Lincoln Memorial University

Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Lynn Stevenson-Burger
Dr. Stevenson-Burger’s research focuses on the extent to which the collection of process data related to specific management tasks can inform, direct and predict effective school management.; The extent to which principals, in their role of instructional leaders, can mine data from decision-support systems to inform and direct staff development such to positively impact student learner outcomes.; What is the "state of the art" in implementing data driven / performance based decision-making by school administrators. What tools are available? Are there any tools that are truly system-wide (enterprise wide resource managers)? Can these tools be classified? How are these tools being implemented - e.g., SIS, Finance, HR, are usually married to some data-mining tool. What are the costs and problems associated with such tools? Costs and problems associated with each. Do any of these tools collect process data?; What skill sets do administrators need in order to provide the right guidance to long-range technology plans that do not trap them in current models, but inform them on how to improve practice and discover new approaches to managing teaching and learning?; What methodologies could be used to enlist professional staff in the adoption of a decision-support system? How could issues related to union policy, accountability, information sharing and collaboration be addressed?; What impact will and should the newer technologies have on K-12 school administration - e.g., social networking; Web 2.0 approaches (for staff and students); distance education, virtual classrooms; and others?; How could new information technologies promote and support research across traditional intra- and inter-organizational boundaries?
Dr. Michael Burger
Dr. Burger’s research focuses on enabling the transformation of instructional systems through the effective design, development, and implementation of information technologies. The design and implementation of instructional systems that are student-centered, standard-based, and highly accountable by empowering practitioners in education to develop their skills as decision-makers and researchers. He is also interested in the involvement of all stakeholders in instructional programs. In addition to curriculum design, development assessment (especially in standards-based instructional systems), and organizational change.
Dr. Rebecca Burleson
Dr. Burleson’s research interests include early childhood education, special education, early childhood special education, Family Systems Theory (as it relates to service delivery in special education), and family, agency, and professional collaboration to support students with exceptionalities. Dr. Burleson’s research also focuses on the use of mobile learning technologies in P-12 environments and in higher education, internet safety for students in P-12 environments, and supporting the emotional schema of students and families in P-12 education.
Dr. Margie Carico
Dr. Carico’s specializes in research centered on curriculum, action research, and learning theories.
Dr. Shannon Collins
Dr. Collins’s primary research interests are how people experience writing as well as the teaching of writing. He is also interested in the topics of young adult/adolescent literature, literacy development through the communicative, visual, and performing arts, identity and achievement, language education and social advantage/social disadvantage, and the professional development of teachers. Beginning with his dissertation, Compelled to Connect: A Phenomenological Study of the Experience of Writing, Dr. Collins has shared his knowledge with colleagues at conferences such as the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education and the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. After researching the writing experiences and writing identities of pre-service teachers, the Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative, Visual, and Performing Artsb�Volume II published the resulting article: “Awakening Voice and Losing Sleep: When Adult Southern Learners Become Writers.” Dr. Collins founded and directed the Upper Cumberland Writing Project (UCWP), funded by the National Writing Project (NWP). To date, Dr. Collins has accounted for half a million dollars in grants for literacy research projects including the following:
  • Institute for Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking: When Arts and Sciences Collide (2011-2012)
  • Upper Cumberland Institute for Writing and Critical Thinking (2009-2010)
  • Improving Middle School Students’ Reading Attitudes and Motivations Through Engaging Teachers’ Literacies (2008-2009)
  • Write ON! Developing Teachers of Writers and Readers (2007-2008)
  • Empowering Literacy Instruction (2007-2008)
  • TTU Reading and Writing Institute (2006-2007)
Dr. Collins has served on the editorial review boards of three prominent journals: International Reading Association’s Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, the National Council of Teachers of English’s English Journal, and the Assembly on Literature for Adolescent’s The ALAN Review. Dr. Collins currently writes as a columnist for The ALAN Review, a peer-reviewed academic journal published quarterly by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council Teachers of English.
Dr. Andrew Courtner
Dr. Courtner’s current research interests focus on the area of higher education. This includes student engagement, faculty engagement, student-faculty interaction, leadership theories and models, student success, academic support, retention theories and practices, student development theory, service learning, accreditation standards, institutional effectiveness, academic administration, learning communities, quantitative statistics, and secondary data.
Dr. Joel Effler
Dr. Effler’s current research interests focus on Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) as a measure of brain functioning for learning /performing efficiency and identification of psychopathologies and disabilities.
Dr. Cherie Gaines
Dr. Gaines’ current program of research is focused on teacher/leader burnout, school climate/culture, Middle school practices, and teacher leadership efficacy.
Dr. Michael W. Hayes
Dr. Hayes’ research focuses on alternative dispute resolution, collaborative conferencing, and mediation/negotiations.
Dr. Roger A. Holt
Research – Peer-Reviewed Professional / Scientific Articles:
Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Perceived Leadership Integrity in the Manufacturing Industry” Published by the Journal of Business Ethics online: DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1444-x, will appear printed edition.

