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Five new Assistant Professors and one new Principal Faculty member have joined the faculty of Pfeiffer University for the 2021-22 academic year.

Dr. Marc Bartholdi

Appointed an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program. Holds a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. His research interests include such aspects of the hand/upper extremity area as injury and conditions evaluation, treatment, assessment, and prevention. Also interested in pain science, anatomy, kinesiology, neuroanatomy, practice management, modalities, as well as orthosis fabrication and management.

Laura Brooks Daugherty

Appointed an Assistant Professor of Nursing. Earned an M.S. degree in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill. Has worked as a nurse in clinical practice and as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Her research interests include the effects of COVID infection on maternal outcomes and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health.

Dr. Amanda Davis, OTD, OTR/L

Appointed an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program. Holds a doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Carolina. Has worked as an OT for 11 years in a variety of programs at hospitals and in the community. Has two specialty areas: 1) working with people who have had a brain injury or stroke and 2) evaluating and preventing work injuries. Other research interests include neurorehabilitation, access to care, as well as teaching and learning for OT students.

Dr. Joseph Earp

Appointed Director of Instrumental Music/Assistant Professor. Holds a Doctor of Music Education from Liberty University. Came to Pfeiffer from Limestone University in Gaffney, S.C., where he served as Director of Athletic Bands. Also composes and has done research on first-generation college students majoring in music education.

Catherine “Katie” Guffey, MPAS, MS

Appointed a Principal Faculty member in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program. Earned an M.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Wingate University and an M.S. degree in Biomedical Science from the University of South Carolina. Specializes in emergency medicine. Has taught undergraduate courses in anatomy and physiology.

Tiffany Rikard

Appointed an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Services. Doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Has worked in health care for over 20 years, including 16 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Long Term Care and Rehabilitation. Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with graduate training in systemic multicultural counseling and expressive arts therapy. Research interests include transformative learning, cultural humility, spirituality, and self-compassion in helping professionals/trainees.


Ken Keuffel, who authored this article, has served as Pfeiffer’s Assistant Director of Communications since December 2019. He welcomes story ideas from Pfeiffer’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. The form for submitting story ideas is at www.pfeiffer.edu/newsform.​