Mercer Experts

Mercer University faculty are a rich source of expertise on a wide range of topics. Please see the list of experts below. If you cannot locate an expert in the field, contact Kyle Sears, director of media relations, at or (478) 301-4037.

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Dr. Wesley Barker
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
College of Professional Advancement

Areas of Expertise: comparative literature and religion, feminist theory and theology and culture.

Dr. Barker has published recent articles on literary theory and religion; and theology, sexual difference and the ethics of subjectivity. Dr. Barker received a Ph.D. from Emory University.

Contact Information:
(478) 547-6029


Dr. Vikraman Baskaran
Assistant Professor of Health Informatics
College of Professional Advancement

Areas of Expertise: healthcare informatics, health level 7 (HL7), knowledge management, e-health, electronic health records, and predictive analytics in healthcare.

Dr. Baskaran’s research revolves around finding a viable application of the KM paradigm in healthcare application. He is an engineer by profession and earned his Ph.D. from Coventry University.

Contact Information:
(678) 547-6026


Dr. Thompson Biggers
Associate Professor of Communication
College of Professional Advancement

Areas of Expertise: Communication, specifically: Instructional Communication, Organizational Communication, Gender Relations and Interpersonal Communication.

Dr. Biggers earned his Ph.D. in communication theory and research from Florida State University. He has presented at multiple professional conferences, and was President of Schreiner University. He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Communication Association.

Contact Information:
(678) 643-8140


Jody Blanke
Profess of Computer Information Systems and Law
Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Areas of Expertise: privacy; web privacy; physician assisted suicide

Professor Blanke has published recent scholarly articles in such issues as web privacy and e-mail spam regulations. He graduated with distinction from Emory University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate and holds bachelor’s in computer science and psychology, and a master’s of computer science from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Contact Information:
(678) 547-6313


Dr. Heather Bowman-Cutway
Associate Professor of Biology
College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise: ecology, plant ecology, invasive species, environmental issues, tree conservation/protection and plant identification

Dr. Bowman-Cutway’s research includes invasive species, plant ecology and rare/endangered species. She is the chair of the Macon Tree Commission and co-chair of the College Hill Corridor Commission. Dr. Bowman-Cutway earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2495


Dr. Caroline Brackette
Associate Professor of Counseling
Department of Counseling, College of Professional Advancement

Areas of Expertise: cultural competence, counseling adolescents, diversity and inclusion, advocacy and leadership, pedagogy, disaster mental health counseling, conflict resolution, and mental health and student-athletes.

Dr. Brackette has published recent articles on advocacy, cultural competence, scholarship of teaching and learning in counselor education, disaster mental health counseling, mental health of student-athletes, and incorporating service learning in course curriculum.

She is a licensed professional counselor, registered mediator, nationally approved clinical supervisor, and certified school counselor. She received her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Toledo.

Contact Information:
(678) 547-6058


Dr. Linda L. Brennan
Associate Dean and Professor of Management
Eugene W. Stetson School of Stetson of Business and Economics

Areas of Expertise: lean practices and performance improvement in project and process management; impact assessments of information and instructional technologies; and performance measurement of social ventures.

Dr. Brennan's prior work experience includes management positions at The Quaker Oats Company and marketing and systems engineering experience with the IBM Corporation. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, her MBA from the University of Chicago, and her B.I.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Strategic Management for Results published by Cognella, 2012.

Operations Management published by McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Computer Mediated Communications and Trust: Organizational and Managerial Effects, Linda Brennan, and Victoria Johnson, editors.  Hershey, Pa.: IGP Press, 2008.

Linda L. Brennan and Robert D. Perkins (2013). Can virtual mentors add value to business ethics education? A case-based exploratory study. Journal of Business Ethics Education, 9: 165-192.

Cheryl T. Clark and Linda L. Brennan (2012). Entrepreneurship with social value: A conceptual model for performance measurement. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, 18(2): 17-40. Received Distinguished Research Award at the Allied Academies International Conference April 5, 2012.

Linda L. Brennan (2012). The scientific management of information overload. Journal of Business and Management, 17(1).

Walt W. Austin, Linda L. Brennan, and James L. Hunt (2011). Legal truth and consequences for a failed ERP implementation. Journal of Cases in Information Technology, 13(1), 37-56.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2199


Dr. Melissa Browning
Assistant Professor Contextual Ministry
McAfee School of Theology

Areas of Expertise: ethics, death penalty, mass incarceration, sexual ethics (and the church), HIV and AIDS, African HIV and AIDS pandemic, global health, community development

Dr. Browning earned her Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Loyola Chicago, Master of Divinity from Baylor University and Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Gardner-Webb University. For her full CV, see

Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania, Lexington Books, 2013.

