Charles A. Taylor
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dean of the College
Office: (417) 873-7225
Fax: (417) 873-7568

Marline Faherty
Director of Academic Affairs Support Services
Office: (417) 873-7225
Fax: (417) 873-7568

New Faculty Biographies


Leah Hamilton, Special Instructor, Arts Administration

Leah comes to Drury from the Springfield Regional Arts Council where she served as Executive Director. She has taught adjunct courses in music and arts administration for Drury and Missouri State University. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Scotland and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Kansas.

Charles Pettijohn, Associate Professor of Marketing

Charles joins Drury from the Huizenga Sales Institute at Nova Southeastern University in Florida where he served as the Director of Faculty Research. Prior to that, he was a professor at Missouri State University (where he has emeritus professor standing). He holds a D.B.A. Business Administration-Marketing from Louisiana Tech University, an M.B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Missouri Western College.

Natalie Precise, Assistant Professor of Education-Elementary Literacy

Natalie comes to Drury from Logan-Rogersville Upper Elementary. She has taught adjunct courses in education for Drury University. She holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and B.S. in Elementary Education from Missouri State University.

Morgan Presley, Instructor of Biology

Morgan joins Drury from Ozarks Technical Community College. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds an M.S. in Biology from Missouri State University, and a B.S. in Biology from Lyon College.

James Simmerman, Assistant Professor of Finance

James joins Drury from Missouri State University. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Public Policy from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.B.A. in Finance from Missouri State University, and a B.S. in Accounting from Truman State University.

Craig Titus, Visiting Instructor of Philosophy and English

Craig joins Drury from Purdue University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Literature from Purdue University and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Maine, and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Rowan University.

Kristofor Wiley, Assistant Professor of Education-Secondary Education

Kris joins Drury from the University of Virginia where he was an adjunct instructor. He taught previously at the Springfield MO Public Schools. He has a Ph.D. in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia, a M.Ed. in Gifted Education from Drury University, and a B.A. in Integrated Science/English from Northwestern University.