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CSP Faculty

J. Patrick Biddix, PhD – 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

Frank Cuevas, EdD – Vice Chancellor for Student Life; 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

Mary Dueñas, PhD – Assistant Professor; CSP Program Coordinator

  • Primary Research Interests: Latina/o/x College Students; Imposter Syndrome; Sense of Belonging and Mattering; LatCrit Theory; Psychosociocultural Framework
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of California, Irvine; (Work) University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Fun Facts: Enjoys traveling, spending time with nature, and watching re-runs of Friends

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

Shea Kidd-Houze, PhD – Assistant Vice-Chancellor/Dean of Students, Affiliated Faculty

  • Primary Research Interests: Orientation, transition and retention, critical race theory, qualitative research methodology
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) University of Southern Mississippi, University of Georgia, University of Memphis; (Work) University of Georgia (Graduate Assistant), Angelo State University, Tarleton State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Fun Facts: Owns a drill, two sanders and a sewing machine. I love DIY projects!

Dorian L. McCoy, PhD – Associate Professor

  • 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

Jill Zambito Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life; Affiliated Faculty

  • Primary Research Interests: Non-traditional students, student involvement, supervision, qualitative research.
  • Institutional Affiliations: (Education) Baldwin-Wallace College, Colorado State University, Northern Illinois University; (Work) Colorado State University (Graduate Assistant), North Central College, Northern Illinois University, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Fun Facts: Owns a Doberman named Michael. Regularly practices yoga. Loves to travel the globe.