10 Of Lee’s Faculty Promoted To Associate Professor

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Lee University Board of Directors has awarded promotion in rank from assistant professor to associate professor to 10 faculty members. 

Those faculty promoted to associate professor include Dr. Richard Albright, Dan Buck, Matthew Fisher, Dr. Andrew Harnsberger, Mary Mathias-Dickerson, and Drs. Brian Peterson, Mark Proctor, Randy Sheeks, Arlie Tagayuna, and John Wykoff. 

Dr. Albright, associate professor of psychology who joined the Lee family in 2011, teaches many graduate and undergraduate psychology courses and is the director of the school counseling program. He is an American School Counselor Association certified bullying prevention specialist and a nationally-certified counselor. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Education (MEd), and Bachelor of Science (BS) from The Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to Lee, Dr. Albright worked for many years as a school counselor and high school football and wrestling coach in central Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Buck joined the Lee Theatre faculty in fall 2010 and teaches classes in acting, directing, and dramatic literature. A current associate professor of theatre, he has worked as a professional actor and improviser in the Boston and Orlando areas. He created a high school theatre program for a private school, which he directed for five years. Mr. Buck directs many of the theatre productions at Lee, and he is the sponsor of Lee’s improv team, Shenanigans. He earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in directing from Baylor University and his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Taylor University. 

Mr. Fisher, associate professor of digital media studies, joined the Communication Arts faculty in 2011. He teaches classes on screenwriting, directing, film theory, and film criticism. He holds an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA from Lee University. Mr. Fisher has written and directed several short films, which have screened at festivals such as the Nashville Film Festival, Cannes Court Métrage, and the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo. His 2015 film “Pilgrim” was shot in Reykjavik, Iceland, and screened at the Cine Gear Expo and the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival. 

Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “a master of musical nuance,” Dr. Harnsberger joined the Lee faculty in 2012. He has performed in musical venues across North America, South America, Australia, Japan, and Europe, and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the United States each year. Dr. Harnsberger also presents clinics and masterclasses at as many as 40 universities per year. His compositions have been performed at the Percussion Arts Society International Convention and around the world. Currently an associate professor of percussion, Dr. Harnsberger earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. He earned his Master of Music (MM) and Bachelor of Music (BM) from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Ms. Mathias-Dickerson, associate professor of art, joined the Lee family in 2011 to help launch the new art major. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums at local, national, and international levels. She has conducted painting and drawing workshops and demonstrations in the United States, and abroad in Mexico and France. She created and coordinates the Atelier Neo Medici Semester Abroad program for Lee, which allows art students interested in traditional drawing and painting techniques to study abroad with a master painter. Ms. Mathias-Dickerson earned her MFA from Bradley University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Bowling Green State University. 

Dr. Peterson, associate professor of Old Testament, joined the School of Religion faculty in 2011 after spending over a decade as a licensed carpenter. He currently teaches a variety of Old Testament classes and Hebrew at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He previously taught at Gambia Theological Institute in West Africa, as well as spending a year as an assistant professor of Old Testament at Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Peterson spends a portion of his summers involved with archaeology in Israel where Lee students often join him for a dig. 

Dr. Peterson received his PhD in Hebrew Bible from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, his MA in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School, his Master of Theological Studies in Old Testament from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s in biblical studies from Zion Bible College. 

Dr. Proctor, associate professor of New Testament, joined the Lee family in the fall of 2009. Before coming to Lee, he taught biblical studies and philosophy at Houston Baptist University for over six years. Dr. Proctor values scholarly writing and actively participates in the scholarly guild. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and frequently presents papers at professional meetings. He graduated from Baylor University with a PhD in religious studies in 1999, where he studied under renowned Luke-Acts scholar Mikael Parsons. He earned his MA from Marquette University and his BA from Evangel University. 

Dr. Sheeks is an associate professor of music and the coordinator of the undergraduate music and worship program at Lee. He came to the university in fall 2010 after spending 23 years in local church music ministry. His outstanding leadership in the music and fine arts ministries at three different churches has made him a well-known voice in the world of church music. In 2004, Dr. Sheeks received the Distinguished Musicianship Award from the Church of God, recognizing his work at the Metropolitan Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served for 16 years and built a large, effective music program. His passion for the local church continues as he instructs students at Lee in the church music curriculum. Dr. Sheeks earned his DMA from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, his MM from Samford University and his BA from Lee. 

A native of the Philippines and Hawaii, Dr. Tagayuna joined Lee’s Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2011. His research and teaching stands at the intersection of inequalities, crime, race and ethnic relations, culture, and community development, among similar topics. His current research documents the opioid epidemic in Southeast Tennessee. He is also doing some preliminary research in Southeast Asian Pentecostalism. Dr. Tagayuna, in partnership with the city of Cleveland, is currently involved in capacity building and community organizing of East Cleveland communities, particularly in the Blythe Bower and College Hill areas. He earned his PhD and MA from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and his BA from the University of the Philippines. 

Dr. Wykoff, associate professor of music theory and composition, has composed works for solo piano, small ensemble, voice, choir, orchestra, and more. A composer and music theorist, he composed two pieces for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. His chamber music has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Cygnus, Second Instrumental Unit, and the MIVOS Quartet. Additionally, his sacred music, including choral works and congregational song, is sung in churches across the United States and in Canada. 

Dr. Wykoff received the “George Perle Award” for music composition from Queens College, was a Chancellor’s Fellow at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in Manhattan, and has been a featured speaker for the Alliance of Christian Musicians and the Tennessee Huguenot Society. He earned his PhD in music composition from the CUNY Graduate Center, his MA in music composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, and his BA in music and philosophy from Covenant College.



Lee School Of Nursing To Run Mass Casualty Drill

The Lee University School of Nursing will conduct a mass casualty emergency drill on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 12:30-5:30 p.m.  Nursing students and faculty will participate in a response to an active shooter mass casualty drill to help nursing students learn how to treat life-threatening wounds in a high-stress situation.   “This senior nursing student simulation ... (click for more)

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarships Awarded For 2017

Lee University has awarded scholarships to 36 women for the 2017-18 school year. The Lettie Pate Whitehead foundation, a Georgia nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the education of female students, funded the scholarships.  A total of $92,250 was awarded for 2017-18. In accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, scholarships ... (click for more)

Walker County Asks Dismissal Of Erlanger Lawsuit Asking Court To Order New Taxes For Payment Of $8.7 Million Debt

Walker County, Ga., is asking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Erlanger Health System that asks a federal judge to order the levying of taxes to pay an $8.7 million debt. Walker County noted that new Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has imposed a special tax levy on its citizens designed to satisfy the debt. It also says that Commissioner Whitfield held several meetings with ... (click for more)

Police Make Arrest In Armed Robbery At Coolidge Park

Police have made an arrest in an armed robbery at Coolidge Park last Wednesday. Demetrius Terry, 30, of 1104 Grove Street Court, is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and unlawfully possessing a weapon. Two females said they came to Coolidge Park to hang out that night. While walking through the area, they saw a black male and black female walking up and down Frazier ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Eve

I don’t know who was the first to do the Famous Pregnant Turkey prank but I’ll bet you a handful of giblets there will be a lot of copycats who try it today. The trick is finding a Cornish hen that is small enough to stuff inside the larger turkey. Then you skillfully pack the bird with some of that sausage-sage dressing and put your Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. When all ... (click for more)