Maryville College welcomes several new educators for the 2010-11 academic year

Aug. 24, 2010
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

This fall, Maryville College welcomes to its campus two full-time faculty members, one visiting professor and one instructor, bringing the total number of full-time faculty members to 79.

“Maryville College is fortunate to welcome our four new faculty members, who bring a wide variety of life experience with them,” said Dr. Jeff Fager, vice president and dean of the College. “The students will certainly benefit from their fresh perspectives.”

In the College’s Division of Math and Computer Science, Dan Ross joins the faculty as assistant professor of mathematics. Ross received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he is also completing a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As a graduate research assistant at the University of Missouri, Ross participated in the Comparing Options in Secondary Mathematics: Investigating Curriculum (COSMIC) Project, an NSF-funded longitudinal study investigating high school students’ mathematics learning from textbooks embodying two distinct approaches to content organization: an integrated approach and a subject-specific approach.

Vickie Messman has joined the faculty in the Social Sciences Division as an assistant professor of management. She received a bachelor of science and M.B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. She is completing a doctorate in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Messman taught “Business 344: Principles of Finance” at Maryville College in Spring 2009 as an instructor. From 2003 until 2008, she was an instructor at the University of Tennessee and the University of Southern Mississippi, where she taught finance, hospitality management, economics and business courses to classes ranging from 25 to 232 students.

Her research interests and areas of teaching include: principles of management, international business simulation, principles of finance, investments, corporate finance and behavioral finance.

Patty Ireland joins the College’s Division of Languages & Literature as an instructor of English. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was named the Outstanding Graduate in English in 2008.

Since 2008, Ireland has taught English composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a graduate teaching assistant. Previously, she taught at Musi-Com’s Vocal Arts School in Chattanooga as an instructor of voice and songwriting.

Her specialties are southern and African American literature, and she has published poetry, historical fiction and creative nonfiction. She has also submitted three short stories and one novel.

Visiting Instructor of Management Clay Shwab returns to campus for a fourth year. Schwab earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in English education from the University of Tennessee, where he is completing a Ph.D. in educational psychology.

As an adjunct instructor at Maryville College, Schwab taught classes in management and adolescent psychology. Previously, he taught English and writing at Pellissippi State Community College. He is the chief operating officer and consultant for Sangari US, a national science curriculum company for elementary and middle schools.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.