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Honors Faculty

Moore County

Scott Cook Dr. Scott Cook, Honors Program Director, Simon Hall 129, 931-393-1844
American History I and II Honors; Religion, Heresy, Magic, and Myth Honors Seminar; Sex and the Supernatural Honors Seminar; and Service Learning I-IV

I have taught for Motlow College since the 2001-2002 academic year, and my work with the Honors Program since 2008-2009 has been a truly rewarding activity. The collegiality, determination, and desire to learn among Honors Students make the program an enjoyable academic experience for Honors faculty and students alike. The smaller class sizes and abilities to think and to discuss the curriculum critically and freely set the Honors Program apart from traditional classes. "Don't believe everything that you think" is a maxim that largely defines my attitude toward Honors education."

Prof. David Bethea, Eoff Hall 218, 393-1616:
Music Appreciation Honors

I believe education is one of the most important disciplines of our culture. When a person is able to question her or his thoughts and actions and search for answers and new and different ideas, she/he is able to grow as an individual. Thus, the Music Appreciation Honors course at MSCC truly allows for an in-depth exploration of how music, art, and humanistic ideas can interact and interrelate.

Along with my teaching responsibilities at MSCC, I am also the director of the Motlow College Community Jazz Band and the Motlow College Vocal Ensemble. In addition, I am an in-demand professional trumpet player in the Middle Tennessee area, performing in a wide array of styles and genres.

Stuart Bloodworth, Simon Hall 110, 393-1741:
English

Jeannie Brown, Assistant Professor of Communications, EH204, ext. 1730
Introduction to Theatre Honors
Charlie Coffey Charle Coffey, SH 206, 931-393-1816
Geography Honors

A strong belief in quality education is part of what brought Charle Coffey to Motlow many years ago. She describes herself as a product of the community college system in Tennessee having graduated from Walters State Community College. She went on to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MTSU and has attended both the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. Previously she has served in Admissions and Records, Public Relations and Marketing, Academic Affairs, and as Director of the Education Department. She was instrumental in developing the TBR-wide general education core, the TBR Ready to Teach initiative which led to major changes in teacher preparation programs in Tennessee, and the development of the Associate of Science in Teaching program. As committed as she is to Education, her first love is Geography. She has enjoyed a lifelong love of people, cultures, wildlife, and the sciences which interact with Geography. She has travelled extensively and brings first-hand experiences to her classroom. She challenges her students to think critically, evaluate fully, and to embrace a passion for learning about other places and cultures.

Dr. Stephen Guerin, Simon Hall 216, 393-1703:
General Psychology Honors and Psychology of Human Sexuality Honors

I am a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences. My doctorate is in Clinical Psychology and I have over 25 years of professional experience in the mental health care field. I also have many years of experience in teaching psychology at the collegiate level. In the Motlow College honors program I offer PSYC 1030 General Psychology, PSYC 1040 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC 2014 Psychology of Human Sexuality. I greatly enjoy teaching psychological science and the special spirit of intellectual inquiry and critical thinking with which students are engaged in the honors courses I teach.

Pam Harris
Sociology Honors

Teaching is my passion and my choice. I have had the opportunity to serve as an Instructor and been in the field of higher education for the last 10 years in Alabama and Tennessee. I truly enjoy working with the Honors Program and teaching a unique group of engaged students. I currently hold a Master of Arts in Teaching with a Psychology and Sociology concentration, and a Master of Science in Psychology. I have been blessed to have been a Motlow State Community College MP3 Mentor, Motlow State Sociology Club Advisor/Creator, Access to Success Committee Member, Volunteer Coordinator for Motlow Class Projects including Christmas for the Haven of Hope Domestic Shelter, Trinity Daycare Warm Coat Operations, RFBC Feed the Shut-Ins, and Vietnam Vet Honorary Plague Sponsor. My publications range from professional to personal, but have primarily focused on the family, foster care, and adoption. I was also the Creator and CEO for the FMI Non-Profit organization serving women and children in the Coffee County area.

Meagan McManus, 393-1837:
English

Meagan McManus is an English Instructor at Motlow State Community College. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, she is working on her Doctorate in Education. After teaching previously at MTSU and Volunteer State Community College, she began teaching at Motlow College in August 2014. Teaching is her passion, and she believes that teaching World Literature II in the Honors Program will further enrich her experiences as a teacher, and most importantly, she hopes to enrich the classroom experience and the knowledge her students receive. She is thrilled to be a part of the Honors Program at Motlow College.

Dr. Judith Russell, Simon Hall 118, 393-1781:
English Composition I and II Honors, American Literature Honors, British Literature Honors, World Literature I and II Honors, Greek Mythology Honors Seminar, and Anime Studies Honors Seminar

Dr. Russell has served as Faculty Council Chair and past Coordinator of the Honors Program. She is a Professor of English at Motlow State Community College. She is also a member of Motlow Ladies' Philanthropic Society. She earned a Doctorate of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000, and she has been employed by Motlow since that time. She teaches honors courses including Greek Mythology, Composition, Anime Studies, as well as British and World Literature classes. She believes that the Honors Program provides students the opportunity to accomplish goals that they never dreamed were possible.

