Avery joined the faculty of UTC’s Department of Human
Ecology in 1988 as an assistant professor. He previously held teaching
positions at Purdue University, South Dakota State University and
Iowa State University.
After completing a B.S. from Oklahoma State University, Avery pursued
graduate studies leading to the M.S. degree from Iowa State University.
A four-time recipient of UTC’s Exceptional Merit Award, Avery
has also received several other faculty honors including the Outstanding
Advisor Award, the College of Education and Applied Professional
Studies Dean Roy Stinnett Award, the School of Education Outstanding
Teacher Award, and the Natalie Schlack Outstanding Advisor Award.
He is one of the primary forces guiding the establishment of the
Faculty Club at UTC’s Patten House. Avery is the 1992 Tennessee
Design Educator of the Year Award winner and is registered with
the State of Tennessee as a licensed interior designer.
In conjunction with the interior design courses he has taught over
the past thirty-seven years, Avery has prepared textbooks and procedure
manuals for instruction in materials, furniture styles, design and
color. He is the co-author of a self-teaching device for application
in introductory interior design courses entitled Environmental Design
Laboratory Guide, which is utilized by a number of institutions
including the University of Hawaii, Michigan State University and
Purdue University. He has served as a requested advanced publication
reviewer for several textbooks.
Avery and his wife, Paula, have two children and two grandchildren.
Walker Breland joined the faculty of The University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1972 as Associate Professor of Music.
His prior faculty appointments were at Columbia College, Indiana
University and Franklin College.
A South Carolina native, Breland received a B.A. in Music from Furman
University and the M.M. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. His curricular
and instructional areas of focus include organ, music education,
music theory, music history and literature, sacred music, jazz and
introduction to music courses.
Breland’s service to the university is extensive and includes
two consecutive terms as Faculty Council President, work on numerous
committees, and tenure as Chair of the Athletics, Faculty Handbook
and Music Education committees. He served a one-year appointment
as an American Council on Education Fellow in academic administration
at Florida State University. His campus distinctions are extensive.
He has received the Blue Key Outstanding Faculty Service Award,
the UTNAA Outstanding Professor Award, the Student Government Association
Outstanding Professor Award and the UTC Adult Scholars Award.
Breland is the founding chair and artistic director of the Friends
of the Festival Board of Directors which produces the annual Riverbend
Festival. He has served as a board chair or member of the following
local civic organizations: Choral Arts of Chattanooga, Wesley Foundation,
Torch Club, Chattanooga Arts Council, Allied Arts, and the Chattanooga
Opera Association. Since 1978 he has held the post of organist at
Chattanooga’s First-Centenary United Methodist Church.
He and his wife, June, are the parents of two daughters, Beth and
Melanie and they have four grandchildren.
Coming to Chattanooga in 1968, Glenn
Draper spent more than thirty years as Director of Choral
Activities and Professor of Music at The University of Tennessee
at Chattanooga and Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church
Born in Roanoke, Va., Draper received a bachelor’s degree
from Indiana University and served as graduate assistant to the
Dean of Music at Southern Methodist University where he earned
a master’s degree. In 1976, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate
of Humanities by Highpoint University.
Draper served as music director for the Lake Junaluska Methodist
Assembly and at Pfeiffer College and the University of Miami,
Fla. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earning the Outstanding
Service Award for his work with the Keesler Air Force Base Male
During his career, he directed singers in performances before
heads of state, including every U.S. President since Richard Nixon
and British royalty. He has led forty-nine international concert
tours and countless American tours. His groups, including the
Chattanooga Singers and the Singing Mocs at UTC, have performed
at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the Crystal Cathedral
in Garden Grove, California, Australia’s Sydney Opera House
and in concert with Perry Como, Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett, and
Liberace. His affiliation with Billy Graham’s world ministries
has taken Draper and his singers across the globe. The U.S. Department
of Defense also commissioned Draper to lead five tours to entertain
overseas military personnel.
Draper has received the Love of Chattanooga Award, the Indiana
Wesleyan University Fine Arts Outstanding Achievement Award, and
the Orpheus Award from the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Draper and his wife, Lounelle, have two sons,
Glenn Wright and Dean.
