Our Faculty

A more complete list of our faculty can be found in the Arts & General Education section of the Faculty & Staff Directory

Rudranath Beharrysingh

Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, McGill University

M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Western Carolina University

Classes taught: MAT

Favorite Quotes: “be the change you want to see in the world.” MG

“it does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop” Confucius

“love all, serve all” Hard Rock Cafe, SSB

e^((pi * i)) = -1 :)


Mathematical theories permeate life as the atom permeates the universe…..

Almost all fields of study use mathematics of some sort. From business and sales to law; construction to medicine, math is used. Mathematics is an integral part of life, even though we may be unaware of its value. In addition, mathematics is also interwoven into nature. The Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, Euler’s constant, Pi, musical harmonies and the structure of a snow flake, are examples of nature exuding mathematics.

Unlike many subjects where new discoveries sometimes eradicate old theories, new mathematical theories only broaden existing concepts. There are no contradictions. In essence, mathematics is a pure subject. Its study can be very abstract and yet, it can be applied to any field.

Chris Bond

Education: BA Spanish, International Studies (Penn State)

M.Phil Latin American Studies (Cambridge University)

Classes Taught: SPA

Hobbies: Outside of teaching, Chris Bond enjoys spending time with his family (wife and baby Henry, born in mid-September, 2011), playing music, traveling, gardening, unicycling, cooking, fermenting, and making art, among many other interests. Chris is a member of the Asheville-based band Sirius.B.

Favorite Quote: "My friend, let's not think of tomorrow, but let's enjoy this fleeting moment of life." -- Omar Khayyam


Clay Couch

Education: B.A. North Carolina State, M.A. University of South Carolina

Classes taught: ENG

Hobbies: Over the years, he’s published hundreds of poems, reviews, and articles in print and online publications all over the world. When he’s not teaching, Clay’s usually spending time with his family.

Sandra Dillingham

Classes taught: ENG

Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” George Carlin

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

Hobbies: Some things I do in my spare time are write, listen to music (Some of my favorite artists are Willie Nelson, the late Waylon Jennings, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, k.d. lang, and John Prine.), watch British dramas and comedies on PBS (Dame Judi Dench and Helen Mirren are two of my favorite British actresses) and movies (Some of my favorites are Notorious, On the Waterfront, Little Miss Sunshine, Coming to America, North Country, Chocolat), cook (One of my favorite dishes is fried okra and green tomatoes.), and read.

Matt Heimburg

Education: A.S., Monroe Community College; B.A. and M.A., University of Dayton

Classes taught: COM 120 and COM 231

Favorite Quote: "Your silence will not protect you" -Audre Lorde

“Honest disagreement is often a sign of good progress.” - Mohandas Gandhi

Hobbies: Matt lives in Asheville with his wife, son and daughter, and dog. In his spare time he enjoys playing disc golf on HCC’s disc golf course.

Steve Heulett


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Western Carolina University (2013)

M.S., Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University (1996)

B.S., Biology and Physics, Stetson University (1992)

Classes Taught: BIO 168 & BIO 169

Favorite Quote: “Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.” –Yoda

Hobbies: Riding motorcycles and reading books (but not at the same time)

Tina Lee

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Education (2001) and Master's Degree in Mathematics Education (2004)Western Carolina University

Classes taught: MAT 140

Lucy Lowe

Education: B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry and an emphasis in Animal Behavior, Georgia State University

M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Fisheries, Western Carolina University

Classes taught: BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 175

Hobbies: Wilderness guide and llama trekking

Greg McLamb

Education: B.A. in history, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee North Carolina (2000)

M.A. in history, Auburn University, Auburn Alabama (2005)

PhD Candidate, Auburn University, Auburn Alabama (2005-present)

Classes taught: HIS 121, HIS 122, HIS 131, HIS 132, HUM 122, POL 120

Favorite Quote: "HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools." Ambrose Bierce

Hobbies: Reading, board games, radio sideline reporter for Western Carolina Football.

Sara Martin

Education: B.S. Eastern Kentucky University

M.S. Western Carolina University

Classes taught: BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 140, BIO 160

Favorite Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Dr. Seuss

“To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.Aldo Leopold

Hobbies: Sara enjoys backpacking, hiking, kayaking, blacksmithing and bladesmithing, drawing, painting, gardening, and working in her two greenhouses. She is very passionate about sustainability and environmental responsibility. She lives with her husband in Canton with their dogs, cat, chickens, and peacocks.

Nikae Perkinson

Education: Bryn College, in Bryn Mawr PA, in 1987 with a B.A in chemistry

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996 with an M.A. in inorganic chemistry

Classes taught: 090, CHM 151, CHM 152, CHM 132 and select math classes

Hobbies: If she ever had any free time, she would bird watch and solve sudoko puzzles.

Jeremy Phillips

Education: B.A. UNC-Asheville, M.Div. Westminster Theological Seminary

Classes taught: REL 110, REL 111, REL 211, HUM 160, HUM 161, HUM 115, HUM 130, HUM 122

Hobbies: Painting, making movies, writing, watching movies, reading novels, jazz, indie and jam music, finding new swimming holes in the mountains, hanging out with my kids

Susan Roberts

Education: Masters of Arts in Educational Media/Instructional Technology: New Media and Global Education , Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Masters of Science Degree in Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a major concentration in Ecology and Environment Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Classes taught: BIO 111 and BIO 112 online

Hobbies: The coolest thing about me is my family. I am married to my high school sweetheart and I have a son named William. We also have a farm including 3 Australian shepherds, 2 cats, rabbits, pygmy goats, Shetland sheep, and chickens. I show my Aussies: Ayla, Brother Bear, and Towhee in agility shows. My husband and I love to travel and work on our farm. I shear the sheep and process the wool myself and then spin it into yarn for knitting. I live on my family farm where William is the seventh generation to grow up there. I know that growing up on a farm is one of the reasons I am a biologist today. I love backpack and take pictures and help others in any way I can.

Stephanie Wampler

Education: B. A. in English Literature & Language, Mississippi State University; M.A. in English Literature & Language, with emphasis in Creative Writing.

Classes taught: ENG

Favorite Quote: “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.”

Hobbies: Stephanie enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, and mountain biking. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Farley Mowat. Her favorite poets are Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, and Robert Burns.

Steve Wampler

Education:  B.A. in Foreign Languages (Latin/German), Mississippi State University; M.S. in Counselor Education, Mississippi State University; Post-graduate Study in Psychology (Child, Social, Abnormal, & Forensic), Western Carolina, East Tennessee State, and Troy Universities.

Classes Taught: General, Developmental, Abnormal, and Social Psychology.

Favorite Quote: “Be good.” E.T.

Hobbies/Interests: Making neat stuff out of wood (Woodturning, Woodburning, Wood art); Running (more like jogging); Reading John Grisham novels. (Side note: When I was a college student worker at the Mississippi State library, I helped John Grisham carry his donated memorabilia and books to the Grisham Archival Room. He’s a very nice and quiet fellow.)