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, Instructor, PhD (2011), University Alabama [2023]

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

JEREMY KILLIAN, Instructor, PhD (2013), University of Louisville [2027]


WILLIAM AKEY, Vice President in Enrollment Services, EdD (2006), University of Memphis

JOY AUSTIN, Instructor,  DA (1983), University of Mississippi

HANS CHUN, Instructor, EdD (2008), University of the Pacific

HAL L. FREEMAN, JR., Instructor, MBA (1999), Union University

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

RADIE KRUEGER, EdD (2008), Nova Southeastern University 

LORETTA RUDD, Clinical Associate Professor, PhD (2003), Baylor University

LORRAINE MEINERS-LOVEL, Instructor, PhD (2020), University of Memphis


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

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

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