We are glad to assist in helping to identify colleagues and/or community partners with whom to collaborate. The list below is start at developing a comprehensive list of Sewanee and Yale faculty, staff, students, and community partners who might be particularly interested in working together on Collaborative initiatives. We recognize that this list is incomplete and may not completely or accurately represent the interests of those listed. We hope that you will help us to create a more complete and accurate list by notifying us of any errors, by sharing information about yourself via the profile form (https://urforms.wufoo.com/forms/collaborative-profile/) should you be interested in collaborating, and by encouraging others to do the same. We urge all who are even potentially interested to complete the profile form. We hope to soon make this information accessible via a searchable, sortable database. Should you wish additional help in identifying or connecting with possible collaborators, please do let us know (collaborative@sewanee.edu)

(a growing list of potential collaborators)

Karen Baicker
Director of Community Affairs, Scholastic Inc.
Ms. Baicker is director of Community Affairs at Scholastic, Inc. and a published author of children’s and young adult books. Ms. Baicker has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course. She is also a collaborator in Discover Together, a program created collaboratively by the local community, Sewanee, the Yale Child Study Center, and Scholastic, Inc. to promote resilience by fostering social connectedness and community engagement through literacy-based approaches to shared knowledge and appreciation of local places, people, and their stories.


Anna W. Bardaus
Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.
Anna currently works as a Senior Editor in Scholastic’s Education Group. There she develops a wide array of literacy products for children of all ages, their caregivers, and educators. As part of her editorial work, she has also written several books for children ages 0-5 that promote social-emotional skills, community awareness, and active, healthy development. Titles include Dinos On The Move, When We Grow Up, and I Am SuperKid! Other recent publications include Parent & Child magazine’s “100 Greatest Book For Kids” and “The 25 Coolest Schools.”

Ms. Bardaus holds degrees in English and music, as well as a master’s degree from NYU, where she specialized in contemporary trends in children’s and young adult literature.

Ms. Bardaus has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course and is a collaborator in Discover Together, a program created collaboratively by the local community, Sewanee, the Yale Child Study Center, and Scholastic, Inc. to promote resilience by fostering social connectedness and community engagement through literacy-based approaches to shared knowledge and appreciation of local places, people, and their stories.

Al Bardi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Sewanee
Albert Bardi, a clinical psychologist, earned BA degrees in Psychology and Philosophy at North Carolina State University. After completing a Harvard fellowship and earning his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Bardi worked as a tribal clinician for the San Carlos Apache of Arizona and the Passamaquoddy of Northern Maine.

As an academic, Professor Bardi has followed his own and his students’ interests in the development and validation of personality measures that relate to functioning including shyness, optimism, entitlement, comfort-seeking and assertiveness.

More recently Professor Bardi has been working with students to construct similar measures that are specifically tailored for non-dominant U.S. cultural groups.

Professor Bardi teaches introductory psychology, research methods, human diversity, abnormal behavior, abnormal seminar and advanced research. He has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Padraig Barry
Executive Camp Director, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Padraig Barry is the Executive Camp Director for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a role he has held since 2014. Prior to that, Padraig was at the Support Center, SeriousFun Network serving in many capacities domestically and abroad, though his relationship with Camp and the network dates back nearly two decades. Padraig began his career with our sister camp, Barretstown, Ireland in 1995. After two seasons, Padraig joined the Gang in 1997, running the woodshopfor the Spring and Summer programs.  A few years later, Padraig relocated to the United States for a fulltime position at Camp as the Assistant Camp Director (Residential Life), before heading back to school and then joining the SeriousFun Network.

Mr. Barry has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Helen Bateman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair, Sewanee
Helen Vrailas Bateman earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Professor Bateman earned a postdoctoral research fellowship award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation that enabled her to continue her research on the relationship of psychological sense of community in classroom and school settings to children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development in St. Louis, MO.

Prior to coming to the University of the South, Professor Bateman worked for three years as a Research Fellow at the Learning Technology Center of Peabody College, Vanderbilt University investigating the impact that different and innovative learning environments have on students’ psychological sense of community.

Professor Bateman teaches a variety of courses including Child Development, Adolescence, Adult Development, Social Psychology, and Community Psychology. She has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Professor Bateman’s previous research at the University of the South included the creation of innovative learning tools using video technology. In her research project “Students as Teachers and Learners” college students created video resources that served as both teaching and learning tools that helped promote students’ sense of community in the classroom. Professor Bateman’s previous research also examined the relationship between perceived drinking behavior, psychological sense of community, and social acceptance in college settings.

Professor Bateman’s present research focuses on the issue of childhood obesity and its impact on children’s development. Her current project “Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds” aims at increasing children’s knowledge and understanding of nutrition and children’s involvement in physical activities.

Pia Britto, Ph.D.
Global Chief, Early Childhood Development at UNICEF; Assistant Professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine’ Lecturer and Fellow, McMillan Center for International and Area Studies; Associate Director, Global Policy, Yale
Dr. Britto is known internationally for her work in the areas of early childhood policy and programs in over 40 low and middle income countries for developing integrated systems and policies for early childhood. In particular, she is investigating the role of governance and finance of national systems in achieving equity, access and quality. Dr. Britto has also been involved in several early intervention program evaluations in Africa and Asia, including a six country evaluation of an innovative approach to improve school readiness. Other aspects of her international work include the conceptualization of a measurement model for quality early childhood services and measuring and implementing the school readiness paradigm – ready children, ready families and ready schools, and understanding the best modalities to support parenting. Most recently, Dr. Britto is involved in research that is examining the relationship between early childhood and peace building. Nationally, within the United States, Dr. Britto is known for her scientific work on young children’s early literacy development, and more recently, on understanding issues of identity development of Muslim and Arab children. Dr. Britto obtained her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the recipient of several national and international grants and awards in recognition for her work and has published numerous books, articles, chapters and reports, and has presented extensively at conferences, meetings and workshops (academic and non-academic) around the world.

Dr. Britto has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Daniel Carter, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Sewanee
Daniel Carter is currently serving as the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Sewanee, teaching courses in Environmental Policy, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Environmental Education, and Land-use Policy. Daniel was born, raised and currently lives on a cattle and sheep farm in the Sewanee region and has a passion for land conservation. He spent several years prior to his current academic service as a county government consultant with the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Assistance Service, working with rural local elected officials in Tennessee. Daniel is currently the President of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, a land trust responsible for protecting approximately 17,000 acres in the scenic and biologically diverse Tennessee River Gorge. His research involves analyzing the cultural, financial, and environmental impacts of land-use change in the south Cumberland Plateau as timber companies have divested thousands of acres for development purposes in recent years.

Dr. Carter has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Janelle Cherrington
Vice President & Publisher, Scholastic Classroom and Community Group, Scholastic, Inc.
Janelle Cherrington is Vice President and Publisher for K–5 Literacy Development for Scholastic’s Education Group. There, Janelle manages all aspects of literacy product development for multiple markets and consumers including children, teachers, administrators and parents. As part of her editorial work, she has also written over 300 books for children of all ages.

Ms. Cherrington has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course and is a collaborator in Discover Together, a program created collaboratively by the local community, Sewanee, the Yale Child Study Center, and Scholastic, Inc. to promote resilience by fostering social connectedness and community engagement through literacy-based approaches to shared knowledge and appreciation of local places, people, and their stories.

Virginia Craighill, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of English, Sewanee
Virginia Craighill has been teaching at Sewanee since 2001 and is also a graduate of the University of the South (C’82), the University of Georgia, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests range from 19th century and modern American literature to literary journalism, creative non-fiction, and women’s literature. As advisor to the student newspaper, The Sewanee Purple, she is an advocate of student writing outside of the classroom as well as in it.  Professor Craighill is also currently the director of Writing-Across-the Curriculum and oversees the Writing Tutors and Fellows at the Sewanee Writing Center.

Professor Craighill has taught Your Place or Mine?: The Tension of Place in Narrative and Storytelling  in the Finding Your Place program and teaches a course on American Literary Journalism.

