Meet the 2017-2018 EDGE Faculty Fellows

The overarching goal of Tech’s new Quality Enhancement Plan, EDGE, is to create a culture of undergraduate creative inquiry (CI) through increased involvement in and recognition of CI classroom and co-curricular activities. To ensure that a large part of the campus community is engaged in this endeavor, we have implemented an EDGE Faculty Fellows Program in our new QEP. EDGE Faculty Fellows are selected annually based on their background and expertise to serve as mentors to faculty teaching courses that are enhanced with undergraduate CI grants. For 2017-2018, Tech’s EDGE Faculty Fellows include Shelley Brown from the department of Sociology and Political Science; Kristen Deiter from the department of English; Melissa Geist from the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing; Kimberly Winkle from the School of Art, Craft and Design; and Matthew Zagumny from the department of Counseling and Psychology.

Cynthia Brown

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Sociology and Political Science
CSBrown@tntech.edu
Daniel Hall (DANL) 230
Box 5052
931-372-6122

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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.

Melissa Geist

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Nursing Instruction
MGeist@tntech.edu
Bell Hall (BELL) 329
Box 5001
931-372-6305

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Kimberly Winkle

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Director

Art, Craft & Design
KWinkle@tntech.edu
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 112
Box 5085
931-372-6301
http://www.kimberlywinkle.com

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Art Foundations Faculty EDGE QEP Faculty Fellow

Master of Fine Art, San Diego State University
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Matthew Zagumny

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Counseling and Psychology
MZagumny@tntech.edu
Matthews Hall (MATT) 248
Box 5031
931-372-6255

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Faculty Head, Global Learning Village at MS Cooper/Pinkerton. The Global Learning Village is an international residence hall that pairs an international student with an American student in on-campus housing. We focus on educational and scholarly activities related to international, cross-cultural themes.

Ph.D., Psychology
My teaching includes courses in Statistics, Research Methods, Cross-Cultural Psychology, & Psychology of Religion.

My research examines cross-cultural topics with current research studies examining the assessment of intellectual curiosity and scientific epistemology. Intellectual curiosity is an intricate, sustained pursuit of knowledge.This involves asking questions about the world, especially "why" questions? Intellectually curious people are motivated to know more about a topic or phenomenon than surface level information. Understanding core, foundational concepts about a topic or phenomenon is at the heart of the motivation of intellectual curiosity. Scientific epistemology is the theory of knowledge that the world is known through scientific principles and methods such as the value of evidence-based knowledge, application of reason and critical thinking, and recognition of the value of expert knowledge and conclusions.

My psychology of religion research focuses on the construct of Religious Identity. Religious identity is the degree to which people see themselves being a part of a religious tradition and the importance of that religious tradition in their concept of themselves. My research focuses on the measurement of religious identity and it's relationship to multiple factors such as stress, healthy lifestyles, and intellectual curiosity.