Carroll M. Helm spent over 40 years in the field of education most recently retiring as Associate Professor of Education at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. Belmont is a private, Catholic undergraduate institution. Prior to coming to Belmont, he was Associate Professor in the graduate program at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky; a private, Baptist college. Additionally, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Helm held positions as a teacher, principal, director of special education and director of pupil personnel in the area of public education, and served as dean of a community college off-campus center. He holds an earned doctorate from East Tennessee State University, a master’s in educational administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
Helm published articles in the Journal of Educational Research, Middle School Journal, The Clearing House for Educational Publications and The Journal of Educational Leadership. His current academic research interests focus on teacher dispositions and their effects on student self-esteem. Closely related is his interest in identifying and assessing leadership dispositions, and their possible effects on teacher effectiveness and morale. He is a prolific reader and researcher specializing in biographies, psychology, philosophy, history, theology and biblical studies.
Helm became a Christian at the age of twelve. Having an interest in history and biblical studies from his early college days at Lee and Carson-Newman College, he taught the men’s Bible class at his local church for many years. He has three children, Scott, Lucas and Lydia, and five grandchildren. Lucas was lost in a car accident in February of 2003, and that tragic event set in motion a deeper reflection on the paradoxical issues of life resulting in the writing of Divine Paradoxes: Looking Through the Glass, Darkly. He resides with his wife Edna in Mount Holly, North Carolina.