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Fall 2019 New Faculty and Staff

Keishana Barnes photo
  • Keishana L. Barnes
  • Clinical Instructor, ICL
  • Previously served as a Teacher Residency Program Director
  • Fun Fact: She loves second-hand shopping and bargain shopping. You can often find her at yard sales and thrift stores.
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  • Melanie Burgess
  • Assistant Professor of School Counseling, CEPR
  • Previously served as a Doctoral Student and Adjunct Instructor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Fun Fact: Melanie loves the outdoors, often visiting National Parks in her spare time. In 2017, Melanie climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa with her spouse.
Tammy Combs photo
  • Tammy M. Combs
  • Clinical Instructor of Urban Education, ICL
  • Previously served as Adjunct Instructor at University of Missouri Kansas City & Metropolitan Community College
  • Fun Fact: Her favorite movie genre is Action!
Angela Fair photo
  • Angela W. Fair
  • Business Officer III, Dean's Office
  • Previously served as Associate Director/Financial Manager in the Office of Sponsored Programs at the UofM
  • Fun Fact: She and her husband serve as co-pastors of their church! They also love to travel and try "off the beaten path" restaurants!
Keith Hembree photo
  • Keith Hembree
  • Coordinator for Undergraduate Recruitment, Dean's Office
  • Previously served as Director of Student Activities at Rhodes College
  • Fun Fact: His wife, mom, sister, aunt, uncle, and cousins are all teachers in Mississippi.
Chi Li Photo
  • Chi Li
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, CEPR
  • Recent graduate from Old Dominion University
  • Fun Fact: Although her name is Chi Li, she really has nothing to do with the restaurant Chili's.
Jayme Nobles photo
  • Jayme Nobles
  • Undergraduate Academic Counselor, TEP
  • Previously served as high school English and History teacher at Center Hill High School in Olive Branch
  • Fun fact: Jayme loves to travel. She has been to 13 different countries and studied abroad in London in college. One of her favorite trips was to Amsterdam where she got to tour the Anne Frank house. 
Wideline Seraphin photo
  • Wideline Seraphin
  • Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, ICL
  • Previously served as a PhD candidate at The Pennsylvania State University and Graduate Instructional Consultant at Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • Fun Fact: Founded and fronted the band, Soul Space, and like to perform soul, R&B, and blues
Gina Tillis photo
  • Gina Tillis
  • Clinical Instructor for the River City Partnership
  • Previously served as a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Fun Fact: She loves hip-hop, slam poetry, graffiti murals and jam sessions. . .and she broke her foot doing a shuvit on her skateboard.
Janet Wiens photo
  • Janet Wiens
  • Pre-Award Coordinator, Dean's Office
  • Previously served as a Sponsored Programs Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs at the UofM for 8 years with a brief stint as a Grants Administrator at UT Health Science Center
  • Fun Fact: Time by a rocky coast, preferably the coast of Maine, is her happy place