MC welcomes six new educators for 2018-19 academic year

MC welcomes six new educators for 2018-19 academic year

July 13, 2018 

This fall, Maryville College welcomes to its campus one assistant professor, one associate professor, one lecturer and three visiting lecturers, bringing the total number of full-time faculty members to 78.

“The heart of what we do is teaching—it’s the single most important thing the College has to offer. Our goal is to hire not only individuals who are professionally qualified in their areas of expertise, but who moreover are passionate about teaching students,” said Dr. Daniel Klingensmith, interim vice president and dean of the College. “These new faculty will bring new strengths to our curriculum, and I’m confident that they will serve our students well.”  

Sarah ClintonIn the College’s Division of Social Sciences, Dr. Sarah Clinton joins the faculty as an assistant professor of finance. Clinton earned a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University, and she earned a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Georgia.

Previously, Clinton was an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, where she taught courses in advanced accounting and consolidations. A certified public accountant, she was also a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Her teaching and research areas include financial accounting (voluntary disclosure, corporate governance and financial derivatives) and finance.

Cynthia GardnerDr. Cynthia Gardner joins the Division of Education as associate professor of education and director of teacher education. Gardner holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (emphasis on Earth sciences) and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina.

Previously, she taught at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., where she served as associate professor, assessment coordinator, department chair and coordinator of elementary education. She also has taught elementary school and high school, and she is a Leave No Trace Trainer and an alumna of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Gabie KerrDr. Gabie Kerr joins the Division of Social Sciences as a lecturer in management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Huntingdon College, a master’s degree in administrative management from Bowie State University - European Division and a Ph.D. in business administration from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Most recently, Kerr has served as an education project manager at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She also was an adjunct faculty member at King University in Knoxville, Tenn., where she taught courses in statistics and business research methods.

Jennifer HardyIn the Division of Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Jennifer Hardy joins the faculty as a visiting lecturer in psychology. Hardy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in community counseling from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Most recently, Hardy has been a psychologist in Maryville, Tenn. As an independent practitioner, she has provided individual psychotherapy to adolescent and adult clients. Her specializations include mood disorders, parenting adult children, older adults and aging, anxiety disorders, career counseling, relationship issues, identity concerns and long-term psychodynamic therapy. She also served as an adjunct professor of counseling psychology at the Pennsylvania State University.

Kathryn Julian Dr. Kathryn Julian joins the Division of Humanities as a visiting lecturer in history. Julian holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Birmingham-Southern College, a master’s degree in modern European history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her dissertation title is “The Socialist Devout: Religious Orders and the Making of an East German Catholic Community.” She also was a visiting research scholar at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany.

Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor in Westfield State University’s Department of History. She was an assistant director of the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts and an archival assistant in special collections at the Jones Public Library in Amherst, Mass.

William WhiteIn the Division of Behavioral Sciences, William White joins the faculty as a visiting lecturer in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in educational interpreting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a master’s degree in interpreter pedagogy from the University of North Florida.

White is the owner of Established Hands: Interpreting Consultants in Knoxville, Tenn., where he also serves as a mentor. He assists apprentices as they transition from academia to becoming practicing professional ASL/English interpreters and experienced interpreters.


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 2018 semester is 1,146.