Peter Crane, Ph.D.
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany, Yale
Dean Crane’s work focuses on the diversity of plant life: its origin and fossil history, current status, and conservation and use. From 1992 to 1999 he was director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the museum’s scientific programs. During this time he established the Office of Environmental and Conservation Programs and the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, which today make up the Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). From 1999 to 2006 he was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest and most influential botanical gardens in the world. His tenure at Kew saw strengthening and expansion of the gardens’ scientific, conservation, and public programs. Dean Crane was elected to the Royal Society (the U.K. academy of sciences) in 1998. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German Academy Leopoldina. He was knighted in the U.K. for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. Dean Crane currently serves on the Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

Dean Crane has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Jason Cromer, Ph.D.
Lead Cognitive Neuroscientist, Axon Sports; Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Cromer is lead cognitive neuroscientist at Axon Sports. Axon Sports launched in August 2010 with the Axon Sports CCAT, a concussion management system currently used by schools, leagues, and clubs at all levels, along with leading medical providers to safeguard the cognitive health of Athletes. While Athlete safety is of critical concern, Axon Sports was founded with a broader goal of transforming the way Athletes train for sport. They also develop products to train the athletic brain and accelerate the curve of skill acquisition.

Dr. Cromer earned his B.S. in computer science from Lafayette College and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with a specialty in Neuroscience from the University of Connecticut, Health Center. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Cromer then received additional postdoctoral training in epilepsy through the department of Neurology at Yale School of Medicine before joining Axon Sports.

Dr. Cromer brings expertise in cognitive neuropsychology and the neural basis for cognition and movement to Axon Sports. In his new role, Dr. Cromer will lead and collaborate on research into sports concussion that takes advantage of the Axon Sports Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT). Unlike the majority of cognitive tests, the Axon Sports CCAT was designed to be administered repeatedly making it ideal for assessing subtle cognitive change due to concussion, by comparing an After Injury test to a pre-season Baseline test. Dr. Cromer is also available to discuss and answer questions relating to the science behind the Axon Sports CCAT.

Dr. Cromer has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.


Jon Evans, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Assistant Provost for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Sewanee
Jon Evans is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for integrating sustainability and environmental stewardship across the curriculum and as a vital part of University operations and decision-making.  He oversees the development of educational opportunities that showcase Sewanee’s 13,000 acre campus and he represents the University in promoting sustainability across the Cumberland Plateau region.

His current research interests and recent publications center on the dynamics of forest change in the southeastern United States and the conservation of biodiversity in forested landscapes.  As founding Director of the Sewanee Environmental Institute and Landscape Analysis Laboratory(1999-2011), he led a federally funded, multi-disciplinary project that used GIS and remote sensing to examine the environmental consequences of native hardwood conversion to pine plantations on the Cumberland Plateau.  This research led to fundamental changes in land-use decision-making within the region and helped to catalyze major conservation initiatives. 

Dr. Evans has been a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Sewanee since 1994, where he is currently a tenured Full Professor.  He teaches courses in ecology, botany and conservation biology and in the summer runs the undergraduate Field Study in Belize Program and the Pre-College Field Studies Program.  He also manages the Sewanee Herbarium, which maintains an extensive vascular plant collection for the University and surrounding region.

Dr. Evans has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Walter Gilliam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Psychology; Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University
Walter S. Gilliam is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center (Yale School of Medicine). He is on the board of directors for the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA); a fellow at Zero to Three and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and served as a senior advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Dr. Gilliam is co-recipient of the 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book A Vision for Universal Preschool Education.

Dr. Gilliam’s research involves early childhood education and intervention policy analysis (specifically how policies translate into effective services), ways to improve the quality of prekindergarten and child care services, the impact of early childhood education programs on children’s school readiness, and effective methods for reducing classroom behavior problems and reducing the incidence of preschool expulsion.

His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness, and developmental assessment of young children. Dr. Gilliam has led national analyses of state-funded prekindergarten policies and mandates, how prekindergarten programs are being implemented across the range of policy contexts, and the effectiveness of these programs at improving school readiness and educational achievement, as well as experimental and quasi-experimental studies on methods to improve early education quality.

Dr. Gilliam actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers. His work has been covered in major national and international news outlets for print (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, etc.), radio (e.g., National Public Radio), and television (e.g., NBC Today Show, CBS The Early Show, ABC World News, CNN, FOX, etc.).

Dr. Gilliam has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Joanne Goldblum, MSW
Founder and Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network
Joanne Goldblum is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in the United States has an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy. Its mission is to raise awareness of diaper need and to build the capacity of diaper banks throughout the country by creating a national network of community partners. Since 2004, Goldblum has taken the nation’s diaper need to heart when she started the Diaper Bank, formerly the New Haven Diaper Bank, which distributes free diapers to needy families through a network of social service agencies, churches and educational institutions in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport and Middlesex County CT. She remains an active board member.

She was a clinical faculty member at Yale Child Study Center Family Support Services from 1998 – 2005.She was chosen as a 2007 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader for her work. Shewas also named 2007 New Haven Register Person of the Year. In July of 2008 she was featured on ABC Evening news as their person of The Week. And, three months earlier on May 12th Joanne was honored as one of people Magazine’s “Heroes Among us”. She was also featured in Time Magazine in the “Power of One” Segment.

Ms. Goldblum has a BA from New York University and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. She serves on numerous boards and committees and is active in her local community.

Ms. Goldblum has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.


John Grammer, Ph.D.
Professor of English; Director, Sewanee School of Letters, Sewanee
Born and raised in Texas, Professor Grammer received his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. He has taught classes in British and American Literature, American Studies, and Sewanee’s interdisciplinary Humanities Program. His academic research principally concerns the literature and intellectual history of the U.S. South, from the age of Thomas Jefferson to the present.

Grammer’s 1996 book Pastoral and Politics in the Old South won the C. Hugh Holman Award as the best book of the year in Southern literary study. His essays and reviews have appeared in American Literary History, The Southern Literary Journal, The Sewanee Review and other journals, and in such books as The Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and Blackwell’s Guide to the Literature and Culture of the American South. Formerly chair of the English Department, he now serves as Director of the Sewanee School of Letters, the University’s summer graduate program in literature and creative writing.

Dr. Grammer has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Psychology, Sewanee
Sherry Hamby is a Research Professor of Psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South. She teaches Psychology of Gender and Psychology of Violence, and supervises student research on violence and victimization.  She is the Principal Investigator of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation that focuses on the Laws of Life Essay Contest and is conducted from the Life Paths Research Program here on campus. Dr. Hamby is also the founding editor for the American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Violence.

A licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked for more than 20 years on the problem of violence, including front-line crisis intervention for domestic and other violence, involvement in grassroots domestic violence organizations, therapy with trauma survivors, and research on many forms of violence. She is co-investigator on the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the U.S.’s primary surveillance of youth victimization and the first national effort to measure crimes against children under 12 that are not reported to authorities.

Dr. Hamby conducted the first reservation-based study of domestic violence among American Indians and collaborated on Sortir Ensemble et Se Respecter, the first Swiss dating violence prevention program. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and was selected in 2013 as a “Woman Making an Impact on Children’s Exposure to Violence” by the Safe Start National Resource Center, among other recognitions.

Dr. Hamby is author or co-author of more than 100 works including Battered Women’s Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know, The Web of Violence: Exploring Connections among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse, and The Conflict Tactics Scales Handbook. Dr. Hamby completed her education at the College of William & Mary (B.S., M.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology).

Dr. Hamby’s research has appeared in the “New York Times,” the “Huffington Post,” the “Christian Science Monitor,” “The Atlantic.com” and hundreds of other media outlets. She also has a blog on Psychology Today.

Dr. Hamby has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Brian Harel, Ph.D., J.D.
Director of Clinical Science, CogState, Inc.; Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine
CogState is a company that specializes in the application of conventional and computerized tests of cognition for the purposes of quantifying drug efficacy/toxicity in human subjects in clinical drug trials, concussion management, and cognitive screening. Brian’s expertise is in the area of identification and measurement of subtle behavioral and cognitive dysfunction, particularly secondary to treatment-associated toxicity in oncology.

Brian obtained his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He then spent several years as a researcher in genetic epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine before attending the University of Connecticut where he obtained his PhD in clinical neuropsychology. He completed his internship at Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center/University of Michigan Health System and his postdoctoral residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Neurology.

Brian earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and was a Pedrick Scholar and a Center Scholar of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation. Brian was also awarded the Daniel Strouse Prize, Fay T Runyan Scholarship and certificates in Law, Science & Innovation with a specialization in health law and Health Care Compliance.

In addition to his work at CogState, Brian has strong interests in the intersection of neuropsychology and law, an area sometimes referred to as “neuro-law.”

Dr. Harel has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.


David Haskell, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, Sewanee
David Haskell’s work integrates scientific and contemplative studies of the natural world.  His research and teaching examine the evolution and conservation of animals, especially forest-dwelling birds and invertebrates. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, among others. Author of The Forest Unseen—winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural Writing, runner-up for the 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction—David Haskell  is a 2014 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (in the category Creative Arts, Science Writing). In addition to numerous scientific articles, he has published essays and poems about science and nature.

