Humanities & Social Sciences
Voices of Appalachia
The Alice Lloyd College Theatre Club
The Billie and Curtis Owens Literary Society
Spinning Pottery with Michael Ware
The Billie and Curtis Owens Writing Contest
The James V. Mongiardo Speech Competition
The Law Society
ALC's Humanities and Social Science Information
Alice Lloyd College’s Humanities and Social Science Division houses the academic disciplines of English, Economics, Art, Political Science, Drama, Speech, Sociology, History, Criminal Jusitice and Music, while also offering additional coursework in Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Religion, Communication Studies, Theatre Arts and Spanish.
By serving as the foundation for ALC’s liberal arts education, the Humanities and Social Science Division promote the theoretical investigation of the human condition by fostering critical thinking, personal expression, and academic inquiry in its students through the acts of writing, reading, performance, and research. Because of their philosophical orientation, humanities and social science courses most often analyze aesthetic traditions and cultural values within a socio-historical context by a faculty dedicated to providing a student-centered education in the classroom.
Besides regular coursework, the Humanities and Social Science Division also provides many extracurricular opportunities on ALC’s campus. Students may compete in the Billie and Curtis Owens Writing Contest and the James V. Mongiardo Speech Competition, sing as members of The Voices of Appalachia choir, act in campus-sponsored plays, or learn the craft of spinning clay for pottery. Such opportunities allow students to explore a variety of disciplines in the humanities, which add to their understanding of themselves, their culture, and their place in the world.
Meet our Faculty
Dr. Claude Crum
He has published fiction in Appalachian Heritage, The Chaffin Journal, Appalachian Journal, and Modern Mountain Magazine. He’s also published three books, a critical study of Kentucky writer James Still entitled River of Words: James Still’s Literary Legacy (2007, Wind Publications), a writing textbook entitled With Pen in Hand: Becoming a Better Writer (2005, Parkway Publications), and a novel titled Only Son (2008, Livingston Press). Only Son has received positive reviews in the Alabama Writer’s Forum and in Foreword magazine.
Dr. Crum teaches various courses in the English Department: freshman composition, literary criticism, survey of American literature I and II, nineteenth century American literature, creative writing, and advanced composition.
In his free time, he enjoys fishing and playing his banjo.
Mrs. Natalie Holt
Mrs. Natalie Holt is an Assistant Professor of English, with additional teaching duties in the Communications and Theatre departments. She has lived in Pippa Passes her entire life, graduating from both The June Buchanan School and Alice Lloyd College. After receiving her B.A. in English from ALC, she earned her M.A. in English from Morehead State University and her M.A.T. in English Education from the University of the Cumberlands.
Mrs. Holt has participated in several highly selective national programs, including two National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars and a writing workshop sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2015, Mrs. Holt was selected by the Kentucky branch of the English-Speaking Union as their scholarship recipient for the month-long “Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance” program, held at The Globe Theatre in London, England.
In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Holt directs theatrical productions for both The June Buchanan School and Alice Lloyd College. She also serves as the co-advisor of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their cats, crocheting and quilting, and working in her garden.
Dr. Mark Rubin
Dr. Mark Rubin joins Alice Lloyd College’s faculty as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and brings with him a lifetime of real-world experience that becomes the basis for student learning. Rubin has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience at the state and local levels and holds a Master Peace Officer license and Police Instructor’s license in the state of Texas. His areas of practical expertise and interests are in cybercrime and human trafficking, criminal investigations, homeland security, and law enforcement policy and administration. Academically he specializes in social theories of crime in addition to required courses such as Introduction to Criminal Justice, Ethics, and Police Process he teaches specialized classes in violent crime, criminal profiling, and the relationship between society, religion, and crime. He is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences on topics related to law enforcement administration, human trafficking, and use of force policies.
Rubin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Houston, a master’s of education in measurement and evaluation from Western Governors University, and a doctorate in criminal justice from Capella University. Rubin has been teaching traditional and non-traditional students at the university level for eight years in Florida, Texas, and Ohio. Immediately prior to an ALC Eagle, he was the director of the criminal justice program at Ashland University (whose mascot, coincidentally, is also an eagle).
Dr. Steve Herr
Dr. Steve Herr serves as a professor of Political Science at Alice Lloyd College. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in Philosophy and the Social Sciences.
Dr. Herr has worked at the college level for nearly twenty years as a professor and administrator. He has won awards for both teaching and research. Beyond his book and his academic publications, Dr. Herr’s work has appeared in numerous publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Christian Science Monitor. His editorial, “America needs a free press,” was published in the State Journal-Register, (Springfield, Illinois). Dr. Herr has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cooperative Education, a publication whose mission is “the advancement of work-integrated education.” He has spoken at national and international conferences, including the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators Conference where he spoke on the topic of, “A History of Faith and Knowledge.” Dr. Herr has also worked for the Associated Press in Washington D.C. and ran a gubernatorial campaign.
