2015 Chancellor's Fellows


Ruth S. Busby joined the faculty at TROY in January 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at the Troy campus. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education (1988) from Auburn University and M.A. in Elementary Education (1990) from Livingston University. In addition, she is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds certification in educational leadership. She completed her doctoral studies in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of West Florida (2008).  She is the immediate Past-President of the Social Studies Council of Alabama. She has presented and published internationally and nationally on many topics related to teacher education and social studies.  She has been awarded numerous grants including several from the Library of Congress. She is District Coordinator for the Center for Civic Education as well as a consultant for the Alabama Department of Education and the Library of Congress. She completed a recent study abroad experience in China in conjunction with Confucius Institute. Ruth lives in Jack with her husband, Henry, and her daughter, Emily. Her son, Austin, is a freshman at TROY.

Glynn W. Cavin began his career at Troy University in July 2013, as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Distance Learning.  He earned his B.S. in Management (1972) from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, his MBA in Transportation Economics (1978) from the University of Tennessee, and his Ph.D. in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development with an emphasis in Leadership and Online Learning (2009) from Louisiana State University.  He has written and presented extensively on the subject of Immersive Virtual Learning Environments and has taught and consulted as a Certified Consultant on Emotional Intelligence.  His professional career began as a USAF officer where he served on active duty assignments around the world for 24 years, including assignments in Thailand, Okinawa, Germany, Headquarters USAF and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.  After completing his military career, Glynn worked in private industry and local government before beginning his tenure at LSU as the Director of the Transportation Training and Education Center.  Glynn is married to Jacquelyn (Jackie) Cavin; his oldest daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons live in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his youngest daughter (JD, Southern University Law School, Jan 2015) and son-in-law live in Baton Rouge, LA.

Carla Gallahan is an Associate Professor of Music Education and serves as the Assistant Director of the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. She received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree, Master of Education in Music, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Auburn University. As a member of the faculty at Troy University, her responsibilities include teaching music education courses, instructing the horn studio, and serving as Coordinator for Undergraduate Music Education Internship. Dr. Gallahan is the Executive Director for the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands held at Troy University.  Her teaching background includes eighteen years’ experience in the Alabama public schools.  Dr. Gallahan serves as the Recording Secretary for the Alabama Music Educators Association. She was selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Outstanding Young Women of America, has been chosen as Auburn Junior High School Teacher of the Year, Auburn City Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southeast. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Educators, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science and has been on the faculty of Troy University since 1998.  He earned his B.A. in Political Science (1990) from the University of California, Irvine and his Ph.D. in Government (1996) from the University of Texas at Austin. His areas of academic expertise include Latin American politics and democratic governance worldwide with a focus on politics parties, elections, and government institutions.  He is the author of Voting amid Violence:  Electoral Democracy in Colombia (2009, Northeastern University Press) and most recently the lead author of the co-authored book, A Different Democracy:  American Government in a Thirty-One Country Perspective (2014, Yale University Press).  He has also published book chapters, journal articles, and other materials regarding Colombian politics and democratic governance.   He teaches in the areas of comparative and international politics and political theory both at the Troy campus and online.  In terms of working in the area of faculty governance, he served as the last president of the Faculty Advisory Committee and two terms as president of its successor organization, the Faculty Senate (then known as the Faculty Council). He currently resides in Pike Road with his wife, Sherry, and their three sons, Alexander, Garrett, and Austin.

Mark D. Tillman joined the faculty at TROY in August of 2013 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. In addition to that role, he has been serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services since July 2014. He earned his B.S. in Engineering Sciences (1994) and M.S. in Engineering Mechanics (1995) from the University of Florida (UF). He also completed his doctoral work at UF (Health and Human Performance: Biomechanics). Prior to joining TROY, he was an Assistant Professor at Stetson University and an Assistant/Associate Professor at UF. In his 15 years of university service, he has taught over 10,000 undergraduate students, served on over 100 graduate student committees, been named Teacher of the Year twice, and recognized as a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Dr. Tillman’s research interests include lower extremity biomechanics and interdisciplinary biomechanics concerning special populations. He is co-author on over 60 refereed publications, has made over 30 professional presentations, and has been the PI, co-PI, or co-investigator on grants from private industry, federal agencies, and others. He also served on the executive Board of the American Society of Biomechanics and co-hosted the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics.

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