SMC adds five new professors to its faculty
Spartanburg Methodist College has hired five new professors to begin teaching during the 2018-2019 school year.
Brian Kinnaird is now the director of the criminal justice program and professor of criminal justice. Kinnaird comes to SMC from Bethany College, where he was chair of the criminal justice department and associate professor of criminal justice. Before, he taught at the University of the Incarnate Word and at Fort Hays State University, where he received both his master’s degree in Liberal Studies and bachelor’s degree in sociology, specializing in criminal justice. Kinnaird also holds a doctoral degree in human services from Capella University.
Pamela Hutto has been hired as professor of sociology. Hutto is returning to SMC, where she worked as professor of sociology from 2008-2010. Before beginning at SMC in 2008, she taught as a sociology instructor and an academic tutor for athletes at Florida State University, where she also received masters’ degrees in sociology and family, child and consumer services, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She also holds a doctor of education degree from Liberty University, specializing in higher education.
Bob Coyle was appointed professor of computer science after serving as an adjunct professor since 2017. He has over 30 years of industry experience in software analysis, design, development, and testing and has previously taught as an adjunct in computer science at North Carolina State University, where he received a Master of Science in computer science. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Tonya Miller has also been hired as a professor of computer science. Miller brings both work and military experience to her new role; she has 30 years as a computer science practitioner and scholar under her belt, as well as six years in the Marine Corps, where she attended numerous Marine Corps and Navy RADAR, computer and electronic technology schools. She obtained her master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College in technology management with an e-business concentration, and her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in mathematics with a concentration in computer science.
Jericho Williams has been hired as a professor of English. Williams recently received a Ph.D. in English from West Virginia University, where he also taught courses in introductory English, American literature to 1865 and Science Fiction and Fantasy. Before that, he received a masters in English from the University of Alaska — Fairbanks and a bachelors in English from Winthrop University. He has taught primary and secondary school as well as university-level courses, covering topics from journalism to science fiction and fantasy.