College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

Faculty and Staff

Melinda Anderson
  • Melinda Anderson
  • Director

Professional Information

Rufaro Chitiyo
  • Rufaro Chitiyo
  • Instructor
Samantha Hutson
  • Samantha Hutson
  • Instructor

Professional Information

credentials
  • Instructor in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition from East Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Ecology, Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from Tennessee Technological University
Lizabeth Self-Mullens
  • Lizabeth Self‑Mullens
  • Dean
Anthony Paradis
  • Anthony Paradis
  • Instructor
  • MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, USAPL, USAW
  • TTU Director of Sports Nutrition / Nutrition Instructor
  • If you need help with your personalized nutrition program
    1. Schedule a time to meet with me and complete our athlete intake form (send it to me or bring it with you)
    2. Set up and account (download the app) and start logging your meals on MyFitnessPal
Jeffrey Plant
  • Jeffrey Plant
  • Professor

Professional Information

credentials
  • Ph.D. in Education; Concentration: Workforce Education and Development
  • M.S. in Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management
  • Professional Associations:
    • American Association/Family & Consumer Sciences, VP of Relations / TN
    • President TFACS Board: Tenn. Assoc. Of Family and Consumer Economics
    • Tennessee Association of Family & Consumer Science (TAFCS)
    • Tennessee President Elect. & Senator (AAFCS)
Lee Ann Shipley
  • Lee Ann Shipley
  • Associate Professor

Professional Information

credentials
  • Associate Professor, Child Development and Family Relations School of Human Ecology
  • CFLE, Certified Family Life Educator
  • Masters: Human Ecology, The University of Tennessee
  • Bachelors: Vocational Home Economics, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Teaching Licensure:
    • 1-12
    • Elementary (1-6)
    • Middle School & High School Family and Consumer Sciences
Cara Sisk
  • Cara Sisk
  • Instructor
credentials
  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Master of Arts – Human Development and Family Studies
  • Professional Associations:
    • Child Life Council
    • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Melinda Swafford
  • Melinda Swafford
  • Professor

Professional Information

credentials
  • Ph.D. from TTU in Exceptional Learning: Young Children and Families
  • M.A. from TTU in Special Education: Early Intervention
  • B.S. from TTU in Home Economics: Food, Nutrition. and Dietetics
  • Additional assignment:
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Child Development and Family Relations
  • Tennessee teacher licensure:
    • Family and Consumer Sciences grades 5-12
    • Occupational Early Childhood Education and Careers grades 9-12
    • Food Production and Management grades 9-12
    • Special Education grades K-12, and General Science
Melinda Swafford
  • Hannah Upole
  • Assistant Professor
credentials
  • Ph.D. in Human and Community Development, with an emphasis in Fashion, Dress & Merchandising, West Virginia University
  • M.S. in Design and Merchandising, West Virginia University
  • B.S. in Biology, West Virginia University
  • Earned certificate in University Teaching
  • Professional Associations:
    • International Textiles and Apparel Association
    • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
    • Gamma Sigma Delta: The Honor Society of Agriculture
Debbie Holm
  • Debbie Holm
  • Administrative Associate 3
Frank Starling
  • Frank Starling
  • Technology Specialist
Shellie Willis
  • Shellie Willis
  • Financial Assistant II
Leslie Hamlett
  • Leslie Hamlett
  • Specialist
Darcey Neyman
  • Darcey Neyman
  • Coordinator

  • Chris Kohl
  • Director, Student Success Center
  • Email: ckohl@tntech.edu
  • Office: Oakley Hall (OKLY) 116
  • Phone: (931) 372-6850
  • Address:
    • 715 Quadrangle DriveOakley Hall Rm 129 / Box 5165
    • Cookeville, TN 38505
Cathy Hix Cunningham
  • Cathy Hix Cunningham
  • Professor Emeritus

Professional Information

credentials
  • PhD University of Tennessee, 1976
  • Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Tennessee Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN)
  • Professional Experience
    • American Council on Education Fellow, 1993-1994
    • Postdoctoral Research Program - Genetic Toxicology, 1981-82
    • Environmental Protection Agency at Research Triangle Park, NC and National Research Council Director
    • Former Director, TTU Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Faculty Associate, TTU Academic Affairs, 1994-1996