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Meagan McManus
Honors Program Director
Assistant Professor of English
mmcmanus@mscc.edu
(931) 393-1844
Simon Hall 129

Honors Faculty

Meagan McManusMeagan McManus, Honors Program Director, Simon Hall 129, Moore County Campus, 931-393-1837
English Composition I and II; Literature; Disney in Literature and Film Seminar; Service Learning I-IV; Leadership in Honors

Meagan McManus is the Honors Program Director and an Assistant Professor of English at Motlow. She also serves as the Director for the Quality Enhancement Plan: QUEST. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, she is ABD for her Doctorate in Education focusing on Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement. After teaching previously at MTSU and Volunteer State Community College, she began teaching at Motlow in August 2014. Teaching is her passion, and she believes that teaching English Composition, Literature, and Honors Seminars, such as Disney in Film and Literature, in the Honors Program is an enriching experience 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.

John HartJohn Hart, Honors Program Coordinator for the Smyrna Campus
American Literature; British Literature; World Literature I and II; Greek Mythology; American Film; World Film; Film and Philosophy

Professor Hart earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he served as graduate teaching associate and assistant writing center director. He then taught at UTK for four years before joining Motlow in 2008. Professor Hart served as Faculty Council Chair in 2016-2017, teaches in the ACE and the Honors Program, and is currently pursuing further graduate study in philosophy. Hart began college in 1994 thinking he would major in Engineering, but he kept having wonderful English teachers (thank you especially to C. Randall Cuff, "Tres" Seymour, and the late Jeannie Leiby). After a string of great English classes, Hart encountered the British Romantic poets in Dr. Paula Brown's class and the works of Shelly and Coleridge that would change his life's path. Working with students is his passion, and participating in the Honors Program offers a chance to pay forward the classroom experiences he had as a student.

Moore County

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

Pam HarrisPam Harris
Introduction to Sociology

Teaching is my passion and my choice. I have had the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Professor 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.

Charlie CoffeyCharle Coffey, SH 210, 931-393-1816
World Regional Geography

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.

Donna BrewerDonna Brewer
English Composition I and II

After studying at Motlow as a non-traditional student in the 1990's, Donna Brewer came full circle when she returned as an English Instructor in 2016. Having earned a B.A. in English with an Education emphasis from Sewanee in 1999, she taught grades 9-12 for seventeen years before returning to Sewanee and graduating with a M.A. in English and American Literature in 2014. Teaching at Motlow is her dream job as she instructs students at every level and challenges them to fulfill their individual potential. Brewer teaches Freshman Composition I and II, as well as World Literature, British Literature, and The First Year Experience. Overall, Donna Brewer loves to learn. Continually assimilating new knowledge keeps her fresh as an instructor, and she constantly reevaluates her instructional practices and assignments in an effort to inspire her students and herself to greater scholastic achievement. She is thankful to work with the Motlow Honors Program, a program that shares her passion for academic excellence.

David BetheaDr. David Bethea, Eoff Hall 218, 393-1616
Introduction to Music

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 Introduction to Music 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 BloodworthStuart Bloodworth, Simon Hall 110, 393-1741
English Composition I and II; Introduction to Literature

Dr. David Bowlby, Eoff Hall 208, 393-1726
Early World History; Modern World History

Mike Bryant
Early and Modern United States History

Cherie WilliamsCherie Williams, Simon Hall 114, 393-1787
Fundamentals of Communication; Introduction to Mass Communication

Laura Hudgens
Fundamentals of Communication; First Year Experience; Introduction to Mass Communication

I have an A.A. in English from Motlow, and a B.A. and M.S. from MTSU. I'm currently the chair of the MSCC Honors Program Alumni Association, and I often chaperone Honors Program trips, assist with conferences and symposia, and spend my free time hanging out in the Honors office. I love teaching communications, especially when I can help my students find their role in today's crazy media landscape, and I'm always excited to have a conversation about current events, news media or lowbrow reality television

StevenGuerinDr. Stephen Guerin, Simon Hall 216, 393-1703
Introduction to Psychology; Psychology of Human Sexuality; Abnormal Psychology

I am a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences and the faculty advisor of the Psi Beta chapter for students at the Moore County, McMinnville, and Fayetteville Campuses. 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 Introduction to 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.

Emily SealEmily Seal
Fundamentals of Communication; Introduction to Theatre

Emily Seal teaches Honors Fundamentals of Communication and Honors Introduction to Theatre at Motlow's Moore County Campus. 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

Smyrna

liala-sylerLiala Syler
Introduction to Sociology Honors

Liala Syler is an Instructor of Sociology at Motlow's Smyrna campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from MTSU and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from American University. She has been teaching at Motlow since fall 2015 and instructs Introduction to Sociology within the Honors Program. She also sponsors the Rotaract Club, is a co-founder of Motlow Market: a Student Food Pantry, and works as a Faculty Advising Specialist in the Student Success Center. She enjoys the small class size of Honors courses, where students and the instructor are able to develop a strong sense if understanding and respect for one another. She believes such relationships benefit an interactive learning environment, which is important to the study of sociology.

