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CSP Faculty

J. Patrick Biddix, PhD – Associate Professor

  • Primary Research Interests: student involvement (fraternity/sorority, activism), use of technology, research methodology
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) UTK, Ole Miss, Missouri-St. Louis; (Work) Washington University, Valdosta State
  • Fun Facts: Avid 1990s hip hop fan, Former “4A State (football) Player of the Week”

Karen D. Boyd, PhD – Associate Professor of Practice, Leadership Studies Minor Co-Coordinator

  • Primary Research Interests: Institutional relational variables impacting student connectedness, the Civil Rights Movement and higher education
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State, UGA (Work)UNC-CH, Clemson, ECU, GA Tech, Carnegie Mellon, UCF & UTK
  • Fun Facts: First memory of the U.S. is a view of the Statue of Liberty from an airplane, registered college student in every decade since the 1970s

Vincent Carilli, PhD – Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Affiliated Faculty

  • Primary Research Interests: leadership, student retention
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Southern Illinois University; (Work) UTK, University of Scranton
  • Fun Facts: 2nd tour of duty at UTK: ’98-’01, Association Dean then Dean of Students; ’14-present Vice Chancellor for Student Life; 2nd position as a Chief Student Affairs Officer (VPSA University of Scranton ’01-’13)

Frank Cuevas, PhD – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life; Executive Director of Housing; Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Primary Research Interests: higher education finance and policy, organization and administration
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) Florida State University; (Work) The Ohio State University, Florida State University
  • Fun Facts: Avid college football fan

Martha Dagenhart, PhD – Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Primary Research Interests: student learning and development, effects of college on students, advising and helping skills training
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) UNC, Wake Forest, UTK; (Work) Carson-Newman, LMU, UTK (Teaching and Counseling Center)
  • Fun Facts: Sang for a rock band in high school, loves international travel

Dorian L. McCoy, PhD – Assistant Professor; CSP Program Coordinator

  • Primary Research Interests: access to higher education for historically underrepresented populations, critical race theory, qualitative research
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) Henderson State University, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University; (Work) University of Florida, Louisiana State University, University of Vermont, UTK
  • Fun Facts: Owns a 1973 VW Volkswagen Beetle

Jenny Richter Associate Vice Chancellor; Title IX Coordinator; Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Primary Research Interests: Title IX, diversity, ADA
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) Tennessee Tech University, UTK; (Work) UTK
  • Fun Facts: Wanted to be an FBI agent, 1 of 5 girls, post-university career plans: work in the Home Depot garden department

Melissa Shivers, PhD – Associate Vice Chancellor; Dean of Students; Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Primary Research Interests: multiracial students (college choice and student involvement), assessment
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) UGA, Clemson, Georgia Southern; (Work) UTK, UGA, Clemson, Georgia Southern
  • Fun Facts: College athletics sports fanatic, former sportscaster, attend the movies every Sunday

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