Biographies

Dr. Riad S. Aisami

General Qualifications

30 years of experience in teaching, training and development, and program planning and management.

Teaching & Advising

Has been teaching instructional technology graduate courses and advising graduate students since 2003. Courses including instructional design, distance learning strategies, graphic design, and multimedia instruction.

Academics & Scholarly Work

Presented and published over 25 papers in the instructional technology field. Papers focused on areas including instructional design, effective online teaching and learning, online students learning styles and instructional strategies, interactive multimedia, retention of online students, and performance improvement. Also, authored two chapters and co-authored one in the “Encyclopedia of Distance Learning. Research focus is on: Instructional Design, Multimedia and Web-Based Learning, and Training & Development.


Dr. Korinne Babel

Dr. Korinne Babel is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training Program at the Phenix City campus. She is a graduate of Auburn University’s Counselor Education doctoral program and obtained her master’s degree in School Counseling from Argosy University’s Sarasota campus. Dr. Kori is actively pursuing her Registered Play Therapist certification and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Certification. Her areas of research interest are play therapy, animal assisted play therapy, self-efficacy, and TF-CBT.


Dr. Heidi Beattie

Dr. Beattie joined the psychology faculty on Troy’s main campus in 2014. Her educational background and research interests lies in the area of Developmental Psychology, especially cognition in early childhood.


Linda Brown

My name is Linda Brown. I began working with Troy University as an adjunct in 2004. I became a full-time lecturer at Troy in 2007. My four beautiful grandchildren are the light of my life.


Dr. Frank Browning

Dr. Frank Browning is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of GA, NC, and formerly a LPC in AL. He has 26 years providing education and counseling to individuals, groups, and families. His research interests include death education and grief, human life span issues, and group dynamics. Dr. Browning has served on numerous College of Education and Troy University committees. From 2004-2011, Dr. Browning served as a Board Member of the Licensed Professional Association of Georgia.


Dr. Ruth Busby

Ruth S. Busby, Ed.D serves as Interim Department Chair and Associate Professor. She holds degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and Past-President of the Social Studies Council of Alabama. She has presented and published internationally and nationally and is a Library of Congress trainer.


Dr. Tonya Dawn Conner

Dr. Tonya Conner is an assistant professor in the College of Education, Leadership Development and Professional Studies. Her areas of research include teacher leadership, instructional leadership, student engagement, and building relationships.


Dr. Sherrionda Crawford

Dr. Crawford, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. Her research interests include trends in school counseling and skill acquisition for counselors-in-training.


Dr. Kirk Davis

Dr. Kirk L. Davis began his career with Troy University in 1998, where he also served as the chair for the former department of Counseling & Psychology and continues to serve as fulltime faculty. In 2014, he accepted an appointment as the chair for the Division of Psychology and currently maintains offices on both the Troy and Dothan Campuses. Dr. Davis earned a B.A. in Psychology (1990) and a M.A. in Social Psychology (1992) from Mississippi State University, followed by a M.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in Experimental Psychology from the University of Mississippi. He is passionate about teaching Statistics, Evolutionary Psychology, and Social Psychology.


Dr. Lisa Etheridge

Dr. Lisa Etheridge graduated high school from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, AL. She received her B.S., M.S., Ed.S., and Ph.D in Elementary Education from Auburn University. Dr. Etheridge has served as a teacher leader in Alabama through cooperation with programs such as Transforming East Alabama Mathematics, Alabama Mathematics Science Technology Initiative, East Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the Auburn University Teacher Leader Academy. Dr. Etheridge’s research interest focuses on mathematics anxiety with pre-service and practicing teachers. Dr. Etheridge has 19 years of classroom teaching experience.


Dr. Patrick Keith Faircloth

Dr. Faircloth worked as a clinician, supervisor and researcher. Brief areas of interest: Ethics, Gender, Career, Police/Military, Trauma/Grief, Attachment, Bullying/Victims, Suicidality, LBGTQQIA2S/BDSM Issues, Group Work, Organizational Management, Education and Sustainability.


Dr. Fred J. Figliano, Ph.D.

Fred J. Figliano is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Troy University. Before this appointment he taught engineering courses in a high school setting. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech. His current research agenda focuses on three areas; knowledge transfer in design based Integrative STEM problems, Integrative STEM pedagogy for pre-service teachers, and Integrative STEM professional development for in-service teachers.


Dr. Catherine Gayman

Dr. Catherine Gayman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Troy University. Teaching interests: learning, behavior analysis, addiction, and statistics. Research interests: behavior analysis, contingency management, and behavioral teaching methods.


Dr. Erich Grommet

Much of Dr. Erich Grommet’s research focuses on temporal factors involved in learning. His other interests include diagnosis and treatment of developmental disability and methodology for training caretakers to engage in treatment.