Presented with Dr. McCann at the 100th SAMS Conference, March 31, 2012. “Perceived Leadership Integrity in the Manufacturing Industry”

Lead Discussant – “Employee Perceptions of Workplace Diversity in the Manufacturing Industry” By Dr. McCann and Aravamudhan, March 31, 2012 100th Society for Advancement of Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV

Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Sustainable Leadership:B A Manufacturing Employee Perspective,” Published in Society for Advancement of Management (Advanced Management Journal), Vol. 76, No. 4, 2011, pp. 4-14.

Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: "Defining sustainable leadership," Published in Int. J. Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM), (Inderscience),Vol. 2, No. 2, 2010, pp. 204-210.

Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Servant and Sustainable Leadership: An Analysis in the Manufacturing Environment,” presented at the Spring 2009 Society for the Advancement of Management International Conference at Las Vegas, NV, and published in the conference proceedings. Published in the International Journal of Management Practice (IJMP), (Inderscience), 2010 Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 134-148.“

"Assessing Burnout in Higher Education Online Instructors,” by Dr. Jack McCann and Dr. Roger A. Holt. Research presented at Lincoln Memorial University’s Spring Scholar’s Forum 2009. Presented at Fall 2009 presentation at the Appalachian College Association Annual Conference. Publication in the October, 2009, Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'C ducation C Distance,Volume 23, Number 3.

Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Ethical Leadership and Organizations: An Analysis Based on the Perceived Leadership Integrity Scale.” 2009 Journal of Business Ethics. The original paper was available online in September 2008 at "" and the online publication is the first official publication of this paper. DOI number 10.1007/s10551-008-9880-3. The paper was published in volume 87, issue 2, June (III) 2009. This paper was originally presented at the 2008 Society for the Advancement of Management International Conference Presentation at Arlington, VA, and published in the conference proceedings.

“Coaching Online:B How Peer Mentors Can Use the Internet to Improve Online Faculty Performance” by Dr. Larry Flegle, Dr. Roger Holt, Kaplan University 2007

“Invasion of Privacy” by Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer, Roger Holt, Outsourcing Journal, December 2000
Dr. Sylvia Lynch
Dr. Lynch’s research interests focus on language arts
Dr. Howard Norris
Dr. Norris’s principal research interests include educational leadership and educational law.
Dr. John O’Dell
Dr. O’Dell’s research interests center on updates on school law, school improvement and finance in Tennessee and surrounding states.
Dr. Katherine Pebworth
Dr. Pebworth’s current program of research is focused on physical education and physical activity.
Dr. Bill Russell
Dr. Russell’s research interests focuses on elementary level education, differentiated teaching strategies, working with children from poverty, student/teacher relationships and the effect on student achievement, and administrators as instructional leaders and the effects on student achievement.
Dr. Dennis Smith
Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on the role of principals within the school as instructional leaders, their leadership styles and strategies used in administration, and their relationship to faculty, staff, and community.
Dr. Terry Stevenson
Dr. Stevenson’s research interests include:
  • Literacy
  • Common Core implementation
  • Engaging students and motivation
  • Grit
  • Program Design for Higher Education Programs


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