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Weedman earns promotion at Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) announces that Mr. Russell Weedman, Associate Professor of Art, has been recently promoted from Associate Professor to a Full Professor. Weedman has been teaching at UC since 1991. Along with being a successful Professor of Art, he is an accomplished artist with several pieces featured across the region.

For the past 13 years, Weedman has been enriching and inspiring the minds of young artists at UC. His accomplishments within the Art department with his students can certainly be attributed to how he earned this promotion. He said he finds it rewarding to see his students succeed in his classroom and in their college careers.

“Seeing students do things they never thought they were capable of doing,” Weedman said was the most rewarding aspect of teaching.

Weedman has intertwined his personal art career and his professional teaching career, which has given him an edge when he is in the classroom. He has carried his identity as a visual artist into his teaching as a professor, which he considers one of his greatest accomplishments. Now Weedman can add his promotion to Professor of Art to his list of accomplishments.

“It’s a great feeling to get recognition from UC and from my peers,” Weedman said.

Along with his profession in teaching, Weedman is a distinguished artist. His pieces have been featured solo and group presentations in galleries across Kentucky, Indiana and Virginia. Currently, he is working on an exhibit for the Bluegrass Bicentennial at Morehead State University for this summer.

“I get inspiration from my own work and it gets students to that place where they can put their personal feelings into it,” Weedman said. “It’s the creative momentum to propel them pass their years here.”

Prior to beginning his career at UC, Weedman left his native Williamsburg, Ky. for Centre College in 1985, where he earned his B.A. in Art and was awarded the Mildred and David Ward Art Prize. After graduating from Centre College, he moved to New York to obtain his M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from State University of New York (SUNY) at Stonybrook in 1989, where he was again honored with the Thayer Award from SUNY for his hard work and talent. Since starting at UC, he has received a Professional Assistance Grant and the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit