Education Faculty

B.S. (Lipscomb University), M.Ed. (Vanderbilt University), Ph.D. (The University of Texas)

candice.mcqueen@lipscomb.edu

Dr. McQueen became dean in 2008.  Since then, the College of Education has grown 72%, added multiple new graduate programs including a doctorate in education, and has become a leader in teacher preparation quality in the state.  She is also the Founding Director of the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation that started in 2012.  Dr. McQueen served as the undergraduate department chair in education before becoming dean.  In addition, Dr. McQueen taught in both private and public elementary and middle schools before coming to Lipscomb. She has won multiple awards for her teaching at both the K-12 and collegiate levels.  Her primary research interests are teacher professional development, education reform, leadership, and reading and writing methods.  Candice and her husband Andy have two children: Abigail and Henry.

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Deborah Boyd, Associate 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)

deborah.boyd@lipscomb.edu

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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Misty Vetter, Director of Masters Program, Assistant Professor of Education

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

misty.vetter@lipscomb.edu

Dr. Vetter 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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Hank Staggs, Director for M.Ed. Educational Leadership and M.Ed. Off-campus Cohorts, Associate Professor of Education

B.S., M.Ed. (Freed-Hardeman University), Ed.D. (Tennessee State University)

henry.staggs@lipscomb.edu

With fourteen years experience as a school administrator, Dr. Staggs's areas of expertise include educational leadership, leadership coaching as well as professional accountability and school law.  In 2011, he was named a Highly Effective Principal by the Tennessee Department of Education and he recently served as a Principal Core Coach for the Tennessee Department of Education.

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

hope.nordstrom@lipscomb.edu

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

tshebert@lipscomb.edu

Prior to coming to Lipscomb, Dr. Hebert served as Academic Dean of Rochester College in Michigan.  He has experience working in a variety of administrative and academic positions in higher education at the director, dean, and vice president level at four different colleges and universities. His primary interest is in educational leadership.  Trace and his wife Holly have two sons: Christopher and Jack.

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Dr. Carole English

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

carole.english@lipscomb.edu

Dr. English formerly served as a teacher, librarian, and principal in Metro Nashville and Williamson County Public Schools.  She joined the faculty in 2010 after serving as adjunct in the M.Ed. program for several years.  She and her husband Rodney have six grandchildren from ages 3-16.

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

junior.high@lipscomb.edu

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

keith.nikolaus@lipscomb.edu

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)

marcia.stewart@lipscomb.edu

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)

carrie.thornthwaite@lipscomb.edu

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

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

roger.wiemers@lipscomb.edu

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-Buckley, Associate Professor of Education

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

reva.chatman-buckley@lipscomb.edu

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)

jim.christman@lipscomb.edu

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)

Jeanne.Fain@lipscomb.edu

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)

annette.little@lipscomb.edu

Annette 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. 

tammy.shutt@lipscomb.edu

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)

carrie.abood@lipscomb.edu

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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Dr. Sarah Duncan

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

sarah.duncan@lipscomb.edu

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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Emily Medlock, Assistant Professor of Education

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

emily.medlock@lipscomb.edu

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)

melanie.maxwell@lipscomb.edu

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)

julie.simone@lipscomb.edu

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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mallory.whitmore@lipscomb.edu

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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