Faculty and Staff

Dr. Reynaldo Martinez

Dr. Reynaldo Martinez

Department Head, Adult and Career Education

PhD in Vocational Education
Colorado State University

MS in Occupational Education
Corpus Christi State University

BS in Secondary Education
Texas A&I University

Phone  229-333-5650
rlmartinez@valdosta.edu
COE 2023

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: By Appointment


Dr. Charles Backes

Dr. Charles Backes

Professor, Adult and Career Education

PhD in Vocational Education
Lousiana State University

MS in Industrial Education
Lousiana State University

BS in Industrial Arts Education
Lousiana State University

Phone  229-333-7152
cbackes@valdosta.edu
COE 2021

Office Hours
Monday & Tuesday: 9:00 am - 11:45 am Wednesday (Research): 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Thursday: 9:00 am - 11:45 am, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Other times available by appointment. Travel may interfere with scheduled appointments.


Dr. Iris Ellis

Dr. Iris Ellis

Associate Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D in Adult and Career Education
Valdosta State University

M.Ed in Business Education
Valdosta State University

BE Certification
Valdosta State College

BBA in Secretarial Administration
Valdosta State College

Phone  229-333-5454
icellis@valdosta.edu
COE 2021
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Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 11:00 am, 12:30 pm - 1:30pm Wednesday (Online): 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Travel days for Supervising Student Teachers are Monday and Friday.


Xavier McClung

Xavier McClung

Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D in Vocational Education
University of Arkansas

M.Ed in Vocational Education
University of Arkansas

BSE in Industrial Education
University of Central Arkansas

Phone  229-333-5978
xmcclung@valdosta.edu
COE 2002

Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Other times by appointment. Meetings and off-campus teaching may interfere with office hours.


Dr. Kenny Ott

Dr. Kenny Ott

Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D in Occupational and Adult Education
Oklahoma State University

M.Ed in Community and Junior College Teaching
University of Central Oklahoma

B.Ed in Music Education
University of Central Oklahoma

Phone  229-333-5619
kott@valdosta.edu
COE 2004

Office Hours
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Travel responsibilities may interfere with office hours. Other times by appointment.


Dr. Cindy Prater

Dr. Cindy Prater

Associate Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D in Adult and Career Education
Valdosta State University

Ed.S in Business Education
University of West Georgia

MBE in Business Education
Georgia State University

BA in Business Administration
Mercer University

Phone  229-333-5635
mgprater@valdosta.edu
COE 2110

Office Hours
Tuesday: 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm Wednesday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Thursday: 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm, 3:15 - 4:00 pm


Dr. J.D. Thomerson

Dr. J.D. Thomerson

Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D in Vocational Education
University of Georgia

Ed.S in Business Education
Valdosta State College

M.Ed in Business Education
Valdosta State College

BS in General Business
Carson-Newman College

Phone  229-333-5095
jthomers@valdosta.edu
COE 2021

Office Hours
Monday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Friday (Research): 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Dr. Vesta Whisler

Dr. Vesta Whisler

Associate Professor, Adult and Career Education

PhD in Education/Instructional Design
Capella University

MA in Adult and Community Education
Ball State University

BS in Business Education
Ball State University

Phone  229-333-5636
vrwhisler@valdosta.edu
COE 2111
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Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 9:30 am, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Wednesday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Mrs. Amy Williams

Mrs. Amy Williams

Instructor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.S. in Instructional Technology
Valdosta State University

M.Ed. in Instructional Technology
Valdosta State University

M.A. in Speech Communications
Valdosta State University

B.F.A. in Organizational Communications
Valdosta State University

Phone  229-333-5652
amywilliams@valdosta.edu
COE 2022

Office Hours
Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 am - 10:00 am, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am - 10:00 am, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Dr. Mary Willis

Dr. Mary Willis

Professor, Adult and Career Education

PhD in Comprehensive Vocational Education
Florida State University

MS in Business and Office Education
Oklahoma State University

BS in Business and Office Education
Florida A&M University

Phone  229-333-5631
mwillis@valdosta.edu
COE 1121

Office Hours
Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 am - 10:50 am, 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Note: Availability may be affected by Field Supervision. On-call hours: Friday Feb. 7th & Mar. 7 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Dr. Diane Wright

Dr. Diane Wright

Assistant Professor, Adult and Career Education

PhD in Educational Leadership
Nova University

M.Ed in Education Media Design Technology
Full Sail University

M.Ed in Education
Valdosta State University

BS in Business Administration
Valdosta State University

Phone  229-333-5614
diwright@valdosta.edu
COE 2003

Office Hours
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Name Title Phone E-mail
Mrs. Wendy Miller Senior Secretary 229-333-5928 wemiller@valdosta.edu
Shae McCain Graduate Assistant 229-333-5654 scmccain@valdosta.edu
Kristy Singletary Graduate Assistant 229-333-5654 kmurphy@valdosta.edu
Casey Holcom Graduate Assistant 229-333-5654 cjholcom@valdosta.edu