Hamley is a longstanding professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling and has been awarded three "Outstanding Teacher" awards by the university for excellence in teaching. Hamley teaches Grief/Crisis Counseling and Multicultural Issues in Counseling. He has an M.A. in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University. Hamley is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Fellow in Thanatology.