Guest Speakers

Andrew Brown

Professor Andrew Brown is lecturer and sequence coordinator for UT Martin Public Relations. He has worked professionally for four non-profit organizations (including twice as CEO) and has been the catalyst for several NPO start-ups. Professor Brown currently serves on two NPO boards, and is completing his terminal degree studies in NPO risk and crisis communication at UT Knoxville. Professor Brown is a proud alumnus of TN Governor’s School for the Humanities.

Robert Valentine

Robert Valentine began his life-long study of Mark Twain in 1973 when he adapted a short story for the stage. Since then, he has performed his interpretation of the iconic writer and storyteller more than 2,000 times on three continents.


A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he is the author of 4 books and several plays including “Edison: A Man,” which premiered at the 1982 World’s Fair. He served for 10 years as the Director of the Storytelling Tour for the National Scouting Museum where he continued to develop the storytelling skills he learned from his study of Twain’s work.


He teaches at Murray State University in Advertising and is the Coordinator for Basic Studies in Mass Communication. He continues to perform on stage, for television and on film, recently appearing in the film, “Revelation Trail.”

Teresa Collard

Teresa Collard is an associate professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She teaches courses in public speaking and interpersonal communications.


Teresa received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and Political Science and her master’s degree in Speech Communications from Eastern Illinois University. She has 45 post-master’s hours in Communications from Southern Illinois University. Teresa received her Ed.D. in Leadership and Higher Education Administration from Union University. In addition to teaching, Teresa devotes a great deal of time to consulting on interpersonal communications and its applications to the business environment. She and Lisa LeBleu have served as consultants for the Cobb County Education Consortium and various other state and regional organizations.


In 2002 and again in 2013, Teresa was a recipient of the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Educator Award. In 2016, Teresa received the UT Martin Outstanding Advisor Award.

Lisa LeBleu

Lisa LeBleu is graduate coordinator and a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She serves as the family and consumer sciences teacher educator and also teaches basic courses in child and family studies.


Lisa received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocational home economics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She has a Ph.D. in home economics education with a minor in child development from Iowa State University.


In 2003 and again in 2017, Lisa received the UT Martin Coffey Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2010, she received the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Educator Award.


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General Information

The Governor's School for the Humanities is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Education.

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