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Faculty Excellence Awards 2016-2017

2017 Recipients

Adjunct Faculty Award: Dr. William H. "Bill" Kraus

krausBorn in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Kraus received his Doctorate and Master's degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a second Master's degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College, and his B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside. He also completed a one year post graduate internship in Public Affairs with the Coro Foundation.

Professionally, he served as City Manager for six California and Tennessee communities, ranging in size from 5,000 to 100,000 and owned and operated a management services firm that provided administrative services to a wide range of national, state and local health, community and professional non-profit associations.

Dr. Kraus has taught, both on a full-time as well as adjunct basis at a number of Tennessee and California colleges, including teaching Political Science at Motlow State since 2005.

He resides in Brentwood with his wife, Barbara, and they have three children, four grandchildren and a grand dog.

Faculty Award: Dr. Khalid Tantawi

tantawiDr. Khalid Tantawi obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2012; after which, he joined Motlow State faculty, and now is an Assistant Professor of Mechatronics. He authored two books, and co-authored a book chapter. He has more than 30 journal and conference publications in engineering.

Dr. Tantawi is the advisor of the SkillsUSA Chapter and the American Chemical Society Chapter at Motlow State. He chairs the engineering section of the Tennessee Academy of Science for the year 2016/2017. Throughout his career, Dr. Tantawi obtained about $130,000 in grants, from the European Commission in 2006, National Science Foundation in 2009, and SkillsUSA in 2016.

Dr. Tantawi loves to see his students succeed and achieve their goals."

Adjunct Faculty Excellence Nominees

Dr. Melanie Bishop

Dr. Melanie BishopDr. Melanie Bishop is a current adjunct faculty member at Motlow State Community College where she teaches Anatomy and Physiology courses. She is also a dentist who practices in Murfreesboro, TN with her husband, Dr. James Bishop. They have two grown children and one dog. She is a graduate of Cleveland State Community College, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Tennessee (Memphis) College of Dentistry.

Dr. Bishop is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Fourth District Dental Society, and the Murfreesboro Dental Society. She is a past President and Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Murfreesboro, a past President of the St. Rose Catholic School Board, an Active Member of the Murfreesboro Charity Circle, and a graduate of Leadership Rutherford.

Dr. Bishop is happy and honored to be part of the Motlow community. She enjoys reading, exercising, and educating patients and students.

Ms. Carly Hylen

hylenCarly Hylen has taught biology classes at Motlow since 2014 and also works as a freelance writer specializing in outdoor, grant, and copywriting. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Elon University while studying vocal mimicry in Northern Mockingbirds. She obtained her Master of Science in Marine Biology from the Grice Marine Laboratory at the College of Charleston and conducted her thesis research on the succession of fish communities on artificial reefs compared to natural reefs.

In addition to her teaching work, Carly has published numerous feature fishing stories in Sporting Classics magazine, a nationally recognized outdoor publication, and has partnered with Tennessee State Parks as a grant writer and administrator. Carly married her husband Philip in 2015, and they reside on Tims Ford State Park, where Philip works as a park ranger. Their hobbies include fishing, kayaking, and hiking with their two dogs.

Ms. Debra Lewis Stockdale

stockdaleA current resident of Murfreesboro, Debra is originally from Amarillo, Texas. She received a bachelor's of science degree in Mass Communication from West Texas State University. She worked in television/radio news, advertising, and corporate public relations for 20 years. She received a Master of Arts in Corporate Communication from Austin Peay State University in 2009. Debra has taught communication and speech courses at Bethel University, Murray State University, Volunteer State Community College, and Motlow State Community College (Motlow is my favorite!).

She has been married to Scott Stockdale for 31 years, and they have two sons: Wyatt and Mitch, who are both getting married this spring. To this, Debra says, "I'm very busy right now!"

Faculty Excellence Nominees

Dr. David Bethea

Dr. David BetheaDr. David Bethea currently serves as Assistant Professor of music at Motlow State Community College where he teaches Music Appreciation and Music Theory, while also directing the Motlow State Choir and Motlow State Community Band. Dr. Bethea is a graduate from Florida Atlantic University, the University of South Florida, the University of North Florida, and Palm Beach State Community College.

Dr. Bethea became a full-time faculty member at Motlow in 2012.

He has been actively involved in both the academic and community attributes of the music program at Motlow. Consistently, both the holiday and spring concerts have sold out since Dr. Bethea's arrival, with student enrollment in the band and choir classes growing tremendously. In addition, Dr. Bethea has introduced a music major degree program at Motlow State. Along with regularly performing with groups in Tullahoma, Dr. Bethea is an in-demand professional trumpet player in the Middle Tennessee area, performing in a wide array of styles and genres.

Dr. Bethea lives in Tullahoma with his wife Dawn and two sons, Jake and Andy.

