New faculty and administrators join Trevecca family

Trevecca welcomed a few new faces to campus this semester, and they aren’t all students. Eleven new professors, faculty members and administrators joined the Trevecca family for the 2018-2019 academic year.

School of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Science, Engineering and Mathematics welcomed two new faculty members: Dr. Judy Brown, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. David Wu, professor of engineering. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a doctorate in biology and biomedical sciences from Vanderbilt University. She has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.

Wu, who has previously served as a senior manager and principal engineer at Intel and has worked extensively for IBM, will lead the University’s engineering program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from National Taiwan Normal University and holds a master’s and doctorate from NYU Polytechnic College of Engineering in electrical engineering.

Allison Buzard joined the faculty of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences as an assistant professor of social work. Buzard, a graduate of Asbury University with a master’s in social work from St. Louis University, will also direct Trevecca’s social work program.

Skinner School of Business and Technology

The Skinner School of Business and Technology welcomed Dr. Philip Rickard and Dr. Charlotte Houke to the faculty.

Rickard is a professor of accounting and strategy. Rickard previously served as an associate professor of accounting and discipline coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and an associate professor of accounting at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He holds a number of degrees, including a bachelor’s in business administration from Concord University in Athens, W.V., a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Marshall University and a doctorate in business administration with a specialization in advanced accounting from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Ariz. He is also a certified public accountant and has previously served as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, serving churches in Ohio.

Houke is a professor of business, previously serving on the faculties of Southern Wesleyan University and Augusta Technical College. A certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant, Houke earned her doctorate in business from Argosy University in 2011. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of North Alabama and an MBA from Augusta University.

School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS)

Dr. Patrick Osborne, assistant professor of leadership studies, and Dr. Shawn Thomas, regional dean of Trevecca’s Atlanta campus, both joined the SGCS faculty.

Osborne earned his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from Trevecca in 2015 and has a long business career with Lamar Advertising, where he currently serves as the vice president and general manager. He has served as an adjunct at Trevecca since 2014, teaching across a variety of programs including Master’s of Organizational Leadership, MBA and Ed.D. He has holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s in sports administration.

Thomas brings more than 26 years of experience managing educational, banking and financial institutions to her role as Trevecca’s first regional dean of Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M as well as an executive MBA from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics and a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University. Thomas will lead Trevecca’s work in the greater Atlanta area, as the University prepares to open face-to-face classes in Atlanta. Read more.

Physician Assistant Program

Two Trevecca graduates returned home to the Hill to serve on the faculty of the University’s PA program: Faye Hodgin and Laura Kigweba.

Hodgin, an assistant professor, will work with the program’s clinical team. She returns to Trevecca from clinical practice and holds a degrees from Guilford College and Trevecca Nazarene University and a master’s degree from At. Still University in Kirksville, Mo.

Kigweba, also an assistant professor, will serve with the program’s didactic faculty. She earned her master’s in PA from Trevecca in 2013 and also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She most recently served as a PA with Urology Associates, P.C., in Nashville.


Lanette Strickland joined the staff of Waggoner Library, where she will serve as an assistant librarian. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mid-America Nazarene University in 1987 and completed her master’s in library science at Wayne State University in 1996.

The Center for Innovative Instruction welcomed Maia Zaykova to the team as a support specialist. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trevecca in 2011.

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