History Faculty

Jerry GawDr. Jerry L. Gaw

B.A., Lipscomb University
M.A., Northwestern State University
Ph. D., Mississippi State University

Jerry Gaw has been a professor at Lipscomb University since 1981. While at Lipscomb, Gaw has earned several awards, some of which include the Who's Who in the South and Southwest, the David Laine Memorial Award, a Faculty Sabbatical, three Faculty Summer Grants, and three Faculty Research/Development Grants. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, the North American Conference on British Studies, and the European Section of the Southern Historical Association.

Gaw's current research involves writing a book on the religion of David Lloyd George, prime minister of Great Britain from 1916-1922. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and his citizens reaped the benefits of his governmental policies.

Richard GoodeDr. Richard C. Goode
Associate Professor

B.A., Lipscomb University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph. D., Vanderbilt University

Dr. Richard Goode has taught at Lipscomb for nearly 25 years.  He has also taught for the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. At Lipscomb he teaches such courses as U.S. History I, U.S. History II, Colonial America, Foundations of 20th Century America, the American Civil Rights Movement, Religion and American Culture, and Freshman Seminar.

Additionally, Dr. Goode coordinates the Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) programs, which offers Lipscomb courses at Nashville area prisons and at Room in the Inn. He also enjoys research and writing, and has published three books with Will D. Campbell.

Timothy JohnsonDr. Timothy D. Johnson
University Research Professor

B.S., University of Alabama
M.A., University of Alabama
Ph. D., University of Alabama

Dr. Tim Johnson joined the university faculty in 1991, and he is professor of history and chair of the department. He teaches the following courses: U.S. History I and II, National Period (1776-1850), Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. Military History, The South in American History, Vietnam, and Senior Seminar.

Dr. Johnson’s research interests are in the Mexican War and Civil War. The Virginia Historical Society has named him an Andrew J. Mellon Research Fellow twice (1994, 2002). Recently, Yale University named him the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Research Fellow in American History for 2005, and he will be in residence at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library on the Yale campus during the spring semester. Dr. Johnson received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from Lipscomb in 2001, and he has been featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV (1999) and The History Channel (2003). His published works can be found at the Faculty Publications link.

Dr. Howard D. Miller
Associate Professor & Academic Chair

B.A., California State University, Chico
M.A., Yale University

M.Phil., Yale University
Ph. D., Yale University

Dr. Miller teaches several courses in the history department, including Western Civilization and World Civilization, Ancient History, Medieval History, Renaissance and Reformation History, History and Politics of the Middle East, and Historiography. Dr. Miller's area of specialization is the history of Islamic Spain, medieval and early modern social history, and the history of romantic love. He has been at Lipscomb since 2011 and has previously taught at Cornell College and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Robert Hooper
Professor Emeritus

B.A. Lipscomb University
M.A. George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Dr. Hooper joined the history faculty in 1960 and subsequently served as department chair for thirty years. He has numerous published works in church history. Although he retired from full-time teaching in 1998, he continues to teach part-time in the department. His courses include: Western Civilization, World Regional Geography and Recent American Issues.

Neal AllisonMr. Neal P. Allison

B.A., Lipscomb University
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University

Mr. Neal Allison has been an instructor at Lipscomb since 1997. He has a specialized interest in world culture, views, travel, and languages. He also has interest in archaeology, and participated in a dig in Israel in 1998. He is also a Research Fellow in the Center for International Peace and Justice. His primary teaching areas are World Civilization, Western Civilization and U.S. History.