The start of a new academic year is always exciting, but this year was even more so. After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the University to complete the Spring 2020 semester remotely, welcoming students back to the Hill felt like a long-awaited reunion.
But students weren’t the only new faces Trevecca welcomed home to the Hill. Seven new faculty members and administrators also joined the Trevecca family for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Dr. Craig Bishop serves as the director of Trevecca’s new criminal justice program, an online degree-completion program in Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, as well as a professor in the program. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University as well as a master’s and a doctorate from Olivet Nazarene University. A veteran of the criminal justice field, Bishop spent much of his career working in probation, parole and law enforcement. He’s been trained at two police academies, including the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois and the Indiana Police Academy in Plainfield, Indiana. He is currently pursuing a second master’s in terrorism and emergency management at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Mark Bowles is the new director of Academic Services, filling the vacancy left after Dr. Donna Gray’s retirement. A Missouri native, Bowles holds four degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, including a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis. Learn more about Bowles and his plans for Academic Services.
Dr. Shabnam Brady joined the faculty of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences as an assistant professor of psychology. Brady holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and earned her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2019.
Dr. Charles Davis is returning to his alma mater once again to serve as an associate professor of law. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Trevecca, Davis holds a master’s from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. While Davis previously served as an adjunct professor at the University, this marks the first time he’ll be a full-time faculty member. In addition to his service to Trevecca, Davis previously served as a judge in Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. Read Davis’ memories of the day Trevecca became an accredited university from Trevecca’s most recent President’s Report.
Stefanie Edwards has joined the faculty of the Skinner School of Business and Technology as an assistant professor of graphic design and digital marketing. Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree from Union University and completed her master’s at East Tennessee State University in 2017. Since 2001, Edwards has worked professionally in the industry, serving as a content writer, graphic designer, director of communications, marketing director and adjunct professor along the way. Edwards was recently featured in Trevecca’s ongoing “5 Questions” blog series. Read more.
Brian Sims will serve as an instructor of technology and design in the Skinner School of Business and Technology. A Trevecca alumnus, Sims also holds a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Timothy Sharp has joined the faculty of the School of Music and Worship Arts as the director of the Center for Community Arts Innovation. The Center is designed to equip people with big community arts dreams—everything from creating community choirs and theater groups to arts ministries in prisons, homeless shelters and more—with the tools they need to make those dreams come true. Sharp is a graduate of Bluefield College and Belmont University and holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
About Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
This commitment extends from Trevecca’s historic main campus just one mile from thriving downtown Nashville to two other locations across Tennessee, and online classes offered worldwide. With students from 47 states and 25 countries, Trevecca offers 20 associate degrees, 73 undergraduate majors, 16 master’s programs and three doctoral programs as well as specialist and certificate programs.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Trevecca as a national university in the annual “2020 Best Colleges,” making the University the only Nazarene institution to receive the national ranking. The Carnegie Foundation has classified Trevecca as a doctoral university, ranking it among the top seven percent of schools nationwide.
The campus is certified as both an arboretum and the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA, one of just nine universities and colleges in the state to receive the recognition. A member of NCAA Division II, Trevecca boasts 15 men’s and women’s teams who compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as well as 12 intramural teams.