Skip to Content


Dr. Bonnie Butcher Professor
Office:Luecker Building

Read Biography

Dr. Debbie Richard Professor
Office:Luecker Building

Read Biography

Dr. Gary Pate Associate Professor
Office:Luecker Building
Phone:(606) 539-4391 or 1-800-343-1609 ext 4391

Read Biography

Dr. Gary Pate, an alumnus of University of the Cumberlands, graduated with a B.S. in History in 1972. He continued his education at Appalachian State University, completing an M.A. in Educational Administration in 1977, and later earned two other degrees: the first in 1982, an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from Western Carolina University, and the second in 1985, an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

In 2000, when Dr. Pate returned to UC as a member of the faculty, he brought with him many years’ experience as a teacher and a school principal. He is most familiar to the local community for having served as principal of Williamsburg Elementary for five years.

Courses Taught
EDUC 225 Basic Concepts Concerning Education
EDUC 531 Human Resource Management and Supervision
EDAD 636 School Law
ELAD 634 Business Management in Public Schools

Dr. Jennifer Chambers Professor
Office:Luecker Building

Read Biography

Dr. Jennifer Chambers is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she earned her B.S in Elementary Education, MAEd. as a Reading/Writing Specialist, Rank 1, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She also held the position of an adjunct faculty member for the English Department at EKU from 2004-2012.

Dr. Chambers served as an elementary classroom teacher for fifteen years. During her time in the classroom, she taught kindergarten, first grade, and third grade. She served on numerous committees, and was a member of the Site-Based Decision Making Council for two years. Additionally, she was a member of the E-Walk Development and Implementation Team and the English/Language Arts Teacher Leadership Network Representative.

Professional memberships include: Appalachian College Association, International Reading Association, Kentucky Reading Association, Mid-South Educational Research Association, The National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, and the National Rural Education Association.


Cleveland, R., Chambers, J., Mainous, C., Powell, N., Skepple, R., Tyler, T., Wood, A. (2011). School culture, equity, and student academic performance in a rural Appalachian school. Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning, 9, 35-42.

Chambers, J. (2012). “A Comparative Case Study of Factors Distinguishing Between High and Low-Performance on Reading Achievement in Elementary Rural Appalachian Schools”. Online Theses and Dissertations. Paper 61.

Dr. Jennifer J. Woodruff, NBCT Assistant Professor Department of Education, Coordinator of Secondary 8-12
Office:118 Luecker Building
Phone:(606) 539-4554

Read Biography

In 2009, I obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research from the University of Southern Mississippi. I hold a Specialist’s degree in Education with a cognate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern Mississippi completed in 2006, a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in math from William Carey University completed in 2004, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in reading and math and a minor in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi completed in 1995. In 2004 I became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.

Graduate instructional load at the University of the Cumberlands includes mathematical methods and teaching strategies in the following courses: MAOL 530 concepts of mathematics, MAOL 531- teaching mathematics to students with learning disabilities, and MAOL 532 – teaching elementary and middle school mathematics. Undergraduate instructional load includes EDUC 331- special topics reading and writing in the content areas. I also serve as a University Teacher Educator for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program. Prior to joining the full time faculty at the University of the Cumberlands, I was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Mississippi with an instructional load that included math for elementary teachers, and classroom management for elementary teachers. I also provided tutoring sessions to graduate students in research and statistical analysis of data while completing my doctoral degree.

My educational knowledge was gained from a wide array of teaching experiences ranging from substituting, assistant teacher, classroom teacher, and lead math teacher over a span of 18 years. During that time I have educated students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade with most of my years of service focused on 4th grade self-contained classroom and 9th -12th high school transitions to algebra, algebra and geometry. All of my public school education experience has been served in Title I schools immersed with cultural diversity serving students designated as at-risk of failure with high needs.

Doctorate in Administration, Specialist in administration, Masters in elementary education K-8, highly qualified math 7-12, computer discovery 7-12, National Board Certification middle childhood generalist.

Research Interests
Current research interest includes the effects of social promotion and retention on dropout rates.

Dr. Karen Goldman Associate Professor of Education, Director of Teacher Leader
Office:114 Luecker Building
Phone:(606) 539-4433

Read Biography

Karen L. Goldman works professionally as an educator and artist. Dr. Goldman teaches advanced education classes at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky and directs the Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leader Program. Recently, she presented at the American Association of Educational Research international conference and the Appalachian College Association.

