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Seventeen Faculty Receive Promotion

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​Of the 17 faculty members recently promoted by the Lee University Board of Directors, six were awarded promotion in rank to professor from associate professor, eight earned promotion from assistant professor to associate professor, and three were promoted from lecturer to associate lecturer.

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​Of the 17 faculty members recently promoted by the Lee University Board of Directors, six were awarded promotion in rank to professor from associate professor, eight earned promotion from assistant professor to associate professor, and three were promoted from lecturer to associate lecturer. Those faculty promoted to professor include Drs. Ron Brendel, Skip Jenkins, Patricia McClung, Megan Moe, Louis Morgan, and Jeffrey Sargent. Brendel received his master’s and doctoral degrees in voice performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, and his bachelor’s degree in music education at Evangel College. He joined Lee’s School of Music in 2005 as an assistant professor of voice. He teaches all levels of applied voice in the School of Music, coordinates music for the Liturgical Chapel services, and coordinates Performance Seminar for the School of Music. Brendel sings a wide repertoire of opera, oratorio, and recital music. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 at tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In oratorio, he sings the music of Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Paart and others. He has done many standard tenor roles in the music of Mozart, Donizetti, Britten, and Gilbert and Sullivan. He has done dozens of solo recitals, and has presented papers and performances at academic conferences worldwide, from New Zealand to England to the United States. His specialization is the music of Benjamin Britten. Further, he has 20-plus years of ministerial experience in church music in a variety of denominational settings. Jenkins joined Lee’s faculty in August of 2004 as an assistant professor of historical theology. He earned his doctorate at Marquette University, two master’s degrees at Duke University Divinity School, and his bachelor’s degree at Lee College. He is an active member of The Society for Pentecostal Studies and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Theology in Lee’s School of Religion. Jenkins has received Lee University’s Excellence in Advising Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award, and he was also the recipient of the Janet Rahamut Award. Jenkins and his wife, Larisa, founded a student-oriented mentoring house whose stated purpose is spiritual, academic, and social accountability. McClung received her doctorate at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, her master’s degree at Lee University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of London. She joined Lee’s faculty in 2002 and teaches special education in the Helen DeVos College of Education. After beginning her career as a high school teacher in the U.K. McClung moved to the U.S. and served students with disabilities. Initially, she was a coordinator for students with disabilities for Project Head Start and then worked in the Bradley County school system as a special education teacher and then as a coordinator from 1993-2001. McClung was recognized as Teacher of the Year for Bradley County schools and for her work with Inclusion, by the state of Tennessee. She has also received Lee’s Excellence in Advising Award and the Charles W. Conn Award for service. McClung has traveled extensively to many parts of the world, accompanying students on their Lee University Global Perspective Experience. Her research interests and writing involve narrative and biographical inquiry that includes the Life Perspective Story Method as a primary means of investigation. She attends conferences on education, diversity, and globalization as well as conducting in service trainings for local school systems. Moe (known to students as “Doc Moe”) joined the Lee faculty in January 2005 and is a professor of communication. She received her doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University, her master’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and her bachelor’s degree from Westmont College. Moe is the discipline coordinator of the of the communication degrees at Lee and oversees the advertising, communication studies, and education emphases. Moe is an active member of the National Communication Association and was honored with the Mid-Career Award for teaching leadership and artistic scholarship in 2013. A 10-year board member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Chattanooga, she is also the faculty advisor for the Lee Advertising Federation, as well as advisor for Lee’s National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team. She was recently named the AAF District 7 Educator of the Year, receiving the Donald G. Hileman Award. Moe continues to spend her time engaging in and presenting research at various academic conventions. Morgan, originally from Morgantown, Mississippi, serves as a professor and as the Director of Library Services. A faculty member at Lee since 2003, he previously served as archivist at the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center (Church of God archives). In addition to his responsibilities in Squires Library, Morgan teaches graduate courses in leadership and serves as an academic advisor. He also serves on the Dean’s Council, Academic Council, and Master of Ministry Studies graduate committee. His honors include Lee’s Excellence in Advising Award, the prestigious James E. Ward Library Instruction Award from the Tennessee Library Association, and inclusion in a list of international men and women as one of “40 Young Influencers in the Church of God.” Morgan has presented papers on servant leadership, self-sacrificing leadership, and transformational leadership. He earned his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Regent University where he received the Outstanding Graduate honor. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and his bachelor’s degree at Lee University. Sargent joined the Lee faculty in 2005 and currently serves as the chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and as a professor of psychology. Prior to joining the Lee faculty, he worked as a mental health therapist and a school counselor in Alabama. Sargent earned his doctorate and a master’s degree at the University of Alabama, a master’s in counseling at the University of Alabama Birmingham, and his bachelor’s degree from Lee College. The eight faculty members promoted to associate professor are Drs. Daniela Augustine, Christopher Blake, Aaron Johnson, Mary McCampbell, Debra Mimbs, Thomas Pope, Chad Schrock, and Jared Wielfaert. Augustine joined Lee’s full-time faculty in 2010. In addition to her time at Lee, she has also been a guest lecturer, speaker, and presenter at many theological forums and educational institutions such as Charles University located in Prague, Czech Republic, Princeton Theological Seminary, Bangor University located in Wales, United Kingdom, Harvard Divinity School, Wheaton College, and Regent University. Her areas of interest and academic research include theological ethics, public theology, interdisciplinary studies in social transformation, postmodernity, theology of economics and globalization, religion and culture. She was recently named the recipient of Lee’s 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award. Augustine earned her doctorate at the University of South Africa, a Master of Divinity degree at the Church of God Theological Seminary, and both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria. Dr. Christopher Blake joined the Department of Language and Literature in the fall of 2011 as an assistant professor of TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and Linguistics. He is also the director of the English Language Center, which has served over 300 adults and nearly 150 children. Prior to Lee, Blake was a faculty member at Western Carolina University where he prepared both undergraduate and graduate students with strategies for teaching English language learners. He also taught English in Changchun, China, for two years where he developed a business English course for entrepreneurs. Blake received his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University and specializes his research in the areas of fluency, curriculum development and language assessment. Johnson is an associate professor of classics and humanities and joined Lee’s faculty in 2010. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado and his bachelor’s degree at Colorado Christian University. In 2013, Johnson received Lee’s Excellence in Scholarship Award. Johnson specializes in the Greek literature and intellectual culture of the later Roman Empire, particularly in the areas of ethnic and religious identities and Hellenism. His publications include books published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, over 20 scholarly articles, and many dictionary entries and book reviews. Much of Johnson’s recent scholarship has been dedicated to an ancient philosopher named Porphyry of Tyre, who wrote one of the most widely-used logic handbooks of the middle ages, as well as a lengthy defense of vegetarianism and a critique against Christianity. McCampbell, associate professor of humanities, joined Lee’s faculty in 2010. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from Newcastle University, Newcastle up Tyne, U.K., another master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and her bachelor’s degree from Covenant College. McCampbell’s doctoral work at Newcastle University focused on the relationship between postmodern fiction, late capitalist culture, and the religious impulse. Recent publications include chapters or articles on contemporary fiction in “Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination,” “Sacred and Immoral: on the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk,” and “The Modern Humanities Research Association’s Yearbook of English Studies.” She speaks frequently on the intersection of the Christian faith and culture (in film, fiction, and music), and was the summer 2014 Writer in Residence at the Greatham, England, Branch of L’Abri Fellowship. Mimbs joined Lee’s faculty in fall 2010. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in applied and computational mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her bachelor’s degree from Lee University. She has published research in such publications as Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. She currently directs or co-directs multiple grants involving undergraduate research and promoting the awareness of the beauty of mathematics among high school students. She co-directs the Mentoring Mathematicians in the Making program, serves as a counselor on the Council for Undergraduate Research, and has participated in National Science Foundation sponsored programs such as Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics and ProjectNeXT. Pope joined Lee's faculty in 2010 and currently teaches courses in political theory and American constitutional law. He serves as a faculty sponsor for Lee's Alpha Chi honors society and Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society. He also serves as the university’s Pre-Law advisor and Law School Admission Council liaison, advising students who are preparing for law school and sponsoring Lee’s Society for Law & Justice. He is the assistant coordinator for Kairos, a Scholars Honors Program at Lee. Pope’s most recent publication is “Social Contract Theory in American Jurisprudence: Too Much Liberty and Too Much Authority.” Pope received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Baylor University and his bachelor’s degree from Berry College. Schrock has been at Lee University since 2010 as an assistant professor, now associate professor, of English, specializing in early British literature. His first book, “Consolation in Medieval Narrative,” was published in May 2015. He also has articles published on literature from the eighth, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Schrock earned his doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University, his master’s degree at James Madison University, his Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and his bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College. Wielfaert has been a part of Lee’s faculty since 2009 and is currently an associate professor of humanities. He researches the cultural history of the Latin West in the early middle ages with a particular focus on the literary culture of the Carolingian Renaissance. He also teaches introductory courses in the humanities, Latin, and upper-level courses in the history and literature of the Middle Ages. Wielfaert earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto and another master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Lee University. Amy Mercer, Alex Sandoval, and Diette Ward were promoted to associate lecturer. Mercer has served at Squires Library since 2003. She currently holds the position of Technical Services / Serials Librarian and associate lecturer. In addition to leading those departments, she contributes in the areas of reference service, library instruction, student advising and departmental liaison duties. Mercer earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky. Sandoval joined Lee’s faculty in 2010 where he currently serves as an associate lecturer of special education in the Helen DeVos College of Education. Prior to Lee, he had several years of experience in the Georgia public school system, where he worked as a special education teacher and autism consultant. Sandoval received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri and his bachelor’s degree from Lee University. Ward joined Lee’s faculty in 2007 as a lecturer, now associate lecturer, and Instruction / Electronic Resources Librarian at the Squires Library. Before coming to Lee, she spent five years working at the Science Library at the University of California, Riverside. Ward earned her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her bachelor’s degree from Lee University.

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