His classes have received national attention for the innovative ways in which they combine scientific exploration, contemplative practice, and action in the community. In 2009, the Carnegie and CASE Foundations named him Professor of the Year for Tennessee, an award given to college professors of who have achieved national distinction and whose work shows “extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching.”  The Oxford American featured him in 2011 as one of the southern U.S.’s most creative teachers and his teaching has been profiled in USA Today, The Tennesseean, and other newspapers.

Haskell holds degrees from the University of Oxford  (B.A. in Zoology) and from Cornell University (Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). He is Professor of Biology at the University of the South, where he has served both as Chair of Biology and as an Environmental Fellow with the Associated Colleges of the South. He is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and was granted Elective Membership in the American Ornithologists’ Union in recognition of “significant contributions to ornithology.” He served on the board of the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust, where he initiated and led the campaign to purchase and protect a portion of Shakerag Hollow, where his  book The Forest Unseen is set, a forest that E. O. Wilson has called a “cathedral of nature.”

He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he and his wife, Sarah Vance, run a micro-farm (with goat milk soaps available for purchase at Cudzoo Farm’s website). David blogs at Ramble, where you can read his latest explorations in natural history, science, and literature.

Nat Kendall-Taylor, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, FrameWorks institute; Visiting Assistant Professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine
Kendall-Taylor is Vice President for Research at the FrameWorks Institute, a non-profit think tank that designs, conducts, interprets and explains communications research to advance the resolution of social problems. In this role, he employs social science theory and research methods from anthropology to improve the ability of researchers, advocates and practitioners to improve social outcomes. This involves applying cognitive theory in understanding how people interpret information and make meaning of their social worlds and how frames can be used to create new ways of understanding social and scientific issues. At FrameWorks, Nat leads a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists in studying public understanding and exploring ways to reframe such pressing issues as criminal justice reform, immigration, taxation, early childhood development, addiction, environmental health, education, public health and climate change. He presents findings and recommendations from this work through workshops, formal presentations, working papers and in peer reviewed journals including Science Communication, Human Organization, Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Annals of Anthropological Practice.

Kendall-Taylor’s past research has focused on child and family health and in understanding the social and cultural factors that create health disparities and affect decision-making. As a medical anthropologist, Nat has conducted fieldwork on the coast of Kenya studying pediatric epilepsy and the impacts of chronic illness on family well-being. He has also applied social science methods in research on child marriage in Azerbaijan and higher education in Kazakhstan and has conducted ethnographic research on theories of motivation in “extreme” athletes.

He has a B.A. from Emory University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Kendall-Taylor has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.


Grace Kong, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Kong obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with specialization in child and adolescent psychology from St. John’s University and completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine to conduct research to develop substance use interventions for adolescents. Her current research interest is to develop culturally sensitive tobacco interventions in underserved communities. She is also interested in understanding perceptions and use of novel tobacco products among youth to inform tobacco regulatory science. Dr. Kong also has interest in teaching and has taught various undergraduate courses in the topics of abnormal psychology, research methods, psychological measurement, statistics and special topics seminars such as Pseudoscience and Science in Psychology.

Dr. Kong has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Vice-Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV, Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Krishnan-Sarin’s research focuses on the bio-behavioral underpinnings of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use in adolescent and adult populations, and the development of innovative pharmacological and behavioral interventions to reduce and prevent use of these substances. A contributing author to the 2012 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults, Dr. Krishnan-Sarin also serves on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is PI on a recently awarded 5-year, $20 million federal grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health to establish the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, which she now co-directs.

Dr. Krishnan-Sarin has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

George Lister, M.D.
Jean McLean Wallace Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Lister is the Chair of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He was formerly Chair of Pediatrics and an Associate Dean for Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Lister received his medical education at Yale School of Medicine. He obtained his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowship education at the University of California San Francisco, and the Cardiovascular Research institute in Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatology. He is certified in the specialties of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He has been elected to a number of national offices including President of the Society for Pediatric Research, President of the American Pediatric Society, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatrics. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Research, a Senior Editor of Rudolph’s Pediatrics textbook. He is a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas and the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Lister has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Pradip Malde, Ph.D.
Professor of Art, Sewanee
Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1980, Pradip Malde has lived and worked as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Tennessee. Malde has exhibited in Europe and the USA, and has works in numerous collections including the Princeton University Museum, Princeton, NJ; Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. He is currently working with students and alumni on a documentary photographic project about Haiti. As a photographer, much of his work considers the experience of loss and transformation. It examines the process of negation as a catalyst for survival. Believing that beauty and hope are intertwined, his studio practice and teaching considers how best to shape these experiences as vehicles for better understanding the human condition.

Professor Malde has also taught Photography and What is Not Seen in the Finding Your Place Program and  in the Child, Family, and Community Development course, which has partnered with his Documentary Photography course. He is actively involved in local efforts to build visual narrative skills in children and families, and ultimately to build community through visual narrative.

Chip Manning, J.D., M.B.A.
Director, Babson Center for Global Commerce, Sewanee
Johann “Chip” Manning joined the Babson Center for Global Commerce in Spring 2011, after a successful career that includes leading the restructuring of a New York Stock Exchange-listed public company. He is a 1982 graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South.

In 2005, Manning took over as president and chief executive officer and was elected to the board of  Wolverine Tube, Inc,  then a NYSE-listed Huntsville, AL-based global producer of copper and copper alloy products.  As president and CEO, Manning (who had joined the company in 1998 as vice president for human resources and general counsel) led the company through a difficult restructuring that prepared the firm for sale to private equity.

in 2008, after successfully completing the restructuring of Wolverine, Manning became senior vice president, general counsel, and a member of the executive management committee for Central Parking System, one of the world¹s largest parking facility management companies. Among his principal responsibilities at Central Parking was overseeing risk management, a key role in ensuring the company¹s profitability. He also supervised the company¹s legal department and ensured the company¹s compliance with ethical, industry and legal standards.

He began his business career in 1989,  when he joined Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), an Atlanta-based Fortune 500 company that distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials, where he rose to vice president of human resources and corporate counsel for the firm’s industrial division, Motion Industries, Inc. in Birmingham, AL.

Manning completed his BS in natural resources at Sewanee and went on to earn a joint M.B.A./J.D.degree at  Mercer University in Macon, GA, where he was a member of the Mercer Law Review and editorial board. He graduated from the joint degree program cum laude. Following his studies, he worked as a trial attorney in Atlanta for four years.

Among his civic and charitable activities, Manning has served in leadership roles in the United Way of Nashville and in the Sewanee Alumni Association and has been active in the Boy Scouts of America and Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Manning has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Linda Mayes, M.D.
Arnold Gesell Professor in the Yale Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology; Chair, Directorial Team Anna Freud Centre at London; Special Advisor to the Dean, Yale School of Medicine
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology, Sewanee
Dr. Linda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center. After graduating from the University of the South, she received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University. Following an internship and residency in pediatrics, she spent two years as a fellow with Dr. Mildred Stahlman at Vanderbilt in the division of neonatology and worked in the area of developmental outcome of high-risk preterm infants. Dr. Mayes’s interest in the long-term impact of perinatal biological and psychosocial stressors developed during that fellowship and she came to Yale to do a Robert Wood Johnson General Academic Pediatrics fellowship. In her Yale fellowship, she began a close collaboration with the department of psychology and Dr. William Kessen and with investigators in the Child Study Center including Dr. Donald Cohen. She joined the Center’s faculty in 1985 and established a laboratory for studying infant learning and attention. Subsequently, she also developed a neurophysiology laboratory for studies of the startle response and related indices of emotional regulation in children and adolescents and currently oversees the Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory that includes dense array electroencephalography as a method for studying brain activity in real time.

Dr. Mayes co-leads the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course, and is a collaborator in Discover Together, a program created collaboratively by the local community, Sewanee, the Yale Child Study Center, and Scholastic, Inc. to promote resilience by fostering social connectedness and community engagement through literacy-based approaches to shared knowledge and appreciation of local places, people, and their stories.

Deborah McGrath, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology; Director of Finding Your Place Program, Sewanee
As an environmental biologist, McGrath has been deeply concerned with place and place-making in her career. She is one of the founding members of Sewanee’s Community Engaged Learning Program and has connected students with communities in Grundy County and in Haiti, exploring the intersection of health, the environment, and culture. She was named first faculty director of the pilot first-year program, “Finding Your Place,” and has led faculty from a range of disciplines including classical studies, geology, history, philosophy, religion, art, and English in the program, currently in its second year.

