Faculty & Staff

Director

Roberta T. Herrin, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
Professor, Department of Appalachian Studies
E-Mail:  
Telephone:   (423) 439-7997

Co-Director and Executive Aide

Ruth Hausman
E-mail:   
Telephone:   (423) 439-7865

 

Faculty

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Melanie Storie
Lecturer 
Department of History 
E-Mail:   

Telephone:  (423) 439-4222

 

Melanie Storie is a two-time graduate from East Tennessee State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in history with certification in secondary education in 1991. Then in 1994 she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in history. She developed some of the first online U.S. History courses for the department and continues to teach both online and face-to-face classes. While she enjoys researching, writing, and teaching about many historical topics, her main research interest centers on 19th century U.S. History with special emphasis on the American Civil War. 

 

Justin Sanders

Justin D Sanders, B.Arch. 
Preservation Field Services Representative 
Heritage Alliance and the National Trust for Historic Preservation 
E-Mail:   
Telephone:   (423) 753-9580

 

  

 



 

Justin Sanders is a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies with a degree in Architecture. He specializes in architectural history, preservation technology, urban planning, and public policy. Mr. Sanders is entering his third year as a Governor's School instructor and utilizes his volunteer background in student affairs and community service to create a fun and informative environment through the field experience.

 

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Michael Stoots
Assistant Professor
College of Public Health
E-Mail:  stootsj@etsu.edu
Telephone (423) 439-4456

 

 

Doctor of Education, Health Education, University of Tennessee. Major: Health Education, collateral studies Exercise Science. (May 2001)

Master of Public Health, East Tennessee State University.  Concentration: Industrial Health Education. (May 1990)

Bachelor of Science, East Tennessee State University.  Majors: Physical Education and Psychology. Minor: Health Education. Met class requirements for K-12 teaching certification. (May 1987)

 

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Sarah Mullersman
Natural History Museum
Education/Exhibits Coordinator
E-Mail:  mullersman@etsu.edu 
Telephone:  (423) 439-3655
 

As Education Coordinator, Sarah creates programs for visitors of all ages including school groups, digging programs, and summer camps. She enjoys helping students and visitors learn about natural history in fun, hands-on ways. As Exhibits Manager, Sarah creates exhibits while working with curators and other content matter experts to bring their research to life. She trains volunteers and student workers on a variety of projects and activities including leading tours, creating activities, and tracking exhibit or activity interest/use. 

  

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Shawn Haugrud
Natural History Museum
Preparator
E-Mail:  haugrud@etsu.edu 
Telephone:  (423) 439-3661

 

As Preparator at Gray Fossil Site he manages the Prep Lab and a large team of dedicated volunteers. In addition to training volunteers and arranging their projects, he prepares the more difficult or higher priority specimens. Shawn also works on making molds and casts for research or exhibition. Aside from his work indoors he occasionally leads a team of volunteers working outside in the fossil excavation pits. As of this upcoming January Shawn will have worked at the Gray Site for 10 years.

 

 

 

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Laura Smith
Education & Outreach Archivist
Archives of Appalachia
E-mail:   
Telephone: 423-439-6990

 

 

Laura Smith is the Education & Outreach Archivist at ETSU's Archives of Appalachia. Laura received a B.A. in United States History and a B.A. in Film Studies from The Ohio State University in 2010. She completed her M.L.S. degree with a specialization in Archives and Records Management and her M.A. degree in History from Indiana University in 2011. Her professional interests include archival education, community outreach, and collection management. She is the Governor's School instructor for fieldwork in the Archives.

 

 

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Spenser Brenner
Appalachia CARES/ AmeriCORPS
Reece Museum
E-Mail:    
Website:   www.spenserbrenner.weebly.com  
Telephone:  423-439-4392

 

Spenser Brenner is a Service-Learning Facilitator for AmeriCORPS and works as the Education Coordinator for the Reece Museum on the Campus of ETSU. He earned his Associate's Degree in general education from Southwest Virginia Community College in 2010 and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University in May of 2013. Spenser also works as an artist out of various studios and as a graphic designer for local musicians.

 

 Counselors

 

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Jacy Weems

 

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Julia Yancey is a returning counselor for the Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage.  She was herself a GSSETH student in 2011.  She is a senior at ETSU majoring in English with a minor in Theater.  As of now she is interested in pursuing a career in writing as well as working in a theater costume shop.  She hopes to begin learning special effects makeup and wants to be a contestant on the show Face Off.  Some of her hobbies include sculpting and sketching new creatures for her book series.  Her plans for the upcoming year are to begin the writing and production of a play for her Honors Thesis.

Julia is the president of the Carter-Stone-Powell Hall council and the Public Relations Chair and Historian for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.  She is looking forward to this year and completing the goals she has set for herself. 

 

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Phillip Peters, from Greeneville, Tennessee, is a returning GSSETH residential counselor. He is currently a senior at ETSU seeking dual degrees in Public Health and Foreign Languages (Spanish). Presently, he is serving as Vice President for the Public Health Student Association on campus, and for the past year he has worked as the student coordinator for the Public Health Student Association's CPR program. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, cooking, and volunteering for the American Red Cross and the Johnson City Community Health Center. His goal is to attend graduate school and work in global health.