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Faculty

Anthony Baker

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Professor

English
ABaker@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 310
Box 5053
931-372-6314

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PhD in Rhetoric & Composition, University of Louisville (2001); MA in English, University of Louisville (1997); BA in English, Indiana University (1989).
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Tony Baker teaches first-year composition and upper-division and graduate courses in rhetoric, argument, research methods, postmodern literature, graphic novels, and writing pedagogy, in addition to directing the first-year composition program. His research interests include writing pedagogy and graphic novels. He also directs the Upper Cumberland Writing Project, TTU's National Writing Project site.

Theodore Bohn

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Instructor

English
TBohn@tntech.edu
Matthews Hall (MATT) 152
Box 5053
931-372-3347

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Ph.D. University of South Dakota
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Paulina Bounds

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Associate Professor

English
pbounds@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 306A
Box 5053
931-372-3763
http://paulinabounds.wix.com/paulinabounds

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Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia
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My areas of interests are language perceptions, perceptual dialectology, cultural linguistics, sociolinguistics, and corpus linguistics. I teach Intro to Linguistics, History of English, American English, Special Topics in Linguistics, and Writing I.

Michael L Burduck

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Professor

English
MBurduck@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 314
Box 5053
931-372-3360

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Ph.D., The University of Mississippi
My areas of specialization include early 19th-century American literature, Poe, Faulkner, and Gothic Literature. In addition to my teaching and research activities, I have been an electric bassist for forty-five years and enjoy playing classic rock (especially 60s-70s British rock, be it dead or alive).

Mark Creter

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Professor

English
MCreter@tntech.edu
JWH
Box 5053
931-372-3478
https://www.tntech.edu/cas/english/bdph/

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Faculty Advisor for TTU Tech Players Drama Club and Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Honor Society.

Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1986-1988. Bachelor of Arts in Theatrical Production, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA. 1980-1984.
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Mark Harry Creter is a Professor of Theatre for the Tennessee Technological University’s Department of English as well as the artistic director of the campus theatre, the TTU Backdoor Playhouse. Recently he directed productions of Never the Sinner by John Logan, Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Recent performances include Clarence Darrow in Never the Sinner by John Logan, Ray in Yankee Tavern, Willy in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and Niles in Suicide in B Flat by Sam Shepard (which won Best Production at the 2009 American Association of Community Theatre Festival). He was instrumental in the formation of the Dogwood Shakespeare Festival, and directed the inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as successful productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. In 2015 he received the Creative Excellence Award from the College of Arts and Sciences for his productions of Richard III by William Shakespeare in Cookeville and Knoxville. He is married to local dance instructor/choreographer and co-owner of the Stage One Dance Studio, Jennifer Dotson-Creter. When they are not collaborating on various theatre or dance projects they are raising their beautiful blue-eyed son Gus.

Kristen Deiter

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Associate Professor

English
kdeiter@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 216B
Box 5053
931-372-3328

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Ph.D. in English, Binghamton University, State University of New York
Dr. Deiter specializes in Early Modern English literature and culture, especially the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. She has published articles in Renaissance and Reformation, Comparative Drama, Philological Quarterly, Symbolism, and other journals, and a book, The Tower of London in English Renaissance Drama: Icon of Opposition. At Tennessee Tech she has taught Shakespeare, Special Topics: Elizabethan London, Special Topics: Literary Geography and Early English Drama, Special Topics: The Renaissance in England, Introduction to Graduate Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory, History of the English Language, Milton, Mythology, Introduction to English Methods and Research, Honors Topics in British Literature, Topics in British Literature, and Writing I.

Monic Ductan

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Assistant Professor

English
mductan@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 203A
Box 5053
931-372-3909

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University of Southern Mississippi, Ph.D.
Monic Ductan teaches fiction writing and American literature. Her other areas of interest are Southern literature, Appalachian literature, African-American literature of the short Civil Rights Movement, and working-class lit.

