Meet two faculty members who are teaching in honors for the first time this year…
Dr. Gregory W. Heath is Guerry Professor of Health and Human Performance and Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He also serves as Director of Research at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga. Dr. Heath was formally with the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he spent over 20 years, initially starting as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. He has a background in physiology, nutrition, and epidemiology and holds both his masters and doctoral degrees from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California. Dr. Heath has spent most of his professional career devoted to the understanding and promotion of physical activity and exercise for the enhancement of health as well as the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He is widely published in the preventive medicine and public health literature. Dr. Heath is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association’s Council on Epidemiology. This semester, Dr. Heath is teaching a Brock Scholars seminar entitled “Healthy Living: How Should We Live?” which explores concepts of public health and community planning and organization, as well as social, behavioral, environmental, and policy approaches to healthy living.
Dr. Tammy S. Garland is an Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where she teaches courses in drugs and crime, juvenile justice, media and crime, and victimology. She received a BS in history from the University of Kentucky, a MS in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. Her current research emphasis includes gender, crime and popular culture, drug policy issues, and the victimization of the homeless, women and children. Her publications can be found in American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Criminal Justice Studies, Feminist Criminology, and Journal of Poverty.
She says, “I am a kid at heart, so I still love comic books, fantasy novels, and anything related to zombies, vampires, or other supernatural creatures. Luckily, I am in a field that allows me to combine my interests with research. Much of my research interests include the examination of crime and gender roles in popular culture. My research focuses on everything from rape in comic books to a gendered analysis of The Walking Dead comic series. Luckily this semester, I get to further combine my interests with my professional career as I will be teaching a class for the Brock Scholars Program on Outlaws, Zombies, and Crime in a Post-Apocalyptic Society.”