Faculty & Staff

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Faculty

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 a Licensed Psychologist, HSP, who specializes in clinical neuropsychology and maintains a private practice in Columbia, Tenn. His education includes a...

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615.966.5823 (ext. 5823)

Holly Allen

Professor

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615.966.5204 (ext. 5204)

Brandon Banes

Assistant Professor

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615.966.6143 (ext. 6143)

Randy Bouldin

Vice Provost, Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies
Professor
Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Randy Bouldin, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, holds the B.A. degree from Lipscomb University, the M.S. degree from The University of Tennessee/Knoxville, and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Bouldin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics teaching undergraduate Mathematics and graduate Math Education courses. He has been at...

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615.966.6287 (ext. 6287)

Ryan Bowen

Lecturer

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 2016, and a master of education in educational studies from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in 2018. His chemical research interests and...

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615.966.5710 (ext. 5710)

Alan Bradshaw

Chair, Physics
Professor

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615.966.6640 (ext. 6640)

Justin Briggs

Clinical Director
Assistant 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 Family Therapy at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Briggs is a licensed marriage and family therapist, American Association for...

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615.966.5301 (ext. 5301)

Norma Burgess

Assoc Provost for Diversity, Inclusion & Special Initiatives

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615.966.5062 (ext. 5062)

Randy Bybee

Professor

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615.966.5718 (ext. 5718)

Dana Carpenter

Associate Professor

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615.966.6145 (ext. 6145)

Brian Cavitt

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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615.966.6042 (ext. 6042)

Bob Chandler

Visiting Professor of Communication

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615.966.1757 (ext. 1757)

Phil Choate

Professor

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615.966.5723 (ext. 5723)

J. Caleb Clanton

Professor of Philosophy
University Research Professor

Caleb Clanton has been on faculty at Lipscomb University since 2012. He taught previously at Pepperdine University, where he served as the Director of the Philosophy Program and was twice named a Seaver Fellow in Humanities. He has also served on faculty at Vanderbilt University. Clanton is the recipient of...

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615.966.5727 (ext. 5727)

Becky Clark

Chair of the Department of Social Work
Associate Professor of Social Work
Director of the Social Work Program

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615.966.5702 (ext. 5702)

Kent Clinger

Chair, Chemistry
Professor

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615.966.5724 (ext. 5724)

John Conger

Chair, Family Studies
Professor

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615.966.5729 (ext. 5729)

Beth Conway

Associate Professor

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615.966.5741 (ext. 5741)

Amy Crossland

Associate Professor

Practice experience includes over five years with victim witness services in the District Attorney's Offices in Davidson and Williamson counties. Responsibilities included working with victims and witnesses of crimes, including: domestic violence, home invasions, robberies, thefts, rape and sexual abuse, vehicular homicides, and murders. Services provided included assessment of needs,...

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615.966.5790 (ext. 5790)

Aerial Ellis

Instructor

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615.966.5730 (ext. 5730)

Kent Gallaher

Director, Biomolecular Science Graduate Program
Chair, Biology
Professor

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615.966.5721 (ext. 5721)

Jerry Gaw

Professor

Jerry Gaw has been a professor at Lipscomb University since 1981. While at Lipscomb, Gaw has earned several awards, some of which include the Who's Who in the South and Southwest, the David Laine Memorial Award, a Faculty Sabbatical, three Faculty Summer Grants, and three Faculty Research/Development Grants. He is...

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615.966.5745 (ext. 5745)

Sarah Gibson

Associate Professor of Communication

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615.966.5816 (ext. 5816)

Chris Gonzalez

Director, Marriage and Family Therapy
Associate Professor

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. His research explores family and spiritual influences on positive youth development. He is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

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615.966.6651 (ext. 6651)

Richard Goode

Professor
Coordinator, LIFE Program

Dr. Richard Goode has taught at Lipscomb for nearly 25 years. He has also taught for the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. At Lipscomb he teaches such courses as U.S. History I, U.S. History II, Colonial America, Foundations of 20th Century America, the American Civil Rights...

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615.966.5748 (ext. 5748)

Daniel Gordon

McClure Professorship of Faith and Science

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615.966.5753 (ext. 5753)

Sonya Green

Associate Professor

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615.966.5784 (ext. 5784)

Alan Griggs

Chair, Communications and Journalism
Associate Professor

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615.966.5029 (ext. 5029)

Gary Hall

Professor

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615.966.5752 (ext. 5752)

Jan Harris

Associate Professor

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615.966.5758 (ext. 5758)

Susan Haynes

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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615.966.6605 (ext. 6605)

Matt Hearn

Professor

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615.966.5960 (ext. 5960)

Tim Johnson

University Research Professor
Professor

Dr. Tim Johnson joined the university faculty in 1991, and he is professor of history and chair of the department. He teaches the following courses: U.S. History I and II, National Period (1776-1850), Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. Military History, The South in American History, Vietnam, and Senior Seminar. Dr....