McGrath’s work includes collaboration with Zanmi Agrikol (Haitian Creole for “Partners in Agriculture,” a sister organization of Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health), toward a payment for ecosystem services (PES) program to address deforestation in Haiti. PES offers incentives to landowners to manage their land for ecosystem services such as watershed protection, reduced erosion, and carbon sequestration. In partnership with the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia and the Sewanee Utility Board, McGrath is also project leader for a new constructed wetlands research station that will examine the ability of human-made wetlands to remove emerging contaminants from treated wastewater.

In addition to her role as Director of the Finding Your Place program, Professor McGrath has taught Along the Mountain Goat: Public Health in Our Place in that program.

Chris McDonough, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair of Classical Languages, Sewanee
Chris McDonough teaches a wide range of courses at Sewanee, including Latin language and literature, mythology, literature in translation, and Classics in Cinema. He has directed and is currently teaching in Sewanee’s interdisciplinary Humanities program. An expert on Roman religion, Dr. McDonough has authored over a dozen scholarly articles and co-authored an annotated translation on Servius’ Commentary on Aeneid VI. He previously taught at Boston College, Princeton University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Professor McDonough has also taught Here and There, Now and Then in the Findingy Your Place program

Stephen Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music, Sewanee
Stephen Miller studied classical violin before discovering music history, the field in which he has lectured at the University of Chicago and the University of Rome (“La Sapienza”). He joined the faculty at Sewanee in 1995, with his teaching oriented towards European composers. One of his early interdisciplinary commitments was to the Humanities program, in which he was fortunate to teach alongside Professors Brown Patterson, Jerry Smith, John Gatta, Pamela Macfie, John Grammer, and many other outstanding current and former Sewanee faculty. Over the past decade his interests have expanded to encompass Southern musics, including blues, jazz, and shape-note singing. A course of particular interest right now deals with the impact of recording technology over the past hundred years—From Ragtime to Radiohead: Music in the Era of Recordings.

Miller’s most significant original research deals with early music—choral compositions of the Renaissance and Baroque and the way that the works of Palestrina connect those two eras. His work on seventeenth-century music has redefined scholars’ understanding of the stile antico and has increased awareness of the development of style consciousness during that period. The oblique courses taken by concerted and a cappella styles back then provide a useful parallel for questions arising today out of the relationship between acoustic and amplified musics.

Since becoming Chair of the Music Department in 2011, he has originated lessons on a variety of new instruments: Sewanee students can now take private lessons on instruments as diverse as French horn and guitar, a first for the College. As liaison to the Watson Foundation in New York, Miller leads a campus committee through a yearly cycle of interviewing and nominating Sewanee students for the Watson Fellowship. Sewanee students have excelled in this competition, with 42 Fellows since the inception of the program.

Professor Miller has also taught Mountain Music: Up and Down Sewanee Mountain in the Finding Your Place program.

Richard O’Connor, Ph.D.
Biehl Professor of International Studies and Anthropology, Sewanee
The former Director of Sewanee’s Center for Teaching, O’Connor has done research on campus religious ethos and undergraduate learning. Together with Penny Van Esterik of York University, Canada, he is completing one book on anorexia nervosa and another on breastfeeding as a bio-cultural activity. He is a recipient of Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Social Science Research Council awards and has held post-doctoral positions at Kyoto University, Japan, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

Professor O’Connor has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Jim Peterman, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy; Director, Community Engaged Learning; Director, Office of Community Engagement, Sewanee
Professor Peterman’s work has focused on the ethics including the thinking of Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Hauerwas, Confucius, and Zhuangzi. He is author of Philosophy as Therapy: An Interpretation and Defense of Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophical Project. He has served on the Medical Ethics Committee at Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital and the Alexian Brother’s Pace program, an assisted living and care program for the elderly.

Professor Peterman was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for 2007-2008  to study classical Chinese and work on a manuscript (Whose Tradition? Which Rationality?: Confucius and Wittgenstein on Moral Practice and Reflection).

Professor Peterman was named as the first faculty director of Sewanee’s Community Engaged Learning Program, which is part of the nationwide Bonner Network supporting service learning. He is the newly-named Director of the Office of Community Engagement.

Professor Peterman has taught in the Findingy Your Place program and in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Bran Potter, Ph.D.
Annie Overton Brinkley Snowden Professor of Geology, Sewanee
Professor Potter’s primary research interest is in documenting the Cumberland Overthrust that is recorded in folds, faults, and related structures in the Pennsylvanian shales, coals, and coarse clastic rocks of the Southern Cumberland Plateau. The upper third of the Plateau moved westward over older rocks during the Alleghanian Orogeny. Present work with Sewanee geology students is concentrated in Fiery Gizzard and along several of the coves opening towards Interstate 24.

Other local research includes landslides and rockfalls, including the 1994 Dotson Point rockfall. Dr. Potter is also researching the history of the geological sciences at Sewanee, and is working on a book about the geological history of the Cumberland Plateau for interested hikers and laypeople. Research outside the southeast is on deformation of the Vishnu Schist in the western Grand Canyon.

Professor Potter was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Tennessee Professor of the Year in 2002. He has taught the popular Walking the Land course and has taught Walking in Place in the Finding Your Place program.

Mark Preslar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Russian
Mark Preslar teaches Russian language, Russian literature in translation, and general linguistics. His research interests include utopian literature and thought, propaganda and the technology of persuasion, and theoretical syntax.

Karen Proctor
Founder and Principal, Harbour Workshop, LLC
Karen Proctor is founder and principal of Harbour Workshop LLC, a boutique social innovation firm that provides strategic advice and consultation to leaders and organizations working in and with the social sector. Karen’s accomplished career has been devoted to working across the public and private sectors to address issues ranging from hunger to school reform.

Karen has been the chief social responsibility administrator and strategist for media, publishing, and sports organizations including major market radio stations, Scholastic, and the National Basketball Association. A nationally recognized leader in the social impact space, Karen has advised corporate CEOs, non-profit and philanthropic chief executives, as well as federal and state senior level officials. She honed her experience and expertise by working with more than 200 organizations on issue analysis, strategic thinking and planning, program design, implementation, evaluation, and cross-sector collaboration. Known for her thought-leadership and passion for producing transformational outcomes, Karen is a Social Innovation Fellow with Babson College’s Lewis Institute for Social Innovation. She also served on the ConvergeUS Council of Innovation Advisers.

Just prior to launching Harbour Workshop, Karen was Scholastic’s Vice President of Community Affairs and Government Relations where she established and led the company’s public affairs practices. During her tenure she spearheaded enterprising education and public policy initiatives that improved educational opportunities and conditions for children and families. As Director of Community Relations for the National Basketball Association, Karen served as the chief community relations consultant to NBA and WNBA clubs. Her consultation included designing capacity-building training programs for team community relations and marketing executives. She was also responsible for developing and implementing national public service programs and producing NBA All-Star Weekend events and community impact initiatives.

Ms. Proctor has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.


Celeste Ray, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology, Sewanee
Celeste Ray trained in cultural anthropology, ecological anthropology and archaeology and her teaching and research remains focused on these subfields. Her publications have considered regionalism, cultural creolization, ethnic identities, and the meaning of heritage.  In a master’s degree in Cultural Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh, Ray considered the politics of Scottish national identity in the study and presentation of the nation’s battlefields. Her Ph.D. dissertation considered what Americans of Scottish descent make of that identity and how they claim particular visions of Scottishness as “heritage.” Her first book,Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South, drew on several years of additional ethnographic fieldwork to examine the renegotiation of Scottish traditions in a southern context. Following a 2005 Research Fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, she published an interdisciplinary collection with twelve contributors from four different countries and seven different disciplines considering the history of Scottish immigration to Canada and the U.S. and the varied experiences of Transatlantic Scots.

Other volumes have further considered southern regionalism and cultural hybridity. To document the cultural layering and complexity of a region historically depicted by simplistic stereotypes, the edited collection Southern Heritage on Display: Public Ritual and Ethnic Diversity within Southern Regionalism examined festivals and public gatherings such as New Orleans’ Jazz Funerals, southern Powwows, and San Antonio’s Fiesta.  Despite the long title, the interdisciplinary volume won a Choice Award. Also in 2003, Ray edited Signifying Serpents and Mardi Gras Runners with Eric Lassiter. This collection is Volume 36 of the Proceedings of the Southern Anthropological Society, of which Professor Ray is a former president.

