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King University News :: King University Announces Associate Dean Appointments

Four King University faculty members have received appointments to associate dean within the King College of Arts Sciences and the School of Education.  

“As King University continues to grow, our organizational structure will be poised to meet the challenges and opportunities brought about by future expansion and development,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of Academic Affairs.  “To that end, we are happy to announce several associate dean appointments within the King College of Arts Sciences and the School of Education that will assist in these efforts.” 

King College of Arts Sciences 

Dr. Simeon Pickard, professor of Chemistry, has taught Chemistry at King University for more than 20 years.  He will serve King as associate dean for Science and Mathematics for the King College of Arts Sciences.  

Dr. Pickard received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology in 1977 and his Master of Science in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University in 1986.  He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1991.  His post-doctoral research involves synthesis of a chiral stationary phase for chromatographic separations of enantiomers and resolution of some calixaranes by chiral chromatography.  He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

During the 2002-03, Dr. Pickard served as a visiting professor at Hanam University in Taejon, South Korea where he taught a graduate course in Organic Stereochemistry.  While at King, Dr. Pickard has coordinated King’s Science Seminar several times and works at the forefront of EPA compliance for the campus.  A natural at fostering learning communities, Dr. Pickard is often seen reprising his role as Darth Vader for his Organic Chemistry class, as well as mentoring junior faculty.



Dr. Alyssa Millner, assistant professor and director of Communication, will serve King as the associate dean for Humanities for the King College of Arts Sciences. 

Dr. Millner came to King in 2011 to head up King’s Bachelor of Science in Communication degree program.  Millner earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Central Arkansas in 2004 and her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2008.  She went on to earn her PhD in Risk and Crisis Communication from the University of Kentucky in 2011.  She is a member of the National Communication Association and the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Food Protection and Defense.  

Dr. Millner's interest in communication developed as her personal and professional lives showed her the importance of effective speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills.  Her research specialization is crisis communication and ethics.  During her time working for the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, Dr. Millner assisted with strategic communications during the 2004 Detco Chemical Plant explosion, Murphy Oil USA in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, 2007 oil spill in Coffeyville, Kansas, and in 2010 during the BP Oil spill in Louisiana. 



Professor Jennifer Mongold, assistant professor and program coordinator for Criminal Justice, will serve King as associate dean for Social Sciences for the King College of Arts Sciences.  

Mongold received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice/Criminology in 2004, Master of Arts Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2006, and Master of Clinical Psychology degree in 2008 from East Tennessee State University.  She is currently working toward her PhD in Criminal Justice from Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership.  Mongold is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Southeastern Psychological Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Society of Criminology.

Mongold has taught both Psychology and Criminal Justice at King since 2009.  Her dedication has had a significant impact on the expansion of the Criminal Justice program to King’s locations in Kingsport and Knoxville, as well as the addition of the program in an online degree format.  Mongold brings the perspective of someone adept at restorative justice for non-violent offenders, having headed a restorative justice non-profit prior to coming to King.



School of Education

Professor Gloria Oster, assistant professor of Education and director of Teacher Education, will serve as associate dean of the School of Education at King.   

Oster received her Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1974 and her Master of Arts in English from East Tennessee State University in 1978.  She has 30+ semester hours in English and Education at ETSU and UT Knoxville in 1991 as well as her endorsement in Administration and Supervision (PreK-12) from ETSU in 1994.  She is a member of the Sullivan County Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, National Education Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education, the Association of Schools for Curriculum Development, and the Bristol Public Library Program Committee. 

Oster has extensive experience in academic program management, state policy and accreditation, and public school partnerships.  Since 2011, she has trained as a certified evaluator in the TEAM model for teacher evaluation.  Prior to coming to King in 2005, Oster taught English locally at Sullivan South High School, Sullivan North High School, Blountville Junior High School, and Northeast State Community College.  In 2011, Oster was awarded an Appalachian College Association scholarship to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. 



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