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Department of Early Childhood Education


Melissa Cruver | Associate Professor

Melissa Cruver, Ed.D.

Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department

Associate Professor of Education
CAEP Coordinator

Dr. Melissa Cruver serves as an associate professor in the College of Education at NGU. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and development from Bob Jones University and her master's in reading from Furman University. Prior to her time at North Greenville University, Cruver taught in the Greenville County public schools and spent time as a stay-at-home mother. She currently lives with her husband Dan and their three children in Travelers Rest, where she enjoys the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail and working out at the YMCA.

Phone: 864-977-2907

Email: melissa.cruver@ngu.edu

Office Location: Foster 16


Sarah Little | Assistant Professor

Sarah Little, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Sarah Little serves as an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Department, as well as the Assessment Coordinator for the College of Education.  She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Erskine College, with certification in Special Education and Early Childhood Education (2006).  She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Wesleyan (2009), then an Educational Specialist Degree in Literacy from Converse College (2013). Most recently, she obtained an additional Master’s in Elementary Administration (2019) and her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (2019), both from the University of South Carolina.  She has 14 years’ experience in South Carolina public schools, ranging from teaching in Special Education, First Grade, and acting as a Literacy Coach and Testing Coordinator.  Dr. Little’s husband is also in education, teaching high school Physical Education and coaching football and baseball.  They have three children, and as a family, enjoying spending time together attending church, going to sporting events, and taking family trips to the mountains.

Email: sarah.little@ngu.edu


Elementary Education Department


Linda Parker, Ed.D. | Associate Professor of Education

Linda Parker, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Linda Parker taught kindergarten and elementary students in Ohio and Michigan before moving to South Carolina where she became the Lead/Master teacher at a private elementary school.  She took a sabbatical from teaching to write the early childhood curriculum, Footsteps for Fours, for the Bob Jones University Press. Dr. Parker taught and advised students in the School of Education at Bob Jones University for nine years. While at BJU she was the department chair of the Childcare and Development program. She is the owner and president of SPEED LLC- Strategic Principles in Early Education and presents educational workshops throughout the country. Dr. Parker holds a BS in Music Education from Bob Jones University, an MEd from the University of South Carolina-Upstate, and has completed additional master level work at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her EdD in Early Childhood Education from Northcentral University in 2018. In 2020 she joined the NGU College of Education faculty teaching in the Early Childhood Education department. Dr. Parker enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

Phone: 864-977-7992

Email: linda.parker@ngu.edu


Sammie Burman | Education Technology Specialist

Sammie Burman

Education Technology Specialist

Sammie Burman serves as the Educational Technology Specialist and a Field Experience Supervisor for the College of Education at NGU. Burman holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Univeristy of South Carolina-Upstate and has completed Graduate work at Anderson University, Converse College, and College of Charleston. Prior to teaching at NGU, Burman worked as an elementary teacher and district technology trainer for Spartanburg School District Five. Burman holds many distinguished EdTech certifications from companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Promethean. Burman is passionate about using technology to enhance instruction and preparing pre-service educators for the classroom. In her spare time, Burman enjoys finding new tech tools for teachers and spending time with her family.

Phone: 864-977-7701

Email: sammie.burman@ngu.edu

Office Location: Foster 3


Ellen Cashion | Director of Teacher Education

Ellen Cashion, M.Ed.

Director of Teacher Education
Instructor of Education

Ellen Cashion serves as the director of teacher education at NGU. She taught special education in Greenville County for 19 years and then taught fourth grade for nine years in Greenville County. She has lived in the Upstate her entire life. Cashion is married and has a son and great daughter-in-law and two wonderful grandkids. She is blessed to see her over-90-years-old mom daily. Cashion and her husband love to travel and enjoy God's beautiful world. In her spare time, after time with her grandkids, she likes to cook and read.

Phone: 864-977-7024

Email: ellen.cashion@ngu.edu

Office Location: Foster 8



Constance Wright, Ed.D. | Dean of the College of Education

Constance Wright, Ed.D.

Dean of the College of Education
Professor of Education

Dr. Constance Wright serves as the Dean of the College of Education at NGU. Wright earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (’92) from Mars Hill College and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University, and an Ed.D. in Education/Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She received her masters in (’00) and her Ed.D. in (’06). She also holds a current teaching license in North Carolina. Prior to teaching at NGU, Wright worked as a Department Chair for the College of Education at Montreat, and taught in Buncombe County Schools as an elementary and high school teacher, as well as a reading specialist. In her spare time, Wright enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful vistas of God’s creation with her family and friends.

Phone: 864-977-7064

Email: constance.wright@ngu.edu

Office Location: Foster 2


Department of Secondary Education


Andy Hodges | Chair of the Secondary Education Department

Andy Hodges, M.Ed.

Chair of the Department of Secondary Education
Secondary Education Placement Coordinator
Instructor of Education

Andy Hodges serves as the chair and placement coordinator of the Secondary Education Department at NGU. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University and his Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina. He worked as a public-school band director for 21 years, and then he worked as an assistant principal in Spartanburg County School District 4 for 17 years. He enjoys bicycling, horseback riding, reading about American history, and spending time with the families of his 3 children and eight grandchildren.