Robert C. Fulton earned his B.A. in English (cum laude,
1962) at Amherst College. His graduate degrees are from the University
of California at Berkeley (M.A. 1964, Ph.D. 1972), where he concentrated
on English Renaissance literature. Fulton joined the English Department
at UTC in 1970. He has taught a variety of courses from remedial
English to graduate seminars in Shakespeare and poetry.
In 1982, Fulton became Director of the University Honors Program.
In 1997, Fulton returned to the English Department full time, where
he pursued interests in the literature of the Vietnam War and the
Holocaust. In 1998, he was a visiting professor at Masaryk
University in the Czech Republic, where he taught a course on the
Vietnam War. He has published the book Shakespeare and the Masque,
as well as several articles on Shakespeare and reviews of Shakespeare
Fulton received both the UTNAA Outstanding Teacher Award and the
UTC Student Government Association Outstanding Professor Award.
While he plans to continue teaching halftime at UTC, he is also
exploring ways he can become involved in initiatives supported by
Chattanooga’s Public Education Foundation. Finally, he continues
to pursue with vigor and dedication what he calls "the elusive
goal of becoming a great rower."
Fulton has enjoyed the support of his wife Betty.
Dr. Donald Klinefelter joined the UTC faculty as
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion in 1969, having previously
taught at Lawrence University.
Klinefelter’s completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton
College and the Chicago Theological Seminary. He earned an M.A.
and the Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago. The special
curricular areas of his teaching and research are ethics, medical
ethics, theology, humanities, the philosophy of religion, and interdisciplinary
The University community has been the beneficiary of Klinefelter’s
extensive committee and administrative services ranging from chairing
search committees and faculty governance bodies, to his work as
Acting Department Head/Coordinator.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Klinefelter is also a Danforth and a
Rockefeller Theological Fellow. His other academic honors include
membership in the Alpha Society and receipt of two UC Foundation
awards for study at Harvard and Edinburgh Universities and Kings
Klinefelter’s teaching excellence has been recognized by both
his students and peers. He is the recipient of the College of Arts
and Sciences Distinguished Service and Outstanding Teacher Awards.
For three years he served as Philosopher-in-Residence at the Tennessee
Governor’s School of the Humanities.
Articles by Klinefelter have appeared in numerous scholarly publications,
including The Journal of Law and Religion, the Encyclopedia of World
Biography, and the Journal of Theology and Philosophy Today. During
his teaching career he has held visiting scholar appointments at
the University of the South and St. John’s University. In
1981, he was named a National Endowment in the Humanities Residential
Fellow in bioethics at Indiana University.
The Chattanooga community has also benefited from Klinefelter’s
contributions of time and expertise. He has been a member of Erlanger
Medical Center’s Ethics Committee and Institutional Review
Board for over seventeen years. He also served in a similar capacity
at Chattanooga’s Humana Hospital.
Klinefelter and his wife, Elizabeth, are the parents of two daughters
Sara and Anna, and are the proud grandparents of three.
Renee Lorraine joined the University’s Music Department
faculty in 1976, and over the past twenty-seven years has served
in various teaching, research and service capacities. She earned
the Ph.D. in Musicology from the Ohio State University in 1983,
and held visiting professor appointments at Oberlin College and
Hamline University. As a University of Chattanooga Foundation Distinguished
Professor, Lorraine has taught a wide range of courses ranging from
Introduction to Music to master classes in instrumental performance.
Lorraine’s teaching distinctions include being named Blue
Key Faculty Member of the Year for 1978, and the 1999 recipient
of the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award. Her university
committee service includes holding the elected posts of First Vice
President and Secretary of the Faculty Council. She has also served
as chair of the Faculty Administrative Relations Committee, the
Departmental Honors Committee and the Women’s Committee. In
2001, Lorraine was named recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences
She is the author of a book entitled, Music, Tendencies and Inhibitions,
published in 2002. The American Society for Aesthetics has benefited
from Lorraine’s professional service and she has published
twenty scholarly articles on various aspects of the study of aesthetics.