Dr. Goldman’s artwork appears regularly at Fountain City Arts Center in Knoxville where she serves as a guild officer. Other recent exhibitions include Belmont University in Nashville, the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and the Watkins School of Art and Design in Nashville. This past winter Dr. Goldman presented at the National Art Education Association in New York City. Prior to coming to the University of the Cumberlands, Dr. Goldman served as principal as well as teacher for Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tennessee. Additional duties included Professional Development classes at the Sarah Simpson Center and as a Mentoring Teacher with the Teacher Advancement Program.

As a published author in the area of creativity, she is also an award winning art educator, a popular presenter at various research associations, and teaches professional in-services specializing in Differentiated Instruction and Multiculturalism. Dr. Goldman was selected to attend the National Teacher Institute for study at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as well as the International Symposium on Education in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her Ph.D. in Education focused on Cultural Studies, an interdisciplinary field that explores the role of social institutions in the shaping of culture. Adding to theories of aesthetics, Dr. Goldman created her theory, The Web of Betweeness, which explores the concept of power emitted through creative and imaginative thought.

Other degrees held by Dr. Goldman are the Specialist in Education degree for School Administration and Supervision, along with the M.S. and B.S. degrees in Art Education from the University of Tennessee and Arrowmont School of Design and Craft. Dr. Goldman developed and administered educational programs from Eastern Tennessee into the Cumberland Plateau of Appalachia to reach a variety of learners with special needs, low SES, and the artistically gifted.

Dr. Linda Story Professor
Office:Luecker Building

Read Biography

Dr. Lynn Woolsey Professor
Office:122 Luecker Building
Phone:(606) 539-4394 or 1-800-343-1609 ext 4394

Read Biography

I have been an educator all my life. I've taught all ages of students (babies through adults). I really do love my students! My work focuses on teacher training, specifically about individuals with disabilities. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst so I can work with children who have severe behavior disorders. I am fluent in American Sign Language and use it in my work with deaf children who have Autism. I am an expert in writing IEPs and have served as an expert witness in Due Process hearings. I also assist teachers in developing and implementing classroom research projects. As a speaker I travel to schools providing inservices on research-based instruction, inclusion, effective IEP development, behavior management and data collection.

Educational and Career Background
I trained in Deaf Education at both the BS and M.Ed. level. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D.

Research and personal interests
My research focuses on practical applications of strategies that can improve students' opportunities to respond, which in turn, affects the quality of their learning.

Major Grants

  • 2008: Rehabilitation Services Training Grant: Long-term training for rehabilitative counselors with a focus on working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. U.S. Department of Education: Rehabilitative Services Administration. Funded for $500,000. Duration 10/08 – 09/13.
  • 2006: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services: Postsecondary Education Programs Network South (PEPNet South). Number (CFDA 84.324D). Approved and funded for $5,000,000. Duration 10/01/06 – 09/20/2011.
  • 2002: U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs: Initial Career Award. Titles: The Use of Ecobehavioral Assessment to Identify Naturally Occurring Effective Teaching Strategies to Deaf Students and The Investigation of Research-Based Strategies Employing Active Student Responding, Number H324N02002. Approved and funded for $216,812. Duration 05/02 – 04/05.

Courses taught
SPED 233; SPED 234: SPOL 530; SPOL 631, SPOL 635 and EDOL 630.

Associations/Presentations/Recent Publications

I serve as a Member of the Editorial Review Board for The Journal of Special Education.

Publications (last two years)

  • Woolsey, M. L., Hagevik, R. & Graham, S. (in press). Science instruction: The missing element in schools serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Woolsey, M. L., Harrison, T. J. & Satterfield, S. T. (2010). An ecobehavioral analysis of Social Studies instruction with students who have hearing loss. American Annals of the Deaf, 154 (1).
  • DeWitz, J., & Woolsey, M. L., Walsh, W. B. (2009). College student retention: An exploration of the relationship between self-efficacy and purpose in life among college students. Journal of College Student Development 50 (1), 19-54.

