In the News: Faculty, staff discuss poetry, home s...

In the News: Faculty, staff discuss poetry, home security, ‘Typhoid Mary,’ sports, COVID-19, more

MTSU faculty and staff recently contributed their expertise to a variety of media platforms on subjects that included home security, poetry writing, “Typhoid Mary,” The Kinks, football, basketball and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Benjamin Stickle, associate professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration

Dr. Ben Stickle

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor of political science and international affairs, moderated an April 17 online chat about the impact of the coronavirus on African Americans for the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. The video can be viewed here.

• Dr. Ben Stickle, an associate professor of criminal justice administration, was interviewed for the April 21 edition of “The Lisa Show” on BYURadio about porch cameras and their usefulness as tools to fight crime. The audio is available here. Stickle’s audio begins at 50:36.

Rick Stockstill

Dr. Jennifer Kates, director of MTSU Write and a instructor in the Department of English

Dr. Jennifer Kates

Rick Stockstill, head football coach, expressed optimism about being able to lead the Blue Raiders through a college football season this year in an April 22 report on WKRN-TV in Nashville. The video can be seen here.

• Dr. Jennifer Kates, a master instructor of English, has originated a series of group poetry writing sessions on Facebook, as reported in an April 22 story in the Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro. Her comments can be read here.

Dr. Katie Foss, associate professor of media studies in MTSU's School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Dr. Katie Foss

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

• Dr. Katie Foss, a professor of media studies, wrote an article about “Typhoid Mary,” who unknowingly spread typhoid fever in the early 20th century, for April 24 edition of The Conversation. Her views are available here.

• Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU president, explained how the university is preparing for the fall 2020 semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in an April 26 story for the USA Today Network Tennessee. His comments can be accessed here.

McPhee discussed reopening the campus for classroom learning in an April 30 story in The Tennessean. His views can be read here.

Dr. Mark Doyle, history professor

Dr. Mark Doyle

Dr. Jeremy Aber, assistant professor, geosciences

Dr. Jeremy Aber

Amy Harris-Aber, doctoral student, English

Amy Harris-Aber

• Dr. Mark Doyle, a professor of English, talked about his new book “The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached” on “The Road to Now” podcast posted April 27. The audio is available here.

• Dr. Jeremy Aber, an associate professor of geosciences, and Amy Harris-Aber, a doctoral candidate in English, were interviewed by WKRN-TV for an April 30 report on their bouts of coronavirus and how they survived. The video and transcript are available here.

Dr. Ryan Korstange, Department of University Studies, University College

Dr. Ryan Korstange

Shalon Pillow, assistant coach, MTSU women’s basketball

Shalon Pillow

• Dr. Ryan Korstange, an assistant professor of university studies, explained how to stay motivated to learn while quarantined at home during the coronavirus pandemic in an April 30 story for YourselfHelp. His perspectives can be accessed here.

Shalon Pillow, an assistant women’s basketball coach, discussed her basketball career and how her parents kept her focused on education in Episode 29 of the “Talk Sports to Me” podcast posted April 30 on YouTube. The audio can be heard here.

Dr. Gaylord Brewer, MTSU Department of English

Dr. Gaylord Brewer

Ed Arning, director of market development, Creative Marketing Solutions

Ed Arning

• Dr. Gaylord Brewer, a professor of English, penned advice on weeding and baking in a May 3 article for Another Chicago Magazine. His words can be read here.

Ed Arning, director of market development for Creative Marketing Solutions, discussed the importance of yard signs in a May 1 article for In-Plant Impressions. His views are 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