Dr. Cheatham obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Campbellsville University . He received his Masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He taught mathematics and computer science at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama from 1971-1980. In 1980, he accepted a position in the Computer Science Department at Western Kentucky University where he taught nearly every course in the BS and MS programs before leaving in 1990 to become Chair of the Computer Science Department at MTSU. In 1987, Dr. Cheatham was selected as Western Kentucky University's Outstanding Teacher, an honor which he still cherishes. He was honored by MTSU in 1999 when he was selected to receive the MTSU "2000 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology " and in 2000 when he received the "University Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award." Dr. He served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences in 2000 and as dean from 2001 through 2012. Cheatham also enjoys cooperative research, a game of racquetball with his students and friends, and watching University of Kentucky basketball.
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