Faculty and Staff

Dr. Reynaldo Martinez

Dr. Reynaldo Martinez

Department Head, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Vocational Education
Colorado State University

M.S. in Occupational Education
Corpus Christi State University

B.S. 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

Ph.D. in Vocational Education
Lousiana State University

M.S. in Industrial Education
Lousiana State University

B.S. 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

B.E. Certification
Valdosta State College

B.B.A. 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 - 1:30 pm Wednesday (Online): 11:30 am - 2:30 pm


Dr. Karen Pickles

Assistant Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Education
Capella University

M.S. in Education
Florida State University

B.S. in Information Studies
Florida State University

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

Office Hours
To be announced. 


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
To be announced. 


Mr. Corey Nawolski

Mr. Corey Nawolski

Instructor, Adult and Career Education

Ed.D. in Adult Learning and Higher Education
Walden University

M.Ed. in Adult and Career Education
Valdosta State University

B.S.Ed. in Technical Trade and Industrial Education
Valdosta State University

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

Office Hours
Monday 9:30a-11:30a and 1:30p-3:00p Tuesday 2:00p-5:00p Wednesday 9:30a—11:00a and 1:00p-3:00p Other times available by appointment


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

B.S. in General Business
Carson-Newman College

Phone  229-333-7409
jthomers@valdosta.edu
COE 2021

Office Hours
To be announced. 


Dr. Vesta Whisler

Dr. Vesta Whisler

Associate Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Education/Instructional Design
Capella University

M.A. in Adult and Community Education
Ball State University

B.S. in Business Education
Ball State University

Phone  229-333-5636
vrwhisler@valdosta.edu
COE 2111
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Office Hours
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Thursday: 11:00 am - 4:00 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 2110

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


Dr. Mary Willis

Dr. Mary Willis

Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Comprehensive Vocational Education
Florida State University

M.S. in Business and Office Education
Oklahoma State University

B.S. in Business and Office Education
Florida A&M University

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

Office Hours
Monday & Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm


Dr. Diane Wright

Dr. Diane Wright

Assistant Professor, Adult and Career Education

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
Nova University

M.Ed. in Education Media Design Technology
Full Sail University

M.Ed. in Education
Valdosta State University

B.S. in Business Administration
Valdosta State University

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

Office Hours
To be announced. 


Name Title Phone E-mail
Mrs. Wendy Miller Senior Secretary 229-333-5928 wemiller@valdosta.edu