Kurt Eisen

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Associate Dean

Dean of Arts and Science Office
KEisen@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 204 C
Box 5065
931-372-3139

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General Education; Center Stage; Faculty Compensation

PhD, Boston University; MA, UMass-Amherst; BA, University of Washington
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Professor of English. I teach courses in Modern/Contemporary Drama, American Literature, and World Literature. My research focuses on American drama, especially the plays of Eugene O'Neill.

William Fisk

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Instructor

English
WFisk@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 218A
Box 5053
931-372-3349

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MA English, TTU, 1980 BA English, TTU, 1978
Teach courses in Professional Communications: Oral Presentations, Technical Writing, Information Design, and Web Design

Andrea Harris

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Instructor

English
aharris@tntech.edu
Matthews Hall (MATT) 152
Box 5053
931-372-3347

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Andrea Harris joined the faculty of the Tech English Department in 2018. Prior to teaching Composition at Tennessee Tech, Andrea taught English Composition, English Literature, and Women's and Gender Studies at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has created and taught both online and traditional-delivery university courses on a wide range of topics, including media literacy, multicultural literature, writing for healing and survival, contemporary women writers, feminism and Christianity, violence against women in literature and film, television's sheroes and superwomen, motherhood in modern literature, violent women in film, and zombies and gender in popular culture. 

While at Wright State, Andrea co-coached the national award-winning Wright State Ethics Bowl Debate Team and was a joint recipient of the university's Teaching Innovation Grant. She also received the university's Writing Across the Curriculum's Excellence in Teaching with Writing Award and the university's Instructor of the Year Presidential Award for Excellence. In 2010, Andrea was awarded the Heart of Gold by Dayton's Lambda Chapter of the Eta Phi Beta Sorority for her campus and community work with survivors of sexual violence. As an advocate for the survivors of sexual violence, she has served on the Board of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, as well as on multiple state, local, and campus task forces to prevent sexual violence and better support survivors. 

Andrea's areas of interest in research and scholarship include gender-based violence, motherhood studies, disability studies, and zombies in post-apocalyptic literature and media. In addition to online publications, campus publications, and conference proceedings, her work appears in such anthologies as Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-Apocalyptic TV and FilmLetters from Survivors of Sexual ViolenceWe Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song; The Journey of Healing: Wisdom from the Survivors of AbuseA Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers; and Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness, and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child 

Sharon Henry

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Lecturer

English
skhenry@tntech.edu
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 117B
Box 5053
931-372-6371

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Director of the Writing Excellence Studio @ Tech (WEST)

Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design - Clemson University; MA in English Composition - University of Akron; MA in Literature - University of Akron; BA in English with minors in linguistics and philosophy - The Ohio State University
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Helen Hunt

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Assistant Professor

English
hhunt@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 212B
Box 5053
931-372-3346

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Ph.D. in Literary Studies, Purdue University 2015. M.A. in English, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 2009.
I specialize in Early American Literature, specifically early novels and women's writing, and my research interests include gender & sexuality studies, queer theory, BDSM, and pornography.

Graham Kash

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Professor

Communication
GKash@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 318A
Box 5053
931-372-3314

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Ph.D in Folklore, Indiana University, B.A and M.A. in English, Vanderbilt University
I have been at Tennessee Tech since 1963. I have taught literature and composition. Presently teaching folklore and several kinds of speech, including coaching the speech and debate team. Have helped our speakers to win many awards, often 100 or more a year. Member of committees for undergraduate curriculum, and scholarships. Have taught literature on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Bordeaux, France. Parle francais (speak French).

Jeff Kean

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Lecturer

English
jkean@tntech.edu

Box 5053

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MFA Directing Univ. of North Carolina Greensboro
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Shirley Laird

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Professor

English
SLaird@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 207
Box 5053
931-372-3348