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Dr. Tammy Crutchfield
Professor of Marketing and Director of Undergraduate Programs
Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and

Areas of Expertise:  relationship marketing, professional services marketing, marketing research and strategy, building student relationships and loyalty

Dr. Crutchfield has published recent articles on nonprofit marketing, business student retention and relationship marketing. She earned her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Alabama.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-5652


Dr. David Davis
Assistant Professor of English and Southern Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise: Southern literature and cultural studies, foodways, World War I and American culture, chain gangs and incarceration

Dr. Davis earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Davis is the co-editor of Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways; editor of Not Only War by Victor Daly; and editor of Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang by John L. Spivak.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2358


Jim Fleissner
Professor of Law
Walter F. George School of Law

Areas of Expertise:  criminal law and procedure, especially federal criminal investigations, trials and appeals.

Professor Fleissner’s research and speaking focuses on aspects of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions and the Department of Justice, among many other legal topics and he has made numerous presentations on First Amendment or other legal protection for confidential sources of the media.  His most recent publication was an editorial I authored on behalf of the editorial board of the American Judicature Society entitled “A Rescue Plan for the Justice Department.”

Professor Fleissner have served 10 years as a full-time federal prosecutor, with six of those years in supervisory positions and he has served an additional five years in part-time federal prosecution appointments as a senior associate independent counsel and a special assistant U.S. Attorney.  He has extensive experience in federal criminal investigations, trials and appeals.  Professor Fleissner has often served as media expert, for example, serving as a regular guest for coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing prosecutions on the “Newshour with Jim Lehrer.”

He earned his bachelor’s, summa cum laude from Marquette University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was associate editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2637


Dr. Chris Grant
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise: U.S. elections, congress, Georgia politics, public policy and European politics

Dr. Grant’s has published numerous articles on Georgia politics and congressional elections and recently served as president of the Georgia Political Science Association. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Moldova and has served as a Congressional Fellow. He earned his bachelor’s from Birmingham-Southern College and his master’s and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-5519 (preferred)


Dr. David Gushee
Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics
Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life

Areas of Expertise: Christian faith, politics, public policy evangelicals and public life; human rights issues, especially torture; Christian social ethics: focus on issues such as marriage, sexuality, environment and economics.

As Distinguished University Professor, Dr. Gushee teaches at McAfee School of Theology and throughout Mercer University in his specialty, Christian ethics. As Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life, he organizes events and courses to advance quality conversations about major issues arising at the intersection of theology, ethics, and public policy. Beyond his work at Mercer, he currently serves as Senior Columnist for Baptist News Global. Dr. Gushee also serves on the board of directors of Sojourners and as Vice-Chair of the board of the Public Religion Research Institute. He also serves on the Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he has taught a faculty seminar course.

Dr. Gushee is a scholar, activist, and churchman. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. He has published seventeen books, with four more in development, and many hundreds of essays, book chapters, articles, reviews, and opinion pieces. Probably his most widely noted books are Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust (Fortress, 1994/Paragon House, 2003), Kingdom Ethics (IVP, 2003),The Future of Faith in American Politics (Baylor, 2008), a devotional work with his wife Jeanie called Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night (Thomas Nelson, 2012), and the broadly endorsed Sacredness of Human Life (Eerdmans, 2013), which interrogates what it has meant, and proposes what it should mean, to say that human life is sacred. It is his most ambitious and demanding scholarly project to date, and has been nominated for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award.

As an activist, Professor Gushee was the principal drafter of both the Evangelical Climate Initiative (2006) and the Evangelical Declaration against Torture (2007), both of which changed the conversation in church and society about their respective issues. He is regularly quoted in major national media of all types, including NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, as an authority on the role of religion, especially evangelicals, in American public life, and as a voice for civility and dialogue across our cultural divides. He maintains an active voice on social media (twitter: @dpgushee).

Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah reside in Atlanta, Georgia, where they eagerly await visits from their grown children Holly (with her husband Jonathan), David, and Marie. An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Gushee and his wife attend First Baptist Church in Decatur, where he teaches a weekly Sunday School class when in town, as well as Holy Cross Catholic Church. David is a long-time Atlanta Braves fan and, at 51, still very much enjoys competing with his students and colleagues on the tennis court.

The Sacredness of Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Idea is Key to the World’s Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.

Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night. With Jeanie Gushee. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012.

A New Evangelical Manifesto: A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2012.

Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul. Co-editor and Contributor, with Jillian Hickman Zimmer and J. Drew Zimmer. Macon: Mercer, 2010.

The Scholarly Vocation and the Baptist Academy. Co-editor, with Roger Ward. Macon: Mercer, 2008.

The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Public Witness of the Evangelical Center. Waco: Baylor, 2008.

Only Human: Christian Reflections on the Journey Toward Wholeness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Getting Marriage Right: Realistic Counsel for Saving and Strengthening Marriages. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.

Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, with Glen H. Stassen. Downers Grove, IL : Intervarsity, 2003. Translations current and forthcoming: Japanese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Finnish. Excerpt anthologized in Living Ethics, edited by Michael Minch and Christine Weigel. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2009.

Contact Information:
(678) 547-6457


Dr. George Hayhoe
Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Technical Communication Management
Department of Technical Communication, School of Engineering

Areas of Expertise: Technical communication; research methods in technical communication; journal and magazine editing; usability of products and their documentation; distance learning; international standards for technical communication

Dr. Hayhoe has conducted research and published articles in numerous areas of the emerging field of technical communication. He earned his Ph.D. in southern literature from the University of South Carolina, his master’s in American literature from the Catholic University of America and his bachelor’s in English from LaSalle College.

A Research Primer for Technical Communication: Methods, Exemplars, and Analyses. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2008. (With M.A. Hughes)

Edited Texts:
Connecting People with Technology: Issues in Professional Communication. Amityville, N.Y.: Baywood Publishing, 2009. (With Helen Grady)

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2299


David Hricik
Professor of Law
Walter F. George School of Law

Areas of Expertise:  Legal ethics; intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights); federal civil procedure.

Professor Hricik has published numerous scholarly articles in a variety of areas of the law. He is also deeply involved in the leadership of several professional organizations and is the author of several books, including Ethical Issues in Patent Prosecution and Ethical Issues in Patent Litigation, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press. He earned his bachelor's, with high honors from the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law.

Ethical Issues in Patent Prosecution. Oxford University Press. (2009) with Mercedes Meyer.

Ethical Issues in Patent Litigation. Oxford University Press. (2009)

Mastering Civil Procedure. Carolina Academic Press (2008).

Modern Statutory Interpretation: Problems, Theories, and Lawyering Strategies. Carolina Academic Press (2006; second edition 2009) with Linda Jellum.

Teachers Manual for Modern Statutory Interpretation. Carolina Academic Press (2006; second edition 2009) with Linda Jellum.

Property: Cases, Documents, and Lawyering Strategies. Lexis/Nexis (2004; second edition 2008) with Professors Crump and Caudill.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-4154


W. Klugh Kennedy, Pharm.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Psychiatry
Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Mercer School of Medicine

Areas of Expertise: psychopharmacology, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, substance abuse-dependence, clinical teaching, professionalism, interdisciplinary teaching

Kennedy conducts research and publishes papers in the areas of psychopharmacology, substance abuse and mental illness, as well as areas of related to professionalism and teaching. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University and bachelor’s in pharmacy from the University of Georgia.

Contact Information:
(912) 350-2664


Dr. Eric Klingelhofer
Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise: archaeology, ancient medieval history and early exploration and colonization Dr. Klingelhofer earned his Ph.D. in medieval history from Johns Hopkins University. He earned his master’s degree in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Birmingham, UK, and his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

A Glorious Empire: Archaeology and the Tudor-Stuart Atlantic World, Oxbow Books (UK), 2013  Castles and Colonists: An Archaeology of Elizabethan Ireland, Manchester University Press (UK), 2010

First Forts: Archaeological Essays on Proto-Colonial Fortification (ed.), Brill Press (Neth), 2010.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2858


Dr. Laura Lackey
Professor and Chair of Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering

Areas of Expertise: biological and chemical remediation of organic contaminants; remediation of contaminated air, soil and water

Dr. Lackey has published numerous articles in scholarly publications related to environmental engineering and with fellow Mercer environmental engineering professor Richard O. Mines Jr. is the author of the textbooks Introduction to Environmental Engineering (2009) and, forthcoming in 2010, Essential Concepts in Environmental Engineering. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

J.L. Boles, J.R. Gamble, and L.W. Lackey, High-Efficiency Processes for Destruction of Contaminants, US 6,461,510 B1, Granted on October 8, 2002.

J.L. Boles, J.R. Gamble, and L.W. Lackey, High-Efficiency Processes for Destruction of Contaminants, US 6,599,423 B2, Granted on July 29, 2003

L.W. Lackey, K. Bellman, and T. Wood, Knee Flexion Device for Patient Rehabilitation, submitted 8/2008, patent pending.

Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Prentice Hall. 2009, with Richard O. Mines.

Essential Concepts in Environmental Engineering, John Wiley. Forthcoming 2010 with Richard O. Mines.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-4106


Dr. Paul Lewis
Professor of Religion
College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise: Christian Theology and ethics, bioethics, science and religion

Dr. Lewis’ current research areas include Christian ethics and the psychology of moral development/psychology of wisdom.

