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Five Faculty Receive Promotion to Professor



Five faculty members were recently awarded promotion in rank from associate professor to professor by the Lee University Board of Directors.

The faculty members promoted to professor are Mike Iosia, Sherry Kasper, Heather Quagliana, Lisa Stephenson, and Christine Williams.

Mike Iosia
Dr. Mike Iosia

Iosia joined Lee’s faculty in 2007 and currently serves as chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Secondary Education in the Helen DeVos College of Education. He came to Lee from Baylor University where he had been a post-doctoral fellow in the exercise sport nutrition laboratory and taught graduate and undergraduate courses. He is a member and certified collegiate strength and conditioning coach through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and National Strength Conditioning Coaches Association.

Iosia received the Lee University Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2009. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Alabama, his Master of Education (MEd) from Auburn University, and his Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sherry Kasper Promoted
Dr. Sherry Kasper

Kasper joined Lee’s Department of Natural Sciences in 2007. She has taught classes such as Principles of Biology II and Anatomy and Physiology and holds a PhD from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Maryville College. She is a recipient of Lee’s Excellence in Advising Award.

Kasper also participates in her department’s cross-cultural trip, where 10-15 Lee students have the opportunity to help provide medical care to the towns surrounding Huehuetanango, Guatemala, under the mentorship of doctors, nurses, and dentists. She is also the principle investigator for iMASS, a program funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which seeks to increase STEM-related career development and partnerships with local STEM industry.

Heather Quagliana Receives Advising Award
Dr. Heather Quagliana

Quagliana, a Lee alum, joined Lee’s Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2008. Prior to Lee, she taught at Community Christian College in Redlands, California, and at Azusa Pacific University. She earned her PhD and Master of Arts (MA) from Fuller Theological Seminary and her BA from Lee University and is also a recipient of Lee’s Excellence in Advising Award.

Quagliana has co-authored numerous book chapters on the integration of spirituality and therapeutic work with children, including the American Psychological Association Press book “Spiritual Interventions in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy” and “Integrating Scripture with Parent Training in Behavioral Interventions” in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. She has also presented at a variety of American Psychological Association and Christian Association of Psychological Studies conferences related to her interests in community psychology, foster care children, and childhood trauma.

Lisa Stephenson Promoted
Dr. Lisa Stephenson

Since joining Lee’s Department of Theology in the fall of 2007, Stephenson has taught introductory classes in Christian theology and ethics, upper level theology classes for department majors, and graduate seminars. She is the director of the Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as the coordinator for Lee’s foundational benevolence course that every student must take.

She is the recipient of a Pneuma Book Award and Lee University’s Excellence in Scholarship Award and has served as a guest editor for Pneuma’s volume on feminist theology and as the co-chair of SECSOR’s (Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion) Women, Gender, and Religion group. She earned her PhD from Marquette University and her MA and BA from Lee.

Christine Williams
Dr. Christine Williams

Williams joined the theatre faculty in 2007 and since has directed several student productions such as “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Doubt,” and “Tartuffe.” She teaches courses in acting, dramatic history and literature, theory, and costume design, while also serving as the coordinator of the theatre program.

Williams has worked as a director, producer, or designer on more than 50 college, church, and community theatre productions. She has also published several articles and book reviews on theatre and has presented papers at national and regional conferences. She is an officer in the Theatre as a Liberal Art focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, serves as a board member for the Tennessee Theatre Association, and is on the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

Williams earned her PhD and MA from Bowling Green State University and her BA from the University of Dallas.
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