Dr. James Stamper completed a B. A. in History from Carson-Newman College, and the M.A. in History and Ed.D. in Educational Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville. He completed a summer of additional study at Harvard Univeristy in 1985. His teaching career includes middle school (Knoxville City Schools), college (Carson-Newman College), administration (Belmont College) and university teaching (Belmont University). He entered the teaching profession in 1967 and is still active. He currently serves as Director of Student Teaching and Professor of Education. Among numerous professional activities, one of the most fulfilling has been serving on or chairing 37 visiting accreditation committees for the College Commission, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. His research interests include investigating teacher stress and teacher burnout.