College of Professional and Liberal Studies

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


COLIN CHAPELL, Assistant Professor of Teaching, PhD (2011), University of Alabama [2029]

RICHARD L. IRWIN, Professor, EdD (1990), University of Northern Colorado [2025]

JEREMY KILLIAN, Assistant Professor of Teaching, PhD (2013), University of Louisville [2027]

LORETTA RUDD, Clinical Professor, PhD (2003), Baylor University [2029]


JOY AUSTIN, Assistant Professor of Teaching,  DA (1983), University of Mississippi

HANS CHUN, Assistant Professor of Teaching, EdD (2008), University of the Pacific

JOANNE GIKAS, Associate Dean, EdD (2011), University of Memphis 

LORRAINE MEINERS-LOVEL, Assistant Professor of Teaching, PhD (2020), University of Memphis

BRIDGETTE DECENT, EdD (2021), University of Memphis 


GARY DONHARDT, Adjunct Instructor, PhD (1982), Ohio University [2023]

DAN L. LATTIMORE, Professor Emeritus, PhD (1972), University of Wisconsin-Madison [2023]

 NOTE: Expiration date for Full and External Graduate Faculty membership only is indicated in brackets