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Josephine McQuail

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Professor

English
JMcQuail@tntech.edu
South Hall (SOUT) 235
Box 5053
931-372-6207

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Ph.D., English, U.C. Berkeley; M.A., B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia
Dr. Josephine A. McQuail is Professor of English at TTU. She was recently awarded a Non-instructional research grant (sabbatical) which she is using to research William Blake and James Joyce in London, England. Other grants and awards she has received include the Hal E. Ramer award in 2013, given by Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, which enabled her to deliver a paper on the New Zealand writer Janet Frame at the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) in Auckland, NZ. Summer 2014, she received a URECA! grant to accompany a TTU undergraduate student to London, where they both delivered papers at the Literary London conference. She serves as a Trustee in the William Blake Society of St. James Piccadilly, London. At U.C. Berkeley she was awarded a Maude Fife Fellowship, and her Master's thesis at University of Virginia won the Department of English Emily Clark Balch essay award. She served as Executive Director of the Northeast Modern Language Association, a regional division of the Modern Language Association, 2003-2006. She is an officer in the state and in the national American Association of University Professors. She also serves as President of the TTU Tennessee Education Association. She is active as well in the United Campus Workers. Recent publications include " ' How can Life be still?': Teaching Janet Frame's _A State of Siege_ and Virginia Woolf's _To the Lighthouse_" which appears in _Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature_; "Contingent Realities for Women: National and Regional Trends," in the summer 2014 _Modern Language Studies_; and “The Burden of Science in Huxley’s _Brave New World_,” which appears in the book _Critical Insights_: _Brave New World_, edited by M. Keith Booker and published by Grey House in 2013.

Susan Muchshima Moynihan

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Lecturer

English
SMoynihan@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 203A
Box 5053
931-372-3909

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Linda Null

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Professor

English
LNull@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 218B
Box 5053
931-372-3345

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Michael O'Rourke

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Professor

English
MORourke@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 312B
Box 5053
931-372-3047

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MFA, University of Iowa; MA, University of Iowa; BA, Colorado State University
I teach American Literature, using a war theme, and three different creative writing courses: Introduction to Creative Writing, Creative Writing--Fiction, and Creative Writing--Essay. My narrative essays have appeared in a wide range of literary journals. My book is PAUL BUNYAN LIVES! AND OTHER TALES FROM THE NATURAL WORLD.

Theodore Pelton

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Chairperson

English
TPelton@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 320
Box 5053
931-372-3049

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MA, English/Creative Writing, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1986; PhD, English, SUNY at Buffalo, 1993.
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Dr. Ted Pelton is an author, scholar, and publisher, as well as Professor and Chair of English at Tennessee Tech. His areas of specialization include Creative Writing (fiction); American literature (19th century, and other various sub-areas); History and Form of the Novel; The Beat Generation; and Publishing. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship in Fiction and an Isherwood Fellowship, and twice a finalist for the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, he is the author of four and a half books - the novel, Malcolm & Jack (and Other Famous American Criminals); a short story collection, Endorsed by Jack Chapeau, later reissued, doubled in size, as Endorsed by Jack Chapeau 2 an even greater extent; and two novellas, Bartleby, the Sportscaster, and Bhang. He has also published numerous essays, articles, and reviews, with recent work appearing in American Book ReviewBOMB, The &Now Awards 3, and Western Humanities Review. A long-time proponent and supporter of independent fiction, he founded and directed the small press Starcherone Books from 2000-2014. In Fall 2017 he taught an Honors Colloquium, The Literature of Black Lives Matter, and in 2018-19, he is proud to be a member of the Committee on the Status of Blacks.

Kristin Pickering

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Professor

English
KPickering@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 312A
Box 5053
931-372-6568
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-pickering-67a8077a

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Ph.D.--English, Rhetoric and Composition (1997) University of South Carolina; M.A.--English, Rhetoric and Composition (1993) University of South Carolina
Dr. Kristin Pickering directs the Professional and Technical Communication concentration within the English Department. Her research interests include disciplinary communication, activity theory, workplace consulting, ethics in professional and technical communication, visual literacy, oral communication, and professional identity construction. She currently serves as the Southeastern Regional Vice President for the Association for Business Communication.

