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TU welcomes new faculty members

As the new academic year begins, Thomas University welcomes several new full-time faculty members.

Dr. Tina Fleming joins the Division of Counseling and Psychology as an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduate degree program. Originally from the Bainbridge area, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Albany State University, a Master of Science Degree in Community Counseling from Thomas University, and a Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University.

Fleming has more than 14 years of experience in the counseling field. She has four years of experience as an adjunct professor and owns a private practice.

“I had a wonderful experience at Thomas University as a student,” Fleming said. “I was able to connect with my professors and gained so much in learning and growing as a counselor. Accomplishing my master's degree was one of the milestones in my life that propelled me on my journey to earn my doctorate. It is an honor to be able to come back and be a part of the experience of future counselors as they are in the process of completing their degrees in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling.”

Fleming lives in Bainbridge. She is the mother of seven – Jarek, 25; Sylvester Jr., 24; Alexander, 22; Marissa, 20; Jordan, 17; Jerrod, 14; and Lily, 11. Fleming also has a grandson, Sylvester III, who is 6 weeks old.

Scott Grubbs recently became an Instructor in the Division of Education. A native of Atlanta, he now lives in Valdosta. Grubbs earned a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Education from Valdosta State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Evaluation at Florida State University.

Grubbs previously taught high school French and served as the head of the Foreign Language Department at Coffee High School in Douglas, Georgia. At VSU he was a Lecturer in the Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education as well as the CAEP Assessment Coordinator for the Dewar College of Education and Human Services.

Grubbs is married to Jennifer Grubbs, who is the Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Senior Woman Administrator for Valdosta State Athletics.

In the Division of Counseling and Psychology, Dr. Stephen Kuniak comes on board as an Assistant Professor teaching online classes. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kuniak now lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; a Master of Science in Education in Counselor Education and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

“I wanted to work at a college or university that had a strong focus on working with their students and focusing on as close to one-on-one faculty to student interaction,” Kuniak said. “Though there are a number of institutions of higher education around me in Pennsylvania, my affinity for technology led me to also search for online programs. Thomas’ option for a fully online Counseling program pulled in my interest. As I learned more about the Counseling program, I was sold.”

Kuniak is also the Clinical Director and Program Director at Unity Family Service, a small community mental health facility. He has a private counseling practice. Before joining TU, he was an adjunct faculty member at Westmoreland County Community College. He also served as a family therapist and an addictions counselor in other agencies. Kuniak founded a non-profit organization focused on continuing his research and outreach efforts to work with people identifying as “geeks” and “gamers.”

He is engaged to Abra "Abby" McClure, who is also a licensed counselor in Pennsylvania. They are planning a June 2017 wedding.

In the Division of Business, Randy Minton is a new Assistant Professor. Originally from Meridian, Mississippi, he now lives in Monticello, Florida. Minton holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from the University of St. Francis along with a Master of Business Administration and pursued a doctorate in Management Information Systems, both from Nova Southeastern University.

Prior to joining TU, Minton retired from Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, where he served as Chief Operations Officer and Chair of the Division of Business. Minton is also an Accredited Business Accountant, a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor and a QuickBooks Professional.

“Thomas University is a campus like the one where I went for my undergraduate studies,” Minton said. “Coming to TU felt like coming home.”

Minton is also the father of two sons, Jason, 34, and Zach, 23.

Joining the Division of Education as an Assistant Professor is Dr. Laura Moak. Originally from Summit, Mississippi, she now lives in Sugar Hill, Georgia. Moak holds a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University in Atlanta. Before joining TU, she was the Assessment Coordinator at Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Georgia.

“The commitment of the University to rigor, relevance, and student-centered instruction both mirrors and supports the efforts of local school districts in Georgia,” Moak said. “The undergraduate and graduate programs of the Division of Education under the direction and vision of Dr. Susan Lynn encourage the faculty to rise to that challenge. As a result, TU is producing and developing teachers with the skill sets to meet the challenges of K-12 Education. It is an honor to be a part of the Division of Education team and its future as leaders in K-12 Teacher preparation and professional development programs.”

Also joining the Division of Education is Gale Neal, who is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Neal holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Science Degree, both in Elementary Education, from Florida State University. She has nearly completed a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration, also from FSU.

Before coming to TU, Neal was a teacher in fourth through sixth grades; a graduate assistant, teaching assistant and instructor at FSU; and an adjunct faculty member at Tallahassee Community College.

Neal said she decided to apply for the position after meeting with Dr. Susan Lynn, Chair of the TU Division of Education.

“I met with Susan and discussed the work she had done with the Teacher Leadership Program, as well as other graduate programs, at Thomas University,” Neal said. “I was so impressed with her creative ideas of course formatting, with the satellite campuses she had designed all over Georgia, and with the friendly and top-notch faculty she had drawn to TU.  In addition, I was a teacher in K-12 schools for 18 years, and loved the idea of assisting in the growth of teachers who are aspiring leaders in Georgia schools.”

Neal lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Austin Neal, who is an attorney. Their daughter Elizabeth, 20, is a junior at Auburn University majoring in political science.

Dr. Minjung Song is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Division of Counseling and Psychology. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she now lives in Dothan, Alabama, but is in the process of moving to Thomasville. Song holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining TU, she was an adjunct professor at Troy University.

“The best thing about TU is the strong sense of community,” Song said. “I like the small classroom setting and the closeness among students, faculty and staff.”

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