Wisdom Calls: the Moral Story of the Hebrew Bible

Book in process: 
Faithful Innovation: Christian Practical Wisdom

Contact Information:
(478) 301-4166


Patrick E. Longan
W.A. Bootle Chair in Ethics and Professionalism in the Practice of Law
Walter F. George School of Law

Area of Expertise: Legal Ethics

Professor Longan researches and writes in the areas of professional responsibility and legal ethics. He earned his bachelor’s from Washington University in St. Louis, his master’s from the University of Sussex and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2639


Dr. Allen Lynch
Associate Professor of Economics
Stetson School of Business and Economics

Areas of Expertise: general economic conditions and trends, economic policy, sports business, sports economics, sports analytics

Dr. Lynch earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He has previously worked as a senior demographic analyst for Blockbuster Inc. and as a policy analyst for the Collins Center for Public Policy.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-4055


Scot J. Mann
Assistant Professor and Director of Theatre
Communication and Theatre Arts Department, College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise: film, television, and stage acting; stunts; theatrical combat; classical acting; directing and playwriting.

Mann has more than 20 years experience in the professional entertainment industry as an actor, director, fight director, stunt performer and instructor. He serves as an instructor in theatrical combat around the world and has been selected as Certified Fight Director by the Society of American Fight Directors and named a Certified Teacher by the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat and. He earned his bachelor’s from Mercer University and his Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Alabama. He is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and Actor’s Equity unions.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-2978


Dr. Craig Marker
Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology
School of Medicine

Areas of Expertise: anxiety disorders, panic disorder, excessive worry, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), exercise and mental health, healthy behaviors.

Dr. Marker earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Chicago Medical School, as well as postdoctoral respecialization in quantitative methods from the University of Virginia.

Recent Publications:
Marker, C.D., & Aylward, A. (2012). Generalized Anxiety Disorder (1st ed.) Hogrefe & Huber Publishing. ISBN-10: 0889373353

Marker, C.D., Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2013). The reciprocal relationship between alliance and symptom improvement across the treatment of childhood anxiety. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 42(1), 22–33.

Sanchez, A., Vazquez, C., Marker, C., LeMoult, J., & Joormann, J. (2013). Attentional disengagement predicts stress recovery in depression: An eye-tracking study. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(2), 303–313. doi:

Teachman, B. A., Marker, C.D., & Clerkin, E.M. (2010). Catastrophic misinterpretations as a predictor of symptom change during treatment for panic disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(6), 964-975.

Shearer-Underhill, C., & Marker, C.D. (2010). The Use of the Number Needed to Treat (NNT) in Randomized Clinical Trials in Psychological Treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17(1), 41-47. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01191.x

Kendall, P.C., Comer, J.S., Marker, C.D., Creed, T.A., Puliafico, A.C., Hughes, A.A., Martin, E.D., Suveg, C., & Hudson, J.L. (2009). In-session exposure tasks and therapeutic alliance across the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 77(3), 517-525.

Montgomery, M. A., Sobell, L.C., Sobell, M.B., & Marker, C.D. (2009). Does source of media recruitment of problem drinkers matter? In Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research 33, p. 44A.

Teachman, B.A., Marker, C.D., & Smith, S. (2008). Automatic associations and panic disorder: Trajectories of change over the course of treatment, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(6), 988-1002. doi:10.1037/a0013113

Marker, C.D., Carmin, C.N., & Ownby, R. (2008). Factor analysis of the Cardiac Anxiety Questionnaire. Depression and Anxiety. 25(10), 824-831.

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Dr. Richard H. Martin
Professor of Public Safety
College of Professional Advancement

Areas of Expertise: law enforcement: selection, accreditation, use of force; criminal justice basic and in-service training and criminal justice academic curriculum

