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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Call them the essentials, the fundamentals, the basics — the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics are critical to understanding the world and our place in it. These subjects constitute the foundation of any well-rounded education, which is exactly what Lipscomb delivers. The largest of Lipscomb’s 10 colleges, our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will provide you with the fundamental core to our Christian liberal arts curriculum. You’ll be given rigorous academics combined with hands-on learning and practical experiences that will enhance your critical-thinking skills and allow you to explore your passions further. In our state-of-the art labs, professional-style theaters and technologically advanced classrooms (not to mention internships, research projects and travel abroad opportunities), you’ll apply what you’re learning as you’re learning it. And by choosing one of our career-track programs, you will dive deeper into a particular area of study to pursue the unique work to which God is calling you.

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Undergraduate Programs

All Lipscomb undergraduates study the liberal arts to establish a broad base of knowledge. You’ll cover history, writing, math, science, languages and plenty more, all while considering how your faith intersects with what you’re learning.

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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs within the College of Arts & Sciences will give you the deep expertise and real life skills to take on what’s next in your life. (There’s a reason you’re called a “master” with this education under your belt.)

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Liberal Arts Core

Through annual events including Pizza and Politics and the Landiss Lecture Series, we engage students in community and thought-provoking experiences to follow through in its mission as the central core of the university’s liberal arts curriculum. Here, you will receive a well-rounded, holistic education that will prepare you academically, professionally and spiritually.

College Events
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J.S. Ward Society

As an alum of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, you will automatically become a member of Lipscomb’s J.S. Ward Society, made up of alumni, friends and Nashville community leaders who are passionate about supporting and mentoring current students studying the health sciences. Shape the future of health care by investing in the next generation of health care leaders.

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Meet our key faculty.

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    David Holmes

    Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Dr. David Holmes is a native of Los Angeles. He taught at Pepperdine University, Seaver College for over 25 years and also served in administrative roles, including as Associate Dean...

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  • Randy Bouldin

    Randy Bouldin

    Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

    Randy Bouldin, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and interim Dean, holds the B.A. degree from Lipscomb University, the M.S. degree from The University of Tennessee/Knoxville, and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt...

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  • Dale Alden

    Dale Alden

    Assistant Professor

    Alden is a longstanding faculty member in the department of psychology and counseling. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, and Biological Psychology for the graduate program. Alden is...

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  • Holly Allen

    Holly Allen


    Holly Catterton Allen is Professor of Family Science and Christian Ministry where she holds a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Bible...

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  • Brandon Banes

    Brandon Banes

    Assistant Professor

    Brandon Banes is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Formerly a high school mathematics teacher at Lebanon High School, Banes earned his B.S. in Mathematics and Mathematics Education from Lipscomb University...

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  • Ryan Bowen

    Ryan Bowen


    Ryan Bowen is originally from Manchester, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Lipscomb University in 2014, a master of science in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in...

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  • Alan Bradshaw

    Alan Bradshaw

    Chair, Physics

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  • Justin Briggs

    Justin Briggs

    Clinical Director

    Justin Gregory Briggs joined the faculty at Lipscomb University in 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University and earned his M.S. in Marital and...

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  • Norma Burgess

    Norma Burgess

    Assoc Provost for Diversity, Inclusion & Special Initiatives

    Norma J. Bond Burgess came to Lipscomb in August 2009 as the founding dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Today, Burgess is Professor of Sociology and Family Science and serves as Associate Provost for Diversity, Inclusion and Special Initiatives with goals to grow and serve the Lipscomb community by helping academic departments and colleges become more diverse.

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  • Randy Bybee

    Randy Bybee


    A native of Gainesboro, Tenn., Randy Bybee received a B.S. degree in Physics from Tennessee Technological University in 1988. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1995 with a...

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  • Dana Carpenter

    Dana Carpenter

    Associate Professor

    Chamblee Carpenter is an Associate Professor who teaches American literature and Creative Writing. She is also an award-winning novelist. Her debut novel, Bohemian Gospel, won Killer Nashville's Claymore Award and...

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  • Brian Cavitt

    Brian Cavitt

    Professor of Chemistry

    T. Brian Cavitt is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Lipscomb University. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Missions from Abilene Christian...

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  • Bob Chandler

    Bob Chandler

    Visiting Professor of Communication

    Dr. Chandler provides leadership with the graduate and professional programs in communication as well as serving as teaching faculty graduate student mentor. He serves as the coordinator of graduate studies...

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  • Phil Choate

    Phil Choate


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  • Caleb Clanton

    J. Caleb Clanton

    Professor of Philosophy

    J. Caleb Clanton has served as the head of the philosophy program at Lipscomb University since 2012. He taught previously at Pepperdine University, where he served as the director of...

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  • Becky Clark

    Rebecca Clark

    Chair of the Department of Social Work

    Rebecca Clark is the Chair of the Department of Social Work, Associate Professor of Social Work and the Director of the Social Work Program.