Mari Ramler

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Assistant Professor

English
mramler@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 101
Box 5053
931-372-3768
http://www.mariramler.com/

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Ph.D., Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design - Clemson University (2017); M.A. English - Clemson University (2010); M.Ed. Divergent Learning - Columbia College (2005); B.S. English Education - Bob Jones University (2002)
My research explores the intersection of the rhetoric of religion with the rhetoric of science via female breast texts in new media and the public sphere. I teach ENGL 1010 (Writing 1) and PC 2500 (Communicating in the Professions).


Jennifer Rideout

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Instructor

English
jrideout@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 307B
Box 5053
931-372-6569

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PhD in English at MTSU, 2018. M.A. in English at TTU, 1995.
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Dr. Rideout's area of specialization is Modern British and Postcolonial literature.  She has taught Freshman Composition and American, British, and World Literature survey courses at TTU since 1995.

Elizabeth Robinson

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Instructor

English
erobinson@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 218C
Box 5053
931-372-3350

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M.A. in English
I teach ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, and American Literature.

Tom Saya

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Professor

English
TSaya@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 304A
Box 5053
931-372-6271

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MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro 1994, MA in English from Indiana University 1989, BA in English from Indiana University 1983
caught / between my storm and inside windows / a blur of wings / its brownish-orange abdomen / swollen in the strong vein of sun / bobbing shadow across my floor // confused by the clear surfaces / crawling toward me / to the top of the pane / then flying down / and crawling toward the outdoors / buzzing and bumping / against the blossoms / it cannot reach // if it would only search / the edges of the glass / I say to myself / the aluminum borders / it's simple / "Look" I shout / pointing to the thin opening / at the sill

Mark Shealy

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Instructor

English
mshealy@tntech.edu
Matthews Hall (MATT) 152
Box 5053
931-372-3347

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Andrew Smith

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Instructor

English
ASmith@tntech.edu
New Hall North (NEWN) 352
Box 5215
931-372-6300
http://www.professorandrewsmith.com/

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MTS - Master of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 2015; MA Literature, MTSU, 1999; BA Literature, Wayne State, 1994.
Based out of the Treehouse Living and Learning Village in New Hall North where he serves as the Faculty Head, Mr. Smith is an experienced, award-winning instructor committed to the scholastic success and creative expression of all students enrolled in his courses, such as English Composition, Topics in American Literature, Topics in World Literature, The Bible As Literature, and Martin Luther King Jr: The Theology and Rhetoric of Nonviolent Social Change.

Co-founder of the Treehouse Poets and recipient of numerous teaching and service honors, Andrew Smith is a teacher, preacher, DJ, poet, blogger, theologian, and activist. In addition to working at Tech, he serves as the pastor at Blue Spring and Sparta First Presbyterian Churches (PCUSA) in White County. His book collection of "poems, prayers, and preaching," Beat Is Beatitude was published in 2013. Follow him on Twitter @teacheronradio

Matthew Stenson

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Instructor

English
sstenson@tntech.edu
Matthews Hall (MATT) 156
Box 5053
931-372-3351

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Ph.D. in English from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Matthew Scott Stenson's teaching and research interests include pre-1830 British literature (especially Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics), Writing 1 and 2, the history of rhetoric and of powerful ideas, literary theory, poetry, and significant World religious literature such as the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He lives in Cookeville with his wife and daughter. Dr. Stenson is an Instructor of English.

Brian Williams

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Associate Professor

English
bjwilliams@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 212A
Box 5053
931-372-3338

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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011); M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004); B.A. Northwestern University (2002)
My research and teaching focus on 20th and 21st century American literature, with a specialization in contemporary American war fiction. My research interests include trauma theory, narrative theory, and the ways narratives impact and shape national identity. I have taught ENGL 1010 (Writing 1), ENGL 2130 (American Literature), ENGL 3910 (American Literature I), ENGL 4340 (The American War Novel), ENGL 4330 (20th Century American Literature), ENGL 4931 (Literature and the Environment), ENGL 4995 (Senior Colloquium), and ENGL 6640 (Trauma and the Nation).

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Linda Fisk

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Administrative Associate 4

English
LFisk@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 320
Box 5053
931-372-3343

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Misty Fowler

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Financial Associate 2

English
mrfowler@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 320
Box 5053
931-372-3663

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