Ms. Dayron Deaton-Owen

Dayron Deaton-OwenDayron Deaton-Owens is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Sociology in McMinnville. Dayron started working at Motlow as an adjunct instructor in 2009 and became full-time in 2011. Dayron earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master's degree in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at MTSU. She serves as an advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and their newly formed PTK Alumni Association.

Dayron was also named this semester to the Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the FAST Team, is the coordinator of the ACE program, is a member of the Motlow Ladies' Philanthropic Society, and serves on multiple Motlow committees. Dayron enjoys volunteering with the Kids of the Community program that serves at-risk children in Warren County. She loves to spend time with her husband, Daniel, and their pets, and loves to travel and kayak.

Dr. Stephen Guerin

Dr. Stephen GuerinDr. Stephen Guerin holds the academic rank of full professor and teaches psychology primarily at the Moore county campus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Alabama A&M University, and a Doctor of Psychology degree (summa cum laude) in Clinical Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. He is a retired licensed clinical psychologist. His service to Motlow includes being a former chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Chair of the college's first Quality Enhancement Plan in the successful 2007 reaffirmation of accreditation.

He founded the Motlow State chapter of Psi Beta, the national psychology honor society for two year colleges and serves as principal advisor. His passion is the teaching of psychological science, critical thinking, and leveraging educational technology in teaching.

Ms. Pamela Harris

harrisAssistant Professor of Sociology and Psychology, Pam Harris has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Troy University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Capella University. She has a Teaching Certification in Sociology from New Mexico State University and is ABD with Capella University. She is a PTK Advisor, TN Promise Mentor, Sociology Club Advisor, Honors Faculty, and Academic Auditor. She is a member of the Financial Aid Committee, Library Aid Committee, and MLPS. She would be none of these things without the love and patience of her husband, Michael. She is honestly most proud to say she is the mother of two wonderful boys, Sean and Nick Harris. It is her family's sacrifice and support that has allowed her to continue her Motlow endeavors. Pam say, "I am honored and humbled by your choice as one of the finalists for Faculty Excellence. Thank you for Motlow's continued belief in academic excellence."

Ms. Heather Koller

kollerHeather says, "I have a strong belief in the mission of community colleges. My parents were working class and paid for my first year at Black Hawk East Community College with a big bottle of change that they had been filling since I was little. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college."

Heather holds the following earned degrees: Associate of Arts from Black Hawk East Community College, Kewanee, Illinois; Bachelor of Arts in History from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and a Master of Arts in History from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Heather was a graduate assistant which paid her tuition.

She was an adjunct at Robeson Community College in North Carolina, Jackson State in Tennessee, MTSU, Vol State, and at Motlow Smyrna in the Armory. Heather says, "I liked Motlow best. I taught Western Civ, World Civ, US History, and TN History. I began full time in 2008. I still remember touring the single new building before it opened and how it just seemed huge. I see teaching students and taking care of Motlow Smyrna faculty as my calling and both bring great joy to me."

She continues, "My other joy in life is being a wife and mother. My husband Geoff and I met in college, graduated together, and have been partners in everything ever since. We are raising two boys named Ethan (15) and Aaron (8). Life is good if one has family, friends, and a fulfilling job. I have been blessed with all of those things."

Ms. Meagan McManus

mcmanusMeagan McManus earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Middle Tennessee State University. During her graduate work, she was a teaching assistant at MTSU and peer mentor in the Writing Center. Soon thereafter, she worked as an office manager for a music business management firm in Nashville and as an adjunct instructor at Volunteer State Community. She joined Motlow's team in 2014.

Currently, she serves as Languages Department Curriculum Chair, First Year Experience Coordinator, and SACSCOC QEP Committee Chair; she has also been a member of FAST, worked as a Writing Center tutor, and served as the interim Writing Center Coordinator. Meagan is also part of the Motlow FYE SERS grant committee that was awarded $25,000. Additionally, Meagan is pursuing her Doctorate in Education with a focus on Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement. Outside of work, she loves to spoil her three dogs, Sophie, Lily, and Clyde.

Dr. Judith Russell

russellDr. Judith Russell is a Professor of English at Motlow State Community College. She earned a Doctorate of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000, and she has been employed by Motlow since that time. She teaches Interdisciplinary Studies in Greek Mythology, Counter Culture, Race Class, and Gender, and English Composition1010 and 1020, as well as American, British and World Literature classes. She also teaches dual enrollment in two Bedford County High Schools and is an active professor in the Honors Program at Moore County campus.

Dr. Russell is a graduate of Motlow State; she attributes her love of learning and her dedication to teaching to Motlow and Motlow Faculty. Dr. Russell's teaching philosophy is: Learning never ends; it lasts a lifetime.