Jessica Crews Garcia joined the College as an agricultural economics lecturer. She previously worked as an IT Specialist in the Instructional Technology Center at UTM. Garcia is currently utilizing her experience in the IT field and incorporating the knowledge gained in her own teaching and support of online agriculture students. In her spare time, Garcia enjoys the outdoors including fishing, hunting, boating, photography, and horseback riding.
Dr. Will Bird now joins UTM as an assistant professor of Agricultural Education and Communications. Dr. Bird is from Halls. He’s also a past Tennessee Association FFA state officer. Before coming back to UTM, Dr. Bird served as the principal for Dyersburg Intermediate School.
Clint Ary, DVM is an assistant professor of Animal Science. Dr. Ary earned a DVM from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an animal science concentration from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is married to his wife, Allison. They have a son named Colston.
Ph.D. Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, 1990
M.S. Animal and Poultry science, University of Saskatchewan, 1987
Bachelor of Agriculture with Honors, Animal Science, University of Guelph, 1983
Katie Ebers , DVM, MS is an adjunct professor in the Agriculture and Geosciences Department. Originally from Jackson, MS, she currently lives in Hattiesburg with her family. While living in Martin, she worked at a local veterinary clinic, taught a lecture class at night, and converted lecture based classes to online curriculum. She holds a bachelor's in Microbiology, a Master's degree, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University
Michael A. Gibson is a University of Tennessee Alumni Association Distinguished Service Professor. He received his B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary in 1979 followed by M.S. in Geology from Auburn University in 1983. Upon completion of his M.S. Gibson served as an instructor at Auburn for the 1983 academic year during which time he married. Gibson then moved to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he obtained his Ph.D. in Geology in 1988 studying fossils of the West Tennessee region for his dissertation and receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Professional Promise. Since 1988 he has been on faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin, currently holding the rank of Full Professor since 1999. Gibson area of study is in paleontology and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Paleontology, History of Earth, Fossils: Life Through Time, Marine Geology, Oceanography, among many others. Gibson teaches marine geology during the summers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama. He is an Associate Curator for the Memphis Pink Palace Museum & Coon Creek Science Center. He has over 150 publications to date and is currently working on a book about Tennessee fossils.
Dr. Wes Totten is a professor of Plant and Soil Science (Golf Course and Landscape Management) in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Dr. Totten earned a PhD in Plant and Environmental Science from Clemson University, and earned a Master of Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Soils from Auburn University. Dr. Totten is married to the former Brooke Anderson of Athens, AL and they have three sons, Cason, Cade and Cohen and one daughter, Ellianna Catherine. His scholarly interests include turfgrass nutrition, plant growth regulator usage on turfgrass, and developing new teaching tools for plant science based curricula.
Chrissie is an Assistant Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at UT- Martin. Chrissie is originally from McBee, South Carolina and received her Bachelors’ degree from Clemson University. She then went on to receive her first Masters’ degree from Louisiana State University and her second Masters’ degree from Oklahoma State University. She recently received her PhD in Crop Science with an emphasis in Turfgrass Science from Oklahoma State University. She hopes to make a contribution to the Turfgrass industry through research and development of grasses to make a positive difference for turf managers and athletes all around the world.
Dr. Philip Smartt is the Professor of Park Management and Heritage Interpretation at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a Certified Interpretive Trainer and was the first CIT in Tennessee. He has a Ph.D. in Forestry from Texas A&M University and a Master of Forestry in Forest Recreation from Stephen F. Austin State University. He also has a B.S. in Aerospace from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Smartt has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of heritage interpretation. He lives with his family on 16 beautiful wooded acres in rural northwest Tennessee. He is married to the love of his life, Lisa. She is a writer and a motivational speaker. They have two sons, Stephen and Jonathan.