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African-American Studies


Amy Tillerson-Brown

Amy Tilllerson

  • BA Virginia Tech (English)
  • MA Virginia Tech (student personnel services/counseling)
  • PhD Morgan State University (history)

Amy Tillerson is a native of Prince Edward County. For her dissertation, Tillerson-Brown researched the activism of Black women in Prince Edward County, Virginia between 1930 and 1965. Prince Edward County is most well known for the school crisis that closed public schools for five years. Before accepting her position at Mary Baldwin College, she was director of African American Heritage Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at UVA. She has taught in the history departments at University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Morgan State, and Piedmont Virginia Community College. She has also been a public school teacher and counselor in Roanoke City Public Schools and Baltimore City Public Schools. She is the advisor to Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.


Rev. Andra Cornett-Scott

Andrea Cornett-Scott

My educational journey began at the Seven Hill Schools, a private college preparatory program in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended Howard University and graduated from Morris Brown College receiving a BA in Spanish. My undergraduate interests in language, anthropology, and ministerial studies prompted me to study in the Dominican Republic at Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. During this study abroad experience, I became intrigued by the continuity of culture that was evident among people of the African Diaspora. I attended Payne Theological Seminary, receiving the Master of Divinity degree. While a seminary student, I led a missionary tour to Guyana, South America for the African Methodist Episcopal Church Department of Missions. My interest in African cultural continuities inspired my thesis research entitled: Ain’t Got Time to Die: theAfrican Spiritual Inheritance of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. As a member of the Mary Baldwin College philosophy and religion faculty, I teach African American Religion and Community and Practice, two courses that support the African American studies minor. I have also taught religious studies courses as a part of the May Term study abroad experience in South Africa and have supervised ministerial practicums for pre-seminary students.

My work at Mary Baldwin College is shared between the philosophy and religion department and Student Affairs. For the past ten years, I have served as the Director (Dean) of African American and Multicultural Affairs and the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. My work as a retention specialist has helped to transform the diverse face of Mary Baldwin College. Prior to coming to Mary Baldwin, I served as the Director of Minority Affairs at Monmouth College and taught in the religion departments at both James Madison University and Virginia Tech University.

My ministerial career has spanned 28 years. As an ordained African Methodist minister, I have served three congregations: Bethel A.M.E. Church – Harrisonburg, Virginia, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church – Roanoke, Virginia, and Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church – Staunton, Virginia. I planted Christ Our Redeemer in 2000 to address the spiritual needs of college students and to offer opportunities for ministerial supervision for students interested in campus ministry. My work as the coordinator for the Virginia Annual Conference Women in Ministry resulted in programming designed to mentor and support female clergy. I currently serve as the registrar and a member of the teaching faculty for the Virginia Annual Conference Board of Examiners (African Methodist Episcopal Church).

I participated in the 1999 spring voyage of Semester At Sea traveling throughout the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia with my husband and son. I am an avid supporter of civic engagement and cross-cultural learning. I spend my summer hiatus playing in my garden and the school year nurturing students, helping them to become their best selves.

Amy McCormick Diduch

Amy Diduch

Amy McCormick Diduch earned her MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University and her BA in economics from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests are in the fields of labor economics and public finance. She recently published an article entitled "Global Strike Patterns, Macroeconomic Variations and Industrial Relations" in the International Review of Comparative Public Policy. Dr. Diduch is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.


Edward A. Scott

Edward A. Scott

Edward A. Scott was born in Pittsburgh, Pa December 16, 1949. He received his BA in philosophy from Slippery Rock State University in 1971. He completed work for his MA and PhD at Duquesne University in 1973 and 1986 respectively. He took his first teaching job in philosophy in 1977 at an urban satellite for the Community College of Allegheny County. He has taught at the University of Calabar in Nigeria (79-81), Carlow College in Pittsburgh (81-82), Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio (82-86) and Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois (86-90). He has been associate professor of philosophy at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA since 1990. He has served both James Madison University (philosophy) and Virginia Tech (Black studies) as an adjunct professor. Most recently he has served as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Assistant Dean of the College. He was appointed the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College by President Fox prior to the beginning of the 2006 – 2007 academic year.

Scott’s primary interests are the history of philosophy, hermeneutics, phenomenology, aesthetics, and African American thought. His dissertation was a study of the intellectual career of Paul Ricoeur: On the way to Ontology: The Philosophy of Language in the Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Paul Ricoeur.

In addition to his academic involvements, Scott is a member of the Staunton City School Board, a member of the Board of Advisors for the local branch of the Salvation Army, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Shakespeare Center. He is also devoted to the ordained ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, currently pastoring Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Staunton, VA.

In his writing and public presentations and addresses, Scott pursues a richer understanding of the intersection between sacred and profane realities as this is made evident in literature, music, politics, and religious experience. His abiding conviction is that the blues and jazz constitute daring exemplars for the manifestation of this intersection.

Scott is husband to Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott and father to Jacob, Naima and Ellington Scott.

Daniel Stuhlsatz

Daniel Stuhlsatz

Professor Daniel Stuhlsatz has been a faculty member at Mary Baldwin College since 1999. He received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wichita State University, his master’s degree in sociology (University of Wyoming) and PhD in sociology (University of Virginia). He has worked as a sociologist at both the University of Virginia and at Mary Baldwin College.

“Dr. Dan” teaches courses in social inequality, social movements, environmental sociology and the sociology of religion. His goal is to share his passion for social and cultural diversity. His courses focus on this diversity both within the United States and around the world. Students are usually given the opportunity to investigate social issues in which they may be interested. Dr. Dan also supports a program of educational research with students. Students work with Professor Stuhlsatz for one or more semesters on some aspect of his ongoing research in the sociology of education. One major focus of this work is the relationship between financial resources and educational achievement. Another is the investigation of status relations among young children. Finally, Dr. Dan periodically teaches “study abroad” courses which include international travel.

Dr. Stuhlsatz was born and raised in “the West” (Kansas and Wyoming), and in his spare time enjoys hiking, mountaineering, bicycling, swimming, birds, flowers, and “nature”. He also enjoys the education that he himself receives on a daily basis from his family, including especially from his son.

Carey Usher

Carey Usher

Originally from South Carolina, Carey Usher came to MBC in 2001 after completing her graduate work at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her dissertation research examined effects of neighborhood context and social capital on physical and mental health. Current research extends this study, focusing on social capital and community investment in high poverty areas. Her research and teaching interests include medical sociology, community and urban sociology, and research methodology. She is a strong supporter of single-gender education, having completed her undergraduate degree at Converse College. Her community service includes work with Habitat for Humanity, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Staunton City Council as a member of the Landscape Advisory Board, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension as a Master Gardener. Her service to these organizations involves building resident investment in and appreciation of community environment and greenspace. Drs. Usher and Stuhlsatz are currently serving as Co-Principal Investigators on a gang-assessment initiative with the Office on Youth.

In her spare time, Dr. Usher likes to read, drink coffee, garden, knit, and spend time with her family and pets. She lives in Staunton with her husband Bryan, their 4 boys, and too many animals.