Tim Whittier

Professor of Biology 
Director of Study Abroad
Chair, Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Office: Armington 106
Telephone: 606.218.5470
E-mail: TimothyWhittier@upike.edu


Principles of Biology I and II
Evolution and Ecology
Ecology II
Senior Seminar
Natural History of Kentucky

Ph.D. in Entomology – University of Hawaii
Specialization in Ecology Evolution and conservation biology

M.S. Entomology – University of Hawaii
B.S. in Biology – Idaho State University

Dr. Whittier is originally from Idaho. After graduating from high school he spent seven months in Israel and two years in Japan. After receiving his Ph.D he worked for the University of Hawaii before working for The Nature Conservancy in the Monitoring and Adaptive Management office in Boise, Idaho. He then accepted a position at Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University in Yuma Arizona. His research interests include Sexual Selection of Tephritid fruit flies and monitoring ecological restoration projects.

Robert W. Arts

Professor of Education and Physics 

Office: Armington 433
Telephone: 606.218.5476
E-mail: RobertArts@upike.edu

Personal Web space

Engineering Physics
General Physics I & II
Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics
Introduction to Physics
Miscellaneous Special Topics Courses
Modern Physics
Science in the Elementary School and the Middle School

Ph.D. in Education
Capella University

Master of Science in Physics
University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Science in Physics
Ohio University

Best Science Presentation Award, Appalachian College Association Technology Summit, 1998
Best Presentation Award, Technology in Teaching Conference, 1998
Highest Speaker Evaluation Award, Pike County Schools Regional Title I Conference, 1997

Dr. Arts is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, but has called Pikeville, Ky., and the University of Pikeville home for the past 19 years. He also ran the University’s Math-Science Resource Center for 12 years and currently serves as director for the University’s Science and Math Day Camp and director for the Regional Science Olympiad hosted each March at the University. He enjoys photography, hiking, snow skiing and travel.

Mark W. Bolt

Professor of Biology 

Office: Armington 104
Telephone: 606.218.5462
E-mail: MarkBolt@upike.edu

Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Developmental Biology
General Physiology

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences
University of Missouri-Columbia

B.S. in Biology
Alma College

Dr. Bolt is originally from Michigan. After graduate school, he taught in Northern Ohio for four years before accepting a position at Rivier College in New Hampshire where he taught for seven years. He is the advisor to the Biology Club at Pikeville, which includes the Pi Zeta chapter of Beta-Beta-Beta the National Honor Society for the Biological Sciences. His research interests include using Drosophila as a model organism in explorations of tumor suppression.

John J. Cade

Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science 

Office: Armington 204
Telephone: 606.218.5473
E-mail: JohnCade@upike.edu

College Algebra
Calculus I, II
Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
Advanced Geometry
Computer Literacy
Data Structures
Analysis of Algorithms
Principles of Programming Languages
Operating Systems
Parallel Programming

Institute for Retraining in Computer Science

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Master of Science in Mathematics
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Master of Science in Mathematics
California State College at Fullerton

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Iowa State University

William Wade and Helen Record Walker Teaching Excellence Award, Second Place, Pikeville College, 2006

Dr. Cade was born and raised in Massachusetts.  He came to Pikeville College in the fall of 1987. He lives with his wife Nancy, four cats, and a dog. In his spare time, he enjoys reading mystery novels, working KenKen, Sudoku, and crossword puzzles, and "studying" computer games.

Volodymyr Chelyshkov

Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

Office: Armington 205
Telephone: 606.218.5472
E-mail: VolodymyrChelyshkov@upike.edu

Harold S. Chittum

Professor of Biology 

Office: Armington 107
Telephone: 606.218.5468
E-mail: HaroldChittum@upike.edu

Clinical Microbiology
Genetics Immunology
Introduction to Chemistry
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology of the Cell
Principles of Biology

Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Basic Sciences Laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt University, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry Concentration)
East Tennessee State University

Master of Science in Biology
East Tennessee State University

Bachelor of Science in Biology
East Tennessee State University

Dr. Chittum is a native of Tazewell, Tenn. He spent most of his life in Tennessee before moving to Pippa Passes, Ky., in 1998 where he taught biology at Alice Lloyd College for two years. In 2000, he moved to Pikeville where he continues to teach biology at the University of Pikeville.

Benjamin T. Clayton

Associate Professor of Chemistry 

Office: Armington 214 B
Telephone: 606.218.5477
E-mail: BenjaminClayton@upike.edu

Organic Chemistry I & II
Quantitative Analysis
Instrumental Analysis
Medicinal Chemistry
Methods of Biochemical Analysis
Protein Chemistry, Structure, & Function
Nanomaterials Characterization

Ph.D. in Chemistry
University of Memphis

M.S. in Chemistry
University of Memphis

B.S. in Philosophy
East Tennessee State University


Clayton, Benjamin T., Structural Studies of the LPA1 receptor ECL2, Dissertation, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, May 2011.
Banner, L.T., Tekobo, S., Garay, F., Clayton, B., Thomas, Z., Lindner, E., Richter, A., Pinkhassik, E. “Self-Limiting Robust Surface-Grafted Organic Nanofilms,” Chemistry of Materials, 2010, 22(7), 2248-2254.
Banner, L.T., Danila, D.C., Sharpe, K., Durkin, M., Clayton, B., Anderson, B., Richter, A., Pinkhassik, E. “Controlled Loading of Building Blocks into Temporary Self-Assembled Scaffolds for Directed Assembly of Organic Nanostructures,” Langmuir, 2008, 24(20), 11464–11473.
Pinkhassik E., Danila D.C., Banner L.T., Clayton B.T. “Guided assembly of polymer capsules with selective nanopores.” PMSE Preprints, 2006, 95, 1078.

CIBA Foundation Doctoral Fellowship
Department of Chemistry, University of Memphis
Sigma Xi Research Award,
19th Annual Student Research Forum, University of Memphis
Most Outstanding Philosophy and Humanities Student Award
Department of Philosophy, East Tennessee State University
Dean’s List (GPA 3.9/4.0)
The University of Tennessee at Martin

Pinkhassik, Evgueni, Banner, L. Todd, Clayton, Benjamin T., “Nanothin Polymer Coatings Containing Thiol and Methods of Use Thereof,” U.S. Patent 7,829,155 B1, Nov. 9, 2010

Dr. Clayton’s doctoral research was in the structural characterization of the 2nd extracellular loop (ECL2) of the lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) receptor for the purpose of developing a structure-based pharmacophore model of the LPA1 receptor, which required more accurate structural information about ECL2. Abnormal LPA signaling has been associated with numerous types of cancer. A possible means of intervening included blocking LPA from activating the aberrant LPA receptor associated with the tumor growth with a drug (selective inhibitor). In order to find drugs (lead compounds) for this receptor, a structure-based pharmacophore model would be required to rationalize a computational design of selective inhibitors. Creation of this computational pharmacophore model required a fragment-based experimental study for the purpose of determining a high-resolution, solution structure of only the LPA1 receptor ECL2 using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Dr. Clayton’s research gave him experience producing proteins through recombinant DNA biotechnologies, as well as purifying them with techniques such as affinity chromatography, ion-exchange chromatography, and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). He also developed skills in a number of instrumental methods, including circular dichroism spectropolarimetry, dynamic light scattering, and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

Prior to research in protein structure determination, he had two years of research in nanotechnology and organic synthesis, when he was able to obtain along with his colleagues a patent for the development of a nanothin polymer film. His contribution to this research included invention and organic synthesis of a small molecule (monomer), which demonstrated unique nanochemistry on select metal surfaces after polymerization. This research also included techniques of chemical purification using HPLC and flash chromatography, and chemical analysis with NMR spectroscopy, thin-layer chromatography, and gas chromatography mass spectrometry. He also studied this polymer film on the surface of gold nanoparticles using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and helped develop techniques for using liposomes for encapsulation and polymerization of nanometer sized vesicles, in which he also invented and synthesized several types of monomers for polymerization of nanoporous materials.

Dr. Clayton enjoys spending time with his wife, Laine, who has provided years of dedicated support, encouragement and prayer. Dr. Clayton’s passion for science began at the early age of five in the rural mountains of east Tennessee and has continued throughout his life with the inspiration of many teachers, scientists, professors, colleagues and friends. He has always had a natural passion for science and mathematics, but was drawn particularly to medicinal chemistry after seeing his mother suffer tremendously throughout his life with multiple sclerosis. He hopes to inspire students to pursue medical careers in research or primary care.

