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Brian P. Butterfield, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biological, Physical, and Human Sciences; Professor of Biology

Anderson Science Center, Room 110

Brian Butterfield holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harding University, a master’s in biology from Arkansas State University and a doctorate in zoology from Auburn University.

He began teaching at Freed-Hardeman in 1996 and currently conducts research in vertebrate biology, specializing in amphibian and reptile ecology, biogeography and conservation. Within this research, Dr. Butterfield is focusing on turtle community dynamics and invasive gecko behavior—a task he enjoys sharing with students active in the Research Center. 

He has authored or coauthored over 40 articles, four book chapters and a book on herpetological subjects. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Butterfield is also director of the university’s research center and faculty sponsor of the FHU Bass Anglers, our nationally ranked intercollegiate fishing team.

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James W. Barr, B.S., M.S.
Instructor in Chemistry

Anderson Science Center, Room 109

Jim Barr completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Freed-Hardeman and later received his master's in chemical physics from the University of Nevada, Reno.

During his stay at UNR, Mr. Barr took part in several research projects on chemical dynamics and molecular control, working with the Department of Energy at Sandia National Laboratory’s Combustion Research Facility. After graduation in 2005, he returned to Freed-Hardeman as an instructor in chemistry.

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Lee Barton, B.A., M.Ed., M.S.
Instructor in Biology

Associates Science Center, Room 126

Lee Barton is an FHU graduate (class of 2009) with a B.A. in Biology and master's in education (class of 2013). He finished his master of science in general biology at Mississippi State University in 2015.

Lee has been teaching labs at FHU since 2010 as a lab instructor and has since become an instructor of biology in 2015. He currently teaches courses and assists in many labs at the freshman and sophomore level. He is also currently involved in undergraduate research with aquatic salamanders and turtles. 

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Wendy Gean, B.S., M.S.
Instructor of Biology

Associates Science Center, Room 128

Wendy currently serves as an instructor of biology, teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology as well as Principles of Biology. She earned her B.S. Degree from Freed-Hardeman University in May 2008 in biology and secondary education.

She served as an educator for five years at Chester County High School. Her passions include teaching beautiful minds about the Creator's design, running, and spending time at the center of God's creation, Maywood Christian Camp. In the summer of 2014, Wendy married Ben Gean of Savannah, Tennessee where they happily live.

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Kay L. Butterfield, B.A., M.A.
Lecturer in Physical Education Activities

Old Main, Room E1

Kay holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Arkansas State University and has taught at Faulkner University, Alabama Council on Human Relations, and at Freed-Hardeman University.

As a certified instructor and third-degree black belt, she founded the Freed-Hardeman University Taekwondo Club in 1996. She currently teaches Basic English, English Composition, and both basic and intermediate Taekwondo courses.

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Jonathan A. Estes, B.B.A., M.A.T.
Lecturer in Arts & Humanities and Physical Education Activities

Dan Kirkland Wells Field House

Jonathan Estes received his bachelor's degree from Freed-Hardeman University in business administration and master's degree in teaching from Lindenwood University.

After graduation from FHU, Estes was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and spent three years as a pitcher in the organization. He then spent four years teaching mathematics and pre-engineering courses at Ritenour High School in St. Louis and three years as head baseball coach at Harris-Stowe State University. Estes came back to FHU in 2009 as the head baseball coach for the Lions. He has been married to the former Ashley Bennett for eleven years and has two boys, Dean and Lane and a daughter, Ellie.

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Paul Fader, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Anderson Science Center, Room 131

Paul Fader came to teach in the Biology Department at FHU in 1993. He graduated from FHU with a B.S. in Biology and went on to Abilene Christian University to get his Master of Science Degree.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. His research at Ole Miss focused on iron bacteria and its ability to form biofilms in water wells. He is an environmental microbiologist. His research areas at FHU's Research Center include water quality, water bacteria, wetland plants, and bacteria. He teaches Microbiology, General Biology, and Plant Taxonomy.

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Caleb M. Kersey, B.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Associates Science Center, Room 120

Caleb Kersey graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 2005 with a B.S. in Biology. He then attended Tennessee State University where he earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences.

His current research centers on the functional genomics of a bacterial plant pathogen, Pectobacterium carotovorum. He currently teaches Principles of Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, General Biology I, and Science Seminar.

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Gayle McDonald, ATC, LAT, B.S., M.Ed., M.S.
Certified Athletic Trainer; Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

Associates Science Center, Room 201

Gayle McDonald received her bachelor's degree from Freed-Hardeman University and her master's degrees from the University of Memphis. She became a certified athletic trainer in 1988 and served as an athletic trainer and instructor at Murray State University and the University of Memphis prior to returning to FHU in 1999.

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Jana Meninno, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

Associates Science Center, Room 200

Dale E. Neal, B.A., M.P.E.
Lecturer in Physical Education Activities

Brewer Sports Center, Room 117

Dale Neal received his bachelor's degree from Harding University and his master's degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

He just completed his 20th year as head women's basketball coach at Freed-Hardeman University. His Lady Lions teams have been ranked in the NAIA's top 25 in every National Poll since the 1998-99 season and have qualified for 18 consecutive national tournaments. He is married to the former Kathy Miller. They have 4 children and 15 grandchildren.

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Rachel Stevens Salmon, B.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Anderson Science Center, Room 123

Rachel (Stevens) Salmon graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology.

She then returned to her home state to complete a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at The Ohio State University. The focus of her dissertation research was identifying and characterizing stimuli that alter DNA repair. She joined the faculty at Freed-Hardeman in June of 2010 and currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology as well as Principles of Biology.

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LeAnn Self-Davis, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor of Physical Science

Anderson Science Center, Room 112

LeAnn Self-Davis received both her bachelor's and her master's degree in Agronomy and Soils from Auburn University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.

She began teaching in the Department of Chemistry and Engineering Sciences in 1999. While a faculty member at FHU, she has been active in water quality research of local systems. She served as the director of the Research Center for the School of Sciences and Mathematics from 2005 to 2009. In 2009, she began her new role as Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. Davis now serves as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Charles J. Tucker, B.S., B.S., M.S., P.E., Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering

Associates Science Center, Room 214

After completing the pre-engineering program at Freed-Hardeman, Charles Tucker received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

After receiving his degrees, he worked for Carpenter Wright Engineers where he served as the lead structural engineer for the Opry Mills Mall located in Nashville, Tennessee. After obtaining his professional engineering license in 2000, he began teaching in the pre-engineering program at FHU. He completed a Ph.D. in the fall of 2007. His dissertation, "Predicting the In-plane Capacity of Masonry Infilled Frames," has led him to be active in the Masonry Standards Joint Committee that writes the masonry code.

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Natalie Zlatovich, B.S.
Administrative Assistant

Anderson Science Center, Room 113