In 2007, Ray published Ethnicity, Vol. 6 of The NewEncyclopedia of Southern Culture.  This work expands the original “Ethnic Life” section of the 1989 Encyclopedia from consideration of 30 to 88 ethnic groups with over 80 new contributors, and adds 34 entries on federally & state recognized Native American Nations. Research on ethnicity is the study of a moving target as new southerners regularly arrive from around the world. Perhaps the most constant thing about regionalism—is its continual evolution.

In her current research, Professor Ray focuses on sacred landscapes and holy wells in Ireland. Holy wells can be springs, ponds or even an entire lake which is a site of religious devotion and can sometimes be blessed with “a cure” for particular ailments. In Ireland, blessed wells remain sites of daily individual devotions and hundreds are a regular part of parish life. Her research has been funded by National Geographic and a John B. Stephenson Fellowship.

In local research, Professor Ray works with students, community members, and the Sewanee Landscape Analysis Laboratory, to document lore about springs on the Cumberland Plateau.  Funding from the Associated Colleges of the South and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has enabled the pilot of a web-based archive at the forthcoming link.

Jonathan Robinson, M.A.
Founder, The Hub/Impact Hub
Jonathan Robinson is an entrepreneur, writer, and anthropologist. He is founder of The Hub, the global network of physical places for people developing imaginative ‘world-changing’ ideas. The Hub has borrowed from the best of a members club, a business incubator, an innovation agency and a think-tank to create a very different kind of institution. Hubs can be found in 35 cities around the world, in places as diverse as London, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Mumbai.

Jonathan has taken on the Royal Festival Hall to host a weekend millennium festival of music and debate, helped Leeds City Council raise £15 million to start community hubs, joined an aid mission to Bosnia during the war, made a budget-film in West Africa, interviewed the Dalai Lama for Amnesty International, and worked to create knowledge flows between UNICEF’s network of practitioners in the world’s conflict zones.

He co-authored, with Carmel McConnell, the 2003 book Careers Un-ltd:  tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?  (Harlow, England: Momentum) WorldCat.org notes,  “You are not boring, you don’t want to be bored, you’re not ltd, so why choose a ltd career … ?”

Jonathan has launched ventures with the UK Cabinet Office, UNICEF, the Prince of Afghanistan, Tate Modern and The Guardian Media Group. Jonathan thrives on collaborators with a multi-disciplinary team of architects, scientists, investors, filmmakers, technologists and activists. Most recently, Jonathan is the founding director of the Guardian’s new civic space.

Mr. Robinson has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.


Suzi Ruhl, M.P.H., J.D.
Senior Attorney Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice
Suzi Ruhl is currently Senior Attorney Advisor for the US EPA Office of Environmental Justice. In this capacity, she works to integrate environmental justice in agency decision-making, supports community based action, and fosters administration wide action that promotes healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable communities for overburdened populations. She is Co-Chair of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice and is Co-Chair of Team-EJ of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Since her arrival to EPA in 2009, Ms. Ruhl has won three National Honor Awards: 2010 Gold Medal for the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities; 2011 Gold Medal for Mountain Top Mining Guidance Team; and, 2011 Silver Medal for Keystone Pipeline NEPA Review.

Prior to this position, she was the Director of the Public Health and Law Program for the Environmental Law Institute.  She is also the founder and former President of the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LEAF).  Ms. Ruhl has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the New York State University School of Optometry and has had a Courtesy Faculty Appointment to the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University.

In addition to her law degree, Ms. Ruhl has a Master’s Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology). She is admitted to the bars of the Northern District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Ms. Ruhl has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Patricia Ryan-Krause, MSN, RN, CPNP
Associate Professor of Nursing and Clinical Coordinator at the Center for International Nursing Scholarship and Education, Yale School of Nursing
Pat Ryan-Krause, MS, RN, MSN, CPNP is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty where she has served since January 1996. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Stonehill College, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University. She teaches the final year Advanced Management course to the pediatric and family nurse practitioner students and co-teaches Pediatric Health Assessment to pediatric students in addition to guest lecturing and precepting many students in her clinical practice. She serves on the Clinical Expert Panel of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.  Ryan-Krause served as president of the CT NAPNAP Chapter in 2008 and 2009 and hosted the first annual CT NAPNAP Annual Conference at YSN in 2009.

She is in her twenty-second year of clinical practice at Children’s Medical Group where she is the primary care provider for a large number of ethnically and economically diverse patients from birth through college age. As a former special educator, she has combined her fascination with learning and development with her clinical interests and now functions as the practice’s expert on behavior, development, learning and attention issues. She performs a variety of developmental assessments and participates in the educational planning for many patients. Her scholarly interests include the assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the recognition and management of genetic conditions, adolescent parents and the development of their babies and issues in nurse practitioner/physician collaboration. She is the 2003 and 2008 recipient of the Annie Goodrich award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2002 Employee Recognition award at Children’s Medical Group.

Ms. Ryan-Krause has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Lois Sadler, Ph.D., PNP-BC, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing and Yale Child Study Center
Lois Sadler is a Professor at the Yale School of Nursing where she teaches master’s and doctoral nursing students in the areas of family studies. child development, pediatric health promotion, research, research ethics and adolescent health.  Dr. Sadler received her B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, her M.S.N. degree from Yale University School of Nursing, and her Ph.D. from the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her research is in the area of the transition to parenthood among urban adolescent mothers and their families, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and evaluation of specialized support programs for at-risk young parents and their children. Her publications and presentations are in the area of adolescent primary health care issues, high risk families and adolescent parenthood.

Dr. Sadler has worked clinically with teen parents in New Haven since 1979, and currently teaches parent education classes to middle school and high school student-parents enrolled in the Polly T. McCabe Center in New Haven, CT. Her current research includes a community-based randomized clinical trial with colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center, Fair Haven Community Health Center, and Hill Health Center, of a home visitation program, “Minding the Baby”.

Dr. Sadler has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Paige Schneider, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, Sewanee
Dr. Schneider’s research interests are in the areas of the institutionalization of movements in political party organizations in the United States, and gender and politics.  She has published on factionalism in the Republican party in the South, and the political activism of local churches on issues of gender and cultural politics. She has conducted research on women’s political participation and representation in Bolivia, and has served as a consultant for the non-governmental organization, Bolivia Transparente. Dr. Schneider teaches Global Gender Issues, Contemporary Social Movements, Politics of Poverty and Inequality, and Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Studies. She is the Posse mentor for the Posse Scholars class of 2017.

Dr. Schneider has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Sarah Sherwood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and University Archaeologist, Sewanee
Professor Sherwood is an Anthropological Archaeologist with a specialty in Geoarchaeology.  On the Southern Cumberland Plateau, she is specifically interested in prehistoric land use change over time and site formation processes of sandstone rockshelters. Sherwood is working with Sewanee students and with colleagues from various institutions on the development of indigenous horticulture. Beyond the Plateau, she studies the geoarchaeology of prehistoric earthworks and mounds and how they were built. In the Mid-south, she is particularly interested in Middle Woodland and monumental architecture. In Eastern Europe, she primarily works in Romania and Serbia on “urban” tells where Neolithic and later Bronze Age people congregated. Her focus there is on stratigraphy and the anthropogenic sediments that reveal daily activities and spatial organization, primarily using soil/sediment micromorphology.  All of this research is carried out in collaboration with Sewanee students, regional graduate students, and archaeology and geology colleagues.

As Sewanee’s University Archaeologist, Dr. Sherwood works with the Office of Domain Management to manage the cultural resources on the University’s 13,000 acres. Together, they are committed to the study and protection of this rich and diverse archaeological record that includes rock art, caves, rockshelters and other interesting historic and prehistoric sites.

Professor Sherwood teaches ANTH 106: Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology, ANTH 318: North American Archaeology, ANTH/ENST 350: Environmental Archaeology, ANTH/ENST 313: Method and Theory in Archaeology and a seminar in Archaeological Policy and Heritage Management (ENST 332). Every other summer she teaches a 6-week Archaeological Field School (ANTH/ENST 357) through the Sewanee Environmental Institute.

Professor Sherwood has also taught An Archaeological Perspective on Place in the Finding Your Place program.

Jessica Siegel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Chair, Neuroscience, Sewanee
Jessica A. Siegel received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound and in May 2011 earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Siegel’s graduate research focused on the long-term effects of methamphetamine exposure during brain development on behavior and the brain acetylcholine system in adolescent and adult mice.

