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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.

  • David Holmes headshot

    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 was the first African American to receive tenure (2003)...

    Meet David Holmes
  • Randy Bouldin headshot

    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...

    Meet Randy Bouldin
  • Holly Allen headshot

    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...

    Meet Holly Allen
  • Brandon Banes headshot

    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...

    Meet Brandon Banes
  • 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...

    Meet Ryan Bowen
  • Alan Bradshaw headshot

    Alan Bradshaw

    Chair, Physics

    Meet Alan Bradshaw
  • Justin Briggs headshot

    Justin Briggs

    Associate Professor

    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...

    Meet Justin Briggs
  • Norma Burgess headshot

    Norma Burgess

    Associate Provost-Diversity, Inclusion & Special I

    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.

    Meet Norma Burgess
  • Randy Bybee headshot

    Randy Bybee


    Randy is a native Tennessean, having grown up in Gainesboro, a small town about 85 miles east of Nashville. After undergraduate work at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, Randy...

    Meet Randy Bybee
  • Dana Carpenter headshot

    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...

    Meet Dana Carpenter
  • Brian Cavitt headshot

    Brian Cavitt


    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...

    Meet Brian Cavitt
  • Bob Chandler headshot

    Bob Chandler

    Director, Graduate and Professional Programs

    Dr. Chandler directs the Graduate Studies in Communication programs for the School of Communication. He provides leadership for the graduate and professional programs in communication as well as serving as...

    Meet Bob Chandler
  • Phil Choate headshot

    Phil Choate


    Meet Phil Choate
  • Caleb Clanton headshot

    J. Caleb Clanton

    University Research Professor

    J. Caleb Clanton is University Research Professor and professor of philosophy and has served as the head of the philosophy program at Lipscomb University since 2012. He taught previously at...

    Meet J. Caleb Clanton
  • Rebecca Clark headshot

    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.

    Meet Rebecca Clark
  • Kent Clinger headshot

    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...

    Meet Kent Clinger
  • Amy Crossland

    Amy Crossland

    ACCESS Ability Assistant Director

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

    Meet Amy Crossland
  • Aerial Ellis

    Aerial Ellis

    Assistant Professor

    Emerging among the brightest in the industry, Dr. Aerial Ellis is a gifted strategist and storyteller who nurtured an entrepreneurial spirit early in her career by launching her first public...

    Meet Aerial Ellis
  • Kent Gallaher headshot

    Kent Gallaher

    Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Kent Gallaher is a native Tennessean. In fact, his family is among the founding families of the sate. His academic journey includes a B.S. in Chemistry from Lipscomb University in...

    Meet Kent Gallaher
  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson

    Associate Professor

    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...

    Meet Sarah Gibson
  • Chris Gonzalez headshot

    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....

    Meet Chris Gonzalez
  • 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....

    Meet Richard Goode
  • 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...

    Meet Sonya Green
  • Alan Griggs headshot

    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,...

    Meet Alan Griggs
  • Gary Hall headshot

    Gary Hall


    Gary Hall is born in and has lived in Nashville all of his life. He graduated from David Lipscomb College in 1984 with a BA in Biblical Languages and Math....

    Meet Gary Hall
  • Jan Harris headshot

    Jan Harris

    Associate Professor

    Jan Elaine Harris is an Associate Professor of English and Writing at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Her chapbook, Isolating One's Priorities, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in October...

    Meet Jan Harris
  • Susan Haynes

    Susan Haynes

    Associate Professor

    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...

    Meet Susan Haynes
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    Matt Hearn

    HPAC Director

    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...

    Meet Matt Hearn
  • Tim Johnson headshot

    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...

    Meet Tim Johnson
  • Kelly Kidder headshot

    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...

    Meet Kelly Kidder
  • Jill Kirby headshot

    Jill Kirby

    Assistant Professor

    Jill Kirby grew up in Knoxville, TN where she developed a passion for helping others. That led her to Harding University for undergraduate work (B.S Exercise Science) and then to...

    Meet Jill Kirby
  • Tamera Klingbyll headshot

    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...

    Meet Tamera Klingbyll
  • John Lewis headshot

    John Lewis

    Faith and Science Professorship

    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...

    Meet John Lewis
  • Katie Link headshot

    Katie Link


    A native of Albany, Georgia, after graduation from Lipscomb University, Katie married Troy Link and moved to Seattle. There they grew to love the forests, mountains, and waters of the...

    Meet Katie Link
  • Jon Lowrance headshot

    Jon Lowrance

    Biology Department Chair

    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...

    Meet Jon Lowrance
  • Lee Mayo headshot

    Lee Mayo


    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...

    Meet Lee Mayo
  • Jimmy McCollum headshot

    Jimmy McCollum


    Dr. Jimmy McCollum graduated from Lipscomb in 1987. He earned his M.S. in journalism at the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Alabama....

    Meet Jimmy McCollum
  • 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....

    Meet Charlie McVey
  • Florah Mhlanga

    Florah Mhlanga

    Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Scienc

    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...

    Meet Florah Mhlanga
  • Howard Miller

    Howard Miller

    Associate 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...

    Meet Howard Miller
  • Mark Miller headshot

    Mark Miller


    Born in Searcy, AR. Grew up in Houston, TX. Harding College: B.S, University of Houston: M.S., and Illinois State University: D.A, all in Mathematics. Teaching Assistant, University of Houston (September,...

    Meet Mark Miller
  • Bonny Millimaki headshot

    Bonny Millimaki

    Director of the Biomolecular Science 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....

    Meet Bonny Millimaki
  • 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...

    Meet Dave Morgan
  • Jake Morris headshot

    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...

    Meet Jake Morris
  • Melanie Morris headshot

    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...

    Meet Melanie Morris
  • Amy Nelson headshot

    Amy Nelson


    Amy and her husband Randy are both alumni of Lipscomb University, although they did not meet there. Amy taught high school at a local Christian school for a brief time...

    Meet Amy Nelson
  • Ted Parks headshot

    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...

    Meet Ted Parks
  • 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...

    Meet Linda Phipps
  • 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...

    Meet Steve Prewitt
  • CeCe Ramsey headshot

    Cecelia Ramsey


    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...

    Meet Cecelia Ramsey
  • Shanna Ray headshot

    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...

    Meet Shanna Ray
  • 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...

    Meet Kimberly Reed
  • Douglas Ribeiro headshot

    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...

    Meet Douglas Ribeiro
  • 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...

    Meet Marc Schwerdt
  • 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...

    Meet John Smith
  • Willie Steele headshot

    Willie Steele


    Willie Steele grew up in Ohio before completing his undergraduate degree (English and Speech Communication) from Lipscomb University where he ran cross country and track. He stayed in Tennessee to...

    Meet Willie Steele
  • Denis' Thomas

    Denis Thomas

    Adjunct 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,...

    Meet Denis Thomas
  • Jim Thomas

    Jim Thomas

    Adjunct Professor

    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...

    Meet Jim Thomas
  • 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.

    Meet Cayce Watson
  • Amanda Williams headshot

    Amanda Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Amanda Williams was raised in Providence, Kentucky. She met her husband, Rick, at the Green Hills Starbucks when they were both college students at Lipscomb (B.S., Biology). Upon graduation, she...

    Meet Amanda Williams
  • DeAndrea Witherspoon Nash

    DeAndrea Witherspoon Nash

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet DeAndrea Witherspoon Nash

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.