New Academic Year Brings Five Faculty Promotions


With the convening of Athens State University’s 2014/2015 academic year – the 193rd for the institution – five faculty members will be promoted within their ranks. Fall classes at Athens State will begin today, August 18 and the Faculty In-Service was held on Friday, August 15.

“Athens State has an excellent faculty and I applaud their commitment to teaching, service and professional development,” states Athens State Provost Dr. Ronald R. Cromwell. “We are always pleased to promote faculty demonstrating quality in teaching; excellence in service to students and the university, and professional growth and scholarly activity over time. These faculty are representative of the real commitment our faculty have in helping Athens State students reach their personal and professional goals.”

The faculty members promoted are:

Dr. LaDoris Baugh – Promoted to Professor.
Baugh was hired as a full-time faculty member on 9/8/1994. Her teaching philosophy describes her effort to help the students through their “fear of math” in accounting and finance courses. Her courses are well prepared and student feedback is positive. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta in 1998 and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 and 2012. She participated in SAP training, technology in corporate finance training and participated in a McGraw-Hill Technology in Finance Focus group as well as assisted in the review of a text book used to teach fundamentals of corporate finance. She has served on Faculty Senate in 2010-2011 and 2012-13 and as department chair in 2012-13. Over the years, she has served on various committees, including the Budget Advisory Committee, a number of search committees, QEP Success Team, and Curriculum Committee. Her professional development, both presentations and publications, are solid and have increased over time. She was co-author of supplemental materials (test bank) for the book ‘Essentials of Corporate Finance” in 2013. She participated in symposiums sponsored by McGraw-Hill and has done presentations in the state and region. She has co-authored papers in 2012 and presented in the local region. Most notably, she received the Best Paper Award for a paper presented at the 2014 Academic Business World International Conference. Her professional service to the community includes active membership in IMA, presentations at Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning, and a member of the JROTC Foundation. She received the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design.

Baugh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Alabama A & M University, a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Baugh has extensive private sector work experience with Amoco where she held various jobs which included roles as an Internal Auditor, Cost/Budget Accountant, and Yield Accountant

Dr. Kevin Dupré – Promoted to Professor.
Dupré was hired as a full-time faculty member on 9/1/2001 (he brought a number of years teaching full time at other institutions). His teaching philosophy indicates a deep commitment to all students and a belief that all students can learn. His course syllabi are very solid with clear and high learning outcomes and goals and a variety of assessments including using social media and team projects. His student evaluations from various semesters are positive and demonstrate intentional improvements over time as well. He is involved in meaningful advising, reflected in positive student comments as well as positive feedback from his supervisors. He has been active in university and college service, including serving as co-director and then director of QEP, “Building Success through Writing”; serving on the Faculty Senate, including as Presiding Officer; various standing committees; and has been appointed to a number of task force committees. He worked on various QEP and SACSCOC projects and conferences. His professional development record demonstrates engagement over time with presentations listed from 1995 through 2013 (including some at regional and national meetings).

Dupré received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English Education from The University of Oklahoma in 1997, his Bachelor of Art in Interpersonal and Public Communication and his Masters of Education in Secondary Teaching/English from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research interests include poetry, critical theory, critical literacy, British fiction, and in ways readers construct meaning in transaction with literature.

Dr. Kim LaFevor – Promoted to Professor.
LaFevor was hired as a full-time faculty member on 8/25/2005. Her student evaluations from multiple years are consistent showing positive students’ perception of their learning and her teaching. Her course syllabi, which are fine documents, demonstrate a commitment to quality, the use of a variety of assessments, demonstrate significant efforts to ensure quality writing, and connect the course content to national standards (Society for Human Resource Management). She has been very active in advising and in student activities. She has been provided leadership for two student chapters, Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association and SHRM Student Chapter, in which both have received state and/or national recognition awards each year under her leadership. She was instrumental in the HR Program receiving national SHRM alignment recognition in 2011 and reaffirmed in 2014. She has provided quality service to the college and university as department chair since 2006 (in fall 2013 Management areas were added to her department). She has been on various committees, including the Curriculum Committee, Election Committee (chair), Faculty Senate (2006-2010), QEP Institutional Success committee (chair), CUPA/Compensation Committee, and others. She has a solid record of professional development with publications over the last decade. She has been very involved in professional associations in the state, regionally and nationally and made a number of presentations. She currently serves as the President for the Tennessee Employment Relations Research Association and serves on the Alabama SHRM State Council as College Relations Director.

Prior to her current academic career, she had a 21-year career with increasing responsibilities with Saturn-GM Manufacturing. LaFevor received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Personnel Psychology in 1989 from Athens State College, Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy State University in 1991, and Doctor of Business Administration with dual majors in Management and Education from the University of Sarasota in 1999. Last year LaFevor was named Dean of Athens State’s College of Business after a nation-wide search. She started this position in January of 2014.

Dr. Tony Moyers – Promoted to Professor.
Moyers was hired as a full-time faculty member on 8/28/1998. His courses are well prepared and he has prepared detailed study guidelines and lecture notes provided online. These are very comprehensive and detail deepening explanations of the content of the courses. He has been a department chair for Humanities and Social Science since 2008 (the start of this kind of position at Athens State) with 5 programs of study (Art, English, History, Religion, and Social Science). He is engaged in positive interactions with students through advising. He has published two books (“Wanderings: Exploring Moral Landscapes Past and Present,” 1996; “The Moral Life: Obligation and Affirmation,” 2011) and recent chapters in “Introduction to the Sociology of Region” in 2014. He has attended regional or national conferences. He has many years of active presentations to the community, especially through the Athens State Center for Religious Studies and Ethics. He serves on the board of that Center. He has served on a number of institutional committees, including Learning Resources and works with the Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning and various activities related to the Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics. He has been involved with service to the community (e.g. Decatur Youth Symphony which has some outreach efforts for at-risk youth).

Moyers received his undergraduate degree in Religion from Athens State College in 1984, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Baylor University in 1994. His research interests include Ancient Near Eastern archaeology and history, biblical history, biblical interpretation, and the sociological and philosophical study of moral values. His dissertation topic was on the Social Function of I Kings 1-2.

Dr. Robert White – Promoted to Associate Professor.
White was hired as a full-time faculty member on 8/21/2006. He has prepared a number of new courses and his courses are well done. His teaching philosophy indicates he respects various views and tries to create a climate where students “find their own voice and learn to think critically and reflectively.” Student feedback has been positive and indicates he works to create a climate where students are engaged. He has high standards requiring rigorous reading and writing as well as demonstration of learning. He also developed team taught courses in ethics and history. He is the director of the Curtis Coleman Center for Religion and Ethics and is very involved in the center’s outreach and is often one of the presenters. He has a solid professional development record with a presentation at the International Conference for Humanities and the publication of a co-authored article in the International Journal of Social Science Research. He also was asked to participate in a White House panel discussion on ethics. He currently serves as the presiding officer of the Faculty Senate and serves on numerous university committees such the Learning Resources, the Grading Task Force, and others.

White graduated from Athens State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy. He received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His research interests are focused on the field of study of Theopoetics. White is a member of the American Academy of Religion and presented a paper on Theopoetics at an arts and sciences international conference in 2012.

Story date: August 18, 2014