With a total of 15 new members added to Lee University’s faculty this semester, six are welcomed into Lee’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Katherine Carlson joins Lee’s Department of Language and Literature as an assistant professor of English. Prior to her arrival at Lee, she was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship.
While at UNC, Carlson taught English, introduction to fiction, and rhetoric and composition. She has presented at conferences both in the United States and abroad in fields such as British studies, children’s literature and comparative literature.
Carlson earned her doctorate and master’s of arts from UNC and her bachelor of arts from Whitworth University.
Melody Howard-Clark, visiting lecturer in English, has been an adjunct instructor at Lee since 2012. Prior to that, she was a member of the faculty at Anderson University for three years and an adjunct English instructor at Ivy Tech Community College.
Howard-Clark earned her master’s of arts from Butler University and a master’s of science and bachelor of arts from Indiana University.
Dr. Ana Alves joins the Department of History, Political Science and Humanities as an assistant professor of political science. Prior to Lee, Alves was a lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Virginia and an adjunct professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica do Rio de Janeiro.
Alves has conducted research in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador.
Alves earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia, a master’s of arts from Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janerio, and a bachelor of arts from Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais.
Also joining the Department of History, Political Science and Humanities is Dr. Drew Bledsoe as an assistant professor of history. He has taught at Rice University, Lone Star College and Houston Community College. His main area of interest is the American Civil War, reconstruction and American military history.
Bledsoe earned his doctorate and master’s of arts from Rice University, his master of language arts from Henderson State University, a juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and his bachelor of arts from Ouachita Baptist University.
Dustin Cawood, a native of Cleveland, joins the Communication Arts department as an assistant professor of communication. He spent the past 10 years in California working in the film and television industry at Skywalker Sound and Pixar Animation Studios.
His credits as sound effects editor/designer include such productions as “Lincoln,” “Madagascar 2,” “Madagascar 3,” “Wall-E,” “Star Wars,” “Toy Story 3” and “Mission Impossible.” Earlier in his career, he worked at Chattanooga stations WTVC and WRCB as a graphic artist, audio mixer and production assistant.
Cawood earned his master of fine arts at Florida State University and his bachelor of arts at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Dr. Bryan Poole joins the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences as a lecturer in psychology. He has taught introductory and research classes, along with cognitive neuroscience. He is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology.
Dr. Poole is currently pursuing a doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of Alabama and earned his master of arts at Middle Tennessee State University and bachelor of arts at Lee University.