Department of Communication and Journalism

Children's Programming Political Communication
Communication and Leadership Telecommunication Law and Regulation


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Alan Griggs
Academic Chair, Department of Communication and Journalism
Professor of Communication and Journalism


Academic Specialties
-- Organizational Communication
-- Journalism

Other Topics
Public speaking • Print and broadcast journalism • Corporate communication • Mass communication • Crisis management • Creative advertising • Investigative reporting

Education • Awards • Professional Experience • Interesting Information


Aerial Ellis
Instructor of Public Relations


Academic Specialties
-- Public Relations
-- Marketing Communications

Other Topics
Public relations strategies • Project/event management • Corporate communications • Advertising strategies • Sports and entertainment • Non-profit/cause marketing • Community relations • Crisis/issue management • Creative branding concepts • Emerging businesses

Education • Awards • Professional Experience • Interesting Information


James F. McCollum Jr.
Assistant Professor
  • Children's television programming and research
  • General communication topics

McCollum has been on the Lipscomb faculty since 1989. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Alabama, where he completed a dissertation on pacing in children's television programming. He served as a researcher for the Institute for Communication Research, where he worked with the Nickelodeon network.


Deborah Taylor Tate
Academic Topics
-- Telecommunication law and regulation
Telecommunication Topics
Broadband •  Child online education  •  Privacy of personal information  •  Cybersecurity  •  E-health  •  E-rate  •  E-commerce  •  Spectrum  •  Cyberbullying Broadband expansion and availability  •  Children's online security and safety

Other Topics
Broadband expansion and availability • Children's online security and safety

Education  •  Awards  •  Professional Experience


Linda Peek Schacht
Founding Director of the
Institute for Civic Leadership 
Associate Professor of Communication
Associate Professor of History,
Politics and Philosophy
Academic Topics
-- National Politics
-- Campaign Strategy
-- Corporate Response to Crisis
Other Topics
Civic leadership • Public/private partnership • Economic/Public affairs Nelson Andews legacy of civic leadership The executive branch • Non-partisan politics • Media's role in politics • Campaign strategy • Presidential Campaigns
Political conventions  Social reform • Political communication • Crisis communication • Communication of leadership • Corporate communication • The Carter Administration • Government policy • Women in leadership  • Crosscultural communication

Education • Awards  •  Professional Experience