Dr. Martin teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency management. He has 49 years of experience in law enforcement and criminal justice education. He was a department head for 26 years at five colleges and universities. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington. After graduating from Lipscomb, Dr. Martin taught high school history and health, and coached basketball in Gary, Indiana, before following in his father’s footsteps to become a police officer. When Dr. Martin was in the 10th grade, his father was gunned down by shotgun on the south side of Chicago. Dr. Martin was one of the first police school resource officers in the state of Indiana and one of the first entering law enforcement in the state with a master’s degree. Other law enforcement positions included elected constable in Delaware County, Indiana; president of the police commission for the city of Woodstock; and secretary of the merit commission for McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, both in Illinois. Dr. Martin was also the deputy director of Northeast Multi-Regional Training (NEMRT), a Chicago area state inservice police training organization. He was an international assessor for the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for 16 years. He is the current chair of the International Association of Chiefs Police (IACP) University Police Section Scholarship Committee, past chair of the University and College Police Section Training Committee and past member of the 2007-10 and 2018-19 IACP Research Advisory Committee. He is also a consultant with the Theoretical and Applied Forensics Group; serves as a grant peer reviewer for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); and is a member of the Montgomery Police Department Command and Staff College Academic Policy Board. Dr. Martin’s has authored and co-authored 35 peer-reviewed publications and two textbooks. He is an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Gang Research; Journal of Forensic Science and Addiction Research; Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal; Journal of Education and Training Studies; and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. He has completed 43 editorial book reviews and made over 40 presentations at professional conferences. He has also developed traditional and innovative criminal justice curricula, including hybrid and online. He earned several curriculum awards for his pre-service education delivery system (PEDS) model for police and correction officer certification and telecommunicator certification in Illinois. The PEDS Model is recognized as a national replicable model, “An alternative approach to pre-service police basic training: Combining training and education learning outcomes,” and is published in the Community College Journal of Practice and Research. Other publication topics include use of force investigations template for supervisors; desired police chief attributes for police recruit recruits in seven states (southeastern and Midwest) and the Caribbean; police technology; police wellness and health; sexual assaults in Georgia prisons; gangs in Alabama prisons; hostage negotiations and crisis intervention training in Atlanta; terrorist soft targets; and consent decrees in Georgia corrections. He also co-authored a publication on the Macon-Bibb County (Georgia) consolidation of law enforcement agencies.


Martin, T. K., & Martin, R. H. (2019). Psychological and physical problems of being overweight or obese in law enforcement and the impact on the job performance and personal lives: Control, perception, and assistance. EC Psychology and Psychiatry, 8(3), 158-164

Moore, D., Martin, R. H., & Lin, C. (2019). Police chiefs’ perspectives regarding obesity among law enforcement officers. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 19(1), 6-20

Martin, R. H. (Oct. 29, 2017). Preferred Caribbean commissioners recruit attributes for successful police training and careers. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 18(1) 13-29

Martin, T. K., & Martin, R. H. (2017). Police suicide and PTSD: Connection, prevention, and trends. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 17(2), 27-41

Martin, R. H. (2017). Military, university, and police agency command and staff colleges in the United States. Journal of Education and Training Studies 5(2). DOI: 10.11114/jets.v5i2.2180.  Retrieve from

Martin, R. H. (2016). Soft targets are easy targets: increasing incidents of terrorist attacks, preparation, and prevention. Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal 3(2), 1-7.  DOI: 10.15406/frcij.2016.03.00087. Retrieve from

Martin, R. H. (2016). Attributes in Florida for police recruit success in training and career. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 16(4), 55-75

Martin, R. H. (2016). The significance of selected attributes police chiefs in Nebraska, Illinois, and Iowa believe necessary for recruit success in policing.  Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 16(1), 68-89

Stein, M. E., & Martin, R. H. (2016). Conflict and consensus theories: How these concepts impacted the founding fathers and the Second Amendment. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 16(1), 40-62

Ware, S. D, & Martin, R. H. (March 2015).  Sexual violence among male inmates in selected Georgia correctional institutions. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 15(4), 41-59

Wheeler, A. D., & Martin, R. H. (2015). Law Enforcement consolidation: Perceptions of sworn personnel in a city and county office of sheriff model. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 15(2), 13-34. Accepted 4/8/15

Wofford, A., & Martin, R. H. (2014).  The impact of federal monitors on consent decrees.  Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 14(3), 33-58

Martin, R. H., & Hamilton, S. (2014).  Selecting the right recruit: Attributes preferred by Illinois and Iowa police chiefs. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 14(2) 94-114

Martin, R. H. (2014). An alternative approach to preservice police basic training: Combining training and education learning outcomes. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38(11), 995-1007.

Wheeler, C. M., & Martin, R. H. (2014). Technology use in a multi-generational police agency workforce. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 14(1), 49-67

Martin, R. H., Gwynne, J. L., & Hamilton, S. (2013). A comparison of police chief essential police recruit attributes in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 13(3) 37-56 

Martin, R. H. (2013). Police misconduct: Selecting recruits with attributes that can reduce police disciplinary actions. Law Enforcement Executive Forum. 13(1), 65-76

Benton, S. R., & Martin, R. H. (2013).  Police crisis intervention: The need to train. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 13(1), 110-127

Martin, R. H. (Dec. 2012). Advancing police professionalism through higher education. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 12(2) 78-81.

Martin, R. H. (2012). PowerPoint chapter presentations for Williams, C. R., & Arrigo, B. A. (2012); Ethics, crime, and criminal justice (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

Martin, R. H., Gwynne, J., Younker, B., Parrillo, R., & Carter, R. (Fall 2011). The characteristics of Alabama gangs. Journal of Gang Research 18(3) 1-19

Martin, R. H., & Gwynne, J. L.  (March 2010). An assessment of essential police candidate aptitudes and requirements in Alabama. Police Training Technologies. Law Enforcement Executive Forum. 11(1), 83-103

Martin, R. H., Gwynne, J., & Gruber, C. A. (July 2009).  After complaints: An operational template to avoid civil liabilityCritical issues of use of force by law enforcement: Law Enforcement Executive Forum 9(3), 19-37.