At Sewanee, Professor Siegel hopes to continue along a similar line of research, expanding to examine the effect of exposure to other drugs of abuse that are commonly used during pregnancy (cocaine, nicotine, alcohol). She also plans to examine the effects of drug exposure on multiple aspects of brain function, such as the cholinergic, GABAergic and glutamatergic neurotransmitter systems. Furthermore, professor Siegel is interested in how exposure to drugs of abuse during brain development alters behavior and cognitive function later in life using a wide variety of behavioral and cognitive tests for rodents. In addition to studying the effects of drug exposure in a rodent model, she hopes to expand her research to examine how drug exposure during brain development affects behavior and cognition in humans.

Professor Siegel has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Gerald (Jerry) Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and Marshal of the University Faculties, Robert M. Ayres Jr. Distinguished University Chair, Sewanee
Gerald L. Smith studied religion and philosophy of science at Duke University where he received his B.D. and Ph.D. He was an undergraduate [English] at the University of Richmond.

He was one of the founders of the Sewanee Outing Program and has been active in hiking, caving, climbing, and other wilderness activities. Part of Sewanee’s first environmental seminar and steering committee for the original Earth Day, Prof. Smith has taught environmental concepts to many students. A specialist in southern religion and settlement history, Smith now teaches field courses in religion that examine how religion affects landuse and how environmental abuse mirrors social values. He also teaches courses on cults and new religions.

As a naturalist and outdoorsman, he continues to hike, hunt and flyfish. He serves as a hunter safety instructor and as a nature guide in the public schools. His fishing and hunting essays have appeared in many outdoor publications.

Since 1998, Smith has been doing primary field research on the cemeteries of Middle Tennessee, visiting dozens of cemeteries each year. In 1999 he and Columbia, Tennessee, student Lonsdale Green co-authored a paper presented in London on the “Stone Burial Monuments of Middle Tennessee.” Smith has been particularly interested in discovering and describing Tennessee’s long-abandoned (and overgrown) cemeteries. He trains his students in basic field techniques such as mapping, use of GPS devices, digital photography, stone recognition, and tree identification to understand the way cemeteries mature and then decay over a century or more.

His program on “Sacred Suburbs” [cemeteries near towns] has been given or requested by a number of Tennessee towns. Smith has also lectured on cemeteries for the Friends of the Library of the University of the South, for the Sewanee Summer Seminar, and for the Franklin County Historical Society. He has developed a middle-school lesson plan for an interdisciplinary approach for teams of teachers to use in teaching school children about local cemeteries. He has used his cemetery skills in advising local authorities in managing cemeteries on public lands or in proposed highway right-of-way corridors.

Professor Smith has taught at the University of the South for 45 years. In other activities, Smith continues to serve as a deputy sheriff, fire and emergency services coordinator, and is involved with emergency and 911 communications boards. He also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University of the South. In 2008 he was named Robert M. Ayres, Jr. Distinguished University Professor at the University, and he was also named Associate Historiographer of the University. His edited volume Sewanee Perspectives on the History of the University of the South was released in April 2009. His next volume, Sewanee Places: A Historical Gazetteer of the Domain and the Surrounding Area appeared in the spring of 2010.

He is currently working on A Historical Atlas of Sewanee. Smith contributed several articles to the Encyclopedia of Appalachia. His hobbies include antique tool restoration, flyfishing, and photography.

Professor Smith has also taught Religion: Life and Place in Sewanee in the Finding Your Place program and has taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course. He also teaches a courses on Appalachian Religion and Rural Religion.

Megan Smith, Dr. PH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health
Megan Smith is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and at the Yale Child Study Center (Yale School of Medicine) and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases). She is the Director of the New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership. With a network of over 500 mothers living in New Haven, this community-academic partnership works to meet complex needs of mothers who may be struggling with mental health issues. Mothers in New Haven who have been trained in research methods and mental health outreach—called Community Mental Health Ambassadors—help lead the efforts of the MOMS Partnership throughout the city. The MOMS Partnership represents a coordinated effort by the Yale Department of Psychiatry, the City of New Haven and the New Haven mothers themselves.

Dr. Smith has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Steven Southwick, M.D.
Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Southwick received an MD in Psychiatry from George Washington Medical School, 1980. He completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University Medical School and Yale Child Study Center, Deputy Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His interests include the phenomenology and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience and memory for traumatic events, the longitudinal course of trauma-related psychopathology. Dr. Southwick is co-author of Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges.

Dr. Southwick has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D.
Honors College Professor of Visual Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Ellen Handler Spitz is a writer, lecturer, and scholar who currently holds the Honors College Professorship of Visual Arts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she has taught interdisciplinary seminars in aesthetics, literature, psychology, and the visual arts since 2001. After public and private secondary education in New York and England, she attended the University of Chicago, Barnard College (A.B.), Harvard University (M.A.T.), and Columbia University, where she was awarded the Ph.D. in 1983. She also studied at the Art Students League in New York; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; at SUNY, Purchase, under the celebrated woodcut artist and illustrator, Antonio Frasconi; and at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

She has held year-long fellowships at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in Santa Monica, California; the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University (formerly, the Bunting Institute); the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; the Center for Children and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University; and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 2007, she was the 2008 Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts; and a Visiting Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities, 2007-08. She has taught and/or lectured in England, France, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Russia, Canada, India, and the Peoples Republic of China.

She is the author of Art and Psyche (Yale University Press, 1985), Image and Insight (Columbia University Press, 1991), Museums of the Mind (Yale University Press, 1994), Inside Picture Books (Yale University Press, 1999), and The Brightening Glance (Pantheon Books, 2006; Anchor-Vintage Books, 2007). With several colleagues, she co-edited Freud and Forbidden Knowledge (Columbia University Press, 1994) and Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor: Multiple Takes (Wayne State University Press, 1998).

She has published numerous articles, chapters, and reviews in a wide variety of venues ranging from scholarly peer-review journals, such as the Journal of Aesthetic Education and American Imago, where she is a member of the editorial board, to public newspapers, such as The New York Times Book Review and The Baltimore Sun. Her books have been translated into several foreign languages, including Italian and Japanese, and some of her other writings into Russian and Chinese.

Among her abiding interests are the cultural lives of young people, the relations between aesthetics and psychology, and interconnections among various art forms, including literature, music, and dance, as well as the visual arts.

Dr. Spitz has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Alyssa Summers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Co-Chair of Biochemistry, Director of Health Professions Program, Sewanee
Dr. Summers’s research focuses on understanding how transcriptional networks regulate cell fates, tissue development and cancer. In particular, she studie how a chromatin modifying enzyme, called Hdac3, can regulate gene expression patterns that impact cell function.To do this she uses several mouse model systems that knock-out Hdac3 in specific tissues, evaluating the role of Hdac3 in two biological systems: the mammary gland and the thymus.

Dr. Summers teaches courses in Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Genomics, and Epigenetics. She has also taught Where Medicine Takes Place in the Finding Your Place program.

Jane Tillman, Ph.D., ABPP
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erickson Institute for Education and Research, Austen Riggs Center
A board certified clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst, Dr. Tillman is active in many professional organizations.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc); she is the two-term Chair of the Ethics Committee for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), and on the Scientific Activities Committee for the American Psychoanalytic Association.  Dr. Tillman is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  She is the past-president of the Section on Women, Gender, and Psychoanalysis of Division 39, and past board member of the Western Massachusetts Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (WMAAPP).  Dr. Tillman is the Principal Investigator on an externally funded study, States of Mind Preceding a Near Lethal Suicide Attempt.

Dr. Tillman has presented and published on a wide variety of topics including: dissociation, psychosis, religion, impasses in treatment, embodiment, clinical and professional ethics, research methodology, identifying markers for acute risk of suicide, and the effect of patient suicide on clinicians.  Dr.Tillman attended the University of the South and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; she earned an M.Div from Duke University, a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Dartmouth Medical School.  She completed a four-year fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Austen Riggs Center and is a graduate of the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute.

Christina Tortora, Ph.D.
Professor of Linguistics, CUNY
Christina Tortora is a linguistics professor trained in Syntax. Her research focuses on the syntactic structure of Italian, Italian dialects, the Romance languages, and non-standard varieties of English (such as Appalachian English). She is interested in linguistic description, which is both informed by and informs current syntactic theory. Her interest in description and how grammars are like one another is driven by the desire to construct a theory that can uncover the similarities among languages (so that syntactic phenomena which may at first glance appear to be quite different, can in fact be shown to have the same principles underlying them). In the 1990s, she spent several years doing fieldwork on Borgomanerese, a dialect spoken in the Piedmontese region of Northern Italy (in the town of Borgomanero). She has taught both at the University of Padova (Italy) and the University of Michigan, and has given many invited lectures and talks both nationally and internationally.

