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Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff

Dean's Office

Kenet Adamson

Kenet Adamson

Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences

Phone:  828-398-7650

“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


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Kristen Vail

Administrative Assistant

Phone:  828-398-7651

"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


Behavioral Sciences

Kelly McEnany

Kelly McEnany

Department Chair, Behavioral Sciences

Phone:  828-398-7831

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

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Samantha Castleblanco

Instructor, Psychology

Phone:  828-398-7321

"Our lives are not our own.  We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future." - David Mitchell

John Davis

John Davis

Instructor, Psychology

Phone:  828-398-7642

“Necessity is the mother of opinion.”

Robin Howse

Robin Howse

Instructor, Psychology

Phone:  828-398-7299

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

Samantha Johnson

Samantha Johnson

Instructor, Psychology

Phone:  828-398-7565

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

Porscha Orndorf

Porscha Orndorf

Instructor, Sociology


Phone:  828-398-7389

“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



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Nga Pace

Department Chair, Biology

Phone: 828-398-7639

"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

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Joseph Allawos

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  828-398-7845

“Plants are the basis of human material culture."

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Audra Bassett-Touchell

Instructor, Biology

Phone: 828-398-7443

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

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Helen Burrell

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  828-398-7192

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

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Joan Heller

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  828-398-7235

"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

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Christina Manee

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  398-7440

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

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Camille Paxton

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  828-398-7446

Non-Satis Scire - To Know is Not Enough

Buddy Tigner

Milton "Buddy" Tignor

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  828-398-7487

"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

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Capper Tramm

Biology Lab Manager

Phone:  828-398-7450

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

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Paula Trilling

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  828-398-7383

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

Laurel Young

Laurel Young

Instructor, Biology

Phone:  828-398-7327

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



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Matthew Fender

Department Chair, Chemistry/Physics

Phone:  398-7316

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

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John Graham

Instructor, Physics

Phone:  828-398-7347

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William Hooper

Instructor, Physics

Phone:  828-398-7382

"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

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Lynn Lewis

Instructor, Chemistry

Phone:  828-398-7635

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

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Glenn Ratcliff

Instructor, Chemistry

Phone:  828-398-7941

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." -Carl Sagan

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Susan Schwarz

Instructor, Chemistry

Phone:  828-398-7630

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

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Suzanne Willis

Instructor, Chemistry

Phone:  828-398-7637

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



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Rusty Holmes

Department Chair, Communications

Phone:  828-398-7835

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

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Rebekah Handy

Instructor, Communications

Phone:  828-398-7889

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

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Erika Lytle

Instructor, Communications

Phone:  828-398-7337

“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



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Heather Vaughn

Department Chair, English

Phone:  828-398-7315

"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 Creek

Whitman Bolles

Whitman Bolles

Instructor, English

Phone:  828-398-7627

"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

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Jennifer Browning

Instructor, English

Phone:  828-398-7345

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

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Erik Moellering

Instructor, English

Phone:  828-398-7632

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

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Maggie Poist

Instructor, English

Phone:  828-398-7318

“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

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Beverly Williamson

Instructor, English

Phone:  828-398-7499

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

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Lisa York

Instructor, English

Phone:  828-398-7882

“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.


Fine and Performing Arts

Sharon Trammel

Sharon Trammel

Department Chair, Fine and Performing Arts

Phone:  828-398-7814

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

Karahann Kiser

Karahann Kiser

Instructor, Arts and Graphic Design

Phone:  828-398-7631

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


Humanities and Foreign Languages

Gigider Balla

Gigi Derballa

Department Chair, Humanities and Foreign Languages

Phone:  828-398-7329

"The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates

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Sun Kondal

Instructor, Humanities

Phone:  828-398-7883

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

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Melanie Parham

Instructor, French

Phone:  828-398-7643

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

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Ellen Perry

Instructor, Literature and Humanities

Phone:  828-398-7829

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

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Kristen Schlaefer

Instructor, Spanish


Phone:  828-398-7855

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



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Tammy Sullivan

Department Chair, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7636

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


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Taylor  Conn

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7398

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

Karma Crouch

Karma Crouch

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7386

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

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Joshua Cushman

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7647

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

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Griffin Dodd

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7319

Amanda Whitt

Amanda Whitt

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7641

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

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Valerie Martin

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7385

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

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Cindy Moore

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7543

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


James Wilson

James Wilson

Instructor, Mathematics

Phone:  828-398-7648

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


Social Sciences

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April Birchfield

Department Chair, Social Sciences

Phone:  398-7360

"Docendo discimus."