Martin, R. H. (2008). Training and education.  In IACP/NIJ booklet (pp.12-14). Improving 21st Century Policing Through Priority Research: The IACP’s National Law Enforcement Research Agenda.  Alexandria, VA: International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Martin, R. H. (2003).  Criminal justice in Ohio today (2nd ed.)Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishing.

Martin, R. H. (2000).  Introduction to criminal justice: Illinois edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co.

Martin, R. H. (2000). Wellness: A Matter of Health.  In W. Doerner and M. L. Dantzker (editors), pp. 276-307. Police Organization and Management: Contemporary Issues. Boston:  Butterworth-Heinemann 

Martin, R. H., & Gruber, C. A. (1995).  Pre-service integrated law enforcement.   Abstract in A Compendium of Illinois School-to-Careers: Award Winning Educational Innovations.  Springfield: Illinois State Board of Education

Martin, R. H. (1993).  Gang colors: Should students be allowed to wear them in college? Views from the field. The Gang Journal: An Interdisciplinary Research Quarterly 1, 69

Martin, R. H. (1981). Administrators of criminal justice baccalaureate programs. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Indiana University, Bloomington

Martin, R. H., & Heath, R. M. (1979). Arrest power for the police-student intern. The Police Chief 46, 53-54

Martin, R. H. (1993). Out of Bedlam: The truth about deinstitutionalization, by Ann Braden Johnson; book review published in the Criminal Justice Review, 8, 106

Martin, R. H. (1986). Campus security and law enforcement; a book review published in the Journal of Security Administration 7(2)

Martin, R. H. (1985). Compensation in the security/loss prevention field (3rd ed.); book review published in the Journal of Security Administration 8(2)

Martin, R. H. (1984). Issues in criminal investigation, by Michael Palmiotto; book review published in the Journal of Security Administration 11(1)

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Dr. Steven McClung
Associate Professor of Marketing
Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Areas of Expertise: sports marketing, Internet marketing, advertising, television and radio.

Dr. McClung has published numerous articles in scholarly journals on topics ranging from newspaper Web site features to spectator satisfaction in minor league baseball. Prior to becoming a professor he spent 10 years as a television and radio reporter in such markets as Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Charleston, S.C. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marshall University and his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Tennessee.

Contact Information:
(478) 301-5597


Dr. Richard O. Mines Jr., P.E., F. ASCE, F. EWRI, F. ASEE
Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of Master of Science and Master of Science in Engineering Programs
School of Engineering

Areas of Expertise: Design of wastewater treatment systems, design of potable water treatment systems, Biological nutrient removal systems

Dr. Mines has conducted research and published scholarly articles on activated sludge processes, biological nutrient removal systems and the ozonation of biosolids. He is the author of two textbooks on environmental engineering, Environmental Engineering: Principles and Practice (2014) and one with fellow Mercer environmental engineering professor Laura Lackey, Introduction to Environmental Engineering (2009). He earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, his master’s in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Environmental Engineering: Principles and Practice, Wiley Blackwell. 2014.
Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Prentice Hall. 2009, with Laura Lackey

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Dr. Nader H. Moniri
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Areas of Expertise:  pharmacology, particularly the mechanism of drug action, medicinal chemistry, drug design and development

Dr. Moniri’s research focuses in receptor pharmacology, reactive oxygen species, diabetes, cardiovascular and nervous systems. He earned his bachelor’s from Georgia State University, his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University.

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(678) 547-6246


Dr. Darren Moore
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mercer University School of Medicine

Areas of Expertise: Social, psychological and mental health aspects of obesity, weight loss, body image, eating disorders and related addictions amond individuals and within couple and family relationships; obesity and weight loss among men, women and children; male and female body image; Anorexia; Bulimia; Binge Eating Disorder; Body Dysmorphic Disorder; Muscle Dysmorphia; food compulsion/addictions; Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid use/abuse; exercise addiction; working with Bariatric (weight loss surgery) patients; obesity among African American families; obesity among marginalized populations; obesity and religion; obesity ethics; African American male identity; men and masculinities; human sexuality; marriage and family therapy; and diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Moore has presented on the topics of obesity and mental health; obesity among African American families; obesity among men, women, children and families; and Bariatric Surgery and couple/family relationships, throughout the United States at both scholarly conferences and for the mass media. Likewise, he currently writes a column regarding mental health for a local newspaper, has been featured in a number of media outlets including newspaper and radio regarding his expertise and is currently writing his first book, “Less is Moore,” where he will be reviewing his personal experiences of obesity and his subsequent 185-pound weight loss. Dr. Moore has served as a Mental Health Consultant for a fitness challenge, and is also involved in a number of scholarly writing projects that are being submitted for publication. Dr. Moore received his bachelor's degree in African American Studies at the University of Minnesota, his master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University, and his Ph.D. in Human Development: Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech.

