Education Faculty

Deborah Boyd, Interim Dean and Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Education

B.A., M.A., Ed.S. (Middle Tennessee State University), Ed.D. (Tennessee State University)

Dr. Boyd brings deep educational experience to Lipscomb, having served at the local, system and state level.  Her areas of interest include curriculum, assessment, educational leadership, and effective instruction. Her research interests include teachers of ELL students and teacher effectiveness.  Deborah and her husband Don have two daughters: Jennifer and Julie.

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Trace Hebert, Interim Associate Dean, Director of Doctoral Program, Associate Professor of Education

B.S. (Abilene Christian University), M.A. (University of Alabama), Ph.D. (Oakland University)

Dr. Hebert has experience working in a variety of administrative and academic positions in five different institutions of higher education at the director, dean, and vice president level. His primary field of study is in educational leadership.  Trace and his wife Holly have two sons: Christopher and Jack.

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Misty Vetter Parsley, Director of Special Education Programs, Assistant Professor of Education

B.A. (Abilene Christian University), M.A. (University of Tennessee), Ed.D. (Nova Southeastern University)

Dr. Parsley has dedicated her career to students with disabilities serving as both an autism consultant and administrator in public schools. Her interests include autism, social skills development, and behavior management. Before coming to LU, she taught online graduate courses for Nova Southeastern University.

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NordstromeHopeHope Nordstrom, Director of Masters and Educational Specialist Programs, Assistant Professor of Education

B.S., M.A. (Tennessee Tech University), Ed.D. (Trevecca Nazerene University)

Before joining the College of Education faculty, Dr. Nordstrom taught middle school for 10 years where she was named Harpeth Middle School’s “Distinguished Educator of the Year” for the ’08-’09 and ’10-’11 school years.  Her primary area of interest is instructional technology.  She and her husband Steve have two boys: Parker and Jared.

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B.A. (Lipscomb University), M.Ed. (Middle Tennessee State University), Ed.D. (Trevecca Nazarene University)

Dr. High had 31 years of experience as an elementary teacher and principal prior to coming to Lipscomb.  His primary interests include school leadership and providing students with valuable experiences in student teaching preparing them for the classroom of tomorrow. He and his wife Donna have three sons: Brent, Chad, and Lance.

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Megan Parker Peters, Director of Teacher Education and Assessment, Assistant Professor of Education

B.S. (Middle Tennessee State University), M.S. (University of Tennessee), Ph.D. (University of Tennessee)

Dr. Peters is a Licensed School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist with research interests in assessment and the academic and social-emotional needs of intellectually gifted children.  Dr. Peters teaches Research in Classroom Practice, Human Development & Learning, Introduction to Educational Research. Before coming to Lipscomb, Dr. Peters served as the Assistant Director of Child and Family Services at Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth.

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B.A. (Lipscomb University), M.Ed. (Lipscomb University)

Kristin's four years of teaching experience have fueled her interest in and commitment to providing the best training for today's classroom teachers.  A graduate of Lipscomb's undergraduate and master's programs, Kristin began working in the College of Education in 2011. 

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Debi Hoggatt, Assistant Director of Ed.D. program, Assistant Professor of Education

M.A. (Wayne State University), Ph.D. (Oakland University)

Dr. Hoggatt received her M.A. in human development and her Ph.D. in educational leadership.  She teaches EG 7133 Organizational Theory and Practice and EG 7203 Change Management and Organizational Assessment.

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B.A. (Lipscomb University), M.Ed., Ed.D. (Tennessee State University)

Dr. Nikolaus has varied K-12 experience as a 6th grade teacher, a curriculum director, a study skills instructor, and, most recently, the Director of David Lipscomb Campus School.  His primary educational interests include leadership studies, classroom management,  learning techniques, and 21st century educational innovation and policy development.  Keith and his wife Sharon have two children: Shannon and Ryan.

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B.A. (Lipscomb University), M.Ed., Ed.D. (Vanderbilt University)

Dr. Stewart has taught students from preschool through fourth grade. She worked as a research assistant at Vanderbilt University, conducting research in Nashville elementary and middle schools.  Her professional interests include learning strategies, classroom applications of current brain research, and children’s literature. Marcia and her husband Doug have two children: Todd and Meredith.

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B.A. (Wheaton College), M.Ed. (Trevecca Nazarene College), Ed.D. (Vanderbilt University)

Prior to coming to Lipscomb, Dr. T. taught physics and mathematics at the secondary level for thirteen years. Her area of interests includes both secondary education and the uses of current technologies to enhance learning.   Carrie and her husband Wil have three children: Alanna, Jennifer, and Geoff.   

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Dr. Roger Wiemers

Roger Wiemers, Professor of Education

B.A. (International Bible Seminary), M.Ed., Ed.D. (Tennessee State University)

Roger was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, but he has worked all across the U.S. and in several other countries.  He has taught at the graduate level for 15 years.  He is a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and completed his assigned research in India (2007-2008).  He and his wife Paula have four children.

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Reva Chatman Buckely

Reva Chatman-Buckley, Associate Professor of Education

B.S., M.Ed. (Tennessee State University), Ed.D. (Vanderbilt University)

A former Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher (AERA), Dr. Chatman-Buckley's area of expertise includes educational research, as well as research interests in teacher socialization and pre-service teacher education.  She has been with the College of Education since 2009.

