With the start of a new academic year, Pfeiffer University is excited to welcome new faculty to an already impressive group of talented faculty who are enthusiastic and ready to empower our students to learn, grow, connect, lead, and apply through dynamic teaching and experiences designed for transformation.
"We are welcoming an impressive group of scholars and practitioners devoted to academic excellence to Pfeiffer University. I am excited for them to bring their talents and abilities to ensure the success of all our students,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, Provost, and Chief Academic Officer.
New faculty in the class of 2019-2020 include:
Dr. Thomas Bischoff, Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Bischoff earned a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include how therapists market to potential clients, how clients initiate therapy, and therapeutic outcomes.
Dr. Susan Blair, Assistant Professor, and Doctoral Capstone Coordinator Occupational Therapy. Dr. Blair earned a Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and has a research interest in Frailty.
Professor Ellen Blue, TQP grant Coordinator and part-time faculty member for the Division of Education earned an MS in Elementary Education from Pfeiffer University. Mrs. Blue joins us after a 30-year career in public education as a teacher, curriculum coach, and Principal.
Dr. Casey Brasher, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include labor economics, education, and applied microeconomics.
Mary Beth Chambers, Assistant Professor and Program Director for Global Sport Management Program, is ABD at Troy University in their Sport Management Program. Prior to arriving at Pfeiffer, Professor Chambers spent 15 years of practitioner experience working for various professional and non-profit sport organizations, (US Olympic & Paralympic Committee Intern; Media Center Interview Room Manager for 1996 Olympic Games; LPGA Tourney Marketing Director; Detroit Pistons & Palace Sports & Entertainment sponsorship sales executive; US Olympic Canoe/Kayak team Marketing Director. Her research interests include the organizational capacity of the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee and its member National Governing Bodies.
Dr. Thomas Cook, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. from UNC-Charlotte. Dr. Cook, prior to coming to Pfeiffer University, served as a graduate teaching assistant at UNC Charlotte and Appalachian State University and Instructor of Mathematics and Physics at Gaston College. His research interests include mathematical physics and quantum theory.
Dr. Pamela Courville, Assistant Professor of Nursing, earned a DNP from Gardener Webb University. She has 20 years of Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, NICU, Pediatrics. Clinical Nurse Educator, Teaching - ADN programs & LPN's. Her research interests include substance-use disorders & pregnancy.
Dr. Heidi Miller, Director of the Master of Practical Theology and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, earned a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. Prior to coming to Pfeiffer University, Dr. Miller was the Director and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Seminary, Director and Adjunct Faculty at Duke Divinity School (Duke University), Faculty at Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University). Her research interests include Worship, Spirituality, Ritual Studies, Embodied Theology.
Dr. Sequoya Mungo, TQP Project Director part-time faculty member of the Division of Education, earned a Ph.D. from UNC Charlotte in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to coming to Pfeiffer, Dr. Mungo was the Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Girls on the Run International, and Instructional Coach for the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program.
Dr. Kayla Smith, Assistant Professor and Occupational Therapy Doctorate Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, earned a Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. Her research interests include Community, Health and Wellness, Cognitive Screening, and Older Adults.
Dr. Jacki Wisler, Assistant Professor of Leadership in the Graduate Division of Business, earned an EdD from Argosy University. Prior to arriving at Pfeiffer University, Dr. Wisler served in various executive roles at TKXS, Racing Electronics, The Art Institutes, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Swatch Group, Procter & Gamble, Motorola. Her research interests include Business Ethics, Responsible Leadership.
Dr. Sarah Wolford, Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She previously worked for three years in private practice, alongside seven years of experience providing in-home intensive family therapy to children and families involved in the child welfare system in and around the Greater Boston Area. Her research interests include parenting interventions, parental emotion and belief systems, process research, service outcomes for parents involved in the child welfare system, trauma and trauma-informed care for children and families, best practices in marriage and family therapy.