Faculty and Staff


Dr. Joycelyn A. Finley-Hervey Dr. Joycelyn Finley-Hervey  

Department Chair
Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Degree Program


BIO Dr. Joycelyn Finley-Hervey is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI. She presently serves on the Editorial Review Board for the SAM Advanced Management Journal. Dr. Finley-Hervey’s teaching and scholarly interests cover a broad range of topics including heritage tourism, ethics, communication, and cultural diversity. An accomplished professional in the domestic and international academic arenas, she has presented competitive papers in many conferences at home and abroad. Dr. Finley-Hervey was honored with the School of Continuing Education & Special Programs Outstanding Educator Award and has served as the Interdisciplinary Degree Program Coordinator with the Department and Faculty Senator for the School.

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Lisa Cotten Allen Lisa Cotten Allen  

Support Staff 


BIO Lisa Allen is the Secretary for the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She started out in the medical field and obtained her Paramedic Certification at USA in 1989, then worked in LA. She also attended college at Louisiana State University, Delgado Community College, and the University of New Orleans. Lisa moved back to Mobile in 2000, working for USA Children and Women’s Hospital and then USA Pediatric Gastroenterology. She transferred to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2014 as a Secretary V and looks forward to going back to classes to finish her degree here in the near future.

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Diane Harvey Diane Harvey

Academic Advisor


BIO Diane Harvey is an Academic Advisor and Career Counselor for the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She found that her experience in returning to USA after 25 years has been rewarding and confidence building. She graduated with a B.A. in Human Services from the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs in the Adult Degree Program and then received a M.S. from the College of Education in Community Counseling. She worked with a local hospice for 5 years as the Bereavement Coordinator. Diane joined the advising staff in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008. It is her honor and privilege to assist you in your journey as a student and forthcoming graduate.

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Ms. Pamela James Pamela James

Academic Advisor


BIO Pamela James is an Academic Advisor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is an alumnus of the College of Continuing Education and Special Programs, graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. Pam has been employed with the university for 17-1/2 years; although recently joined the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in December 2014. As a former student and graduate of the Adult Degree Program, Pam feels that she can provide a unique perspective about her own degree path and hopes to guide students towards accomplishing their current educational goals and future career goals as graduates of the program.

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Ms. Melanie McLain Melanie McLain
Academic Advisor


BIO Melanie McLain is an Academic Advisor with the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication and a minor in Sociology. Melanie joined the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in June 2014. Her career in higher education began at USA in 2002. She has served in various roles throughout the university and has proven skills working with students from diverse backgrounds and promotes student success and is committed to the area of academic advising.

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Dr. Eric M. Moody

Dr. Eric Moody

Assistant Professor


BIO Dr. Eric M. Moody is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the current Chapter Councilor of Alpha Sigma Lambda. He is a native of the Gulf Coast and a 1980 graduate of Theodore High School. Following a brief attempt at college, Dr. Moody led a successful 12 year career in both the food service and retail music industries. However, seeking to finish college, he returned to the University of North Alabama to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Music and a Masters of Business Administration. Shortly afterwards, he joined the U.S. Air Force and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Dr. Moody's military career included overseas tours in Iceland and England, several stateside assignments, and a wartime deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He has received numerous citations and awards, to include the Allen E. Dorn Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year (2011-12), the Philip D. Caine Award for Outstanding Instructor of the Year (2010-11), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal. While serving his country with honor, Dr. Moody received his PhD in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Florida in 2008. He is also a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School and the U.S. Air Force's Academic Instructor School. Dr. Moody retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2013 and returned to the Gulf Coast. His current research interests include celebrity politics, strategic regional-area studies, and foreign policy analysis.

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Dr. Sylvia Rogers Dr. Sylvia Rogers

Assistant Professor


 BIO Dr. Sylvia Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama. She has a BS in Computer Science and BA in Russian Language also from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Rogers grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has made Mobile, Alabama her home since 1999. Her main research interests are intellectual development and mixed methods research.

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