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Women's Studies Program

Department of Literature and Language

Women's Studies Staff

Program Director
Phyllis Thompson, Ph.D.
Phone: 423.439.4135
Assistant Program Director
Jennifer D. Grubbs, Ph.D.
Phone: 423.439.4125
Executive Aide
Heidi Marsh
Phone: 423.439.4125
Graduate Assistant
Christian Nwabueze
Phone: 423.439.4125
Tuition Scholar
Hannah Hopper
Phone: 423.439.4125

Pat Buck
Pat Buck
Department of Literature and Language


Dr. Rebecca Byrd
Rebekah Byrd
Assistant Professor
Counseling & Human Services


Jill LeRoy-Frazier
Jill LeRoy-Frazier
Associate Professor
Liberal Studies


Jamie Branam Kridler
Jamie Branam 
Human Development & Learning


Rebecca Tolley
Associate Professor
Library Administration


Phyllis Thompson
Phyllis Thompson
Women's Studies Program


Harriet Masters
Harriet Masters
Women's Resource Center


Jennifer Grubbs
Assistant Director
Women's Studies Program


Dinah Mayo-Bobee
Dinah Mayo-Bobee
Assistant Professor


Tracy Barry
Equity and Assessment



Full-time Women's Studies Faculty

blank Jennifer Grubbs
Visiting Associate Professor
Anthropology: Specialization in Race, Gender, and Social Justice
Ph.D. American University, 2015




Women's Studies Faculty Status

Dr. Amber Kinser
Chair and Professor of Communication, Gender and Family Studies
Communication and Performance
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Jamie Branam 
Professor of Human Services
Human Ecology: Individual and Family and Sociology; Women in Transition; Gender; Youth Violence
Ph.D, The Ohio State University


Dr. Jill LeRoy-Frazier
Associate Professor of Liberal Studies
Assistant Dean, School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach
English Language and Literature
Ph.D, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Dr. Phyllis Thompson
Director of Women's Studies and Associate Professor of Literature
18th-century British Literature, Gender Studies, Girls Studies, Women Authors, YA Literature
Ph.D, Louisiana State University


Patricia Buck
Part-Time Instructor of Women's Studies and Literature
British and World Wide Literature
MA, East Tennessee State University


Darcy J. Martin
Part-Time Instructor of Women's Studies
Liberal Studies

MA, East Tennessee State University



Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Karin Bartoszuk
Associate Professor of Human Development & Learning
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Human Development and Family Studies
Ph.D., Auburn University

Michael C. Braswell
Emeritus Professor
Rehabilitation/Correctional Doctorate
Ed.S., University of Georgia

Karen Brewster
Professor of Theatre
Communication and Performance, Costume, Makeup and Mask Design
MFA, Michigan State University

Dr. Dan Brown
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Mass Communication
Mass Communication
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Wesley Buerkle
Associate Professor of Speech Communication
Communication and Performance
Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Dr. William Douglas Burgess
Professor of History
Ancient History
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Rebekah Byrd
Assistant Professor of Counseling & Human Services
Counselor Education
Ph.D, Old Dominion University
Dr. Peggy Cantrell
Director of Clinical Training and Professor of Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Martha Copp
Professor of Sociology
Sociology of Emotions, Work and Occupations, Qualitative Research and Gender
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Pamela Davison
Clinical Assistant Professor
Social Work
BSW, Virginia Intermont College
Dr. Dorothy Dobbins
Associate Vice President of Cultural Affairs and Assistant Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., Case Western
Dr. Kelly Dorgan
Associate Professor of Communication
Health Communication and Intercultural/Interracial Communications
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Dr. Dorothy Drinkard-Hawkshawe
Professor of History
Civil War and Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement, Constitutional Law
Ph.D., Catholic University of America
Dr. Donald Good
Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Curriculum and Instruction
Ed.D., University of South Carolina
Dr. Joe Keith Green
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities

Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Religion, Philosophical Issues Related to Hate
Ph.D., Brown University
Dr. Ana Grinberg
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Literature and Language

Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Dr. Deborah Harley-McClaskey
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Ed. D, East Tennessee State University
Norma Honaker

18th and 19th Century British Women Writers, War Writings
MA, University of South Carolina
Dr. Vida Joyce Hull
Professor of Art

Art and Design, Art History
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
Dr. Shawna Lichtenwalner
Associate Professor of Literature

18th and 19th Century Literature
Ph.D., Auburn University
Dr. Leslie MacAvoy
Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy
Ph.D., McGill University
Dr. Dinah Mayo-Bobee
Assistant Professor of History

The Early Republic, The Politics of Slavery, Congressional History, Political Biography, U.S. Presidents to 1900, the American Revolution
Ph.D., University
Dr. Martha Moraa Michieka
Associate Professor of Linguistic, Sociolinguistics, and TESOL
Ph.D., Purdue University
 Dr. Delanna K. Reed
Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies in Education Cultural Studies in Education Ph.D., University of Tennessee
 Dr. Patricia Robertson Emeritus Professor of Counseling & Human Services Counselor Education
Ed.D., University of North Carolina 
 Dr. Melissa Schrift
Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology
Ethnicity, Race and Class, Gender, Popular and Consumer Culture, Medical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, China, U.S. Culture
Ph.D., University of Hawaii
 Dr. Judith Slagle
Professor of Literature
Dean of The Honors College
18th-Century British Literature
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Dr. Marie Tedesco
Director and Professor of Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies
Ph.D., Georgia State University
Rebecca Tolley-Stokes
Associate Professor of Library Administration and American History
MA, East Tennessee State University
Paul Tudico

Philosophy of Law, Moral and Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics
ABD, Bowling Green State University
Dr. Fredrick Waage
Professor of Literature
English and French
Ph.D., Princeton University
Dr. Elwood Watson
Professor of History

Recent American History, African American History, American Studies, Gender History, Cultural History
Ph.D., University of Maine
Dr. Katherine Weiss
Chair and Associate Professor of Department of Literature and Language

Modern and Contemporary Drama, Irish Literature, English Literature
Ph.D., University of Reading (UK)
Dr. Stacey Lynn Williams
Associate Professor of Psychology

Social and Health Psychology
Ph.D., Kent State University
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