Lee Welcomes Fourteen New Faculty to Campus this Fall
Of the 14 new faculty welcomed to Lee University this fall, one has joined the School of Business, one the School of Music, three were added to the School of Nursing, three to the School of Religion, five to the College of Arts and Sciences, and one joins the Helen DeVos College of Education.
Amy Russin joins Lee’s School of Business as an assistant professor of accounting. Prior to Lee, Russin was an associate professor of accounting at Grove City College and a tenured associate professor of accounting at Geneva College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners.
Russin earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration from Geneva College.
Lauren Buckner joins Lee’s School of Music as an assistant professor of music education. Prior to Lee, she taught at Grace Christian Academy in Tempe, Arizona, and served as an instructor of record for Arizona State University. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education.
Buckner earned her Master of Education (MEd) and Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from Lee University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music Education from Arizona State University.
Matthew Adams joins Lee’s School of Nursing as a lecturer in nursing. He has been an adjunct instructor at Lee since 2018 and joined the full-time faculty in January 2019. He has worked as a clinical informaticist at Tennova Healthcare, directed advanced clinicals, and was the coordinator for the Orthopedic Clinical Unit at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga. A registered nurse since 2004, Adams also served at Senior Homecare in Florida, where he received honors for his performance with staff and patients.
Adams earned his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in healthcare systems management from Loyola University of New Orleans and his BS in pre-medicine from Clearwater Christian College.
Jennifer Grisham joins the School of Nursing as a lecturer in nursing. In addition to her faculty role, she is the coordinator of the family nurse practitioner track. She has over 15 years of nursing experience and has been an adjunct instructor in the School of Nursing lab since 2018.
Grisham earned her MSN from Southern Adventist University.
Amy Moody joins the School of Nursing after serving as the nursing director of Perioperative Services for Tennova Healthcare. In her 14 years of nursing, Moody has served in nine management roles, is a current member of the Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives, recipient of the Clinical Manager of the Year Award, and has co-chaired a community health council.
Moody received her MSN as a clinical nurse specialist from the University of South Alabama and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Lorinda Roberts joins the Department of Christian Ministries in the School of Religion as an assistant professor of youth and family ministry. She has served as an adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and guest lecturer at Lee. She is an ordained minister, was Lee University’s Department of Bible and Christian Ministries Award winner in 1998, and presently serves as the Girls Discipleship Coordinator for the Western North Carolina Region of the Church of God.
Roberts earned her Doctor of Educational Ministry in family ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, her MA in family ministry from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and her BS in Christian education from Lee University.
Dr. Justin Walker joins the School of Religion as an assistant professor of Christian ministries and Old Testament. Prior to Lee, he taught at Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Richmont Graduate University, Georgia Christian University, Kennesaw State University, and Emory College. Walker has been published in the Ugarit-Forschungen Journal and has presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting.
Walker earned his PhD from Emory University, his Master of Theology and his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and his BA from Lee University.
Dr. Stephanie Nordby joins the School of Religion as a visiting assistant professor of theological ethics. Her dissertation project is a book on Christology in which she integrates recent work in biblical studies on Second Temple Judaism, the philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, and the idea of the Incarnation as a revelatory act. In 2017, she led a workshop at the Society of Biblical Literature National Conference.
Nordby earned her PhD from the University of Oklahoma, her MA from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her BA from Columbia International University. She is currently completing her second doctorate at the University of St. Andrews.
Dr. Kristi David joins Lee’s Department of Communication Arts as an assistant professor of public relations. David has taught part time at Lee, been an instructor of oral communications and interpersonal communications at Oral Roberts University, and taught at Vincennes University. She is a member of the National Communication Association and the Broadcast Education Association.
David received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Regent University and her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Lee University.
Rondall Reynoso joins Lee’s Communication Arts as an assistant professor of art. Reynoso has served as a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, was appointed senior lecturer of the department of visual studies at the California College of Art in Oakland, and served as a department chair and assistant professor of the art department at Louisiana College. He was a Newhall Fellow at the Graduate Theological Union.
Reynoso earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in painting and his Master of Science (MS) in the history of art and design from Pratt Institute. He is currently pursuing his PhD in art history and aesthetics from Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.
Ashley Mulligan joins Lee’s Department of Language and Literature from The Pennsylvania State University where she was a writing and rhetoric assistant. She has taught Rhetoric and Composition, taught through Web-based Platforms, and taught business writing and advanced writing for the social sciences. Mulligan has presented at numerous conferences across the nation and is a member of the International Conference on Romanticism, Wordsworth-Coleridge Association, and Conference on Christianity and Literature.
She earned her Master of Arts (MA) in English from The Pennsylvania State University and her BA in English from Lee University. She is in the process of completing her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. David Harkins joins Lee’s Department of Natural Sciences as an assistant professor of chemistry. Harkins was a visiting lecturer at Lee in 2017-2018. He has taught at Huntington College of Health Sciences in Knoxville, at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in Yanji, China, at Pyong Yang University of Science and Technology in North Korea, and at the University of Mobile, where he was an assistant professor of chemistry and the natural sciences department chair. Harkins has written several published works and presented his research at many professional conferences in the United States and Quebec.
He received his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelor of Science (BS) in chemistry and mathematics from Wofford College.
Dana Perry joins the Department of Natural Sciences as a lecturer in health science. She served as a microbiology technologist at the Centennial Medical Center prior to working at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. She completed research for the Tennessee Department of Health, Communicable and Environmental Disease Services and has presented at the Southern Association of Clinical Microbiology. Perry is also a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and the Tennessee Academy of Science.
She earned her MS in professional science and her BA in biology from Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Stephanie Pope joins Lee’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education as an assistant professor of elementary education. Pope comes to Lee from Nashville, where she taught science and social studies to fifth grade students at H.G. Hill Prep Middle School. Pope also taught for Metro Nashville Public Schools for 10 years.
She received her PhD in education-leadership and professional practices from Trevecca Nazarene University, her Master of Education in teaching and learning from Lipscomb University, and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Freed-Hardeman University.