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Jim Christman, Associate Professor of Education

B.S., M.Ed. (Middle Tennessee State University), Ed.D (Tennessee State University)

Dr. Christman has experience in educational  leadership and management, principalship, classroom management as well as research interests in effective teaching strategies and organizational leadership.  He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development  as well as a former president of the Tennessee Correctional Education Association.

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B.S. (Grand Canyon University), M.Ed. (Arizona State University), Ph.D. (University of Arizona)

Dr. Fain's primary areas of interest include sociocultural perspectives of literacy, biliteracy, children's and family-led literature discussions, critical response to international children’s literature and global texts.  Dr. Fain's areas of expertise include literacy, literature discussion, integrating international literature and critical response into the curriculum, close reading, family literacy, and qualitative classroom-based research.

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B.S. (U.T. Martin), M.A. (Austin Peay State University), Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University)

Dr. Little taught special education classes in residential treatment centers, public schools, and alternative schools for 8 years before moving into higher education. She then spent 4 years directing research projects in the areas of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, reading and writing strategies for students at risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and prevention of behavior problems. Annette is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2007. Annette has taught classes in general education, special education, and applied behavior analysis in higher education institutes since 2005. She is currently serving as the director of the Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis certification program. Annette has two children, Joshua and Catherine.

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Tammy Shutt, Associate Professor of Education

B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D.

Dr. Shutt teaches Introduction to Educational Research and joined the College of Education faculty in Fall 2013. Her primary research interests are ethical decision making, leadership and student achievement, and teacher preparation. 

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Carrie Abood, Assistant Professor of Education

B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D. (Lipscomb University)

Prior to joining the College of Education, Dr. Abood taught journalism and English at Lipscomb Academy, as well as English as a Second Language in Metro Nashville Public Schools.  Her educational areas of interest include formative assessment, teaching strategies for high school, and lesson planning.  Recent research includes a qualitative study on recruitment and retention effective strategies for Latino students in higher education.  Dr. Abood has been a member of the College of Education faculty since 2011.

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Brandon Banes, Assistant Professor

B.S. (Lipscomb University), M.S., Ph.D. (Middle Tennessee State University)

Dr. Banes is an Assistant Professor of mathematics and is also an instructor for the College of Education's math education program.  Dr. Banes has been with the Lipscomb College of Education as a full-time faculty member since Fall 2012. 

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Dr. Sarah Duncan

B.A. (Harding University), M.Ed., Ph.D. (University of Mississippi)

Dr. Duncan taught reading and language arts in Mississippi and also worked as an intervention coach before coming to Lipscomb.  She is a national board certified teacher.  Her research interests include: literacy, technology, and adolescent learners.  Sarah and her husband have a daughter and two small dogs.

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Michelle Hasty, Lead Faculty for Collaborative and Professional Learning Program, Assistant Professor of Education

B.A. (Auburn University), M.Ed. (Vanderbilt University), Ph.D. (Middle Tennessee State University)

Dr. Hasty's research interests include written repsonse to text, literacy from a critical perspective, adolescent literacy, reading-writing connection and literacy and egagement.  Dr. Hasty joined the Lipscomb College of Education faculty full-time in Fall 2014. 

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Emily Medlock, Assistant Professor of Education

B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. (Lipscomb University)

Prior to joining the College of Education faculty, Dr. Medlock taught for 13 years in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Dr. Medlock teaches several different courses including: Middle School Learning Strategies, Classroom Management and Middle School Education,and Math Methods. Emily and her husband Mike have two  children, Max and Maeleigh.

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Melanie Maxwell, Lead Faculty Member for Reading Specialty Program

B.S. and M.Ed. (Middle Tennessee State University)

Ms. Maxwell taught for 19 years primarily in elementary school settings. She most recently served as a Literacy Coach and Academic Interventionist for grades K-6. She has also worked as an adjunct professor of reading classes at MTSU. This past summer she spent a week in Haiti working with Haitian teachers in the area of best practices in literacy instruction.  She and her husband Lee have two daughters, HannahLee and MariMegan.

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Julie Simone, Instructor in Education and  Lead Faculty Liaison for Teach For America

B.S. (Vanderbilt University), M.Ed. (Vanderbilt University)

Ms. Simone is the Lead Faculty Liaison for Teach for America and also teaches Planning, Instruction & Assessment as well as Building Classroom Communities.  

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Ally Hauptman, Lead Faculty for Instructional Practice Program

B.S. (University of Missouri), M.Ed. (University of Arkansas), Ph.D. (University of Nebraska)

Dr. Ally Hauptman's primary research interests include reading motivation in upper elementary and middle grades and best practices in classroom instruction.  She joined the Lipscomb College of Education faculty full-time in Fall 2014. 

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Ms. Whitmore joined Lipscomb University's IDEAL program in the Fall of 2013.  Her interests include social skills and self-advocacy skills development for student with intellectual and developmental disabilities; special education; post-secondary transition;  and peer mentoring supports.  Before joining the College of Education, Ms. Whitmore was the School Friendship Lead Program Manager for Best Buddies Tennessee.

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