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Larry Bridgesmith
Senior Fellow for Institute of Conflict Resolution
Associate Professor 

B.A. – Oakland University
M.A. – Oakland University
J.D. – Wayne State University Law School
Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Ethics – Albany Medical Center
Professional Experience
Partner and counsel for Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis PLLC – 9 yrs, cumulative for both positions
Managing member for Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC – 20 yrs
Associate attorney for Cox & Hooth, P.C. – 2 yrs
Judicial law clerk at Oakland County Probate Court – 3 years
Serves as an officer and principal in Strategic Resolutions Group, LLC
Counsels for Miller & Martin, LLP
President of Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators
Chairman of the Center for Public Trust
Interesting Information
Bridgesmith is listed annually in notable attorney rating publications such as Chambers USA, Americas Leading Lawyers for Business and Woodward White Inc.’s, America’s Leading Lawyers.
He is an honorary member of the International Academy of Mediators.
He serves as fellow in the Nashville Bar Foundation and the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

James English
Academic Director for the Institute for Sustainable Practice
Associate Professor of Sustainability.

B.S. - University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Ph.D. - University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Professional Experience
University of Notre Dame, research assistant professor in the biology department and director of the undergraduate environmental research program
University of Notre Dame, lead investigator for an ecology of infectious disease program

Military Experience
Combat medic with the U.S. Marine Corps
Experience with bio-warfare
Disease ecologist
Directed the U.S. Navy West Nile Virus Program
Directed a medical informatics department
Officer in charge of environmental issues in Iraq during much of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his team became the first active duty armed forces unit to engage in habitat preservation and biological control/integrated disease management while under active combat situations.

Professional Information
Member of the Institutional Review & Development Degree Committee for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Member of the Board of Directors for the South Eastern Association of Naturalists
Former senior board member with the North Carolina State Academy of Science (2010-2011)
Former vice chair of the zoology and ecology branches of the Indiana Academy of Science (2005-2006)

Interesting Information
Dr. English has performed research on a variety of field-based projects in the National Bison Range, Tribal Wildlands, U.S. national parks and state and county greenways.


Dodd Galbreath
Executive Director for Institute of Sustainable Practice
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Practice

B.S. – Tennessee Technical University
M.S. – University of Tennessee
Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award – 2007
Conservationist of the Year, Tennessee Conservation League – 1998
Professional Experience
Served two former Tennessee governors of different parties managing environmental policy and interacted with the public, media, and other government officials.
Former Board Member at the US Green Building Council
Hosted and organized Tennessee’s only Green Business Summit at Lipscomb University – 2008 and 2009
Serving on the Tennessee Environmental Council
Serves on the Storm-water Managements Board and the Open Lands Advising Committee for the mayor of Tennessee
Interesting Information
Galbreath led efforts to implement a nationally recognized wetlands conservation plan.
He created one of the nation’s first environmental justice plans.
Galbreath passed five legislative proposals for sustainable use of Tennessee’s water supplies and native rivers.
He has promoted natural/green infrastructure concepts for storm water management in Tennessee.
Galbreath has provided sustainability consulting services for clients of URS Corporation.
He is certified to present the Gore Climate Project presentation.

Jackie Halstead
Director, Institute for Christian Spirituality
Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation

-- Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
-- Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University
-- B.S., Psychology, Oklahoma Christian College

Role Model of the Year, Abilene Christian University, 2009
Wineskins Magazine Award of Excellence, Pepperdine, 2007
Cullen Grant recipient, 2003
Summa Cum Laude, Abilene Christian University, 1987
Business Award, York College, 1981

Professional Experience
Department Chair, Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University, 2005 – 2010
Instructor, Assistant Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University, 1998 – 2010
Supervisor, Marriage and Family Institute, Abilene Christian University, 2002 – present
Clinic Director, Marriage and Family Institute, Abilene Christian University, 2001 – 2001, 2005 – 2007
Marriage and Family Therapist
-- Christian Counseling Center of Abilene, owner, 2005 – 2010
-- Halstead and Associates, P.C., president, 2000 – 2010
-- Highland Counseling Center, director, 2000 – 2010
-- Highland Church of Christ counselor, 1998 – 2000
-- Faithworks Group Therapy, 2003

Professional Information
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in state of Tennessee
Member, Society for Biblical Literature, 2011 – present
Member, American Academy of Religion, 2012 – present
Member, Shalem Institute Society
Member, Lay Cistercian of Gethsemane Abbey
Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Board member, Chair of Ethics Committee, President, Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2000 – 2010

Research Information
Measurement of spirituality
Emotional Intelligence as a predictor of successful training of Marriage and Family interns
Outcome-based focused learning with students of Marriage and Family Therapy
Women faculty and issues of faith and learning
Intrinsic/extrinsic motivation factors in faculty of Church of Christ institutions of higher learning

Interesting Information
Board member, LifeWorks of Nashville, Inc.
Missional Engagement Team, Highland Church of Christ
Into All the World, Highland Church of Christ

Steve Joiner
Managing Director for the Institute for Conflict Management
Professor of Conflict Management 

D.Min- Leadership - Abilene Christian University
Post-Doctorate Certificates from Cornell University and Abilene Christian University
Professional Experience
Managing Director for Institute of Conflict Management
Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Lubbock Christian University
Involved in University accrediting issues for Southern Association
Consultant for over 100 businesses, religious organizations, non-profits, and public entities in facilitation and conflict management
International experience in managing conflict in Guatemala, Brazil, and Germany
Facilitated public policy decisions at the city and county level on land use issues. 