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David Oedel
Professor of Law
Walter F. George School of Law

Areas of Expertise: constitutional law, U.S. Supreme Court and financial services

Professor Oedel has published numerous scholarly and opinion pieces, including the recent financial crisis, in such publications as National Law Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor and the American Banker. He graduated with his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude from Boston University Law School and earned his bachelor’s from Haverford College.

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(478) 301-2629 


Dr. Brian E. Rood
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science
College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise:  Environmental issues, including water quality, environmental impact assessments, alternative fuel technologies such as biofuels, biodiesel and environmental justice and policy, as well as community outreach programs; biogeochemistry; paleoecology

Dr. Rood has a diverse background in research and outreach in such areas as water quality, environmental impact assessments, environmental justice and policy, biogeochemistry; paleoecology and alternative fuel technologies such as biofuels and biodiesel. He earned his bachelor’s in chemistry and biology from the University of Connecticut, his master’s in zoology and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida.

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(478) 301-2885


Jack L. Sammons                       
Griffin B. Bell Professor of Law
Walter F. George School of Law

Areas of Expertise: free speech, free exercise of religion, establishment of religion, trial evidence

Professor Sammons has written numerous scholarly articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of legal topics, the legal profession and the practice of law. He is also active in numerous professional organizations. He earned his bachelor’s from Duke University, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law and his Master of from Antioch School of Law.

Professor Sammons’ essay on Rebellious Ethics has been recently republished in several business ethics texts and in a book collection of articles on professional ethics. An earlier article co-authored with Dr. Russell Cort, “The Search for Good Lawyering: A Concept and Model of Lawyering Competencies,” has been translated into several languages and was serialized by the ABA.  An earlier book, Lawyer Professionalism published by Carolina Academic Press, was adopted at numerous law schools as required reading for legal ethics courses and was distributed to all members of several commissions on professionalism around the country.

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(478) 301-2323


Dr. Wade H. Shaw, P.E.
Dean and Kaolin Chair of Engineering
School of Engineering

Areas of Expertise: simulation modeling, systems engineering, engineering education

The dean of Mercer’s School of Engineering, Dr. Shaw’s research focuses in modeling of communications networks, design of engineering experiments, response surface methodology in system design and the role of management in engineering education. He is the editor of IEEE Engineering Management Review. Dr. Shaw earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering, his master’s in systems engineering and his Ph.D. in engineering management from Clemson University. He is a certified Professional Engineer.

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(478) 301-2459


Dr. Alan Smith
Professor and Associate Chair in the Biology Department; BMB Director
College of Liberal Arts

Areas of Expertise: tick-borne diseases (e.g., Lyme disease), entomology, coral reef ecology, marine biology, aquatic biology, invertebrate zoology

Dr. Smith’s current research focuses on tick-borne diseases, fish populations of middle Georgia streams and the biology of invertebrates. He earned his Ph.D. in Entomology from Rutgers University.

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(478) 301-2042


Dr. Vijaya Subrahmanyam
Professor of Finance
Stetson School of Business and Economics

Areas of Expertise: Corporation Finance, Corporate Governance, Financial Strategy and Financial Institutions

Dr. Subrahmanyam has research interests in corporate finance and banking, corporate governance and the context of emerging markets. She has been published in several journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, Managerial Finance and the Journal of Economics and Business. Dr. Subrahmanyam received her Ph.D. in finance and her master’s degree in economics from Southern Illinois University.

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(678) 547-6195


Dr. J. Michael Weber
Associate Professor of Marketing
Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Areas of Expertise: small business consulting, business development, business plan development, marketing strategy and teaching pedagogy

Dr. Weber has more than 15 years of active consulting experience as the CEO or managing partner of a marketing consulting firm that provides business and marketing services to a wide variety of firms, organizations and government institutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, his MBA from the University of West Florida and his Ph.D from Louisiana State University.

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(678) 547-6056


Karen Weller Swanson
Associate Professor
Tift College of Education

Areas of Expertise: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Teacher Professional Development, Adult Development and Middle Grades Education


Weller Swanson, K. (Ed.) (2014). Multidisciplinary collaboration. The scholarship of teaching and learning. New Directions in Teaching and Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Contributing chapters by Jane West, Caroline Brackett, Jeannette Anderson, Niamh Tunney, Peter Otto, and Wallace Daniel.

