Graduate Studies Staff

The College of Graduate Studies takes pride in the efficient and friendly atmosphere provided by our staff.


David L. Butler, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research and Dean
(615) 898-5897

Kimberly Douglass, M.P.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean
(615) 898-5331

Melissa Hawkins, C.P.S.
Administrative Assistant
(615) 898-5897

LaCresha Longwell
Executive Aide
(615) 898-2840

Graduate Student Support Staff

Graduate Student Services – Recruitment
André Porter
(615) 494-7667


Graduate Student Services – General
Any of the following staff can help any student or program director/coordinator. For general information, dial (615) 898-2840 or email

For more efficient service related to a specific student, (students and program directors/coordinators) please contact the following staff members:
Lyndsey Bennett
(615) 898-5494
Graduate student last names A-C
Elora Davis, M.A., CAP
(615) 898-2218
Graduate student last names D-K
Eileen Chalmers, M.Ed., CAP
(615) 898-5352
Graduate student last names L-R
Grace James
(615) 898-5589
Graduate student last names S-Z
Mandy (Burns) Pinkston, CPS
(615) 898-2843

Graduate Student Services - Thesis and Dissertation Consultation
Sara Hays
(615) 898-7726