Political Science Faculty

Mr. Marc Schwerdt, Assistant Professor


B.A., Lipscomb University
M.A., University of Alabama
ABD, University of Tennessee

Marc S. Schwerdt joined the faculty of Lipscomb University in 2004. Dr. Schwerdt in the subfields of international relations, American politics and political theory.  He is particularly interested in the political socialization of young people through mass media. Most of his published work has focused on the manner in which public servants are portrayed in children's literature. Dr. Schwerdt’s research currently focuses on children’s literature as an effective means of civic education. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Society for Political Psychology, and the Western Political Science Association. He is treasurer of the Tennessee Political Science Association, sponsor of the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha and Lipscomb University College Republicans. Dr. Schwerdt is a frequent guest and expert for local television news and public information programs. 

Dr. Dwight L. Tays, Professor


B.S., University of North Alabama
M.A., George Peabody College
Ph. D., University of Mississippi

Dr. Dwight Tays has been teaching at Lipscomb since 1985. His areas of academic specialization include American government, public law and public administration. In the past, he has been the Chair of the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, the President of the Tennessee Political Science Association, on the Board of Visitors of Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, on the Academic Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program, a Co-chair of the Membership Committee of the American Society for Public Administration, Middle Tennessee Chapter, on the Board of Directors for Nashville Christian School, and employed as a Pre-Law Advisor.

Dr. Tays has many article publications on a variety of political topics. He has also presented several papers in political meetings. He is also presently involved in research and professional inquiry, including accessing the legal status of Indian Nations within the U.S. political system, empirical application of theoretical concepts of presidential decision making, and formulating policy and administrative recommendations at the state level. He also provides a political consulting service.

Mr. Guy R. Vanderpool, Visiting Professor


B.A., Harding University
M.A., George Washington University

Mr. Guy Vanderpool has been a visiting professor of political science at Lipscomb since 1996. He teaches History of Modern China and the Far East, American Foreign Policy, and Intelligence and National Security. He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for International Peace and Justice. Vanderpool came to Lipscomb after a 35 year career with the National Security Agency where he specialized in foreign policy issues and counter-intelligence.