Peer-reviewed book chapters:

Weller Swanson, K. (2014). Research and relationships. In Karen Weller Swanson (Ed.) Multidisciplinary collaboration. The scholarship of teaching and learning. New Directions in Teaching and Learning. (pp. 3-10). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Weller Swanson, K., West, J., Carr, S., & Augustine, S. (2014). Dissertation as a Genre. In Victor Wang (Ed.). Encyclopedia of information communication technologies and adult education integration. (pp. 84-104). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Weller Swanson, K. (2011). Learner-centered course design. In Victor Wang (Ed.). Encyclopedia of information communication technologies and adult education integration. (pp. 545-556). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Weller Swanson, K., & Collins, G. (2011). Teacher-directed instruction for student engagement. Victor Wang (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Information Communication technologies and adult education integration. (pp. 771-781). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Weller Swanson, K (2010). Delightfully difficult work: Transformation for teaching and learning. Victor Wang (Ed.). Encyclopedia of information communication technologies and adult education integration (pp. 169-183). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Weller Swanson, K. W., & Kayler, M. (2010). Blended learning: The best of both worlds. Victor Wang (Ed.). Encyclopedia of information communication technologies and adult education integration (pp. 795-809). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Weller Swanson, K., & Kayler, M. (2009). The role of self-assessment in e-learning communities. Victor Wang (Ed.) Handbook of research on e-learning applications for career and technical education: Technologies for vocational training (pp. 431-443). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Samaras, A. P., DeMulder, E. K., Kayler, M., Rigsby, L. C., & Weller, K., with contributions by Newton, L, and Wilcox, D. R. (2005). Learning Zones: Potentials for teacher and faculty professional renewal (p. 147-164). In Kosnik, C., Freese, A., Samaras, A. P., & Beck, C. (Eds.) (2005). Improving teacher education through self-study: Personal, professional, and program renewal. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Peer-reviewed articles:

Weller Swanson, K. (2010). Constructing a learning partnership in transformative teacher development. Reflective Practice International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(2), 259-269.

Weller Swanson, K., & Kayler, M. (2008). Co-constructing a learner-centered curriculum in teacher professional development. Journal for the Practical Application of Constructivist Theory in Education.3 (1), 1-26.

Kayler, M., & Weller Swanson, K. W. (2008). Modeling constructivist practice in the context of a traditional university-based teacher development program. Journal for the Practical Application of Constructivist Theory in Education, 3(2), 1-21.

Kayler, M., & Weller, K. (2007). Pedagogy, self-assessment and on-line discussion groups. Journal of Educational Technology and Society, 10(1), 136-147.

Samaras, A. P., Kayler, M., Rigsby, L., Weller, K., & Wilcox, D. R. (2005). Self-study of the craft of faculty team teaching in a non-traditional interdisciplinary Master’s program. Studying Teacher Education 2(1), 43-57.

Kayler, M., & Weller, K. (July, 2004). Building dynamic learning communities through the use of Web-based communication. Learning Technology Newsletter, 6(3), 18-19.

Kain, D., Hays, P., & Weller Wunderlich, K. (2000). Stepping into the next century: I-STEP and the preparation of middle school teachers. Childhood Education, 76(5), 298-302.

Peer-reviewed research summaries:

Capraro, R. M., Roe, M. F., Caskey, M. M., Strahan, D., Bishop, P.A., Weiss, C. C., & Swanson, K. W. (2011). Research summary: Assessment.

Weller, K., Robertson, T., & Valentine, J. (1999) Block scheduling in the middle school. National Middle School Research Summaries - website 1999.

Non-peer-reviewed articles:

Weller Swanson, P. & Weller Swanson, K. (2008). Student opinion of our best teaching moments offers insight for best practices. Foreign Language Association of Georgia Journal 9 (Spring/Summer), 25-26.

Weller, K. (2004).Two teams, two responses: Collaboration and standardized testing. Florida League of Middle Schools, 6(1), 12-21.

Weller, K. (2002). High-stakes testing and middle school collaboration. Focus on Middle School, 14 (4), 5-6.

Published international conference proceedings:

Weller Swanson, K. (2008). The role of self-authorship and reflective practice for transformative teacher development. Phi Delta Kappa International Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Weller, K., & Kayler, M. (2005). A team of faculty and teams of students: Critical pedagogy and learner-centered curriculum. Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning. University of Sterling, Scotland. Conference Proceedings (Vol.2).


Weller Swanson, K. & Kayler, M. (2010). Faculty development and adult learning: A model for transforming higher education. International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 4(1).

Education and Professional Background:

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona – May 2003
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction
Dissertation Title: How does high-stakes testing pressure influence collaborative practices of middle school teams?
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona – August 1995
M. Ed. Secondary Education/Science Education
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona – December 1989
B.S. Biology

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(678) 547-6398