Earl Lavender
Director of Institute for Christian Spirituality
Professor of Biblical Studies

B.S. – Lipscomb University
M.A. – Lipscomb University
Ph.D – Saint Louis University
Ohio Valley College Alumnus of the Year – 2008
Lipscomb University Outstanding Teacher – 2003, 2008
Professional Experience
Instructor at Saint Louis University – 5 years
Missionary in Cervignano, Italy – 7 years
Currently serves as an adjunct professor at Abilene Christian University and Oklahoma Christian University.
Serves as a visiting professor at Oxford University every four years
Served at Lipscomb since 1991
Interesting Information
Lavender has ministry experience in Italy, Illinois, and Tennessee.
He has published the following books:
1 & 2 Corinthians: Jesus, Cross, Church (commentary)
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon (commentary)
• Luke:Jesus is Savior (commentary)
• Mark: Jesus is God’s Son (commentary)
• Living God’s Love (co-authored with Gary Holloway)
Acts of the Apostles: Jesus Alive in His Church (commentary)
A Biblical pattern for church growth : a study of Ephesians 4:1-16
• The Church of God’s Intent: Strategies For Renewal (co-authored with Robert Glenn)
He has also published numerous book reviews, articles, and lectures.
Lavender has coached various athletic sports including cross-country and baseball, and he holds a private pilot license.
Current research interest lies in measuring spirituality (in conjunction with his work as Director of Institute for Christian Spirituality)
Lavender is the former Director of Missional Studies at Lipscomb University.

Charla Long
Dean of the College of Professional Studies,
home of the Institute for Law, Justice, and Society
Associate Professor of Law

B.B.A. – Northern State University
J.D. – Oklahoma University
“Women of Influence” for Innovation, presented by the Nashville Business Journal – 2007
Professional Experience
Director of corporate meetings for Apple Inc. in association with Maritz travel company – 1 yr
Lead Management for Walt Disney Resorts developing sales leads – 3 yrs
    Founding Board Member of the Middle Tennessee Transit Alliance
    Manages The Davidson Group for Nashville
    Advisory Board for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugees Rights Coalition
Interesting Information
Long was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence for her innovative work at Lipscomb.
She is a licensed attorney and a civil mediator.
Her research interests include making trade work for the poor and the service industries.
She written a number of articles and recently presented papers on race issues, and hunger and poverty.
Long is featured on a monthly TV show titled On Modern Age that answers questions on ageing issues.
Experience in sales and managerial positions in the theme park industry with companies such as Silver Dollar City, Premier Parks, Six Flags and Walt Disney World.

Candice McQeen
Dean of the College of Education
Founding Director of the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation

Associate Professor of Education

B.S. - Lipscomb University
M.Ed. - Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. - University of Texas
American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Board of Directors, 2013 - 2016
Inaugural Leadership Tennessee Class, 2013 - 2014
2008 Lipscomb University Outstanding Teacher Award
U.S. Department of Justice literacy grant
Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Professional Experience
Teaching experience in Texas public schools and in a private middle school
Supervised student teachers for the University of Texas
Assistant instructor of reading and writing methods at the University of Texas, Austin
Vanderbilt University adjunct professor in reading methods
Professional Information
State Boards:
First to the Top Advisory Board for Commissioner of Education
Common Core State Standards Leadership Council K-12, Liaison for Higher Education
Institutes of Higher Education Common Core State Standards Advisory Board
Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Executive Committee, Government Day-on-the-Hill Chairman
Learning Forward National Conference Host Planning Committee, 2014
Local Boards:
PENCIL Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Treasurer
STARS Board of Directors
Mayor's Office NashvilleNext Education and Youth Resource Team
LEAD Academy Board of Directors
Metro-Nashville Public Schools Strategic Compensation Steering Committee


Brad Reid
Managing Director of Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity


J.D. - University of Texas

Interesting Information
Dr. Reid was the reviewer for several academic journals including the American Business Law Journal and the Atlantic Law Journal.
He was published in the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives and the Southern Law Journal.
Dr. Reid has also spent time researching employment law, business ethics, and the legal aspects of new media.


Linda Peek Schacht
Executive Director of the Institute for Civic Leadership

B.S. - Lipscomb University
M.A. - Ohio State University

Professional Experience
Spokesperson for the Senate Majority Leader in the White House Press Office
Liaison in the Carter White House Office of Media Relations
Campaign press secretary for the 1980 Carter-Mondale campaign
Director of communications for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee
Served on bipartisan international Senate delegations
Held key communication positions for four Democratic conventions
Served as chairman, vice president, and global communication and public affairs strategist for Coca-Cola
Public affairs director for USA Today
Senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
Held positions in the Centre for Public Leadership and the Centre for Business and Government at Harvard University
Chair for Emerson College's Organizational and Political Communication Department

Professional Information
She is a long-time board member of the International Women's Media Foundation
She represented Coca-Cola at the World Economic Forum