Faculty Members Honored for Years of Service
On the occasion of their retirement, six UTC faculty members were honored recently by the UTC Faculty Senate during a dinner at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. The UTC community conveys its thanks for the years of service offered by:

James 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.

Dr. 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 of Chattanooga.

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 Chorus.

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.

Dr. 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 productions.

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 studies.

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 College, London.

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.
Dr. 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 Research Award.

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.