School of Education


SUZANN B. HARRIS, Dean, School of Education, Associate Professor of Education, 2006—

BA, Welch College, 1975; MEd, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1991; EdD, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2003.

JUDY T. BIVENS, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, 2000—

BS, University of Tennessee Martin, 1969; MAT, Middle Tennessee State University, 1975; MIS, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2000; EdD, Tennessee State University, 2008.

ANDREW D. BURNHAM, Assistant Professor of Education, 2011—

BS, The University of Maine, 1994; MEd, Fitchburg State University, 1999; EdD, Tennessee State University, 2016.

PENNEY H. CARDEN, Associate Professor of Education, 2009—

BS, Whitworth College, 1975; MEd, Valdosta State University, 1999; EdD, NOVA Southeastern University, 2004.

AMY T. CONDITT, Associate Professor of Education, 2003—

BS, University of Tennessee, 1992; MS, University of Tennessee, 1993; EdS Tennessee State University, 2002; EdD, Tennessee State University, 2004.

RUTH Y. COX, Professor of Education, 2000—

BA, Asbury College, 1970; MA, Eastern Kentucky University, 1973; EdD, Nova Southeastern University, 1985.

JOHNNY V. CROW, JR., Associate Professor of Education, 2016—

BS, Austin Peay State University, 1988; MA, Tennessee State University, 1994; EdD, Tennessee State University, 2010.

ANDREA J. FOWLER, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, 2010—

BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1999; MA, Middle Tennessee State University, 2006; MSIS, University of Tennessee, 2009.

ANNETTE HARBER, Assistant Librarian, 2003—

BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1998; MLIS, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2003.

SARAH KIEL, Instructor and Serials Librarian, 2013—

BA, Wittenberg University, 2007; MA, Indiana University, 2013; MLS, Indiana University, 2013.

RUTH T. KINNERSLEY, Director, Library Services; Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, 2001—

BA, Greenville College, 1982; MSLIS, University of Illinois, 1983; MAE, Olivet Nazarene University, 1989; EdD, Tennessee State University, 2009.

ELIZABETH J. PURTEE, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, 1992—

BS, Olivet Nazarene University, 1990; MLS, Florida State University, 1991.

PRISCILLA M. SPEER, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, 1978—

BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1978; MLS, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1979.

TANDY K. TAYLOR, Associate Professor of Education, 2011—

BA, Belmont College, 1977; MEd, Tennessee State University, 1982; EdD, Tennessee State University, 1987.

MARCIA WALKER, Associate Professor of Education, 2007—

BS, Alcorn State University, 1994; BS, Delta State University, 1999; MEd, Delta State University, 2000; EdD, Tennessee State University, 2006.

The School of Education General Information

The School of Education offers the following programs and degrees:

Baccalaureate Degrees

  • Interdisciplinary Studies Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Elementary Education (K-5)
  • Secondary Education (6-12)
  • Special Education Modified K-12*
  • Special Education Interventionist K-8
  • Studies in Education

Post-Baccalaureate Program

  • Any area of certification at the undergraduate level for which Trevecca Nazarene University has been approved by the state of Tennessee is available to post-baccalaureate candidates.

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching K-5
  • Master of Arts in Teaching 6-12
  • Master of Education: Educational Leadership K-12
  • Master of Education: English Second Language PreK-12
  • Master of Education: Visual Impairments Special Education
  • Education Specialist: Specialist in Accountability and Instruction Leadership

*Being discontinued. Not accepting applications.

Graduate programs are described in the Graduate Catalog. The purpose of the programs is to produce educational practitioners who have foundational skills, knowledge, abilities, and professional dispositions based on established and current research and sound professional practice.

Trevecca Nazarene University has been awarded NCATE accreditation.

Mission and Conceptual Framework

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the School of Education to model competence, character, and compassion so that our students emulate and embrace these qualities in service and leadership.

Conceptual Framework

Being, Knowing, and Doing-Educators: Shaping the Future. The underlying structure of the conceptual framework for the School of Education informs and frames the entire unit.


Understands Content

Understands Intellectual, Social, and Personal Development

Understands Diversity


Designs Instructional Strategies

Manages and Motivates

Communicates and Collaborates

Plans and Integrates



Reflects on Practice

Participates in the Professional Community

Pursues Spiritual Development

Inherent in Trevecca's heritage, mission, and program is the assumption that because of who we are (Being), we seek to learn (Knowing) and to teach (Doing).