In the News: MTSU professors share expertise on nu...

In the News: MTSU professors share expertise on nursing, recess, patriotism, Vietnam, more

MTSU faculty experts recently provided their views on such topics as the U.S. Supreme Court, the quality of nurse training, the Vietnam War, children’s playtime, the Capital Gazette newspaper office shooting and the state of patriotism in America for various national media outlets.

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Kent Syler, an assistant professor of political science and international relations, sized up the races in which Democrats will have the best chance in the November elections for June 20 columns in the Memphis Daily News and the Nashville Ledger. His perspective can be read here.

Dr. Greg Pitts, director, School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Dr. Greg Pitts

Dr. Susan Sanders, an adjunct professor of nursing and vice president of nursing for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, commented on the lack of qualified nursing faculty and its impact on nurse training for a June 21 post at Her comments are available here.

Dr. Greg Pitts, director of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, and Caleb Revill, news editor for MTSU’s student newspaper, Sidelines, reacted to the June 28 shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland for a June 29 report on WSMV-TV in Nashville. The story also ran on other Meredith Corporation-owned television stations, including WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Alabama; a transcript is available here.

Dr. Sandra Benson, accounting

Dr. Sandra Benson

James "Jim" Burton, professor of Accounting, dean emeritus of the Jones College of Business

Dr. Jim Burton

Dr. Paula Thomas, MTSU accounting professor

Dr. Paula Thomas

Drs. Sandra Benson, an associate professor of business law; Paula Thomas, Deloitte Foundation Professor of Accounting; and Jim Burton, an accounting professor, wrote an article on the role of certified public accountants in forming benefit corporations for the July 1 edition of The Journal of Accountancy. The article can be read here.

Dr. Kathleen Burriss, a professor of elementary and special education, stressed the importance of recess in a child’s education for a July 2 post at The story was also published by Bridge Magazine, Deadline Detroit and the Detroit Free Press. Her views are available here.

Dr. Kathy Burriss

Dr. Kathy Burriss

Dr. Mary Evins, historian, associate professor in the University Honors College and director of the MTSU chapter of the American Democracy Project

Dr. Mary A. Evins

Dr. Mary Evins, an associate professor of history and director of the American Democracy Project for Civic Learning, expressed her opinion on the state of patriotism in American society for a July 2 story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, available here.

Dr. Jonathan DiCicco, an associate professor of political science and international relations, co-authored an essay on the 50th anniversary of the battle of Khe Sanh in the Vietnam War. The July 5 edition of the Washington Post ran the essay, which is available here.

Dr. Joe Collins, an assistant professor of geosciences, co-authored a study on wet dust deposition across Texas during the 2012 drought for the July 6 edition of the Journal for Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. A summary of the study can be read here.

Dr. Jon DiCicco, political science

Dr. Jon DiCicco

Dr. Joseph "Joe" Collins, Department of Geosciences, assistant professor

Dr. Joe Collins

Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and professor of political science and international relations, appeared on MorningLine on NewsChannel5+ July 9 to discuss tariffs, immigration and other national political issues. The video can be seen here.

Vile also analyzed the nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a July 13 story by the Catholic News Service. His perspective, featured in the Boston Pilot, is available here.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Dr. Janet Colson, professor of nutrition and food science

Dr. Janet Colson

Dr. Janet Colson, a professor of nutrition and food science, addressed the ups and downs of the ketogenic diet at in a July 12 post that also was published in the Albany (Georgia) Herald and the Litchfield County (Connecticut) Times and at The story is available here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-898-5081 or via email at