Presentations (last two years)

  • Hagevik, R. A., Woolsey, M. L., & Graham, S. (February, 2010). Science: A missing element. Results of a time allocation study and three effective teaching strategies for elementary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. A presentation at the American College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Lexington, KY.
  • Woolsey, M. L. (November, 2009). Creating opportunities to respond in an online instructional environment. A presentation at the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children: Louisville, KY.
  • Woolsey, M. L., Massey, R., Wildt, M., & Lowe, L. (November, 2009). Data are not a four-letter word. Graduate students share their research proposals. A presentation at the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children: Louisville, KY.
  • Woolsey, M. L. (April, 2008). Puzzling over transition: Add your piece of knowledge to the puzzle. A poster presentation at the PEPNet biannual conference: Columbus OH.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Woolsey, M. L., Hagevik, R. A., Graham, S. (Accepted for publication: American Annals of the Deaf). An ecobehavioral assessment of science instruction with students who have hearing loss.
  • Kahn, S., Wild, T., Woolsey, M. L., & Haegle, W. (Submitted for publication to Science and Children). Let’s get physical: Making Science accessible for children with physical disabilities.
  • Woolsey, M. L. (2012). Success stories: Harrison Michael Oberg. Council for Exceptional Children: Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children. Council for Exceptional Children: Arlington, VA.

Invited Presentations

  • Woolsey, M. L. (2013, February). An afternoon of measurement and making connections. A presentation for the special education staff at Oneida School District, Oneida, TN.
  • Hagevik, R. & Woolsey, M. L. (2012, March). Proven strategies to help teachers learn to teach science to students with Special Needs. Science for Students with Disabilities Conference in Association with the National Science Teachers Association Conference. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hagevik, R. A., Woolsey, M. L., Wild, T., Maulucci, M. R., & Moore-Mensch, F. (2012, January). Equity invited Session: Using video to help teachers learn to teach science to special needs and culturally diverse students. ASTE 2012 Conference: Clearwater Beach, FL.

Refereed Presentations

  • Hagevik, R. A., Woolsey, M. L. (2012, January). The teaching of science for deaf and hard of hearing students. A presentation at the ASTE International conference in Clearwater Beach, FL.


  • ABA (Association of Applied Behavior Analysis)
  • ACE-DHH (American College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
  • AERA (American Educational Research Association)
  • CEC, National and State
Dr. Melanie Cardell Professor
Office:Luecker Building

Read Biography

Dr. Robert Glass Professor
Office:Luecker Building

Read Biography

"I enjoyed the convenience and flexibility of the schedule especially with four children. The small ..."

Read More >
– Mark Steely
Coordinator of Radiology and Radiation Safety Officer
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"I believe that UC is making great strides toward becoming one of the best online programs."

Read More >
– Benjamin Clayton
MACS Program

"The MAED program was a very comprehensive and robust experience that definitely added value to ..."

Read More >
– Nathan Smith
Elementary School Teacher

"The Rank 1 program at UC provides a broad array of avenues for enhancing our roles as educators."

Read More >
– Elizabeth Stack

"UC does an excellent job of bringing students from the virtual world together in a cohesive class unit."

Read More >
– Jennifer Kincaid
Assistant Principal
MAED Program Student

"I enjoyed the quality of the materials and the instructors. The knowledge I gained will help me in my business."

Read More >
– Eric Greer
Founder & President

"The [MBA] program allowed me to make great contacts and network with other professionals."

Read More >
– Amanda Farris
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries

"Enrolling in the University of the Cumberlands’ MBA program was a rewarding and valuable investment ..."

Read More >
– Brooklyn Hooker
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

"The learning environment and the facilities at UC PA are the best around and it makes learning so much ..."

Read More >
– Kevin Caddell
PA Program Student

"I was attracted to UC because of its location in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains ..."

Read More >
– Suzanne Benninger
PA Program Student

"The online program at UC has allowed me to further my education while maintaining my personal commitments."

Read More >
– Carl Roberts
MAT Program

"The MBA program fit my busy lifestyle. I was able to attend MBA classes and do the assigned work all ..."

Read More >
– Pam Jones
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"UC provided me with the tools and professional network of individuals to lead our school district in South Carolina."

Read More >
– David O’Shields
Laurens County School District

"Being part of the new era of technology allows UC to be a great learning institution as well as versatile."

Read More >
– Lesley Tipton
PA Program Student

"The MBA program has given me an opportunity to further my education while working a full-time job."

Read More >
– Desrick Jones
Assistant Manager
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

"UC has multiple attributes that I find attractive. Its affordability, high moral standards and sense of ..."

Read More >
– April Templeton
MBA graduate