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2022-2023 Provost's Faculty Internship Cohort

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2022-2023 Provost's Faculty Internship - Faculty Bios

The six faculty selected for the inaugural cohort of the Provost’s Faculty Internship Program are:

John Brent, Associate Professor 
School of Justice Studies
College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science

John J. Brent, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. His interests focus on: the cultural and structural dynamics of crime and crime-control; how institutions create and perpetuate inequalities; building a theoretical foundation of criminal justice theory; and how individuals are disciplined and punished.




Jamie Fredericks, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math


Dr. Jamie Fredericks is an associate professor in the chemistry department and is currently the director of the forensic science program. Jamie is originally from the UK and received his PhD in forensic science at Cranfield University. Dr. Fredericks is currently working on a DNA collection tool that could revolutionize the forensic science community.



Kerem “Ozan” Kalkan, Associate Professor
Department of Government
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Dr. Kerem Ozan Kalkan is an associate professor in the Department of Government. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2010. Dr. Kalkan specializes in behavioral research and advanced quantitative methods. His teaching focuses on comparative politics, religion and politics, organization theory, and capstone course in political science.

Jessica Lair, Associate Professor
Department of Physics, Geosciences, and Astronomy
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Jessica earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia University Institute of Technology.  She then went to Clemson University and earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics.  Her research interests are observational studies of Type Ia Supernovae and Physics and Astronomy Education Research.



Erin Presley, Associate Professor
Department of English
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Erin earned the Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and is an Associate Professor of English. She enjoys teaching courses in her home department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the Honors Program, and for the Appalachian Studies Program. She is currently revising her book manuscript about Horace Kephart’s literary legacy for the University of Tennessee Press.



Matthew Sabin, Professor and Athletic Training Program Director
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
College of Health Sciences


Matthew is the Athletic Training Program Director in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He completed his PhD at the University of Illinois, studying neuromuscular control as well as concussion biomechanics, management, and assessment. Though program administration and teaching dominate most of his current role, he has a continued interest in the management of concussions and the use of blood flow restriction in therapeutic interventions.

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