Meet your Professors

A point of pride at Martin Methodist is our faculty. Our professors hail from many different industries, hold respected job titles and academic degrees, and more importantly, bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to the classroom. Their mission is to educate, and what better way to accomplish this goal than to entrust our classrooms to accomplished working industry experts; all who come to the classroom with a passion for knowledge and teaching students. 

Dr. Gregory Brown, D.A., M.B.A.

Graduate Professor, Business
Associate Professor, Business
Office Location: Martin Hall, 104

Dr. Gregory Brown is an Associate Professor of Business and Economics.  He received his B.B.A and M.B.A degrees in Management from Morehead State University and his D.A. degree in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. He has completed more than 21 additional graduate hours each in management and statistics.  Dr. Brown joined the faculty at Martin Methodist College in 2004, teaching a variety of courses including economics, management and finance. Prior to coming to Martin Methodist, he served as Special Assistant to the President, Chairman of The Labry School of Business, Director of the MBA Program, Director of the Master of Science in Organizational and Human Relations Program and Assistant Professor of Business at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Additionally, he has served as Chairman of the DeBusk School of Business and MBA Program Director and Assistant Professor of Business at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Dr. Brown serves as Chairman of the Board of JCG Holdings Company and a member of the Board of Directors at Gap Industries. He has extensive consulting experience in Forensic Economics and has served as a consultant and a contributing writer to The Tennessean newspaper.

Dr. Alice Burkins, Ph.D., MACC

Assistant Professor, Business

Graduate Professor, Business

Master/Lead Teacher, Accounting Emphasis Area

Director MBA Program

Office Location: Martin Hall

Dr. Burkins joined Martin Methodist College as adjunct faculty in January of 2011 and is now a Graduate and Assistant Professor of Business, Program Coordinator for Accounting, and Director MBA Program.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Martin Methodist College, a Master's of Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School, and a Doctorate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with an emphasis in Accounting from Walden University.

Dr. Burkins brings a variety of business and management experiences to share with students, she has worked in private, non-profit and government accounting positions, managed both fast-food and retail stores, and owned and operated three small business ventures.

Dr. Dennis Haskins

Associate Professor, Education

Associate Professor, Business

Graduate Professor, Business

Master/Lead Teacher, Management Emphasis Area

Division Chair, Business

Office Location: Martin Hall 105-B

​Dr. Haskins brings extensive academic credentials and real-world experience to Martin Methodist College. He joined Martin Methodist in 2003 as an adjunct professor in the education department prior to assuming duties as Division Chair of Business and Director of the MBA Program, Dr. Haskins served as Vice President for Planning and Effectiveness. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Bachelor of  Arts degree in Theology from San Diego Bible College.  He has a Master’s in Business Administration from Chapman University, a Master’s in Education from Lipscomb University, and a Doctorate in Education from Tennessee State University.  Additionally, Dr. Haskins holds numerous certificates in a variety of technology applications. He was a United States Marine Corp infantry officer for many years and rose through the ranks to a position in which he managed a multi-million dollar budget for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. After retiring from the military, he served as senior project manager for large development and construction projects.  As an entrepreneur, he was an early innovator who founded an internet provider company that was later acquired by a telecommunications company.  His innovative ideas and broad experience make him an invaluable asset in the Johnston School of Business and Executive Program classrooms, in the college’s administration, and to the regional businesses he advises.

Dr. Lorie Jones

Graduate Adjunct Instructor, Business

Dr. Lorie Jones joined Martin Methodist College as adjunct faculty in the MBA program in 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, an Executive MBA from the University of North Alabama, and Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in the management of engineering and technology from Northcentral University. Dr. Jones has been the Continuous Improvement Manager at Graphic Packaging International/Lawrenceburg for the past 15 years and has worked in manufacturing for the past 21 years. Over the years, she has worked on an adjunct basis for two universities and a community college teaching topics such as statistics, statistical process control, project management, operations management, business ethics, and business communication.  

Dr. Cheri Thomas

Professor, Business

Graduate Professor, Business

Office Location: Martin Hall, 105-A

Dr. Cheri Thomas became associated with Martin Methodist College during the 2013-14 academic year, serving as a consultant in developing two new business-related programs. In May, she was named Executive Director of the newly created Center for Executive and Professional Development Certification Program and also serves as a Professor of Business in the M.B.A. and B.B.A. programs.

Dr. Thomas holds both an M.B.A. and a D.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She has extensive work experience in the area of commercial real estate and marketing and has taught in the graduate business program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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