Dr. Joel Frank Hammonds

Frank Hammonds received his Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2002. His primary areas of interest are behavior analysis and the philosophical foundations of the study of human behavior.


Dr. Cynthia Hicks

Cynthia P. Hicks earned a Ph.D. in Reading Education, A.A., M.A., and B.A. in elementary education with a certification in early childhood education, as well as Reading Recovery training. She has 34 years of teaching experience in K-6 DODS schools and 12 years in higher education.


Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand

Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Human Biology, and her Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. She taught high school human biology and physical education, and coached in the countries of Cyprus and Germany. Upon returning to the United States, she was a faculty member and coach at Fresno Pacific University. She earned her Doctorate degree at The Florida State University. She served as a faculty member, Assistant Dean of the College of Education, and Assistant Vice Provost at Northern Arizona University before serving as Dean of the College of Education at Troy University. Dr. Hildebrand currently teaches graduate classes in the College of Education.


Dr. Mary Ann Hooten

Mary Ann Hooten, Ph.D. has taught in the Division of Psychology since 2002. Prior to entering academics, she worked for 10 years in the corporate environment as an industrial psychologist.


Dr. Kelly Jewell

Dr. Kelly Jewell is an Assistant Professor for the Teacher Education Program focusing in Collaborative Instruction. Before moving to Troy University, Dr. Jewell taught three years at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she supported national, state, and local development around edTPA. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington in Special Education with an Emphasis in Emotional and Behavior Disorders and additional focuses in Psychology, Social Work and Statistics. Dr. Jewell’s research center around improving teacher preparation, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), and co-teaching.


Dr. Joseph Johnson

Dr. Joe Johnson has been at Troy since 2014. He is the edTPA Coordinator for the College of Education, and primarily teaches courses focused on special education. His research interests include cognitive strategy instruction, collaboration between public schools and teacher education programs, and effective assessment of pre-service teachers. Born and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Johnson has over 13 years of teaching experience in middle and high school special education and social studies.


Dr. Kenneth Earl Johnson

Kenneth Earl Johnson earned his Doctorate at University of West Florida in 2007. He has spent over 37 years in education as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Program Specialist where he was involved with special education and correctional education at the district & state level(s), and privatized programs.


Dr. Dianne Ford Lawton

Dr. Dianne Ford Lawton, an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership Development and Professional Studies, earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She joined the Troy faculty in 2005.


Dr. Gina Mariano

Dr. Gina Mariano is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. Her research interests include student learning as it relates to metacognition and knowledge transfer in higher education settings. She also examines faculty development in these areas and its impact on student learning.


Dr. Jennifer Lynn Marshall

Jennifer Marshall is an Associate Professor in CRIT and was previously Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Berea College. She has had numerous publications in national and state journals.


Dr. Sally McMillan-Berry

Dr. Sally McMillan-Berry is an Associate Professor of Literacy and Curriculum Studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Troy University. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Troy University, she was on the College of Education faculty at Texas Tech University, worked as a classroom teacher in Louisiana and served in the Louisiana Department of Education's Bilingual and ESL Department. Dr. McMillan-Berry served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Thought for more than five years and has won two college level teaching awards.

In both her scholarship and teaching, Dr. McMillan-Berry has emphasized the role of narrative formats and integrative instruction to inform student identities. In recent years, her research has dealt with the use of auto ethnographic research as a site for meaning making in education. As a co-author of a third edition Content Area Literacy textbook, Dr. McMillan-Berry has also been recognized as an expert on the 19th-century writer, Catharine Maria Sedgwick and on collaborative auto ethnographic research methodologies. Her areas of expertise include narrative theory, narrative & arts-based research, curriculum studies, marginalized 19th-century American women writers and literacy.


Dr. Barbara Metzger

Dr. Metzger received a BA with honors in psychology from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She received both a MA and PhD in behavioral psychology from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Following graduate school, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship to UCLA to study the behavioral treatment of children with autism with Ivar Lovaas, a pioneer in the field. Dr. Metzger’s clinical practice has focused on the behavioral treatment of young children with autism and her passion is making a difference for these children and their families.


Dr. Carol Moore

My teaching experiences have been in a wide range of areas. The early years of my teaching career were in the public schools in elementary and special education. Since 1996, I have served as a full-time faculty member on the Troy University - Phenix City Campus. During these years on the Phenix City campus, my teaching responsibilities have been primarily in collaborative education, educational psychology and educational research. In addition to fulfilling teaching responsibilities, during the past 10 years I have also served as advisor for the Alternative Masters’ Program in Elementary Education. Troy University has provided me opportunities to serve on numerous departmental and university wide committees. My pastime interests include reading, travel and providing service to my community.


Dr. Dannell D. Moore

Dannell D. Moore, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Troy University. She teaches in the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Moore has been the Elementary Education Program Coordinator of the Master of Science in Education Program at Troy University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also taught at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Moore earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture Education (2007), Master of Education degree in Elementary Education (2001), and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (1994). Dr. Moore’s research interests include literacy for diverse learners, African-American culture, discourse in formal settings and multimodality.


