Faculty and Staff

Dr. Reynaldo Martinez

Dr. Reynaldo Martinez

Department Head, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Vocational Education
Colorado State University

M.S. in Occupational Education
Corpus Christi State University

B.S. in Secondary Education
Texas A&I University

Phone  229-333-5650
rlmartinez@valdosta.edu
COE 2023

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm  Other times available by appointment Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours


Dr. Charles Backes

Dr. Charles Backes

Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Vocational Education
Louisiana State University

M.S. in Industrial Education
Louisiana State University

B.S. in Industrial Arts Education
Louisiana State University

Phone  229-333-7152
cbackes@valdosta.edu
COE 2021

Office Hours
Monday and Tuesday  9:00am - 11:45am Thursday  9:00am - 11:45am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm   Other times available by appointment Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours. 


Dr. Iris Ellis

Dr. Iris Ellis

Associate Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D. in Adult and Career Education
Valdosta State University

M.Ed. in Business Education
Valdosta State University

B.E. Certification
Valdosta State College

B.B.A. in Secretarial Administration
Valdosta State College

Phone  229-333-5454
icellis@valdosta.edu
COE 2021
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Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday  8:30am - 11:00am and 12:30pm - 1:30pm Virtual hours Wednesday 2:00pm - 5:00pm Other times available by appointment Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours


Mr. Corey Nawolski

Mr. Corey Nawolski

Instructor, Adult and Career Education

M.Ed. in Adult and Career Education
Valdosta State University

B.S.Ed. in Technical Trade and Industrial Education
Valdosta State University

Phone  229-333-5635
cmnawolski@valdosta.edu
COE 2005

Office Hours
Monday and Tuesday 9:00am - 11:00am and 2:00pm - 4:00pm Wednesday 9:00am - 11:00am and 2:00pm - 3:00pm  Other times available by appointment (no appointments will be scheduled on Fridays) Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours


Dr. Kenny Ott

Dr. Kenny Ott

Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D. in Occupational and Adult Education
Oklahoma State University

M.Ed. in Community and Junior College Teaching
University of Central Oklahoma

B.Ed. in Music Education
University of Central Oklahoma

Phone  229-333-5619
kott@valdosta.edu
COE 2004

Office Hours
Unavailable for Spring 2016 Semester.


Dr. Karen Pickles

Dr. Karen Pickles

Assistant Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Education
Capella University

M.S. in Education
Florida State University

B.S. in Information Studies
Florida State University

Phone  229-333-5978
ktpickles@valdosta.edu
COE 2105

Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday  9:00am - 2:00pm  Virtual hours Monday and Wednesday  8:00pm - 9:00pm Other times available by appointment Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours


Dr. J.D. Thomerson

Dr. J.D. Thomerson

Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D. in Vocational Education
University of Georgia

Ed.S. in Business Education
Valdosta State College

M.Ed. in Business Education
Valdosta State College

B.S. in General Business
Carson-Newman College

Phone  229-333-7409
jthomers@valdosta.edu
COE 2021

Office Hours
Available by EMAIL only


Dr. Vesta Whisler

Dr. Vesta Whisler

Associate Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Education/Instructional Design
Capella University

M.A. in Adult and Community Education
Ball State University

B.S. in Business Education
Ball State University

Phone  229-333-5636
vrwhisler@valdosta.edu
COE 2111

Office Hours
Wednesday 10:00am - 3:00pm Virtual hours Tuesday and Thursday  9:00am - 11:30am Other times available by appointment Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours


Mrs. Amy Williams

Mrs. Amy Williams

Instructor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.S. in Instructional Technology
Valdosta State University

M.Ed. in Instructional Technology
Valdosta State University

M.A. in Speech Communications
Valdosta State University

B.F.A. in Organizational Communications
Valdosta State University

Phone  229-333-5652
amywilliams@valdosta.edu
COE 2110

Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday  10:45am - 12:30pm and 1:45pm - 4:15pm Virtual hours Monday and Friday  11:00am - 1:00pm Other times available by appointment Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours


Dr. Diane Wright

Dr. Diane Wright

Assistant Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
Nova University

M.Ed. in Education Media Design Technology
Full Sail University

M.Ed. in Education
Valdosta State University

B.S. in Business Administration
Valdosta State University

Phone  229-333-5614
diwright@valdosta.edu
COE 2003

Office Hours
Wednesday  9:00am - 1:00pm Virtual hours Monday  10:00am - 1:00pm and 5:00pm - 8:00pm Other times available by appointment Note: Travel responsibilities may interfere with these published hours


NameTitlePhoneE-mail
Mrs. Wendy MillerSenior Secretary229-333-5928wemiller@valdosta.edu
Larry TurnerGraduate Assistant229-333-5654leturner@valdosta.edu
Natalia ShakinaGraduate Assistant229-333-5654nshakina@valdosta.edu
PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS
Bruce FosterInstructorbrufoster@valdosta.edu
Nicole GunnInstructornpgunn@valdosta.edu
Shiela HallInstructorsrhall@valdosta.edu
Xavier McClungInstructorxmcclung@valdosta.edu
Chris MelodyInstructorlcmelody@valdosta.edu
Tom MoffsesInstructortpmoffses@valdosta.edu
Lindsey MooreInstructorslhiers@valdosta.edu
Ronald O'MearaInstructorreomeara@valdosta.edu
Marcella PraterInstructormgprater@valdosta.edu
Mike RewisInstructortmrewis@valdosta.edu
Markaysa RobinsonInstructormarrobinson@valdosta.edu
Mike SiekkinenInstructormasiekkinen@valdosta.edu
Shawn UtleyInstructormsutley@valdosta.edu
Alison WatkinsInstructoratwatkins@valdosta.edu
James ZinkInstructorjlzink@valdosta.edu