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Speakers Bureau

About the Speakers Bureau

Wallace Community College Speakers Bureau offers informative programs and presentations for civic organizations, special interest groups, church groups or high school classes. Through the Speakers Bureau, the Wallace Community College faculty and staff share their interests and expertise with groups in Southeast Alabama and throughout the Wiregrass Area.

Speakers come free of charge, unless otherwise noted. However, we do ask that you reimburse the speaker for round-trip transportation, to be agreed upon when booking the appointment. Requests for long-distance trips may include additional charges.

Special note to high school teachers and guidance counselors:
Many speakers can arrange their schedules for daytime presentations. Our office can determine availability with speakers.

Check back occasionally for updated speakers listing.

More Information: (334) 556-2629

Wallace Community College Speakers Bureau

Mickey Baker, Director, Student Support Services
BS, Liberty University, MS, Troy State University, JD, Faulkner University

Leadership Initiatives for 2020

Claudia Bryan, Instructor, Choral Director
B.A., Birmingham-Southern College, M.M.; University of South Carolina

Music: Developing a Choral Program, Working with Specialized Ensembles (Such as vocal jazz groups, modern a cappella ensembles, and show choirs), and Women in Music.

David Cobb, Instructor, Mathematics
B.S. Mathematics Ed., Auburn University Montgomery, M.S., Troy University Dothan

Mathematics – Various subjects in mathematics, including developmental math.

Dr. Emily Cosgrove, Director, Center for Writing and Writing Instruction
B.S., Huntingdon College; M.A., Appalachian State University; Ph.D., Auburn University

Topics: How to Build a Writing Center, Writing Center Administration, Writing Center Tutor Training, Preparing for Interviews.

Before joining the Wallace community, Dr. Cosgrove held writing center leadership positions at Auburn University and Huntingdon College. Her background melds writing with college student development theories and higher education administrative practices, which she intermingles to create a culture of writing and student engagement at the institutions she serves.

Derek Crawford, Instructor, Drafting & Design Technology
A.A.S., Wallace Community College, B.A., The University of Alabama at Birmingham, M.S., Troy University

Drafting and Design Technologies – Encompasses the art of technical design in fields such as architecture, engineering, and product development. Students enrolled into the DDT program learn how to develop and draw blueprints for the construction and manufacturing industry.

Mr. Crawford has experience in a broad range of design fields including graphic design, 3D design, and residential development.

Julie Fischer, Division Director, Natural Sciences
B.S., M.S., Troy State University 

Pack their Parachute: Ways to Prepare Middle and High School Students for the “Jump” into Post-Secondary Education. This presentation focuses on ways to prepare secondary students for the transition into post-secondary courses with special emphasis on preparation for science courses. Pedagogy and study strategies are just a few of the topics discussed in this presentation.

Prior to her tenure at Wallace Community College, Mrs. Fischer was a junior high school teacher in the Enterprise City School System and was selected as Teacher of the Year. At Wallace, Mrs. Fischer teaches both biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology in addition to her duties as Natural Sciences Division Director.

Bates Gilmore, Division Director, Instructor, Radiologic Technology
A.A.S., Enterprise State Junior College; B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham; M.A., The University of Alabama

Radiologic Technology and other healthcare topics. 

Savannah Granberry, Director of Theatre Program, Speech Instructor
A.A., Chipola College; B.S., M.S., Florida State University

Speech and Theatre– Ms. Granberry has experience in public speaking, communication methods for the classroom, and theatre education. As a graduate student, she completed rhetorical research for Dr. Stan Lindsay that is published in his book, Expanded Kenneth Burke Concordance. Prior to her tenure at Wallace Community College, she was a middle school teacher in the Jackson County School system and was selected as Jackson County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year. She is a volunteer judge for oratorical competitions.

AP Hoffman, Director, Learning Resources Centers System, Learning Resources Center
B.S., Troy University; M.S.Ed., Ed.S., Auburn University

Library Science and Virtual Resources Research – Communicating Library and using researching in a virtual world.

Tony Holland, Dean, Instructional Affairs
B.S., The University of Alabama; M.S., Troy State University

Leadership for the 21st Century Classroom -- Motivating and inspiring presentation on effective instruction designed for total student development and maximum student learning. By the closing of the instructional effectiveness gap, the student achievement gap can be minimized.

Leadership Throughout the Organization – Motivating presentation which shows how to develop personal leadership skills while also developing leaders around you. This system is guaranteed to increase the effectiveness of your organization or institution.

Zachary L. Kelley, Director of Freshman Studies
A.A.,Wallace Community College; AS, Wallace Community College; B.A., M.A., The University of Alabama

The Founding Father’s Vision – An examination into the contradictions and complexities of first generation America.
Sound of Change in American Popular Music – Examining the synthesis of popular music and race music in post-war America.
Freedom Fighters – Freedom summer 1964, and the lasting impressions of voter registration in the Mississippi Delta.
You Say You Want A Revolution – An analysis of the transformations during the second half of the twentieth century in America due to the baby boomers.

Dr. Thomas Maple, Director, Student and Campus Services
B.A., Ph.D., Auburn University

Psychology, Leadership, College Student Development, Disabilities– Dr. Maple earned the doctorate in counseling psychology and has taught psychology at the college level.  He has created an original seminar on applying psychology to the practice of leading others.  He has also served five colleges through administrative and professional roles in student services.  Among his other duties at Wallace, he is the ADA Coordinator for the College.

Vanessa Martz, Instructor, Psychology
BS, University of Tennessee, MS, Troy State University

Psychology, How to Make Marriage Work and Parenting the Difficult Child.

Lisa Sanders, Division Director, Computer Information Science
BS, MBA, Troy State University Dothan

Computer Information Topics:

Identity Theft: What It Is and How to Protect Yourself.
Career Exploration: Matching Personality to Careers.
Safety in a Cyber World: What Teachers, Parents, and Children Should Know.

Ryan Spry, Director, Student Life
B.S., M.P.A., Troy State University

Mobilizing Others to Action – This presentation, developed initially for the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership conference, focuses on several premises as to how an individual is motivated and how leaders can best serve other’s needs by motivating them to succeed. Mr. Spry uses this presentation each semester with Troy University’s Leadership Development students and annually at Youth Leadership Dothan’s personal development/education day. He has also presented on various leadership topics at Alabama’s HOBY seminar and the national training institute for HOBY, held annually in Houston, TX. 

Barbara Thompson, Director, Public Relations and Marketing

B.F.A., The Ohio State University; B.S., Troy University Dothan

Public Relations and Marketing for Today’s Student – Communicating the “voice” of students and a college in the ever-changing field of messaging options. The internet is a “disrupter” in relaying a college’s message to students and the community by creating new –and creative—methods of reaching the community we serve.

Linda Watson, Director, Adult Education

B.A., East Coast Bible College; M.S., Troy State University Dothan

Adult Education and GED Preparation

Dr. Ashli Wilkins, Dean, Institutional Services and Community Development

B.S., M.S., Troy State University; Ph.D., Auburn University

Grants and Strategic Partnerships – Dr. Wilkins has extensive experience in writing and securing grants that will give your group ideas on how to secure funding.