Dr. Susan Jan Oliver

Dr. Oliver is from Enterprise, Alabama. She taught in public school system 12 years and holds valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate. She is an Alumni of the Troy University System and received PhD from Auburn University in 2001.


Dr. Timon Paleologos

Dr. Timon Paleologos is an Associate Professor at the Phenix City campus. He served as a Reading Coordinator and “At-Risk” teacher, then earned his doctoral degree in Reading Education from Auburn University.


Dr. Shawn Plash

Dr. Shawn Plash earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida. She is associate professor in the College of Education, Department of Teacher Education. Her research interests lies in the area of multiculturalism, classroom management, and teacher retention.


Dr. Sandra Lee Pollock

Dr. Sandra Pollock is an LMHC and Assistant Professor in the CRIT Department. Research interests: nontraditional students, marginalized populations, and social justice. She brings experience and fun into the classroom.


Dr. Shelley Willetts Reed

Dr. Reed has worked for over 14 years in the field of mental health counseling mostly with adults with serious and persistent mental health diagnosis, addictions, and co-occurring disorders. She is an LPC, CACII, CPCS, and MAC. Research interests include Counselor Preparedness mostly related to addiction and crisis counseling.


Dr. Joseph Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds started with Troy in 2004 after serving 20 years in the US Air Force. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Teleprocessing Science, an Ed.S., and an Ed.D.


Dr. Trellys Riley

Dr. Trellys A. Riley, Associate Professor, is dedicated to preparing aspiring school administrators for today’s ever-changing school environment. Her servant leadership philosophy drives her research, teaching and service activities.


Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims

Dionne Rosser-Mims, Ph.D. serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Education. Her main areas of teaching and research include adult learning and development, higher education administration, and leadership studies.


Dr. Kristen Rost

Kristen Rost applies her expertise in behavior analysis to address workplace safety/health issues. She also specializes in the experimental analysis of human behavior and conducts laboratory research on choice behavior.


Dr. Greg Ruediger

Greg Ruediger is a native of Minnesota. He is a former public school teacher of students with disabilities. Dr. Ruediger is currently an associate professor at Troy University. He teaches courses addressing the many complexities associated with educating all students.


Dr. Carolyn Russell

I hold a B.S., M.Ed., and Ed. D. in Education – Reading from Auburn University, Reading Recovery Certification from Georgia State University, and Administration and Supervision Certification. I was an adjunct instructor for Troy University from 1999 until 2002 and have been full-time faculty in the Education Department since 2003. Since 2009, I have served as a University Supervisor. In all, I have 49 years of teaching experience.


Dr. Amy Skinner

Dr. Amy Skinner received a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Alabama. Her research interests include motivation and learning with a focus on adolescence and delinquency.


Dr. Joshua Southwick

Joshua Southwick, PhD, CRC, is an assistant professor of rehabilitation. He has provided rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with visual impairments. Research interests: Vocational rehabilitation processes & outcomes, knowledge translation.


Annette G. Walters

Annette G. Walters is a Lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education on the Troy University - Phenix City Campus. She serves as an instructor for reading courses, curriculum and instruction, and internship seminar. She was employed in public education for many years and joined the Troy University family as an Adjunct Instructor before employment as a full-time instructor. She is actively involved in campus and committee work, and community activities. At the present time, she is the Campus Contact for the Department of Teacher Education. Her hobbies include visiting with family and friends, working with colleagues to strengthen the opportunities for students, guiding Troy University students as they work to complete the elementary education program, reading, traveling, collecting recipes and cooking (as time permits).


Dr. Isabelle Warren

30 years in P-12 classrooms

  1. Taught P-k to high school math
  2. Coached: Softball, Volleyball, Girls Varsity Track, and Varsity Competitive Cheerleading
  3. Regional Coach of the Year: 3 years
  4. State Coach of the Year: 1 year

10 years ran Brookstone's Summer Camp Program

11 years in Higher Education

  1. Tenured
  2. Associate Professor
  3. Chair of the Education Department: Phenix City
  4. College of Education Assessment Coordinator
Married; 2 children; 1 granddaughter


Dr. Pamela Wimbish

Pam Wimbish is a Lecturer in the Department of Education where she has served since fall of 2010. She currently serves as Program Leader for the UG - Elementary Education program and is Co-Director for Pre-K to K Transition Project. She received a B.S. in Education from Troy University in 1996, and an M.S. in Education from Troy University in 2004.


Dr. Jason Wingate

Dr. Wingate was originally from Huntsville, Alabama. He is a Troy Alumni, has taught secondary science for 4 years, and has been a P12 school administrator for 9 years. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn and currently serves as Director for the Certification and Field Experience Department.