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Eleven Faculty Receive Promotion in Rank



The Lee University Board of Directors recently awarded promotion in rank from assistant professor to associate professor to seven faculty members, promotion from senior lecturer to assistant professor to one faculty member, and promotion in rank from lecturer to associate lecturer to three faculty members.

The faculty promoted to associate professor are Drew Bledsoe, Ben Christmann, John Hearn, Bryan Poole, Delia Price, Jason Robinson, and Ana Alves Shippey.

Drew Bledsoe new
Dr. Drew Bledsoe

Bledsoe joined Lee’s faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor of history. Prior to Lee, he taught at Rice University. His areas of expertise are the Civil War and Reconstruction, military history, and early American history. He is the author of “Citizen-Officers: The Union and Confederate Volunteer Junior Officer Corps in the American Civil War” and has authored or edited numerous scholarly works on Civil War and military history.

He has also been a Fellow for several historical societies, such as the United States Military Academy at West Point. Bledsoe was the recipient of this year’s Lee University Excellence in Scholarship Award. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Arts (MA) at Rice University and his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee.

Christmann Promoted
Dr. Ben Christmann

Christmann joined the Lee faculty as an assistant professor of biology and health science in 2013, after four years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Department of Medicine. Prior to that, he worked as a research technician in the Respiratory Disease Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Christmann currently teaches courses in microbiology, immunology, and nutrition, and is the faculty advisor of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Lee. His research has led to students presenting their work at the National Council for Undergraduate Research meetings, and he was co-author on a paper recognized as "paper of the week" in PLOSone, a scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. He earned his PhD at St. Louis University and his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Covenant College.

John Hearn Promoted
Dr. John Hearn

Hearn joined the faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor of biology and health science. Since then, he has established an ongoing research program in which undergraduate students investigate thermodynamic and kinetic properties of chemicals for the purpose of modeling their fate in the natural environment.

Prior to Lee, Hearn worked as a chemist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base and as a biochemistry laboratory technician at the University of Kentucky. He earned his PhD at the University of Georgia where he studied chemical reaction kinetics and mechanisms and served as a graduate teaching assistant in chemistry. He earned his BA from Asbury University.

Poole Promoted
Dr. Bryan Poole

Poole joined Lee’s faculty in 2013 as a lecturer in psychology. He currently teaches courses in basic, advanced, and independent research methods and statistics, as well as learning and cognition. He also conducts research with his students on various topics such as emotion, attention, and time perception.

Poole is a member of the Association of Psychological Science, the Society for Teaching of Psychology, the Southeastern Psychological Association, and the Council for Undergraduate Research. He holds a PhD from the University of Alabama, an MA from Middle Tennessee State University, and a BA from Lee.

Dr. Delia Price Earns Tenure
Dr. Delia Price

Price began her work at Lee as a part-time faculty member in 2009 teaching in Lee’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education and joined the Helen DeVos College of Education (HDCOE) full-time faculty in 2013 where she now teaches in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Secondary Education.

Prior to Lee, Price worked in the Hamilton County public school system for 25 years, serving as a middle school teacher and, later, a principal at the Tyner Middle Academy. She earned her Doctor of Education (EdD) and Master of Education (MEd) from Trevecca Nazarene University and her Bachelor of Science (BS) from Tennessee Temple University.

Robinson Receives Excellence in Advising Scholarship
Dr. Jason Robinson

Robinson began his teaching career in 1997 after graduating from Lee University with his BS in human development with teacher certification. He went on to earn his MEd from Lincoln Memorial University and his EdD from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He joined the HDCOE full-time faculty in 2013.

He was selected as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year Regional Winner, Bradley County Teacher of the Year (2001, 2011), Tennessee Science Teacher of the Year, Vision of Science Award Winner, Fitzgerald Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching, and was recognized as one of 12 teachers nationwide for excellence in education. In 2018, Robinson received Lee University’s Excellence in Advising Award.

Ana Shippey
Dr. Ana Alves Shippey

Prior to joining Lee’s Department of History, Political Science and Humanities in 2013, Shippey lectured and worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Virginia and was adjunct professor at Pontifícia Universidad Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). She received her PhD from the University of Virginia, an MA from PUC-Rio, and her BA from Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Minas Gerais.

She has presented papers at various annual conferences such as the American Political Science Association and International Studies Association. At Lee, she is involved in organizing the Constitution Bowl and the yearly celebrations for International Women’s Day and often contributes to academic events that inform Lee University students and staff, local teachers, and the public in general on issues such as globalization, international law, immigration, and refugees.

Catherine Mantooth was promoted to assistant professor of theatre.

Catherine Mantooth
Catherine Mantooth

Mantooth came to Lee in 2005 after teaching as adjunct faculty at Evangel University. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho, her Master of Theatre Arts at Missouri State University, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in technical design theatre from Drake University.

Mantooth's theatre background is in all types of technical theatre, and she specializes in lighting design. As production manager, she also trains all of the Lee stage managers and board operators and oversees production calendars. She is most often found backstage or in the design lab encouraging her student designers to explore their theatrical imaginations.

The faculty promoted to associate lecturer are Amy Blake, Jennifer Cornett, and Pamela Hobbs.

Amy Blake Promoted
Amy Blake

Blake joined Lee’s School of Nursing in 2015 as a lecturer in nursing. Prior to Lee, she served as adjunct faculty and a clinical instructor at Cleveland State Community College since, in addition to working at Skyridge Medical Center. In 2014, Blake received the Star Award for Outstanding Adjunct at Cleveland State.

She is a faculty member of the University Curriculum Committee; the chair of Undergraduate Admission, Retention and Graduation Committee in School of Nursing; and the engage coordinator for student success in the School of Nursing. Blake earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Southern Adventist University and her BS from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing.

Jennifer Cornett promoted
Jennifer Cornett

Cornett joined Lee as a part-time math professor in 2012 and became full-time faculty in 2014. Prior to Lee, she served four years as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She also served as an advisor to the graduate students as they completed their action research capstone projects.

Cornett earned her Education Specialist (EdS) and BS from Lee University and her MA from Georgia State University.

Hobbs joined the Department of Natural Sciences as a lecturer in health science in 2015. She is a licensed physical therapist in Florida and Tennessee. She has served as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students and has had numerous positions in the physical therapy profession including serving on the faculty at the University of South Alabama.

Pamela Hobbs Promoted
Pamela Hobbs

Hobbs worked at Emory University as a Research Specialist and has presented at national meetings as well as continuing education workshops and seminars. She earned her Master of Public Health and her Master of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her BS from Middle Tennessee State University. She is currently working on her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

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