BA English, University of Tennessee MA English, Tennessee State University Cary Beth Miller recognizes that artists are storytellers, and she encourages them to translate into their writing the same creative and critical thinking they invest in their studio practice. Teaching artists gives Miller the freedom to innovate her course offerings and assignments and transform the way she teaches literature and writing.
Appointed in 2008
BA Art History, University of West Florida MA Art History, State University of New York, Stony Brook PhD Art History, State University of New York, Stony Brook Tom Williams has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, New York University, and Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His writings have appeared in Art in America, Grey Room, and other publications. Williams has been co-facilitating the art workshop in Unit 2 (the Death Row unit) of the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution since 2013, and he has co-curated (with Robin Paris) a number of exhibitions of prisoners’ art, including Life After Death and Elsewhere at Apexart in New York City.
BA Mass Communication, Austin Peay State University MA Corporate Communication, Austin Peay State University
Using her educational background from Austin Peay as well as her research and corporate communications work, Cannon focuses on her students’ ability to apply superlative public speaking to real-life situations.
BFA Fine Art, Watkins College of Art MS Marriage and Family Therapy, Lipscomb University
A Nashville native, Dunn earned his bachelor of fine arts at Watkins in 2011. He later received his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in 2016. In addition to teaching, Dunn keeps a part-time therapy practice and manages a garden center in Madison, TN.
BS Mathematics, Bharadhidasan University MS Mathematics, Bharadhidasan University MPhil Mathematics, Bharadhidasan University
Jayasrividhya Kandasamy began teaching in colleges and universities in 2015. She has taught at Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Columbia State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Motlow State Community College, Daymar College, and Watkins. Her subjects include calculus, applied calculus, mathematics for liberal arts, statistics, algebra, and basic math. Her goals are to help students love math, build their confidence in math, and to become independent mathematical thinkers who solve problems on their own.
BA English, Middle Tennessee State University MA English, Middle Tennessee State University
Lisa E. Williams is the director of the Writing Studio at Watkins and also serves as a faculty member in the MFA in Visual Arts program. She loves assisting students and colleagues with their academic, creative, and professional writing endeavors. She is also a full-time lecturer of English and women’s and gender studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Her research interests include feminist film theory, horror film studies, and teaching composition as activism. She is currently writing a book about depictions of women and weaponry in horror and exploitation films.
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