Bernadine D. Cochran

Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science 

Office: Armington 207
Telephone: 606.218.5463
E-mail: BernadineCochran@upike.edu

Personal Web space

Algebra for College Students
Calculus I
College Algebra
Computer Literacy
Elementary Algebra
Elementary Probability and Statistics
Intermediate Algebra
Intermediate Computers
Precalculus Algebra
Visual Basic

Master of Science in Mathematics
East Tennessee State University

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Additional graduate level courses
Instructional Technology in Education

Old Dominion University

Twelve graduate level CIS hours
Morehead State University

Six additional graduate level CSCI hours
East Tennessee State University

Faculty advisor for Beta Xi Chapter of Sigma Zeta, National Mathematics and Science Honor Society
State of Virginia Collegiate Professional Teaching License

Ms. Cochran has lived in Buchanan County, Va., all of her life. She worked for several years at a bank before returning to college full time. She joined Pikeville College in 1997 after attaining her master’s degree. She enjoys RV camping and riding motorcycles with her husband, Gary, and spending time with daughter Brandy and granddaughter Natalie Paige.

Johnny Fleming

Assistant Professor of Developmental Mathematics 

Office: Allara 030
Telephone: 606.218.5145
E-mail: JohnnyFleming@upike.edu

Fundamentals of Mathematics
Beginning Algebra
Freshman Studies

Master of Arts in Education
Morehead State University

Bachelor of Science in Education
Pikeville College

Fleming is a native Kentuckian who has lived his entire life in eastern Kentucky. He taught middle grades mathematics in the Pike County school system for two years before joining the faculty of Pikeville College in the Fall of 2010. He enjoys spending time with his wife Candace, and his dogs Bruiser and Kimber, reading, watching movies, playing golf, and is an avid musician. You can occasionally spot him at University of Pikeville sporting events playing the trombone in the pep band and rooting for the Bears.

Howard V. Francis

Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science 

Office: Armington 209
Telephone: 606.218.5465
E-mail: HowardFrancis@upike.edu

College Algebra
Developmental Mathematics
Discrete Mathematics
Introduction to Computer Science
Machine Organization
Object-Oriented Programming

Graduate Studies in Computer Science
Binghamton University
North Carolina State University
Ball State University

Master of Arts in Mathematics
Indiana University

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

William Wade and Helen Record Walker Award for Teaching Excellence, Pikeville College, 2005

Mr. Francis was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs before going to college in the state of Indiana. He came to Pikeville in 1990, after completing his master's degree in Mathematics. Shortly after arriving, he started teaching computer science as well. Outside of class he enjoy playing music as a trumpeter, organist and singer.

Darla G. French

Associate Professor of Biology 

Office: Armington 108
Telephone: 606.218.5616
E-mail: DarlaFrench@upike.edu

Principles of Biology I & II
Restoration Ecology
Senior Seminar in Biology
The Philosophy and Nature of Science
You and Your Environment: Sustainable Living in a Modern World

Ph.D. in Forestry & Natural Resources
Purdue University

Master of Science in Education (Curriculum & Instruction)
Purdue University

Bachelor of Science in Biology
College of Wooster

Indiana State Teaching License in Agricultural Education and Biology
Grades 7-12

Dr. French grew up near Cleveland, OH, and was active in the National FFA Organization in high school, receiving her American Degree and proficiency awards in floriculture. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Wooster, she went to Purdue University to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural education. Her master’s thesis focused on describing science literacy levels in the nation’s agricultural teacher educators. Though licensed to teach high school agriculture and biology, Dr. French found that teaching at the college level was a much better fit. She completed a Ph.D. in forestry at Purdue University, where she researched the effects of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect to the United States, on American species of ash trees. The University of Pikeville was her first job out of graduate school. Dr. French’s research interests include science literacy, environmental and sustainable literacy, the use of writing in science classes, and plant physiology. Outside the university science classroom, Dr. French teaches Middle Eastern dance at the UPIKE dance studio, and she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, music and film of all kinds, and trying new experiences.

Thomas R. Hess

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Chemistry

Office: Armington 219
Telephone: 606.218.5475
E-mail: ThomasHess@upike.edu

Advanced Spectroscopy
General Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Introductory Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Quantitative Analysis
Seminar in Chemistry

Doctor of Philosophy
Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics
Centre College

William Wade and Helen Record Walker Teaching Excellence Award, Pikeville College, 2000
Visiting Research Associate, Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany, 1994

Dr. Hess grew up in Louisville, Ky., and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Physics from Centre College. He went to graduate school at Texas A&M where he studied surface oxidation behavior of transition metal amorphous alloys. After graduate school, Dr. Hess did stints as a research associate at Lamar University and Prairie View A&M University. In 1996, Dr. Hess joined the faculty of Pikeville College as an assistant professor of chemistry. In addition to teaching, Dr. Hess was chair of the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for five years before being appointed vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Pikeville in 2010. Dr. Hess enjoys skiing, travelling, ballroom dancing and playing with his dogs, cat and parakeet.

