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Belmont University offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and professional degree programs in a creative and challenging academic environment with learning that is steeped in real world experience. Both scholars and teachers, Belmont faculty ground their active teaching in disciplinary expertise and professional achievement. Below are links to Belmont faculty sources, arranged by their areas of interest and expertise. To arrange interviews with any of the listed sources, please contact our staff:



Jeff CornwallDr. Jeff Cornwall
Jack C. Massey Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship

Topics:  entrepreneurship, small business, venture capital, angel investing, SBA lending, bootstrapping

In 2013, Dr. Cornwall was named the Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), an organization that also named Belmont as the National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program of the Year in 2008. Dr. Cornwall’s blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind, is one of the most popular small business blogs on the web and was named by Forbes as a “Best of the Web” and is part of the Forbes blog network. It is also linked to by Entrepreneur, Inc., The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report.

OC FerrellDr. O.C. Ferrell
University Distinguished Chair of Business Ethics

Topics: Business ethics, consumer protection, corporate social responsibility, marketing strategy

Dr. O.C. Ferrell serves on the board of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust, Sigma Marketing Concepts board, advisory board of Savant Learning and Academic Advisory Committee for the Direct Selling Education Foundation. He was co-founder of Print Avenue, a commercial printer in St. Louis. He is the co-author of leading textbooks in marketing, marketing strategy, business ethics, business and society and introduction to business and is the author of more than 100 articles. He has served as an expert witness on consumer protection issues in many high profile legal disputes. He writes the business ethics summaries each week for the Wall Street Journal and has more than 6,000 subscribers.


Linda FerrellDr. Linda Ferrell
University Distinguished Chair of Business Ethics

Topics: Business and marketing ethics, corporate social responsibility, direct selling, advertising

Dr. Linda Ferrell is president of the Academy of Marketing Science. She serves on the board of directors of Mannatech (a NASDAQ-listed global company operating in the health and wellness industry), advisory board of Savant Learning, NASBA Center for the Public Trust board, board and executive committee of the Direct Selling Education Foundation and on the Cutco/Vector College Advisory board. She is co-author of leading textbooks, including Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases (10th edition), Business and Society (3rd edition), Management (3rd edition) and Business in a Changing World (10th edition). She also serves as an expert witness in business ethics disputes and has assisted companies and universities in developing their ethics programs and curriculum.



Dr. Mark Hogan
Chair and Professor of Education

Topics:  Providing care and respite for the Alzheimer’s caregiver; Establishing mentorship programs for young adults; Leading others to human flourishing; Education as a means of marginalizing or empowering individuals and groups

Dr. Hogan has been active in developing advocacy for teacher preparation programs with state and national legislators. His areas of research include transformational literacy, change-agency leadership, intentional pedagogy and educational preparation providers in the 21st century.  He also has a graduate certificate in Conflict Transformation and has worked with individuals, groups, and churches in overcoming conflict.






Steve MurphreeDr. Steve Murphree
Professor of Biology

Topics: Entomology, ecology, science education, cicadas, other insects

Dr. Steve Murphree is an entomologist who can comment on insect and spider inquiries, including mosquito-borne and tick-borne diseases. He also serves each summer as an instructor at camps for children entitled “Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies” and serves as director of the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair.




Mike VoightDr. Mike Voight
Professor of Physical Therapy

Topics:  Sports Physical Therapy, Sports medicine, Fitness/Movement Training

Dr. Michael Voight has had a distinguished career as both an educator and clinical physical therapist for over 25 years. Throughout his career he has not only become one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries, he has worked tirelessly to advance the knowledge of others as a clinician and educator by making significant contributions to the literature.



Katy WilsonKaty Wilson, APRN, MSN, MBA
Assistant Dean of Students

Topics: College health trends, infectious diseases common to college populations, travel health

Katy Wilson is a long time participant in the Nashville health care arena, with more than 35 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner. In addition to her BSN and MSN degrees, she also graduated with an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University. Her experience ranges from developing urban clinics in underserved neighborhoods to a specialty focus in both Adolescent and Travel Medicine. As adjunct faculty for the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing, she precepts nurse practitioner and pharmacy students and is the medical advisor for Belmont Study Abroad. Besides her interest in international travel, she is passionate about creative ways of providing excellent primary healthcare with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness and convenience.



