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

Gary L. Leek, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology (1998), B.S., University of Missouri; M.S., Auburn University; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Richard D. Lura, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry (1971-1985; 1988), B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D., Iowa State University; Medical College of Virginia

Jamie H. Price, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics (2011), B.S. and M.S., East Tennessee State University, Ph.D., The University of Tennessee

Gary O. Wallace, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biology (1967-68, 1971), B.S., Austin Peay State College; M.A. and Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Nathaniel J. Wentzel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics (2011), B.S., Wheaton College; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Lehigh University.

Michael I. Whitney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology (2008), B.S., Messiah College; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University.

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Social Learning

Susan Gayle Higgins, Ph.D., Chair, Professor of Sociology and Missions(1977), B.A., Lincoln Christian College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University

John-Paul Abner, Ph.D., Professor of Occupational Therapy and Psychology, and Director of Academic Advising (1999), B.A., Middle Tennessee State University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Florida

Rubye W. Beck, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology (1994), B.A., Lambuth College; M.A., Memphis State University; Ph.D., University of Florida

Christine Browning, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology (2013), B.S., Crichton College; M.A., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Mississippi

Milton E. Carter, Community Outreach and Site Coordinator, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Geography (1997), B.S. and M.A., East Tennessee State University

Joy R. Drinnon, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Counseling (1999), B.S., East Tennessee State University; M.A. and Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Amy Edmonds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science (2010), B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A. and Ph.D., Baylor University

Patrick N. Kariuki, Ed.D., Professor of Education (1995), B.A., Lee College; M.A. and Ed.D., East Tennessee State University

Lori L. Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Counseling (1993-1999; 2000), B.S., Milligan College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Louisville

Rebecca L. Sapp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology (2010), B.S., Milligan College; M.A., East Tennessee State University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

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