Michael Holcomb

Professor of Mathematics 

Office: Armington 206
Telephone: 606.218.5474
E-mail: MichaelHolcomb@upike.edu

Abstract Algebra
Algebra for College Students
Calculus I, II and III
Complex Variables
Core Content Geometry
Differential Equations
History of Mathematics
Intermediate Algebra
Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics
Louisiana State University

Master of Science in Mathematics
Purdue University

Bachelor of Science with Honors in Mathematics
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Holcomb is originally from Choctaw, Okla., and moved around to Big 12, Big 10 and SEC universities to get his three degrees. He was a recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship in 1994 at Oklahoma State University and an Andrews Fellowship in 1996 at Purdue University. He taught for two years at Emory & Henry College before moving to Pikeville to begin teaching at Pikeville College in 2005. His hobbies include trivia and board games, listening to music, travel, jigsaw puzzles, dancing, coin collecting, and drawing posters to bring to University of Pikeville athletic events to root on the teams. One interesting fact about Dr. Holcomb is that he has put together over 100,000 combined pieces of jigsaw puzzles in his life.

Kathleen McCann

Assistant Professor of Chemistry 

Telephone: 606.218.5478
E-mail: KathleenMcCann@upike.edu

General Chemistry
Quantitative Analysis
Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
Texas A&M University

B.S. Chemistry 
Morningside College

Kathleen McCann, Ph.D. is a native of Storm Lake, Iowa. After college she worked as a quality assurance/quality control chemist at a soybean oil refinery. After a year of working with and smelling like soybean oil she was motivated to further her education. In graduate school, McCann joined a physical chemistry research group collecting spectra and using the supercomputer to perform theoretical calculations on molecules of interest. Some of the spectra and calculations were passed onto a group that was attempting to spectroscopicly detect anthrax. While in graduate school she also spent a great deal of time with the chemical education research group. After graduate school, she taught in South Central Tennessee for six years before accepting a position with the University of Pikeville. McCann’s research interests include spectroscopy, modeling, theory of olfaction, visualization, and chemophobia. Outside of the classroom, McCann can regularly be found reading a book or knitting socks.

Mathys J. Meyer

Associate Professor of Biology 

Office: Armington 105
Telephone: 606.218.5467
E-mail: MathysMeyer@upike.edu

Introductory Biology
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Natural History of Kentucky  

Ph.D. in Entomology 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S in Biological Sciences
Illinois State University

B.S. in Biology
Knox College

A.S. Biology
Carl Sandburg College

Mathys (Thys) Meyer grew up in South Africa and moved to the United States in 1993. Before coming to the University of Pikeville he taught a variety of biology courses at Knox College, Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include the co-evolutionary relationships between chewing lice and game birds; entomology; herpetology; and natural history in general. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his spouse, Karyla, and their children, Bix and Rainier.

Brit Potter

Visiting Instructor of Computer Science 

Office: Armington 305
Telephone: 606.218.5471
E-mail: BritPotter@upike.edu

Sarah Stahl

Assistant Professor of Chemistry 

Office: Armington 307
Telephone: 606.218.5485
E-mail: SarahStahl@upike.edu

General Chemistry I and II
Instrumental Analysis

State University of New York at Fredonia

University of Houston

Southern Illinois University

Dr. Stahl is from upstate New York and received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from SUNY Fredonia outside of Buffalo. She attended graduate schools at University of Houston (Master's degree) and at Southern Illinois University (Doctorate). Stahl Holds the distinction of being the first deaf or hard of hearing student to complete a doctoral degree at SIU as well as the first deaf or heard of hearing student to obtain a degree (graduate or undergraduate) in chemistry from SIU. Stahl worked at Rockford University after school then took an industrial position working with corrosion inhibitors in paint before joining the UPIKE faculty. Her research interests include thin films, sol gels, microscale and nanoscale silicates and investigating the relationship between composition and properties at the micro/nano scale.


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