Heather KollerHeather Koller
Early and Modern US History Honors; History of WWII; History of Love and Marriage

"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them." - James Baldwin

Jenna CaviezelJenna Caviezel, Mary Lou Apple 115, 931-393-1724
English Composition I and II Honors, Creative Writing Honors

Jenna Caviezel is an Associate Professor of English and the Writing Center Coordinator at Motlow State Community College. She holds a B.A. in English and Hispanic Studies from the College of and Mary and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University. She has been teaching at Motlow since 2012. The benefits of the Honors Program -- smaller class size, thematically focused coursework, and dedicated students -- facilitate in-class discussions and writing assignments that truly engage everyone in the classroom. Prof. C is always hunting for new twists (adding Journal of the Month readings, assigning a plagiarism-required "anti-essay") to keep every semester fresh and exciting!

William KrausWilliam Kraus
American Government; State and Local Government

Dr. Kraus has been teaching, as an adjunct instructor at Motlow State Community College (Smyrna and Fayetteville campuses) for the past thirteen years, teaching primarily American Government and State and Local Government. He currently serves as one of the two Faculty Advisors to the Student Government Association at the Smyrna campus. He was named "Adjunct Faculty of the Year" in 2017, and he currently serves on the President's Leadership Council. 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.

benson-kateKate Benson
Introduction to Psychology

I am very humbled and honored that I get to wake up every day and live my dream as a Psychology Instructor at Motlow State Community College. I earned my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and my bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Upon graduation, I began working full-time at a healthcare company and teaching Health Psychology as an Adjunct Instructor. My journey with Motlow began in 2017. The two main courses I teach are Introduction to Psychology and Life Span Developmental Psychology. In addition to teaching, I get the opportunity to serve as the Faculty Advisor for Psi Beta's National Honor Society in Psychology on Smyrna's campus and as an Advising Specialists at Smyrna's Student Success Center. I am thankful to be a part of the Motlow honors Faculty, and I am excited to share my passion for psychology with students!

Jay Stringfield
English Composition I and II

I received my B.A. at the University of Tennessee at Martin and my M.A. at Kansas State University. Once I began teaching in 2004, I immediately knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I joined the Motlow family in 2008 and love being a part of higher education because I know it is one of the few avenues that exists for making the world a better place. In my classes, I emphasize the power and responsibilities that come with a student's decision to pursue the life path of a scholar. In my free time, I like spending time with my wife, Sara, and two children, Monroe and Ava Grace. I also enjoy yard sales, pawn shops, Magic: The Gathering, and video games.

Nicholas X. Bush
English Composition I and II

Dr. Phyllis Adams
Fundamentals of Communication; Introduction to Theatre

Ramona Shelton
Early and Modern World History

Beverly Lee
Introduction to Psychology Honors

Fayetteville

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

Janet McGeeJanet McGee
Early and Modern United States History

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.

John EdmondsonJohn Edmondson
Introduction to Music

I have taught adjunct Music Appreciation at Motlow since 1992 at the opening of the first building of Motlow's Fayetteville center. Fall 2016 will mark my twenty-fifth year there. The ITV connection enabled an Honors Introduction to Music course to be taught 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!

Dayron Deaton OwnensDayron Deaton- Owens
Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Psychology

Dayron Deaton-Owens is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology in McMinnville. Dayron started working at Motlow as an adjunct instructor in 2009 and became full-time in 2011. Dayron earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master's degree in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at MTSU. She serves as an advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the PTK Alumni Association. Dayron serves on the Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the FAST team, is the coordinator of the ACE program, is a member of the Motlow Ladies Philanthropic Society, and serves on multiple Motlow committees. She loves to spend time with her husband, Daniel, and their pets, and loves to travel and kayak.

NathanSweetonNathan Sweeton
World Literature; American Literature; British Literature; Fantasy Fiction Seminar; Greek Mythology Seminar; World Mythology Seminar; Film Studies Seminar; and Harry Potter and Pop Culture Seminar

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.

McMinnville

Janet McGeeJanet McGee
Early and Modern United States History

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

John EdmondsonJohn Edmondson
Introduction to Music

I have taught adjunct Music Appreciation at Motlow since 1992 at the opening of the first building of Motlow's Fayetteville center. Fall 2016 will mark my twenty-fifth year there. The ITV connection enabled an Honors Introduction to Music course to be taught 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!

Dayron Deaton OwnensDayron Deaton- Owens
Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Psychology

Dayron Deaton-Owens is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology in McMinnville. Dayron started working at Motlow as an adjunct instructor in 2009 and became full-time in 2011. Dayron earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master's degree in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at MTSU. She serves as an advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the PTK Alumni Association. Dayron serves on the Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the FAST team, is the coordinator of the ACE program, is a member of the Motlow Ladies Philanthropic Society, and serves on multiple Motlow committees. She loves to spend time with her husband, Daniel, and their pets, and loves to travel and kayak.>

NathanSweetonNathan Sweeton
World Literature; American Literature; British Literature; Fantasy Fiction Seminar; Greek Mythology Seminar; World Mythology Seminar; Film Studies Seminar; and Harry Potter and Pop Culture Seminar

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.

Laura Hudgens
Fundamentals of Communication; First Year Experience; Introduction to Mass Communication

I have an A.A. in English from Motlow, and a B.A. and M.S. from MTSU. I'm currently the chair of the MSCC Honors Alumni Association, and I often chaperone Honors Program trips, assist with conferences and symposia, and spend my free time hanging out in the Honors office. I love teaching communications, especially when I can help my students find their role in today's crazy media landscape, and I'm always excited to have a conversation about current events, news media or lowbrow reality television!