Faculty Commons Advisory Board

Rodney Bailey

Rodney Bailey

Instructor of English 

School of Arts and Humanities Representative

Mr. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s in Education degree from Jacksonville State University and is currently an instructor of English, a JSU Faculty advisor, technology liaison for the Jacksonville State University Writing Project Summer Institute, Phi Kappa Phi president elect and the coordinator of Integrated Studies at Jacksonville State University. He is also the recipient of the Mehaffy Excellence in Learning Technology Award as well as the Jacksonville State University McWhorter Outstanding teacher of the Year award. Mr. Bailey is also the Colorguard coordinator for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners and several other high school colorguard programs across the country.

Makenzie Bayles

Dr. Makenzie Bayles

Assistant Professor of Psychology 

School of Human Services and Social Sciences Representative

Makenzie Bayles received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2013 after completing her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Jacksonville State University (JSU). Upon completing her doctoral degree, she returned to her hometown of Jacksonville with her husband and son. She is currently an assistant professor and the graduate program coordinator in the Department of Psychology at JSU. She enjoys traveling and supporting local community and university events with her family. When she is not traveling or working, she is often attending tennis events for her son, Mason.

Sarah Donley

Dr. Sarah Donley

Assistant Professor of Sociology 

School of Human Services and Social Sciences Representative

Dr. Sarah Donley received her Ph.D. in 2014 from Kansas State University. She studies gender inequality, work and organizations, and culture using a mixture of qualitative and archival research methods. Her current research explores shifting gender beliefs in funeral directing and what this means for gender inequality in feminizing occupations. Dr. Donley teaches in the areas of research methods, gender, social inequality and stratification, and social organizations. Her teaching centers on connecting sociology to student's everyday lives and getting students engaged and responsible for their own learning.  
Kristin Edwards

Dr. Kristin Edwards

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

School of Science Representative

Dr. Kristin Edwards received B.S. degree from Jacksonville State University in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2017 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She returned to Jacksonville State University in the spring of 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Geoscience. Her research focuses on the importance of mitochondria in the treatment of human diseases. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their new baby boy, family, and friends. She also enjoys attending concerts and sporting events. 

Dr. Eric Gamess

Assistant Professor of Computer Science 

School of Science Representative

Eric Gamess received a M.S. in Industrial Computation from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse (INSA de Toulouse), France, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela. Before teaching at JSU, he worked as a professor at the Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, and “Universidad del Valle,” Colombia. His research interests include Vehicular Adhoc Networks, Network Performance Evaluation, IPv6, and Network Protocol Specifications. He is one of the co-founders of the Venezuelan Society of Computing and has been in the organization committee and the technical program committee of several national and international conferences. He is the director of the Venezuelan Journal of Computing, and has published more than 70 papers in international conferences and journals.

Allen Gillbert

Dr. Allen Gilbert

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

School of Health Professions and Wellness Representative

Serena Grambling

Dr. Serena Gramling

Assistant Professor of Nursing

School of Health Professions and Wellness Representative

I have been teaching at JSU in the Department of Nursing since 2010. My areas of research interest include peripheral arterial disease and diversity in teaching and learning. I teach across the curriculum with courses in the BSN, RN to BSN, and DNP programs. Scholarship activities include presenting at the state and local levels and preparing to publish. I currently serve on multiple committees within the Department of Nursing and one at the university level. Service activities within the community include serving on the Advisory Board for Health Occupations for Gadsden City High School, providing presentations related to the medical field for high school students, and securing donations / volunteering with Thirteenth Place (children’s shelter). Interests outside of work include spending time with my husband and children, outdoor activities (swimming, boating, and kayaking), and rescuing dogs. 

Billy Hankins

Dr. William Hankins

Assistant Professor of Economics

School of Business and Industry Representative

At JSU he currently teaches principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, and money and banking. His research focuses on various aspects of political institutions and political uncertainty and their effects on economic outcomes. His work has been published in the Southern Economics Journal, Social Science Quarterly, Economics Letters, Economics of Governance, and the Journal of Macroeconomics. William lives in Hoover, AL with his wife (and coauthor). When not working they enjoy traveling around New England.

Jihye Lee

Dr. Jihye Lee

Assistant Professor of Marketing

School of Business and Industry Representative

Schools: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, (MS, Marketing Communication) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI (PhD, concentrate - Marketing and Psychology) 

Industry experience: Daum Communication, Seoul, South Korea; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Seoul; AC Nielsen Media Research, Seoul and Chicago; CJ, Chicago 

Academic experience: Jacksonville State University (From August, 2104 - present) 

Service experience: Assurance of Learning Committee, SBIC, JSU (2017, 2018); Faculty Advising on AMA JSU Chapter (2016); Faculty Advisory Committee (2019); 

Research interest: charitable behavior, sustainable consumption behavior, mobile commerce and social media 

Kelly Paynter

Dr. Kelly Paynter

Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Library Media

School of Education Representative

After spending three years in the corporate world, Kelly Paynter joined the education sector and has never looked back! She has worked as a high school educator, teaching subjects such as computer programming, web design, personal finance, computer applications, and multimedia technology. She transitioned into the school library realm and received accolades as the State of Georgia’s Exemplary Library Media program as well as Library Media Specialist of the Year. She has extensive experience in online teaching, online course development, and course design. Her hobbies and interests include outdoor activities, traveling, reading, learning new things, and nutrition/natural wellness. 

Tray Ridlen

Dr. Tray Ridlen

Professor of Arts

School of Arts and Humanities Representative

Tray Ridlen is an assistant professor of art history in the art department starting fall 2018. He teaches class including Non-Western Art, The History of Photography, and Art of the 19th Century. His research focuses on the Classical Revival found in the art of the French Revolution and the First Empire. In his free time he listens to audio drama podcasts and plays table top board games. 

Wendy Stephens

Dr. Wendy Stephens

Assistant Professor of Educational Resources

School of Education Representative

Wendy Stephens is a librarian who values constructivist and project-based learning, incorporating the sorts of organic information seeking skills students will make use of throughout their lives. Through working with teachers who are becoming school librarians, she hopes to expand the range of texts and other resources available for readers of all ages.

Kim Westbrook

Kim Westbrooks

Assistant Professor, Business and Social Sciences Librarian 

Library Representative

Kim prides herself in her ability to answer unanswerable questions and hold interesting conversations regarding comics and video games. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree from JSU in Music with a concentration in vocal performance, so she is not the kind of librarian that will shush anyone. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, which led to eight years in public libraries and eventually landing back at her alma mater, JSU’s Houston Cole Library. Her experience in event planning and performance plays strongly into Kim’s charismatic approach to librarianship.