MC welcomes four new educators for 2013-14 academic year

Aug. 23, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

This fall, Maryville College welcomes to its campus one visiting professor and three visiting instructors, bringing the total number of full-time faculty members to 69.

“We are very excited about the professional qualifications of these faculty members,” said Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College. “All are highly-qualified new PhDs who come to us well-trained and knowledgeable in the latest developments in their fields of study. These faculty members bring new energy and expertise to our academic programs, and we look forward to working with them in the upcoming year.”

In the College’s Division of Social Sciences, Dr. Shankar Ghimire joins the faculty as a visiting assistant professor of economics. Ghimire received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Cloud State University in Saint Cloud, Minn. He received a master of arts in applied economics with a concentration in development economics and a Ph.D. in applied economics from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. His thesis title is Three Essays on Aid-for-Trade and Export Performance of Developing Countries.

Previously, he was an instructor of record in the Department of Economics at Western Michigan University, where he taught courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Ghimire’s research interests include foreign aid and development, Foreign Direct Investment/outsourcing, trade policies and exports, trade and development, globalization and migration.

Dr. Kristin Robertson joins the Division of Languages and Literature as a visiting instructor of composition. She received her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. She received her Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University, where she completed a dissertation titled Almost Like Wings (poems).

Previously, Robertson was a graduate teaching associate at Georgia State University, where she taught courses in creative writing, poetry and English composition. She was also a lecturer at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, where she taught courses in poetry, creative writing, fiction, literature and English composition.

Her poetry has been published in several journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Smartish Pace, Sycamore Review, Greensboro Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee and Migrants & Stowaways: An Anthology on Journeys.

In the College’s Behavioral Sciences Division, Dr. Susan Santiago joins the faculty as a visiting instructor of psychology. A U.S. Army veteran, Santiago received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. She earned a master of education degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in gerontological counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Rochester in New York, where she focused on gerontological counseling and clinical supervision.

Her dissertation title is Exploring Millennial Generation Counselor Trainees’ Perceptions of Aging and their Understanding of Counseling Older Adults: A Qualitative Study of Student Perspectives.

A national certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor, Santiago most recently served as co-instructor, graduate teaching associate and clinical supervisor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development of the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Alexa Shutt joins the College’s Division of Education as a visiting instructor of exercise science. She received her bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn., where she majored in consumer science and education with a concentration in dietetics. She received her master of public health degree and Ph.D. in health and human science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her dissertation title is Public Health Nutrition: A Workforce in Transition.

Previously, Shutt was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Memphis, where she taught nutrition fundamentals. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Okla., where she taught nutrition and led laboratories in chemistry and biology.

Shutt has 10 years of nutrition and health experience. She was a regional nutritionist for the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services in San Antonio, Texas, and she has worked as a contract dietician in Oklahoma and Texas.


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.