Dr. Jefferson Calico joined the UC faculty in 2015. Some of his favorite courses to teach include Exploring World Religions, Understanding Cultures, and Developing Our Spiritual Lives. In addition to the friendliness and camaraderie of UC, he enjoys working with creative and curious students. Teaching is a core value for Dr. Calico. He loves to shape engaging learning environments where transformation happens. “The opportunity to attend college is such a privilege. It is a distinctive time in life when we can learn and grow into the people we are meant to be.” He encourages students to develop intellectually, spiritually, and personally.  Dr. Calico is excited every day to share in and contribute to this learning community.

Dr. Calico is a life-long learner who brings a wealth of experience into the classroom. In addition to his Kentucky roots, he lived for two years in a native Inupiaq community in Alaska. He spent over fifteen years working in ministry settings. He is active in researching religion and has a special interest in Study Abroad.

One of his favorite parts about working at UC is the opportunity to live in the natural beauty of southeastern Kentucky. He enjoys new experiences and adventures, whether hiking along the Cumberland River, traveling and exploring in Greece, playing music on the back porch, or SCUBA diving around the world. Dr. Calico lives in Corbin with his wife, who works as a counseling professional in the local school district, and four vibrant children who love art, music, and sports.

Ph.D., World Religions, Southern Seminary, 2013
M.Div., Christian Studies, Southern Seminary, 2005
B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Transylvania University, 1993

Calico, J. F. (2017) Partnership for Undergraduate Research, Appalachian College Association & University of North Carolina Asheville. Grant awarded for faculty-student research project.

  • World Religions
  • Cultural Studies
  • Christian Studies




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