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Seven Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor


The Lee University Board of Directors recently awarded seven faculty members promotions in rank from assistant professor to associate professor: Jonathan Cornett, Sarah Schlosser, Laura Singletary, David Smartt, Kirstee Williams, William Woolfitt, and Alan Wyatt.

Cornett promoted
Dr. Jonathan Cornett

Cornett, a Lee alumnus, joined Lee’s full-time faculty in 2012. He earned his doctorate in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University and completed his postdoctoral studies in the genetics department at the Yale University School of Medicine. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Genetics, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, and PLoS One.

As a student at Lee, Cornett was a Centennial Scholar, a Ledford Scholar, winner of the E.K. Hamilton Scholarship in Math and Sciences and the recipient of the departmental biochemistry award. He holds professional memberships in the American Society of Human Genetics and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Schlosser promoted
Dr. Sarah Schlosser

Schlosser joined Lee’s faculty in 2012. She earned her doctorate and master’s from Purdue University and her bachelor’s from Lee University.

Schlosser serves the nursing majors with their introductory chemistry course and teaches non-science majors in physical science and earth and space science. She advises and teaches science education majors in their methods of teaching course. Her work on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant allows her to interact with science and math majors through the iMASS program.

Singletary promoted
Dr. Laura Singletary

Singletary, a Lee alumna, returned to join her alma mater’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of mathematics. While a student at Lee, where she received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees, Singletary was a Centennial Scholar and the recipient of the departmental mathematics award.

Her research has appeared in publications like Mathematical Thinking and Learning, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Mathematics Teacher Educator, and School Science and Mathematics. She has also co-directed grant projects from the Mathematical Association of America and the Tennessee Department of Education.

Singletary earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia, where she was awarded the Presidential Graduate Fellowship.

David Smartt
Dr. David Smartt

Smartt joined Lee’s School of Business in 2012, where he teaches Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Business Ethics, as well as Organizational Theory for the graduate program. Prior to joining Lee’s faculty, Smartt served 29 years on active duty as a U.S. Army Chaplain, where he achieved the rank of Colonel.

Smarrt is a graduate of Lee and of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained bishop in the Church of God. He received his doctorate in management from Northcentral University and his master’s in business from Syracuse University.

Williams promoted
Dr. Kirstee Williams

Williams joined Lee’s faculty in 2012. She serves as both a professor of psychology and the program and clinical director of Lee’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and an AAMFT-approved supervisor. She also just completed her five-year term on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the field’s premier journal.

Williams received her doctorate and master’s degree from Loma Linda University in Southern California.

Woolfitt promoted
Dr. William Woolfitt

Woolfitt joined Lee’s English Department in 2012, where he teaches multiple writing classes. He received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University, along with a Master of Arts from Hollins University.

Woolfitt is the author of two books of poetry, “Beauty Strip” and “Charles of the Desert,” along with a chapbook of fiction, “The Boy with Fire in His Mouth.”

His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in African American Review, AGNI, The Threepenny Review, and Tin House, among others. He also received the Howard Nemerov Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Wyatt promoted
Alan Wyatt

Wyatt joined Lee’s faculty in 1990 and has served in the School of Music since.

Wyatt teaches applied saxophone, commercial music theory and history, and jazz improvisation. He also acts as director of the Lee University Jazz Ensemble and is the area coordinator for music business. Earlier this year, he served as the director of the 2018 Tennessee Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band.

In addition to teaching, Wyatt has performed and toured with groups such as Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr., and The Temptations, among others. He currently leads the Alan Wyatt Jazz Quartet that plays monthly at the Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga.
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