Prof. Cherie Williams, Eoff Hall 213, 393-1787:
Speech Honors

Fayetteville

Dayron Deaton-Owens Dayron Deaton-Owens
Introduction to Sociology Honors

I have taught for MSCC since 2009 and currently serve as the Curriculum Chair of Social Sciences and as an advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I have a Master's degree in Sociology with additional graduate hours in Psychology and a Gerontology Certificate. After also teaching for Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee State University, I made Motlow my home. I enjoy volunteering with the local Kids of the Community organization and being a member of Motlow Ladies Philanthropic Society. Working with Honors students is a rewarding experience and I am very grateful to work with such dedicated and motivated students.

John Edmondson John Edmondson
Music Appreciation

I have taught at Motlow as adjunct Music Appreciation since 1992 at the opening of the first building of Motlow Fayetteville center. Fall 2016 will mark my twenty fifth year there. The ITV course of music appreciation from the Fayetteville Center to the McMinnville connection enabled an honors music appreciation course for both Fayetteville and McMinnville students. In the spring for the past two years I have had the privilege of direct interaction through this technology in exploring the world of music with some very outstanding students.

For the past twenty one years I have served as organist and choirmaster for the Petersburg Charge of the United Methodist Church in addition to continuing my piano tuning business of thirty two years. Approximately eighteen months ago I began playing keyboard, directing and doing vocals for Twickenham Jazz & Swing Band in Huntsville, Alabama.

I greatly appreciate the life of music. I have been privileged to be involved with some of the most outstanding musicians. Life is good!

Dr. Michael Hartman, Fayetteville Center Room 5, ext. 3020
British Literature Honors, World Literature Honors, Film Studies Honors Seminar, and World Mythology Honors Seminar

Dr. Hartman teaches honors courses in British Literature, Freshman Composition I and II, World Mythology, Film, Creative Writing I and II, World Literature, and American Literature. He earned a BA from Oklahoma Baptist University, an MA from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD from Auburn University. Dr. Hartman began teaching for Motlow in 2005.

Lois Barrett Luke Lois Barrett Luke
General Psychology Honors

Lois Barrett Luke began teaching at Motlow in the Fall of 2016 as an Adjunct Instructor for General Psychology and General Psychology HONORS. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2001. Lois has worked in various capacities in the field of human services for thirty years. Beginning as a direct service worker, she has served under the titles of Psychologist, Social Worker, Executive Director and Director of Licensing for the state of Tennessee. She has served diverse populations, including people with serious, chronic mental illness, people with developmental disabilities, runaway and homeless youth, children and families involved in the foster care system and children and older adults in licensed out-of-home settings. These days, in addition to her teaching work, Lois is a consultant for non-profits and a writer and editor for edge-dwellers, visionaries, researchers, academics and publishers. She is an organic farmer, treatment-free beekeeper and student of permaculture at her home in Smyrna.

Janet McGee
American History I and II

Janet McGee joined the Motlow family fall 2008. She has an undergraduate degree in English with history and education minors. She continued her studies and earned a Master's of Science degree in Aviation and has post graduate credits in history. Mrs. McGee taught at Middle Tennessee State University in the Aerospace Department and came to Motlow from Warren County High School.

Jean Williams
General Psychology

McMinnville

Dayron Deaton-Owens Dayron Deaton-Owens
Introduction to Sociology Honors

I have taught for MSCC since 2009 and currently serve as the Curriculum Chair of Social Sciences and as an advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I have a Master's degree in Sociology with additional graduate hours in Psychology and a Gerontology Certificate. After also teaching for Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee State University, I made Motlow my home. I enjoy volunteering with the local Kids of the Community organization and being a member of Motlow Ladies Philanthropic Society. Working with Honors students is a rewarding experience and I am very grateful to work with such dedicated and motivated students.

John Edmondson John Edmondson
Music Appreciation

I have taught at Motlow as adjunct Music Appreciation since 1992 at the opening of the first building of Motlow Fayetteville center. Fall 2016 will mark my twenty fifth year there. The ITV course of music appreciation from the Fayetteville Center to the McMinnville connection enabled an honors music appreciation course for both Fayetteville and McMinnville students. In the spring for the past two years I have had the privilege of direct interaction through this technology in exploring the world of music with some very outstanding students.

For the past twenty one years I have served as organist and choirmaster for the Petersburg Charge of the United Methodist Church in addition to continuing my piano tuning business of thirty two years. Approximately eighteen months ago I began playing keyboard, directing and doing vocals for Twickenham Jazz & Swing Band in Huntsville, Alabama.

I greatly appreciate the life of music. I have been privileged to be involved with some of the most outstanding musicians. Life is good!

Lois Barrett Luke Lois Barrett Luke
General Psychology Honors

Lois Barrett Luke began teaching at Motlow in the Fall of 2016 as an Adjunct Instructor for General Psychology and General Psychology HONORS. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2001. Lois has worked in various capacities in the field of human services for thirty years. Beginning as a direct service worker, she has served under the titles of Psychologist, Social Worker, Executive Director and Director of Licensing for the state of Tennessee. She has served diverse populations, including people with serious, chronic mental illness, people with developmental disabilities, runaway and homeless youth, children and families involved in the foster care system and children and older adults in licensed out-of-home settings. These days, in addition to her teaching work, Lois is a consultant for non-profits and a writer and editor for edge-dwellers, visionaries, researchers, academics and publishers. She is an organic farmer, treatment-free beekeeper and student of permaculture at her home in Smyrna.

Janet McGee
American History I and II

Janet McGee joined the Motlow family fall 2008. She has an undergraduate degree in English with history and education minors. She continued her studies and earned a Master's of Science degree in Aviation and has post graduate credits in history. Mrs. McGee taught at Middle Tennessee State University in the Aerospace Department and came to Motlow from Warren County High School.

Nathan Sweeton
World Literature I, World Literature II, American Literature, British Literature, Fantasy Fiction, and Greek Mythology

Professor Sweeton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lee University and a Master of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Victorian Literature from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He has taught several courses with the Motlow College Honors Program since 2008, including courses in Fantasy Fiction, Greek Mythology, Film Studies, American Literature, British Literature, and World Literature. Professor Sweeton has traveled extensively and loves to share his enthusiasm for learning and traveling with students. He also sponsors the MSCC chapter of the Literary Club, hosts impromptu tea parties and Quidditch matches for students, and sometimes teaches study abroad courses with the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies. Professor Sweeton believes that the Honors Program at Motlow College provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop strong critical thinking skills in an environment of friendly, supportive, and like-minded people.

Jean Williams, Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology
General Psychology Honors

Smyrna

Jared Bratten
World Civilizations I and II

I am an Instructor of History at Motlow State in the Department of Social Sciences and Education. I graduated with my both my B.A. in History/Political Science in 2010, and my M.A. in European History in 2012, from Middle Tennessee State University. My area of interest is 19th and 20th century European History, with a specialization in Third Reich Studies. I am currently pursuing my second master's degree in Military History from Austin Peay State University, as well as working on my first published contribution to the field; the topic of which is the Boer Wars in South Africa at the turn of the century.

I began teaching at Motlow State in the Spring of 2014. My experience with the Honors program has been great. I have taught American History II Honors and World Civilization I and II Honors, so far. I believe that my background has allowed me to bring a unique perspective to the history classes at Motlow, and the honors courses, in particular, have allowed me the opportunity to delve into various areas of study with students through individual research topics.

Nicholas X. Bush
English Composition I and II
Jenna Caviezel, Smyrna 135, 931-393-1724
English Composition I and II

Jenna Caviezel is an English Instructor and the Writing Center Coordinator at Motlow State Community College. She holds a B.A. in English and Hispanic Studies from the College of William and Mary and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University. She has been teaching English at Motlow since the summer of 2012. While she's previously worked with many Honors students as a Phi Theta Kappa co-advisor, she's thrilled to make her first foray into teaching Honors classes during the 2015-2016 academic year. She hopes that small class size, thematic focus, and dedicated students will lead to discussions and writing assignments that truly engage and excite students.

Tabbatha Edwards
General Psychology
Moneda Grimes
Sociology
John Hart
American Film and World Film
William Kraus
American Government

Dr. Kraus has been teaching, as an adjunct instructor at Motlow State Community College (Smyrna and Fayetteville campuses for the past ten years, teaching primarily American Government and State and Local Government.

He received his Doctorate and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a second Masters Degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He also completed a one-year post-graduate internship in Public Affairs with the Coro Foundation in Los Angeles, and received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.

His professional career including serving as City Manager for six California and Tennessee communities,,ranging in size from 5,000 to 100,000 residents, over a span of twenty-five years, and was president of his management services firm, providing contract administration to a number of non-profit organizations in the health,,community and professional fields.

Dr. Kraus has been teaching in colleges and universities throughout California and Tennessee since 1974, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in Business, Public Administration, Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior and Economics. It is estimated that he has taught over 22,000 students in 1,000 classes,always receiving among the top one percent (1%) in student, peer and administrative evaluations.

Dr. Kraus, who resides in Brentwood,,Tennessee with his wife, Barbara,,and their "grand-dog", have three adult children, four grandchildren and two step grandchildren, He began his professional career,,while still as an undergraduate student as a News Director of a radio station in Riverside, California and later, while serving in the Navy, as the "top rock and roll d.j." in Hawaii, where he was known throughout state as "Wild Willy."

Emily Seal
Speech and Theatre Appreciation

Emily Seal teaches Honors Speech and Honors Theatre at Motlow's Smyrna Center. She believes in cultivating critical thinking skills through assignments which reflect a real world environment. Some such assignments you can expect from her Honors classroom include team debates over current issues and creative projects like designing theatrical set models. Seal hopes to hone your ability to solve the puzzles of your everyday society and work environment. She has earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Speech. For more information, visit her website emilybrownseal.com

Patricia Tenpenny
Art Appreciation