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:
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.
Topics: Business ethics, consumer protection, corporate social responsibility, marketing strategy
Topics: Business and marketing ethics, corporate social responsibility, direct selling, advertising
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.
Topics: Entomology, ecology, science education, cicadas, other insects
Dr. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.