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Dr. Catherine Graham


Dr. Catherine Graham, a native Nashvillian, directs the Honors Program LEAD track and teaches a variety of Honors courses, including the leadership studies curriculum. Dr. Graham has taught courses in leadership, organizational structures, career exploration, literature, and writing at Vanderbilt University, Carson-Newman University, Cumberland University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and the University of Kentucky. She has held several leadership positions including Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean (Cumberland University), Director of the Honors Challenge Program (Cumberland University), Laboratory for Learning Fellow (Carson-Newman University), and Head of The Covenant School (Nashville, TN). She was also a founder of the Cumberland University Arts Academy and The Covenant School Fine Arts Enrichment Academy.

Dr. Graham has been recognized with numerous awards for excellence in teaching and student advising at the universities in which she has served. During her career, she has received multiple research grants and fellowships, and she has presented at professional conferences throughout the country. Dr. Graham has published articles, short stories, and a scholarly book about the fiction of Tennessee writer Peter Taylor. She holds a doctorate from the University of Kentucky, two master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University and the College of William and Mary, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, Dr. Graham is a National Certified Counselor and consultant in areas including leadership development and career success.