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Name: Howard R. Pollio Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Human experience in various settings; figurative language; college teaching and learning; nature of laughter; human meaning of the non-human environment.
Contact: N/A

Name: Sandra Thomas Ph.D. RN. FAAN.
Title: Professor and Coordinator for Doctoral Program
Department: Nursing
Research Interests: Phenomenological studies of women's and men's anger; phenomenological study of the world of the patient; quantitative study of violent and nonviolent boys and girls; African-American student experience at the university
Contact: sthomas@utk.edu

Name: April Morgan Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Institute : Political Science
Research Interests: The war on terrorism; cross-cultural psychology; state sovereignty; normative issues; pedagogy.
Contact: morgan00@utk.edu

 

Name: Tolya Stoitsova Ph.D., D.Sc.
Title: Professor
Institute : Psychology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Research Interests: Social psychology; non-verbal communication; mass communication; cross-cultural psychology, ethnical problems; political psychology; phenomenology.
Contact: tstoitsova@alinea.bg

 

Name: Michael Arfken, Ph.D.
Title: Research Fellow
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Qualitative research methods; phenomenology; postmodernism; Critical Theory; philosophical & critical hermeneutics; history of psychology; social constructionism; philosophy of science; political phenomenology, literary theory, sociology, critical psychology, psychoanalysis.
Dissertation: Political Practice: A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Inquiry. [PDF]
Contact: marfken@upei.ca

 

 

 

Name: Miriam Davis
Title: Graduate Student
Department: Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
Research Interests: Phenomenology and its application to the human dimensions of natural resource management; phenomenology of owning land; philosophies, paradigms, and qualitative research methods; place studies; environmental psychology.
Contact: miriams@utk.edu

 

Name: Kelly de Moll
Title: Graduate Student
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Levels of consciousness; memory; dissociation; religion; people's experiences of power; persuasion in advertising; hermeneutics
Contact: kdemoll@utk.edu

Name: Lance Fagan
Title: Graduate Student
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Hermeneutics; environmental psychology; urbanization; cultural psychology; phenomenology; existential philosophy
Contact: Faganlb@aol.com

 

Name: Kathy Fitzgerald
Title: Graduate Student
Department: Child and Family Studies
Research Interests: Teacher education and development; teachers' experiences as classroom decision-makers; young children learning mathematics; teachers' collaborative and reflective practices; the use of documentation to make children's and teachers' learning visable.
Contact: mkfitz@utk.edu

 

 

 

 

Name: Marie Garrett
Title: Associate Professor
Department: University Libraries
Research Interests: The psychology of libraries.
Contact: mgarrett@utk.edu

Name: Thomas Graves, Ph.D.
Title: Research Fellow
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Narrative analysis; hermeneutics; cultural psychology; psychological anthropology; phenomenological psychology; environmental psychology; anthropology and psychology of religion.
Contact: tgraves3@utk.edu

 

 

 

Name: Jacqueline Kracker, Ph.D.
Title: Graduate Student
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: The psychology of mindfulness; mindfuless and psychotherapy; the psychology of libraries.
Contact: jkracker@utk.edu

 

 

Name: Priscilla Levasseur M.A.
Title: Graduate Student
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Phenomenological, existential and humanistic psychology; phenomenology of experiences of everyday mystics in the Jewish traditions of Kabbalah; quantitative and qualitative correlates of anger expression; phenomenology of space and place; alternative models of teaching and learning in higher education; phenomenology of violence in mass media.
Contact: plevasse@utk.edu

Name: Samantha Litzinger M.A.
Title: Graduate Student
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Development of sexuality; sex education; coercion and communication in couples relationships; LGBT issues.
Contact: slitzing@utk.edu

 

 

 

Name: Anne Snellen, Ph.D.
Title: Research Fellow
Department: English
Research Interests: Terrorism; language learning; cultural history; gastronomy; baseball.
Contact: asnellen@utk.edu