Our Faculty

Alison Barton  

Dr. Alison Barton

Alison Barton, PhD
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator,
Educational Foundations

 Warf-Pickel 312
 (423) 439-7682

 Curriculum Vita



Dr. Barton received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She continued her academic career at Northern Illinois University with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in School Psychology. She worked as a school psychologist in the Henderson County, KY school district for three years.

Dr. Barton is one of the first twelve faculty to have been awarded an INtopFORM fellowship, a program designed to promote excellence in seeking, using and communicating diverse and often complex information. Within the College of Education, she serves as the coordinator for the EDFN program and as e-Learning Liaison, advising other faculty on the design and development of online courses. Additionally, she supports faculty by giving seminars on best teaching practices with a focus on integrating technology, as well as co-teaching a course for faculty on pedagogical strategies for teaching college-level courses.

Current research interests include college student adjustment, primarily regarding factors related to college student persistence, retention, and mental health outcomes.

Dr. Barton has two sons and a daughter and is a volunteer for the Kingsport Hunger Task Force, for which she developed and manages the Feed Kingsport website: http://feedkingsport.org.

Karin Bartoszuk  

Dr. Karin Bartoszuk

Karin Bartoszuk, PhD 
Graduate School Associate Dean            
Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

  Burgin-Dossett 309D 
 (423) 439-4704

  Curriculum Vita


Dr. Bartoszuk earned her B.S. in Psychology summa cum laude and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology (Mental Health Concentration) at Texas A&M – Central Texas. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. Her research interests focus on emerging adulthood, identity development during adolescence and the transition to adulthood, transition to college, and family relationships.

Dr. Bartoszuk started working at ETSU in 2005 as a professor in the HDAL department and currently serves as Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies. Within this function, she oversees admissions, scholarships, awards, matriculation, and graduation. She is the editor of Illuminated: A Graduate Student Research Magazine. Before coming to ETSU, she served as faculty member and as the Child and Adolescent State Specialist at North Dakota State University for three years. In this position, she received numerous federal and state grants and implemented and evaluated programs for children and adolescents and their families.

Dr. Bartoszuk has been published in numerous journals and authored a book titled: Influences on identity development: An exploratory study.

Cecil Blankenship  

Dr. Cecil Blankenship

Cecil N. Blankenship, EdD

  Warf-Pickel 412
  (423) 439-7686

  Curriculum Vita


Dr. Blankenship started out at ETSU with a B.S. in Social Work and M.A.T. in Elementary Education and Special Education. He then went on to the Univeristy of Tennessee to earn his Ed.D. with the specializations Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology and Guidance, and Supervision and Administration.

Dr. Blankenship started working as faculty at ETSU in 1971. In this position, he taught numerous courses, served on many committees, and wrote several grants. He also provided services as a consultant for organizations, schools, and companies in the East Tennessee region


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Deborah Harley  

Dr. Deborah Harley

Deborah Harley, EdD
Assistant Professor
Program Advisor for Leadership Minor

  Warf-Pickel 202
  (423) 439-7683

  Curriculum Vita


Dr. Harley earned her B.S. in Math and Education and a M.A. in Counseling at the University of South Florida. She then went on to ETSU to earn an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her research interests lie in two areas: 1) measuring the outcomes of learning leadership concepts and applications, and 2) sustaining the change process in nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Harley worked as a Student Affairs administrator for 25 years teaching citizenship and leadership skills. At ETSU, she established volunteer and service-learning programs and sustained their efforts by writing grants. In addition, she developed and is coordinator of the Leadership Minor at ETSU, first such program in the state. She collaborated with Dr. Knight to redesign a class that allows leadership development to became a part of the College of Education's teacher education program. She coached many students in their leadership development. Currently she is working on a textbook on Leadership and Management in Human Services Organizations.

Dr. Harley served several local and state nonprofit and educational organizations as a founder or member of the board of directors. She received several awards and recognition for her leadership and service.

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Scott Jenkinson  

Mr. Scott Jenkinson


Scott Jenkinson, MS               Clinical Instructor

Warf-Pickel 305                         (423) 439-7687                           

Curriculum Vita


Brent Leach  

Dr. Brent Leach

Brent Leach, EdD
FT Temp

  Warf-Pickel 305
  (423) 439-1909


Dr. Leach received a B.S. in Elementary Education (K-8) and a B.S. in Special Education (K-12) with emphasis in multiple disabilities from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He then moved on to ETSU and graduated with a M.Ed. in Counseling and later his Ed.D. in ELPA. Dr. Leach is especially interested in meaningful educational strategies that emphasize critical thinking in higher education settings. Additionally, he is interested in active learning strategies, brain-based learning, and constructivist approaches in instruction within the higher education setting.

Dr. Leach worked as a Special Education instructor and Psychometrist for 28 years. He also has 17 years of experience working as an adjunct instructor teaching psychology and education related courses at various higher education institutions. Additionally, he served as a counselor at various agencies in the East Tennessee region. For the last 6 years, he has worked at ETSU as a full time temporary faculty in the HDAL department. Also, he presented at numerous conferences regarding special education issues and effective teaching strategies.

In his free time, Dr. Leach enjoys sports,outdoor activities and musical performance. He is the proud father of 3 sons and a grandfather.


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John Stone  

Dr. John Stone

J. E. Stone, EdD

  (423) 282-6832

  Curriculum Vita
  Faculty Web Site


Besides being an ETSU faculty member, Dr. Stone currently serves as president of the Education Consumers Foundation. This organization aims to inform consumers of public education on key issues on a national level. On the State level, ECF has launched several campaigns using data from TN's value-added assessment system. ECF annually awards the Value-Added Achievement Awards and aims to improve early literacy rates across the State by advocating among other strategies for more effective instructional approaches. ECF also promotes the creation of online tools that give consumers a visual on performance of schools, such as graphics highlighting third grade reading proficiency rates. 

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Robert White  

Dr. Robert White


Robert White, PhD        Assistant Professor

Warf-Pickel 509G                (423) 439-7688 whiterm1@etsu.edu

Curriculum Vita




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