In the fall of 1993, Becky Cargile became an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Communication & Literature at Freed-Hardeman University. She taught on a part-time basis until the spring of 1996, when she became a full-time instructor in that department. In the fall of 1997, she began doctoral work at the University of Memphis, and she received her Ed.D. in May 2000. Dr. Cargile is now an associate professor. She typically teaches two sections of English Composition 102, one section of English Literature I, and one section of an upper-division English course (Advanced Traditional Grammar, The Structure of Modern English, or Advanced Composition).
Instructor in Communication
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Forrest Doddington has long been interested in the intersection of communication and technology. He has worked professionally in the fields of television production, website design & programming, technical communication, and web-based systems administration. Mr. Doddington received his undergraduate degree in radio/television communication from Harding University. Later, he attended Florida State University, where he completed his master’s degree in interactive and new communication technology. His master’s thesis investigated the connection between website domains (types) and user perceptions of website aesthetics. Mr. Doddington currently enjoys teaching courses in mass communication, multimedia communication, and speech communication. He also oversees all student-produced programming for Freed-Hardeman’s cable television channel, “FHn.”
Associate Professor of Communication
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Janine Dunlap came to FHU (then FHC) in the Fall of 1983 as a junior transfer student. After attending a highly-regarded public university, she felt at home here, and has ever since. Dr. Dunlap received her degree in Communication/Public Relations in 1985 and came back to teach here in 1988. She has taught and advised the public relations curriculum since coming on the faculty; she has also taught and advised students pursuing Journalism degrees. Dr. Dunlap constantly consults alumni and professionals to ensure that the curriculum is addressing current issues, technology, and skills that professionals in the field need. Each semester, she mentors students in a field lab experience, like an internship, which is a requirement for all PR and Journalism majors. This experience gives students valuable experience that enhances their education and their portfolios, which helps them get jobs after graduation.
Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Professor of Communication
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Chair of the Department of Communication and Literature; Associate Professor of English
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John McLaughlin is a graduate of the English program at FHU. He completed his M.A. from LSU and the Ph.D. from the University of Alabama with a focus on American literature and drama. At FHU since 1996, he currently serves as department chair and teaches courses in the freshman composition sequence, American literature, Romantic Poetry and Prose, and Renaissance Drama. For many years he has combined his passions for theatre and travel by sponsoring a mostly-annual trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. Dr. McLaughlin also serves as faculty sponsor for the Tennessee Iota chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society. He and his wife are proud parents of two fine boys.
Instructor in Spanish
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Linda Moran studied behavioral sciences at Freed-Hardeman and Harding University before completing degrees in Spanish at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Prior to joining the FHU faculty in the Fall of 2011, she taught students at the primary, secondary and college levels in Texas and Arkansas. Her courses encompass Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Grammar, Latin American Literature, Peninsular Literature, Latin American Civilization, and Latin American Film Studies.
Associate Professor of English
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Margaret Payne received a B.A. in English with a writing emphasis from Texas Christian University in 1991. She completed a Masters in English and Native American literature and a Ph.D. in American Women’s Literature at the University of Oklahoma. Since 1999 she has taught courses in writing, creative writing, and American, world, and women’s literature at Freed-Hardeman. She is active in the Honors College where she teaches Great Books and has mentored several Honors theses. Dr. Payne has published fiction and poetry in The Talent Among Us.
Instructor in English
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Assistant Professor of Communication
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Garvis Semore received his bachelor’s degree in Bible from Lipscomb University. He went on to receive Master’s degrees from FHU and Southern Christian University (now Amridge). Dr. Semore also received his Doctor of Ministry from Southern Christian University. Finally, he received another Master’s degree from North Dakota State University. Following work in broadcasting and a number of years in ministry, Semore came to Freed-Hardeman. He currently teaches Speech Communication, Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, and Interpersonal Communication.
Professor of English
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Assistant Professor of English
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Rhonda Thompson completed her Bachelor's degree at Auburn University in Montgomery and her Master's degree at the University of Memphis and Union University. She has worked at Freed-Hardeman since 2006. As a Spanish instructor and the Spanish Program Coordinator, Ms. Thompson hopes to instill in her students a love for Spanish and Latin American cultures and language, and to raise awareness of opportunities to teach the Gospel to Spanish speakers. She enjoys traveling in Spanish-speaking countries and learning more about their histories and cultures firsthand. She has worked on numerous evangelistic and medical campaigns in the U.S. as well as Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama, Spain, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Paraguay. She also enjoys spending time with friends, doing yard work, reading, sewing, teaching Bible classes, making teaching materials - but most of all, spending time with her two sons, their wives, and her grandchildren.