Chris Baxter is a professor of political science and chair of UT Martin’s Department of Accounting, Finance, Economics, and Political Science, teaching courses in public administration and American government. He graduated with a B.S. in political science from UT Martin in 1994 and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He also serves as a pre-law adviser. This is the 14th time he has participated in GSH. His research interests include constitutional law, judicial politics, and state and local government.
Andrew (Drew) Brown is an assistant professor of practice in strategic communications at Texas Tech University. He teaches primarily in the graduate program at TTU, and his favorite teaching and research interests are tied to nonprofit public image management and nonprofit social issues management. He has worked professionally for four non-profit organizations (including twice as CEO) and has been the catalyst for several NPO start-ups. He currently serves on two NPO boards. Dr. Brown has academic degrees from UT Martin, Mid-America Seminary, University of Memphis, and University of Tennessee Knoxville (PhD). He is a proud 1989 alum of Governor’s School for the Humanities.
Christopher M. Brown is a professor of philosophy at UT Martin, where he teaches courses in ancient and medieval philosophy, metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. He received the bachelor of music degree in percussion performance from Western Michigan University, the M.A. in humanities from Western Kentucky University and the Ph.D. in philosophy from St. Louis University. Dr. Brown's recent publications include journal articles on free will in heaven and the logical problems that plague scientism. He is currently working on a book that explains and defends St. Thomas Aquinas' account of heaven. He enjoys living in Martin with his wife Merry Elizabeth and their three sons: Judah Christopher, Leopold Edward and Thomas Patrick.
Born in New Mexico and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, David Coffey holds a Ph.D. from TCU. He is professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at UT Martin, where he offers classes in U.S., military and Latin American history. His books include John Bell Hood and the Struggle for Atlanta; Soldier Princess: The Life and Legend of Agnes Salm-Salm in North America, 1861-1867; and Sheridan’s Lieutenants: Phil Sheridan, His Generals, and the Final Year of the Civil War. He is a co-author of Historic Abilene: An Illustrated History, and he has contributed chapters to well-regarded anthologies on Civil War, Mexican and Texas history. He has also contributed to 10 major historical reference works and served as an editor on three award-winning, multi-volume projects: the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, the Encyclopedia of American Military History, and the Encyclopedia of the North American Indian Wars, 1607-1890. He is the assistant editor of the six-volume American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, to which he contributed more than 40 entries. He is the 2012 recipient of UT Martin’s prestigious Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award, and his most recent work is a co-authored textbook with Oxford University Press: In Harm’s Way: A History of the American Military Experience.
Dr. Carol Eckert, a professor of art at UT Martin, teaches most of the University's art history and several art education courses. She earned the BFA in sculpture from Austin Peay State University, an M.A. in art history from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in art education from the Union Institute and University. Prior to coming to UT Martin, she taught at Austin Peay State University and ran a private art studio for 10 years. She received the Higher Education Division Educator of the Year Award for both 2005 and 2013 from the Tennessee Art Education Association. In addition, she was recognized by the UT Martin College of Humanities and Fine Arts as Outstanding Junior Faculty Member of the Year for 2005. In 2010, she published a text/workbook for introductory art appreciation courses entitled "Conversing in Art: Learning the Language of the Visual Arts." She received the 2013 Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award from UT Martin, and the National Art Education Association recently bestowed upon her the 2020 Tennessee Art Educator Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, honors an outstanding member from each state or province association whose service and contributions to art education merit recognition and acclaim.
Sarah Haig is an associate professor of graphic design at UT Martin. She received her BFA and MA in graphic design from SUNY Oswego and MFA in Visual Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She teaches graphic design courses that range from print and branding design to web and video. She also teaches foundations level studio art courses, printmaking, and book arts, and in general loves making things across mediums. She loves riding her bicycle on routes that are shaped like dinosaurs, has several t-rex costumes hidden in the Fine Arts building just in case, and loves to pet all the animals she can find.
Chris Hill is associate professor of English at UT Martin, where he teaches courses in Shakespeare and in 16th and 17th century English literature. He also teaches the Renaissance Great Works course in the University Honors Program. His B.A. in English is from Samford University, and he earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has published essays on Elizabethan polemical prose, Edmund Spenser and 17th century English devotional poetry. His current research focuses on the rhetoric of popular anti-Puritan polemic of the late 16th century. He has received teaching and service awards both from UNC-Chapel Hill and UT-Martin.
Dr. Julie Hill, chair of the Department of Music and faculty evaluation coordinator at UT Martin, has received worldwide recognition as a performer, educator and scholar. She has presented workshops, concerts and lectures extensively throughout the U.S. on Brazilian music and the topic of music and social transformation for black women and at-risk children in northeastern Brazil. As a member of the award winning Caixa Trio and X4 quartet, she has performed in Peru, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Korea and across the U.S.; she has also performed at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) and is principal percussionist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. She is a winner of UT Martin's Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award, the Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship Award and the UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, and she was the inaugural recipient of the University of Tennessee president’s system-wide Educate Award. She has also received Member Laureate distinction from the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, is the editorial director for Percussive Notes Scholarly Journal and a past president of the International Percussive Arts Society. She is the co-author of an audition method book entitled All Inclusive Etudes (Row-Loff Productions) and a collection of solos/duets entitled Music for Multi Percussion: A World View (Alfred Publications); she also has numerous percussion ensemble publications with Innovative Percussion and Row-Loff Productions. Her scholarly research has been published in Percussive Notes and the Garland World Music Encyclopedias. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from UT Martin. She is an Artist and Educator for Zildjian Cymbals, a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, and an Artist and Endorsee for Innovative Percussion, REMO, and Grover Pro Percussion. For more information, visit her website at www.juliehilleducator.com.
Tomi McCutchen is an instructor of communications at UT Martin. She holds two bachelor's degrees from UT Martin, in communications and geography, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Alabama. She worked as a daily newspaper copy editor for more than 10 years, and she now teaches news writing, copy editing and reporting. As coordinator of the Office of Student Publications, she advises the student newspaper, The Pacer, along with two student magazines. She has received the 2004 UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2005 Coffey Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2012 Outstanding Advisor award. She also was named the Journalism Educator of the Year in 2013-2014 by the Southeast Journalism Conference. She and her husband, the Rev. George Pasley, spend their free time tending cats, dogs, ducks and land at their city home and country farm.
Robert Nanney, professor and chair of the Department of Communications at UT Martin, teaches feature writing, communications law for professionals and senior seminar. He earned two B.S. degrees from UT Martin, a Master of Journalism degree from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University. Prior to joining the UT Martin faculty, he worked in the newspaper field for 15 years. He has received the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, the UT Martin Advising Award and numerous other teaching recognitions. He has been with the Governor’s School as a faculty member or newspaper adviser since 1993. He and his wife, Jeanie, have two children: Emily, who is an Air Force flight nurse in California, and Ryan, who is pursuing his mechanical engineering degree in Wisconsin. They also have a granddaughter, Remy, who is 10 months old. He and his twin are the youngest of seven children. He loves to travel and is a huge fan of “The Andy Griffith Show.”