Professor Tortora has published various books, articles in linguistics journals, and chapters in books (both in English and Italian) on various topics such as the syntax of Italian dialects, existential constructions, the nature of so-called pleonastic elements in grammar (also known as “expletives”), possessive constructions, prepositions and prepositional syntax, aspect, resultative predication, clause structure, auxiliary selection, and agreement. She currently (2006-2008) has a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), in which she is working with colleagues at the CUNY Graduate Center, Georgetown University, and William Paterson University to study the syntactic structure of Appalachian English. In 2001 she held a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to do research for a grammar of Borgomanerese, and in the past has had various NSF grants to support her research and conference organization. In 2006 she was the humanities recipient of the Feliks Gross Endowment Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a junior faculty member, awarded by the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences.

Mae Wallace, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology and Director of Teaching Education, Sewanee
Wallace’s work is focused on schools as they reflect and support communities. She has studied youth culture, minority access to higher education, educational reform and local curricula in Thailand. Her papers may be found in Education about Asia,The International Journal of Education, Anthro Notes and International Thai Studies Conference Proceedings. Wallace’s interest in the relationships between communities and schools is also evident in her work with teachers in the South Cumberland Rural Teacher Network, an organization that promotes professional development for high school teachers in schools near the university. Sewanee students participate in the teacher network and work in many other research and service-learning projects that engage them with local schools and communities.

Wallace’s interest in the relationships between communities and schools is also evident in her past work with teachers in the South Cumberland Rural Teacher Network, an organization that promoted professional development for high school teachers in schools near the university. Sewanee students participated in the teacher network and worked in many other research and service-learning projects that engaged them with local schools and communities. Though the funding for this project came to an end, we still enjoy the relationships and espirit de corps that grew out of this project.

John Willis, Ph.D.
Jessie Ball duPont Professor of History, Sewanee
John C. Willis was trained in United States history and specializes in the American South. Professor Willis regularly offers history courses on the region and its place within the nation, as well as an advanced American studies course, “Southern Lives,” which explores Southern culture through characters in biography, autobiography, and fiction. In 1998 he introduced an on-line version of “America’s Civil War,” combining an innovative pedagogy and an extensive electronic archive of nineteenth-century documents and images.  The following year, Professor Willis began offering another World Wide Web-based seminar, “Reconstructing the South,” with support from the Mellon Foundation and the Associated Colleges of the South.

Professor Willis’s research interests also focus on the Southern past. His most recent book, Forgotten Time: The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta after the Civil War, won the Mississippi Historical Society’s 2001 McLemore Prize for the year’s best book on the state’s past. Before joining the History faculty at the University of the South, he co-edited and contributed to the highly praised collection, The Edge of the South: Life in Nineteenth-Century Virginia.

In his current research, Professor Willis focuses on the social and environmental history of the southern Cumberland Plateau. There, in an area smaller than one square mile, a variety of individuals and groups have made their homes and livelihoods over the last 8,000 years – from Archaic peoples living among the rock shelters below the bluff face, to frontier farmers in the Jacksonian era, to gentry speculators on the eve of the Civil War, to landowning ex-slaves, and finally, to white farmers during the 1930s and 1940s. With special attention to the interaction of the natural environment and human ambitions, the project examines why a now-remote spot was a center of settlement, agriculture, and various enterprises over millennia.

Professor Willis has published in The Journal of American History, The American Historical Review, Southern Cultures, and The Journal of Southern History, and has presented papers drawn from his research to the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Historical Association, the Mellon and duPont foundations, and other philanthropic agencies.

Professor Willis has taught A Landscape for Memory in the Finding Your Place program and has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course. He has recently developed a new course on the History of Southern Appalachia.

Kevin Wilson, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Certificate in Creative Writing, Sewanee
Kevin Wilson is the author of the collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009), which received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award, and the novel, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011), which has been published in over fifteen countries, was a New York Times bestseller, and was listed as one of the best ten books of the year by Time magazine, People, Esquire, and Booklist. His books have been reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, NPR’s Fresh Air, the Miami Herald, and other places.

The Family Fang is currently in production as a feature film directed by Jason Bateman, starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, and Bateman, and has an anticipated release date of fall 2015. The novel was adapted for the screen by Pulitzer-prize and Tony-award winner, David Lindsay-Abaire.

Wilson’s fiction has appeared in Tin House, One Story, Cincinnati Review, American Short Fiction, A Public Space, Ploughshares (one of ten fiction writers in the Emerging Writers Issue) and elsewhere, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best anthology as well as The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. His story “The Choir Director Affair” was adapted for the stage by Heiko Kalmbach and performed at the Theaterhaus Jena. Wilson has also written nonfiction for theNew York Times Magazine and Oxford American, as well as the introduction to the Penguin Classics reprint of Shirley Jackson’s The Bird’s Nest.

He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Arts.

Professor Wilson has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.

Karen Yu, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Sewanee
Karen Yu earned her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Vanderbilt University. At Sewanee, she has taught Introductory Psychology, Introductory Psychology Laboratory, Physiological Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, and seminars on Cognitive Illusions and Judgment and Decision Making.

Professor Yu’s research interests are wide-ranging within the area of cognition, including metacognition, decision-making, unconscious components of and influences on cognition, and the influence of prior knowledge and expectations on various perceptual and cognitive processes. Dr. Yu’s research interests are shaped in no small part by students’ interests and questions. Recent projects include an examination of academic honesty and dishonesty in a decision-making context, and an examination of children’s reward preferences and the effects of food rewards on children’s conceptualizations of food in the context of the current obesity epidemic. Her current research focus is on decision-making widely construed.

More recently, Professor Yu has helped to develop an interdisciplinary course on Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia taught by an eclectic mix of faculty from both Sewanee and Yale in combination with local community partners. She is actively involved with Discover Together, a program created collaboratively by the local community, Sewanee, Yale, and Scholastic, Inc. to promote resilience by fostering social connectedness and community engagement through shared knowledge and appreciation of local places, people, and their stories. In this context, Professor Yu is intrigued by how conceptualizations of place influence both individual and collective identities, by the power of place as departure point for inquiry, and by a model of learning and being that grounds larger-scale principles and concepts in concrete, local realities.

Professor Yu co-leads the course on Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia.

Raffaella Zanuttini, Ph.D.
Professor of Linguistics, Yale
Professor Zanuttini’s research focuses on comparative syntax. She has worked extensively on the range and limits of variation in the syntactic expression of negation, particularly across the Romance languages, as well as on the notion of clause type and its syntactic realization.

She has also investigated social and grammatical variations in Appalachian English. She recently created the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project, aiming to bring the enterprise of micro-comparative syntax to the study of North American varieties of English. Recently she has taught courses on the grammatical diversity in U.S. English, linguistics and literature; and current trends in syntax.

Professor Zanuttini has also taught in the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia course.


Community Partners
Many of the partners below are already working with Sewanee students through the University’s Bonner Leaders and Canale Intern programs. Others listed are not yet collaborating but are likely to be interested in doing so. In an effort to ensure coordination with existing efforts and respect for our community partners, we have not yet provided specific contact information for any partners and we ask that you check with the Collaborative co-directors or program coordinator before initiating communication; we can then verify that they are indeed interested and provide you with contact information. As relationships and coordination develops going forward, these procedures will likely change.