Phone: 864-977-7987

Email: andy.hodges@ngu.edu

Office Location: Foster 21


Jill Branyon | Coordinator of the Mathematics Secondary Education Program

Jill Branyon, Ed.D.

Distinguished Professor of Education
Coordinator of the Mathematics Secondary Education Program

Dr. Jill Branyon serves as the coordinator of the mathematics secondary education program at NGU. She earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina. She taught in Lexington, S.C., and in Kenya, Africa, before coming to NGU. Branyon enjoys mission work. She encourages her students to consider serving as missionaries and/or teaching abroad in addition to holding their teaching jobs in the U.S. 

Phone: 864-977-7989

Email: jill.branyon@ngu.edu

Office Location: Foster 6


 Department of Educational Studies


Kathryn McColsky, Ph.D. | Chair of the Department of Educational Studies

Kathryn McColskey, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Educational Studies
Professor of Education

Kathryn McColskey serves as the Chair of the Educational Studies Online Program in the College of Education. McColskey earned her Master Degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Religious Education, her Specialist Degree from the University of Georgia in Early Childhood Education and her her PhD from the University of South Carolina in Elementary Education. Prior to teaching at NGU, McColskey was an adjunct at Columbia International University, was an elementary teacher for 13 years, and was the Children’s Minister for f5 years at Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, SC.In her spare time, McColskey enjoys teaching Bible Studies, writing, and traveling.

Phone: 864-977-2098

Email: kathryn.mccolsky@ngu.edu

Office Location: Greer Campus


Graduate Faculty

Ann Aust | Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department

Ann Aust, Ed.D.

Program Director for the Master of Education
Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Ann Aust specializes in teaching reading methods and assessment. She attended Wake Forest University and received her bachelor's degree in K-6 education. After working as a teacher in the early childhood setting, she earned her Master of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in school administration. She was granted a fellowship by the same university and pursued a Doctor of Education in school leadership. She served for 10 years as a public school administrator in North Carolina before coming to NGU. Aust is married and has two children and two puppies. She loves elephants and sea turtles.

Phone: 864-663-7986

Email: ann.aust@ngu.edu

Office Location: Greer Campus 233


Michael Butler, Ed.D.

Program Director for the Doctor of Education
Professor of Education

Dr. Michael Butler served as the Secondary Education Coordinator for the North Greenville University undergraduate Teacher Education programs from 2007-2011. While serving on the undergraduate campus, Butler co-founded the NGU Student Chapter of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and was an NCATE Standard writer for the accreditation renewal process. Butler currently serves in the graduate school college of education, where he co-authored the Master of Art in Teaching program and the Educational Leadership Doctoral program. Butler’s specializations are the social and historical foundation of education, educational public policy, applied research, and assessment.

Phone: 864-663-0181

Email: michael.butler@ngu.edu

Office Location: Greer Campus 250


Shelley Dugle, Ed.D.

Dean of the Graduate School of Education
Professor for Education

Dr. Shelley Dugle has served as the dean of the Graduate School of Education at NGU since 2010, where she has developed the M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs with her team of faculty members. She enjoys both administrative tasks and teaching graduate courses. Prior to this, Dugle taught K-9 students with mild to moderate disabilities in the public school setting and also undergraduate education majors at a previous institution. Dugle enjoys spending time with her two daughters, three dogs, and family/friends. She currently serves on the board for Bella Muntean-Angel Heart of HOPE Ministry and is thankful for every day God has given her to enjoy love and life. 

Phone: 864-663-0157

Email: shelley.dugle@ngu.edu

Office Location: Greer Campus 248


Harold Long, Ed.D.

Director of the Center for Educational Leadership and Research
Professor of Education

Dr. Harold Long is a professor with the Graduate School of Education and directs student teaching. He has earned degrees in Psychology (B.S.), Elementary Education (M.A.), and Educational Administration (EdD). Prior to joining NGU, he spent his career in public education working at every level including elementary, high school and coordinating educational research at Clemson University. In addition to his duties at the graduate school, he conducts educational research, writes and has consulted with several schools and districts. In his free time, Long particularly enjoys traveling the United States with his family in their RV.

Phone: 864-663-0273

Email: harold.long@ngu.edu

Office Location: Greer Campus 248


Mary Ann Solesbee, Ph.D.

Read to Succeed Specialist
Professor of Education

Dr. Mary Ann Solesbee served as chair of the Education Department at North Greenville University from 1995-2005, where she led the team to develop the inaugural undergraduate teacher education program. She has also worked in public education as a teacher, literacy coach, and director of the Teaching American History Grant, Teaching American History Right Under Our Feet. She is the author of the Sal and Amanda book series for children, which highlights South Carolina history with a bit of mystery. She is presently serving as the Read to Succeed Specialist for the Graduate School of Education at NGU.

Phone: 864-663-7535

Email: maryann.solesbee@ngu.edu

Office Location: Greer Campus 249


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