Arts and Sciences Curriculum

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Arts and Sciences Curriculum

We understand you have many options for pursuing your education so we are excited that you decided to enroll in a program offered by A-B Tech’s Division of Arts & Sciences.

Welcome to the Arts & Sciences Family!

Dedicated to your success, we strive to give you a quality educational experience. Our outstanding faculty have experience in neurosurgery, cancer research, military public relations, and the film and television industry. Published authors, working artists, and Fulbright Scholars teach our courses. Our students have opportunities to work with NASA, travel to exciting locations abroad, participate in the international award-winning Alpha Upsilon Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, show their work in the Student Art Show, participate in Pi Day activities with the Mathematics department, and attend talks about math and science through the STEM Fridays lecture series. From foreign languages to physics, we have something for you.

The Division of Arts & Sciences: Changing lives and strengthening communities.

Faculty and Staff

Kenet Adamson

Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences

“In the end, a man turns into what he thinks he is, however large or small. It is the reason why certain people are prone to colds and catastrophe. And why others can dance on water.” -Marisha Pessl

Casey Asbill-Beck

Administrative Assistant

“You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.” - Tina Fey

Kristen Wick

Administrative Assistant

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." -Ronald Reagan

Kelly McEnany

Department Chair, Behavioral Sciences

"There are no throw-away people." -Susan Burton

John Davis

Instructor, Psychology

“Necessity is the mother of opinion.”

Valerie Hoots

Instructor, Psychology

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." –Fred Rogers

Robin Howse

Instructor, Psychology

"Learning is never done without errors and defeat." -Vladimir Lenin

Samantha Johnson

Instructor, Psychology

“Science shows us truth and beauty and fills each day with a fresh wonder of the exquisite order which governs our world.” -Polykarp Kusch

Steven Luke

Instructor, Psychology

”...for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.“ (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)

Porscha Orndorf

Instructor, Sociology


“The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go..” -The Doctor

Nga Pace

Department Chair, Biology

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie

Joseph Allawos

Instructor, Biology

“Plants are the basis of human material culture."

Audra Bassett-Touchell

Instructor, Biology

“It’s only when you’re flying above it that your realize how incredible the Earth really is.” - Philippe Perrin

Helen Burrell

Instructor, Biology

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." -Jon Muir

Joan Heller

Instructor, Biology

"So if you remember anything of what you have read here, it will be because your brain is slightly different than it was before you started to read.” -Eric R. Kandel

Christina Manee

Instructor, Biology

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein

Camille Paxton

Instructor, Biology

Non-Satis Scire - To Know is Not Enough

Milton "Buddy" Tignor

Instructor, Biology

"Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party." -Jimmy Buffett

Capper Tramm

Biology Lab Manager

"With knowledge comes thought, with thought comes power." –Alexander von Humboldt

Paula Trilling

Instructor, Biology

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” -Rosalind Franklin

Laurel Young

Instructor, Biology

“Live simply so that others may simply live.” -Mahatma Gandi

Matthew Fender

Department Chair, Chemistry/Physics

“For us, there is only trying. The rest is not our business.” -TS Eliot

John Graham

Instructor, Physics

William Hooper

Instructor, Physics

"In this one of many possible worlds all for the best, or some bizarre test? It is what it is - and whatever Time is still the infinite jest." -"The Garden" by Rush

Lynn Lewis

Instructor, Chemistry

“The point of power is always in the present moment.” -Louise L. Hay

Glenn Ratcliff

Instructor, Chemistry

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." -Carl Sagan

Susan Schwarz

Instructor, Chemistry

"Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated." -Rosalind Franklin

Suzanne Willis

Instructor, Chemistry

"The more I study science, the more I believe in God." -Albert Einstein

Rusty Holmes

Department Chair, Communications

They ask, “what is the secret of success” when they should be asking, “what prevents me from learning here and now?” -Karl Weick

Rebekah Handy

Instructor, Communications

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky

Erika Lytle Lett

Instructor, Communications

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Heather Vaughn

Department Chair, English

"I've put up with too much too long, and now I'm just too intelligent, too powerful, too beautiful, too sure of who I am finally to deserve anything less." -Sandra Cisneros from Woman Hollering Cree

Whitman Bolles

Instructor, English

"Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body... the poet shall not spend his time in unneeded work." -Walt Whitman

Jennifer Browning

Instructor, English

“All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment.” -Eudora Welty

Erik Moellering

Instructor, English

“You can get all A's and still flunk life.” -Walker Percy

Margaret Poist

Instructor, English

“Does such a thing as "the fatal flaw," that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature?” -Donna Tartt, The Secret History

“Love's not love when it is mingled with regards that stand aloof from the entire point.” -William Shakespeare, King Lear

Beverly Williamson

Instructor, English

“To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Lisa York

Instructor, English

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sharon Trammel

Department Chair, Fine and Performing Arts

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas

Karahann Kiser

Instructor, Arts and Graphic Design

"To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master." -Milton Glaser

April Birchfield

Interim Department Chair, Humanities

"Docendo discimus."

Sun Kondal

Instructor, Humanities

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." –Albert Einstein

Melanie Parham

Instructor, French

“Do you know what a foreign accent is? It's a sign of bravery.” -Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Ellen Perry

Instructor, Literature and Humanities

"They will not act like they are supposed to, not a one of those girls." -Lee Smith, Fair and Tender Ladies

Kristen Schlaefer

Instructor, Spanish


“No dejes apagar el entusiasmo, virtud tan valiosa como necesaria; trabaja, aspira, tiende siempre hacia la altura.” -Rubén Darío

Tammy Sullivan

Department Chair, Mathematics

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein

Taylor Conn

Instructor, Mathematics

"A professor is one who can speak on any subject—for precisely fifty minutes." -Norbert Wiener

Karma Crouch

Instructor, Mathematics

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein

Joshua Cushman

Instructor, Mathematics

"I truly enjoy working here at A-B Tech with my colleagues, and appreciate the attitude, energy and diversity of our student population."

Griffin Dodd

Instructor, Mathematics

Amanda Flynn

Instructor, Mathematics

"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” -Paul Halmos

Valerie Martin

Instructor, Mathematics

"Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world." -Archimedes

Cindy Moore

Instructor, Mathematics

“Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.” -Joseph Fourier (1768-1830)

James Wilson

Instructor, Mathematics

"The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple" -Stan Gudder

April Birchfield

Department Chair, Social Sciences

"Docendo discimus."