Allies in Action This is a new program designed to develop social skills and building friendships in middle schoolers with learning disabilities or social awkwardness. It will be particularly interesting to psychology students.
Beersheba Medical Clinic This is a free medical clinic in Beersheba Springs, TN. Students do patient in-take, filing, organize medical stocks, and can be trained to be Diabetes Educators for patients with diabetes.
Community Action Committee (CAC) The CAC Pack groceries once a week, unloading food shipments, organizing shelves
Coalmont LEAPS LEAPS is an after-school program for elementary aged children with centers to focus on homework, arts, science, music, physical activity and programming created by our students.
Coalmont LEAPS Activ8 Grundy Working with elementary-aged children twice a week to increase their physical activity, provide education on nutrition, and promoting a more active, healthier choice lifestyle.
Discover Together A Place for Families (the Family Coop) provides the opportunity for parents/caregivers and their children (ages birth-five) a place to gather, play, learn, and explore. Each activity is carefully sculpted to promote skills critical for school success, with a primary focus on early literacy and social skills. A service intern would be responsible for supporting the lead teacher in the day to day activities and working with children and their families to support their experience in the co-op.
ESL Program Students teach ESL to adult immigrants in Manchester, TN. They participate in creating weekly lesson plans, tracking the ESL students progress, developing trust and relationships with mostly undocumented residents, and hosting workshops about immigrant rights.
EYES EYES stands for Educating Youth Ensures Success. It is an after-school program in South Pittsburg, TN that works with elementary aged at-risk youth on math and english comprehensive, social skill development, and mentoring relationships.
Food with Friends A traveling soup kitchen that serves healthy hot meals twice a month to nearby communities and targeting needy families through local food banks. Volunteers will help pick up food, set up tables, talk with clients coming to eat meals, and clean up after the meal.
Franklin County High School college counseling Providing college application assistance to students through essay reviews, mock application workshops, college explorations, FAFSA assistance, resources for test prep, explorations of skills, majors, futures jobs, and visits to nearby colleges.
Franklin County High School DIVAS DIVAS a mentoring and empowerment program. The goal of the program is to mentor at risk girls identified by faculty and follow them throughout their high school career. Through individual and group mentoring the girls will eventually embody DIVAS which stands for dreamer, independent, accomplished, and strong. DIVAS will potentially increase in the graduation rates because the girls are learning self worth, goal setting skills, and leadership development.
Franklin County High School Imagine Franklin County It is facilitating student leadership through once a week meetings and helping them plan and execute events like career fairs and mock college interviews as well as addressing issues within their school. Focus will be on leadership as a whole and being better school leaders.
Girls Scouts of America Leading girl scout troops in Sewanee for all ages, focusing on service and mentoring
Grundy County High School college counseling Providing college application assistance to students through essay reviews, college explorations, FAFSA assistance, resources for test prep, explorations of skills, majors, futures jobs, and visits to nearby colleges.
Grundy County High School Purple & Gold Club Focuses on empowering students to live a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. While creating trust and building relationships among club members, students facilitate the planning of fun social events free of drugs and alcohol.
Grundy County High School Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Working with high school aged girls on empowerment through discussion of self-confidence, body image, positivity, and activities to challenge and impact how they view themselves and their futures. Includes school-wide projects.
Organic Prayer Project and work with the Sisters of St. Mary’s Convent Working with the Sisters of St. Mary’s, a small Episcopal convent in Sewanee, TN, students work in the garden harvesting food for the sisters, lavender for Thistle Farms in Nashville, cultivation of the prayer garden, and general support for the sisters.
North Elementary Activ8 Grundy Working with elementary-aged children twice a week to increase their physical activity, provide education on nutrition, and promoting a more active, healthier choice lifestyle.
Rainbow Hills Farm Weekly gardening project at a farm in McMinnville, TN, with focus on all aspects of vegetable farming including support at farmers market.
Relative Caregiver Program Working with children in a wide range of ages once a month doing enrichment programming and mentoring. These are at-risk youth who live with relatives other than their parents for a number of reasons – parents are incarcerated or passed away, poverty-related issues and more.
Sewanee Women Empowering & Engaging Community Women’s mentoring groups with community members once a month and monthly work with organizations focused on girls empowerment, sex trafficking, and abused women. Develop games on Tuesdays, play mostly on Fridays.
Solace Farm Farming and rehabilitation of land on a former strip mine in Grundy County. This work also will explore how farming can be applied to other sites and communities as a service.
South Pittsburg High School college counseling Providing college application assistance to students through essay reviews, college explorations, FAFSA assistance, resources for test prep, explorations of skills, majors, futures jobs, and visits to nearby colleges.
South Pittsburg High School DIVAS DIVAS a mentoring and empowerment program. The goal of the program is to mentor at risk girls identified by faculty and follow them throughout their high school career. Through individual and group mentoring the girls will eventually embody DIVAS which stands for dreamer, independent, accomplished, and strong. DIVAS will potentially increase in the graduation rates because the girls are learning self worth, goal setting skills, and leadership development.
Pelham Elementary LEAPS LEAPS is an after-school program that encourages students to seek out help for homework and engage in academics with the help of teacher volunteers and student volunteers from Sewanee. The program also allows students free time to blow off steam in a recess-type setting.
Pelham Elementary LEAPS Activ8 Grundy Working with elementary-aged children twice a week to increase their physical activity, provide education on nutrition, and promoting a more active, healthier choice lifestyle.
Volunteers in Medicine Health Clinic Assisting at the clinic with patient in-take, clinic organization, and training and serving as Diabetes Educators for patients coming to this free clinic who also are affected by diabetes.
Well-Directed Curiosity This is a mentoring program for 3rd – 5th grade kids at Sewanee Elementary. University students mentor small groups of Elementary aged kids on a weekly basis. Groups are separated by grade and gender and participate in discovery and exploration through activities such as hiking, arts & crafts, sports, and other types of outdoor adventures.
Wilderness Children This is a NEW site! Working with children from an already established afterschool program from Otey Parish, we will meet with younger kids on Fridays for 2-2.5 hours. It is once a week, but will be for a longer time. The activities will all be largely centered around environmental education. The goal is to bring in the kids from Sewanee, environmental education, and our local community. To do that we will facilitate Fridays with various professors, clubs, community members, etc. to really utilize all the amazing resources Sewanee as to offer, to build our community further, and to instill a deep love and appreciation for the natural world in these kids.
Swiss Elementary Garden Club Twelve week program in the fall and spring working with 5th – 8th graders to build a greenhouse, develop a new garden, canning and education around gardening
Grundy County H.S. Men’s Empowerment Group
Dr. Garrett Adams Founder, Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic
Rev. Bill Barton Mid-Cumberland Mountain Ministry
Sheila Beard Director, Grundy County Mental Health
Susan Binkley Blue Monarch, Inc
Kathy Bouldin Animal Aliance-South Cumberland, Inc
Michael Brady Grundy County Mayor
Lloyd Carden Coordinated School Health
Betty Carpenter Director, Community Action Committee
Renee Corley North Elementary School
Henry Crais Blue Monarch, Inc
Rosalind Crockett Child Protective Services, Grundy County
Dianna Crotzer Team Leader, Tracy City Head Start
Cindy Day Dutch Maid Bakery
Patrick Dean Mountain Goat Trail Alliance
Susan Dean Director, Special Education Tracy City Elementary
Bruno Durant Silver Bait Worm Farm
Dr. Amy Evans Local pediatrician (Sewanee Pediatrics)
Paul Frank Sequatchie District Head Start
Tonya Garner Grundy County Health Council, Public Health Educator for Franklin & Grundy Counties
Kelly Gibbs Gruetli Laager Mayor
Derryl Graham Director, Grundy Housing Authority
Judy Graham Director, Sequatchie District Head Start; President, TN Head Start Association
Marshall Graves local entrepreneur
Sherry Guyear site director Tracy City Discover Together Family Co-op; Lead Teacher, Camp Discover; retired Tracy City Elementary teacher
Dr. Mary Heath Local pediatrician (Sewanee Pediatrics)
Seth Layne Teacher, Tracy City Elementary; active in local government
Jessica Lusk Grundy County Youth Leadership
Sally Krebs Past-President, Grundy Area Arts Council
Mike Maxon Principal, Sewanee Elementary School
Grant Miller The Village on Sewanee Creek (established in 2006, is pioneering ways to be self-sufficient and sustainable; includes a community garden, greenhouse, water catchment, wood gasification electric power plant, Terra Preta bio-char, Amish-style Community Work Culture, Center for the Arts, and more. Miller is a former international president for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins.
Betty McGovern Past (very first) and now current President, Grundy Area Arts Council
Kathleen O’Donohue Folks at Home
Scott Parrish Chair, South Cumberland Community Fund
Emily Partin Tracy City School Family Resource Coordinator/Tracy Methodist Church/Grundy County Commissioner
Sharon Patton Early Intervention Coordinator & Special Education, Grundy County Schools
Vanessa Rose local registered nurse; native of Grundy County
Mary Sears Mid-Cumberland Mountain Ministry
Jeff Sholey Big Creek Big Lake Project
Rev. Ed Simmons Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project)
Gerald Sitz Grundy County Historical Society
Norma Sparks Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic
Sandy Spies Grundy County Food Bank Director; S Double A Ranch, Inc.
Elizabeth Stiefel Project Basic (Mental Health K-3) – Tracy City Elementary
Carol & Glenn Vanden Bosch Past Directors, Grundy County Food Bank
Gayle Vanhooser County clerk and very involved in community/Tracy Methodist Church
Jim Waller Grundy Rotary Service Fund
Julie Willems Keel Program Manager, Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project)