Dr. Rhonda Smith-Daugherty
Dr. Rhonda L. Smith-Daugherty, Professor of History and Departmental Chairperson, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and has taught history since 1993. She joined the faculty of Alice Lloyd College in 2004.
Dr. Smith-Daugherty’s specialty is 20th Century American history. Her research interests include the American Civil War, World War II, and the 1960s. She has published several book reviews and encyclopedia articles. Currently, Dr. Smith-Daugherty is researching the Iran-Contra Scandal for an upcoming collaborative work on counterinsurgency in American history. She is also writing a book on President John Kennedy and South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem.
Additionally, Dr. Smith-Daugherty is a certified Teacher Educator and a member of ALC’s Teacher Education Program Committee. She serves as the American History Content Specialist, Social Studies Education advisor, and Pre-Law advisor. Dr. Smith-Daugherty is also the advisor for the Jack Cooke Kent Scholarship Program, the James Madison Scholarship Program, and the Impact Club. She serves as Assistant Sponsor for the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
Dr. Charles Mullins
Dr. Charles K. Mullins joined Alice Lloyd College as Professor of Speech and Theatre Arts in Fall 2016. Since that time he has developed an academic minor in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts that was introduced in Fall 2018. Dr. Mullins was appointed as the Division Head of Humanities and Social Science in Fall 2019. He grew up just over the nearby hills in Perry County and eventually moved to Richmond, Kentucky. He has also lived and worked in both Indiana and Georgia.
He holds an A.A. in Humanities from Hazard Community College and a B.A. in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Mullins holds an M.S. in Recreation and Park Administration from EKU and earned an M.A. in Theatre Ars from the University of Kentucky. In 2015, he completed an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from EKU. In addition to teaching and advising, Dr. Mullins coordinates the Annual James V. Mongiardo Speech Competition (an endowed award) and directs a mainstage theatrical production each spring semester.
Mrs. Lashe Mullins
Mrs. Lashé D. Mullins is an Instructor in History. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (B.A., Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, M.A., History). Prior to joining the faculty at Alice Lloyd College, Mrs. Mullins worked in the state park and historic site systems of Indiana, and Georgia, and spent 21 years with Kentucky State Parks and Historic Sites. Mrs. Mullins has published a book with the History Press, was a contributing writer for The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia and has published articles in various journals.
Ms. Sara Pitts
Sara Pitts is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Alice Lloyd College’s newest major. She is completing her doctorate in Communication Studies with emphasis in Instructional and Interpersonal Communication at West Virginia University. She completed her M.A.E. in Counseling and Student Affairs in 2012 and her B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, KY. She is a Kentucky native with an interest in helping students achieve their goals. She worked as an academic advisor at WKU for several years before starting her PhD, which ultimately lead to her research interests in the intersections between instructional communication and academic advising. Her teaching interests include small group communication, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication. When she is not in the classroom or her office, you will likely see her walking around campus with her best boy, her dog, Archibald.
Dr. Cindy Salmons
Dr. Cindy Salmons is an Assistant Professor of English and co-chair of the English Department. She joined the faculty at ALC in 2008. Her areas of study include 20th Century American Literature, Women’s Literature, and Appalachian Literature. Her doctoral dissertation, “‘Strength to do what we can’: Sacrifice and Empowerment in Appalachian Women’s Literature,” combines these interests and was completed at the University of Kentucky in 2012, where she also completed a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. She earned a Master’s Degree from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alice Lloyd College. Her other areas of teaching interest include Composition (introductory and advanced), 19th Century American Literature, African American Literature, and Technical Writing. She won the Alice Lloyd College Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2015. She attended The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Seminar on Slave Narratives in American Literature and History, held on the campus of Yale University, in June 2016.
Mr. Michael Ware
Michael Ware was born and raised in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and attended school in nearby Lancaster. He received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Millersville State University, and then moved to Kentucky to attend Morehead State University. After receiving his Masters in Studio Arts in 1974, he accepted a teaching position at the Hindman Settlement School. In addition, Michael taught art to levels K-12 in both Knott and Letcher counties from 1975-1991. After a year off from public school teaching, he joined the faculty at Alice Lloyd College in 1992, where he now teaches art for the school’s education majors, as well as classes in the humanities. Michael has been instrumental in implementing Alice Lloyd College’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP). He is also on the Advisory Board of the Appalachian Artisan Center and is very involved in the workshops and planning for Center.
Michael creates his pottery on a potter’s wheel from stoneware clays. He often decorates his forms with images such as dogwood flowers, influenced by the woods near his home. Michael’s pottery can regularly be found at the Appalachian Artisan Center, Marie Stewart Craft Shop, and Alice Lloyd College bookstore.