Alberto GonzalesJudge Alberto Gonzales
Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law

Topics:  Constitutional law, legal issues, current events

After attending the United States Air Force Academy, Alberto Gonzales graduated from Rice University (B.A.) and Harvard Law School. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as the 80th Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2005 and served in that capacity until September 2007. He has worked as a partner at a major Houston law firm (Vinson & Elkins) and held positions as Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Secretary of State, General Counsel to the Governor of Texas and Counsel to the President of the United States. Among his many professional associations, Judge Gonzales is a member of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. For his many accomplishments and years of public service, Judge Gonzales has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University and received the Harvard Law School Association Award, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. His work in the Hispanic community and his achievements as a role model have also earned him recognition as Hispanic American of the Year by HISPANIC Magazine and one of The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America by TIME Magazine.


Kevin TrowbridgeDr. Kevin Trowbridge
Assistant Professor of Public Relations

Topics: Public Relations, Social Media, Technology, Branding, Crisis Communication, Interpersonal Dynamics, Relationships, Computer-mediated Communication

After practicing strategic communication for a myriad of organizations for nearly a decade, Trowbridge returned to higher education to help prepare the next generation of professional communicators. He remains involved in community and professional organizations and facilitates learning through real-world, problem-based experiences.


Nathan GriffithDr. Nathan Griffith
Associate Professor of Political Science

Topics: European Union, constitutions, international law, German politics, voting rules

A 1995 Belmont alumnus who majored in international relations, Dr. Nathan Griffith holds graduate degrees from Indiana University (Ph.D.) and the University of Virginia (M.A.). He joined Belmont’s political science department in 2003 and currently serves as chair.




Todd Lake-X2Dr. Todd Lake
Vice President for Spiritual Development

Topics: Religion and public life, religion and social issues

Dr. Todd L. Lake has helped Belmont create mission service opportunities in Asia, Africa and Latin America; worked to deepen and broaden our engagement with the Christian intellectual tradition and worship opportunities; and helped Belmont partner with national and international Christian organizations to expand our engagement with faith-informed initiatives in the arts, music, sciences, community development and scholarship.  He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, pastor of a multi-racial church in Cambridge, MA, and Dean of University Life at Baylor.  Dr. Lake has a B.A. in German Studies from Harvard, an M.Div. from Southern Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College.


Jose GonzalezJose Gonzalez
Instructor of Management and Entrepreneurship

Topics: Immigration, minority business development

As co-founder and executive director of Conexion Americas, Gonzalez has long been dedicated to promoting the economic and social integration of Latino and other immigrant families into the local community. He was recognized as one of a total of 50 most influential individuals leading and shaping Nashville’s future. Nashville’s Forward Fifty, in 2007. In addition to teaching courses in international business, financial management and entrepreneurship, he greatly enjoy leading Study Abroad programs with his students and in recent years has led programs in Chile, Guatemala, Spain and Argentina.


Andi StepnickDr. Andi Stepnick
Professor of Sociology

Topics: Gender/Gender inequality, Mass Incarceration/Restorative Justice, and Family (history of, modern family problems)

Dr. Andi Stepnick teaches classes in the Sociology of Gender, Family Problems: the Sociology of Health, Illness & the Body; Restorative Justice; Visual Sociology; and Men, Masculinity & Media.  She  researches gender and social movements, popular culture, and pedagogy. Since 2002, she has organized and facilitated a variety of workshops and seminars on workplace diversity issues.  In addition to writing several editions of a teaching manual to accompany Healey’s Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the United Sates (Pine Forge Press) her writings appear in Teaching Sociology, Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia, Teaching Social Problems, The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities, and The American Sociological Association Guide for Teaching Sociology of the Body. In 2015, she published Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education.