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  • Kent Clinger

    Kent Clinger

    Chair, Chemistry

    A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Kent Clinger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma Christian College in 1976. He studied in the Master of Science program...

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  • Beth Conway

    Beth Conway

    Chair, Biology

    Beth Conway is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular...

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  • Amy Crossland

    Amy Crossland

    Associate Professor

    Associate Professor Practice experience includes over five years with victim witness services.

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  • Aerial Ellis

    Aerial Ellis


    Aerial Ellis is a gifted speaker and strategist who launched her first public relations firm at the age of 22. Since, she has become sought-after for her ability to help...

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  • Kent Gallaher

    Kent Gallaher

    Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Kent Gallaher earned a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Over the course of his academic career he has received numerous awards and recognitions. These...

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  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson

    Associate Professor of Communication

    Sarah Gibson earned her B.S. in Electronic Media from Abilene Christian University and her MFA in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas...

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  • Chris Gonzalez

    Chris Gonzalez

    Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

    Gonzalez joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota. He teaches several courses in the MFT program....

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  • Richard Goode

    Richard Goode


    Selected Publications: Books And the Criminals With Him: Essays in Honor of Will D. Campbell. Eugene OR: Cascade Books. (2012) Writings on Reconciliation and Resistance. Eugene OR: Cascade Books....

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  • Sonya Green

    Sonya Green

    Associate Professor

    Green received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville in 2008. She has an MA in English from Murray State University and a BA in English...

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  • Alan Griggs

    Alan Griggs

    Chair, Communications and Journalism

    Alan Griggs is a senior manager of communications with diverse experience including television news reporting and management, political and corporate communications and teaching. In his role as a media consultant,...

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  • Gary Hall

    Gary Hall


    Gary Hall graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Mathematics and Biblical Language and Vanderbilt University with a PhD. in Mathematics. He began teaching at Lipscomb Department of Mathematics...

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  • Jan Harris

    Jan Harris

    Associate Professor

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  • Susan Haynes

    Susan Haynes

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Susan Turner Haynes joined Lipscomb University as an assistant professor in 2015. Prior to her doctorate, Haynes was selected as a Public Policy and Nuclear Threat (PPNT) fellow at the...

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  • Matt Hearn

    Matt Hearn


    Hearn came to Lipscomb University in Fall 1999 from Valdosta State University, where he taught for nine years as a tenured associate professor and graduate faculty member, including a stint...

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  • Tim Johnson

    Tim Johnson

    University Research Professor

    Tim Johnson joined the history faculty in 1991.  He is the author/editor of eight books and over two dozen articles that focus primarily on early U.S. military history.  His work has been nominated for...

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  • Kelly Kidder

    Kelly Kidder

    Associate Professor

    Kelly Kidder received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Foreign and Second Language Education. Her studies comprised several core areas, including Qualitative Research, French Cultural Studies, Second Language...

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  • Jill Kirby

    Jill Kirby

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Jill Kirby earned her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Belmont University in 2005. She spent 11 years working in a clinical setting mostly with children with a wide variety...

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  • Tamera Klingbyll

    Tamera Klingbyll


    Tamera Klingbyll joined the Lipscomb faculty in 1990 after obtaining a Masters of Science in Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She earned her Bachelor of Science from...

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  • John Lewis

    John Lewis

    Associate Professor

    John Lewis is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological...

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  • Katie Link

    Katie Link


    Katie Link received an M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington (1998) and a B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Lipscomb University (1995).

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  • Jon Lowrance

    Jon Lowrance


    Jon H. Lowrance is a professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He received his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

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  • Lee Mayo

    Lee Mayo

    Lecturer in Philosophy

    Lee Mayo has been teaching at Lipscomb since 2013. His research centers primarily on the history and philosophy of science. Publications: 2019. On the Possibilities of Reconciling the Genesis Account of...

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  • Jimmy McCollum

    Jimmy McCollum


    Jimmy McCollum is a professor in the department, where he has taught since 1989 (after attending Lipscomb kindergarten through college). He earned his M.S. at Tennessee and his Ph.D. at...

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  • Charlie McVey

    Charlie McVey


    Charlie McVey began teaching German and Russian at Lipscomb in 1975, after serving as a Russian-German linguist in the US Air Force in Germany. Trained in historical Germanic linguistics (M.A....

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  • Florah Mhlanga

    Florah Mhlanga

    Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Florah Mhlanga serves as the Associate Dean and Professor of Biology the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Lipscomb University. She also serves as the Director of the Lipscomb...

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  • Howard Miller

    Howard Miller

    Visiting Professor

    Dr. Miller joined the history faculty at Lipscomb in 2012. He is a widely published social historian with a specialty in the history of Islamic Spain. He earned a doctorate...

