eric-plaisance headshotDr. Eric Plaisance

Assistant Professor


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Eric Plaisance as an assistant professor in our kinesiology program. Dr. Plaisance earned a doctor of philosophy from Auburn University. He received post-doctoral training at Auburn University and at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He taught a number of courses in kinesiology and nutrition sciences at Auburn University and Louisiana State University. Dr. Plaisance has extensive training in clinical and applied exercise physiology complemented by experiences in molecular physiology and nutrition. His research focuses on the benefits of aerobic exercise and niacin as a means to improve tissue and blood lipid metabolism. He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in our Kinesiology program and continue to advance his research agenda related to the body’s ability to metabolize fat.

rose-mcnesse headshotDr. Rose McNeese

Associate Professor

Educational Leadership

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rose McNeese to her appointment as an associate professor in our educational leadership program. Dr. McNeese earned a doctor of philosophy from Georgia State University. She brings with her 32 years of K-12 experience in Georgia and 9 years of higher education faculty experience in Mississippi. She has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, educational consultant, and professor. She will work with students in our master’s, educational specialist, and doctor of education degree program and continue her research related to increasing student learning.