Six New Professors Join SMC Faculty
Stacey Todd, Professor of Business
Stacey Todd brings more than 20 years of experience in various business, finance, and accounting roles in the corporate world to the staff of SMC’s business department. She joined the faculty on a one-year assignment in 2021 and has been named to the full-time faculty for 2022. Prior to joining SMC, Todd most recently served as the plant controller for Sage Automotive Interiors, overseeing accounting and financial operations as well as accounting training for employees.
Todd received her Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in accounting from the University of South Carolina Upstate and her Master of Accounting from Gardner-Webb University.
Kelsea Turner, Professor of Public Speaking
Kelsea Turner joins the full-time faculty at SMC following a one-year assignment as a professor of public speaking in 2021. Turner brings nearly 20 years of teaching experience to the College, most recently as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Teaching in Finland. She has published several articles and research on subjects such as education, crisis communications, and distance learning.
Turner received a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University and master’s degrees in communication from Austin Peay State University and learning and teaching from Harvard.
Dr. John Cogburn, Professor of Business
Dr. John Cogburn joins SMC’s faculty as a professor of business, bringing his more than 30 years of business and teaching experience to the staff. Dr. Cogburn is an experienced director who has led global organizations, including executive director of Amphion Asia, Co., and president of JohnCo Trading LLC. Prior to SMC, he also served as a professor of management and business at Keiser University – Shanghai Off-Campus Site and as a visiting professor at Keiser University’s main campus.
Dr. Cogburn has a master’s in ceramic engineering from Clemson University, a master’s in counseling and human development from Liberty University, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Keiser University – Fort Lauderdale.
Maria Kithcart, Professor of Business
Maria Kithcart brings 15 years of teaching experience to the faculty at SMC as a professor of business. Her experience includes business, marketing, consumer behavior, and other business essentials at several colleges, including North Greenville University, Limestone University, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of Arizona online program. Kithcart also has experience developing curriculum and in college administration roles in admissions and as a registrar.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education and Master of Ministry from Southern Wesleyan University, a master’s in management and leadership from Webster University, and MBA. from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Ministry from North Greenville University.
Terry Sellers, Professor of Biological Laboratory Instruction
Terry Sellers joins the full-time faculty after several years serving as an adjunct instructor in biology and human anatomy. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the chiropractic field and as a business owner and has been teaching at the college level for more than a decade. He has taught at North Greenville University, South Wesleyan University, and Limestone University in addition to SMC.
Sellers earned his bachelor’s degree from Lee University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan Chiropractic College.
Dr. Ricky Farr, Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Ricky Farr joins the SMC faculty as a professor of mathematics. He brings experience in teaching several courses in math and has published numerous articles in the field. Farr previously taught at High Point University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has a Bachelor of Science in math from the University of South Carolina Upstate, a Master of Science in math from Clemson University, and a PhD in computation mathematics from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Dr. Sarah Frederickson, Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Sarah Frederickson brings more than a decade of mathematics teaching experience to SMC for the new semester. She has a background in teaching at the K-12 level as well as in higher education. She has taught in various levels at the University of the Ozarks, the University of Arkansas, and Newberry College. Frederickson has several published papers and has presented at numerous conferences. She has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of the Ozarks, a Master of Science in education from Arkansas State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics education from the University of Arkansas.