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  • Mark Miller

    Mark Miller


    Mark Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Harding University, a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Houston, and a Doctor of Arts degree...

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  • Bonny Millimaki

    Bonny Millimaki

    Director, Biomolecular Science Graduate Program

    Bonny Millimaki is an associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003....

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  • Dave Morgan

    Dave Morgan

    Associate Professor

    Morgan joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2013 after a several years in the Lipscomb University Counseling Center where he served as a therapist and the Director of...

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  • Jake Morris

    Jake Morris

    Director, Graduate Counseling

    Morris joined the psychology and counseling faculty in July 2009, after 10 years of teaching in the psychology and counseling programs at Freed-Hardeman University. His received his doctorate in Educational...

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  • Melanie Morris

    Melanie Morris

    Associate Professor

    Melanie Morris coordinates the Practicum and Internship process for the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and supervises practicum/internship students. Morris received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University...

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  • Amy Nelson

    Amy Nelson


    Amy Nelson graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Mathematics Education. After teaching high school for a year, she returned to school and graduated with a Master's degree in...

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  • Ted Parks

    Ted Parks

    Associate Professor

    Ted Parks is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of English and Modern Languages. He has taught all levels of Spanish at Lipscomb, and, before moving to Nashville...

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  • Linda Phipps

    Linda Phipps


    Phipps has over 35 years of experience in environmental science and chemistry. She served as the Pretreatment Coordinator for Dallas, TX, where she administered the pretreatment permitting and enforcement program...

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  • Steve Prewitt

    Steve Prewitt

    Associate Provost and Assistant Professor

    Prewitt is Associate Provost for Student Academic Support. In 1997 he joined the Office of the Provost as director of Academic Program Development. In 2002 he was appointed Associate Provost...

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  • Paul Prill

    Paul Prill

    Adjunct Faculty

    Paul Prill has taught at Lipscomb for over thirty years. During that time he has published book reviews in The Quarterly Journal of Speech and the Journal of the...

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  • Cecelia Ramsey

    Cecelia Ramsey

    Lecturer in English and Modern Language

    Cecelia Ramsey is a Lecturer of French in the Department of English & Modern Languages. She received her M.A. in Literary Translation: French to English from New York University and...

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  • Shanna Ray

    Shanna Ray

    Chair, Psychology

    Shanna Ray has a B.S. in Psychology from Lipscomb University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D./M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Ray joined...

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  • Kimberly Reed

    Kimberly Reed

    Chair, English and Foreign Languages

    Kimberly Reed is professor of English and French, Chair of the Department of English & Modern Languages, and a University Research Fellow. She has co-edited two books, "Approaches to Teaching...

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  • Douglas Ribeiro

    Douglas Ribeiro

    Associate Professor

    Ribeiro joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2012 after completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior, Multicultural...

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  • Marc Schwerdt

    Marc Schwerdt

    Chair of History, Politics and Philosophy

    Marc Schwerdt joined the Lipscomb political science faculty in 2004. His research has concentrated on perceptions of public service in children's literature and has been published in peer-reviewed journals Social...

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  • John Smith

    John Smith

    Associate Professor

    Smith grew up in New Jersey where he attended Drew University, earning his B.A. in Chemistry with a Writing minor. He then worked in publishing before heading to graduate school...

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  • Willie Steele

    Willie Steele

    Professor of English

    Willie Steele began teaching at Lipscomb in 2015 after teaching at Oklahoma Christian University and Cascade College, in Portland, Oregon. He earned his MA in English at Middle Tennessee State...

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  • Denis' Thomas

    Denis Thomas

    Associate Professor

    Denis' (pronounced Denise) Thomas is the faculty director of the Center for Play Therapy and Expressive Arts. She has been at Lipscomb since 2012 teaching graduate courses in the psychology,...

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  • Jim Thomas

    Jim Thomas


    Jim Thomas teaches in the Graduate Education and Communication programs at Lipscomb University. He has also served as Instructor in Speech, Director of Advance, Director of University 1101, Director of...

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  • Cayce Watson

    Cayce Watson

    Associate Professor

    Watson is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor with over ten years of practice experience.

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  • Carroll Wells

    Carroll Wells

    Chair, Mathematics

    Carroll Wells is a Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Lipscomb. He received a B.A. in Mathematics and Accounting from Lipscomb University, an M.A. in...

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  • Amanda Williams

    Amanda Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Amanda Williams is an assistant professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

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  • DeAndrea Witherspoon

    DeAndrea Witherspoon

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling

    DeAndrea Witherspoon Nash earned her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is licensed as a professional counselor-mental...

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Graduate Programs

While we offer a number of graduate programs, each of our areas of study will provide you with much more than a degree. Join a faith-based community that combines academic excellence with practical experience, and gain the skills to take the next step in your career toward your calling.