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615.966.5771 (ext. 5771)

Kelly Kidder

Associate Professor

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615.966.6617 (ext. 6617)

Jill Kirby

Assistant Professor of Biology

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615.966.5268 (ext. 5268)

Tamera Klingbyll

Instructor

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615.966.5776 (ext. 5776)

John Lewis

Associate Professor

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615.966.5778 (ext. 5778)

Katie Link

Lecturer

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615.966.6154 (ext. 6154)

Jon Lowrance

Professor

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615.966.5783 (ext. 5783)

Nancy Magnusson Durham

Professor of Psychology, Counseling and Family Science
Professor

Nancy Magnusson Durham, a clinical psychologist, began her career at Pepperdine as an assistant professor. Magnusson has more than 35 years of experience in higher education and in helping students be prepared for their tomorrows. Before bringing her expertise to Lipscomb, Magnusson was senior vice president for planning, information and...

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615.966.5343 (ext. 5343)

Lee Mayo

Lecturer in Philosophy

Lee Mayo has been teaching at Lipscomb since 2013. He completed his Ph.D. in the Philosophy and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) graduate programs at the University of Notre Dame in 2012. While at Notre Dame, he taught a number of courses, including Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction...

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615.966.6111 (ext. 6111)

Jimmy McCollum

Professor

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.

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615.966.5788 (ext. 5788)

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Professor

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615.966.5789 (ext. 5789)

Florah Mhlanga

Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor

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615.966.6619 (ext. 6619)

Howard Miller

Chair, History, Politics and Philosophy
Associate Professor

Howard Miller, assistant professor and academic chair of the Department of History Politics and Philosophy, is a widely published social historian with a specialty in medieval studies. His Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in medieval studies are all from Yale University. His career prior to coming to Lipscomb includes serving as...

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615.966.5780 (ext. 5780)

Mark Miller

Professor

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615.966.5792 (ext. 5792)

Bonny Millimaki

Associate Professor

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615.966.5812 (ext. 5812)

Dave Morgan

Assistant 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 Testing Services. He received his Doctor of Education degree from Vanderbilt University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist...

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615.966.6303 (ext. 6303)

Jake Morris

Director, Graduate Counseling
Professor

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 Psychology (with an emphasis in Counselor Education) from University of Mississippi in 2000. Morris has taught many graduate counseling classes...

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615.966.6652 (ext. 6652)

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 of Mississippi and is a Licensed Psychologist, HSP. She came to Lipscomb after eight years of teaching at Freed-Hardeman University.

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615.966.5658 (ext. 5658)

Amy Nelson

Professor

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615.966.6488 (ext. 6488)

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Associate Professor

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615.966.6616 (ext. 6616)

Linda Phipps

Professor

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615.966.6629 (ext. 6629)

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 for Academic Affairs, continuing his work in academic program development as well as overseeing a variety of academic programs. In...

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615.966.6180 (ext. 6180)

Paul Prill

Director, Honors College
Professor

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615.966.5805 (ext. 5805)

Cecelia Ramsey

Lecturer in English and Modern Language

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615.966.5960 (ext. 5960)

Shanna Ray

Chair, Psychology
Professor

Ray is the coordinator for the M.S. in Psychology program and organizes the master's thesis process for the department. She also teaches Lifespan Development for the graduate program. Dr. Ray has an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D./M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University....

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615.966.5833 (ext. 5833)

Kimberly Reed

Chair, English and Foreign Languages
Professor

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615.966.5810 (ext. 5810)

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 Issues in Counseling, and supervises students completing their practicum/internship experience in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His therapeutic approach is grounded...

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615.966.7142 (ext. 7142)

Marc Schwerdt

Assistant Professor

Dr. Marc Schwerdt began teaching at Lipscomb in 2004. Previously he taught at Oklahoma Christian University and worked on fundraising for two congressional campaigns in 1996. His areas of academic expertise include international relations, American politics and research methods. He teaches a variety of courses, such as Intro to Politics,...

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615.966.5726 (ext. 5726)

Mary Sledge

Professor

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615.966.6681 (ext. 6681)

John Smith

Associate Professor

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615.966.5163 (ext. 5163)

Willie Steele

Professor of English

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615.966.5744 (ext. 5744)

Denis Thomas

Associate Professor

Denis' Thomas joined the faculty in 2012 after several years on faculty at Lindsey Wilson College. She earned a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and a master's degree in school counseling from Middle Tennessee State University before earning a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee....

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615.966.5599 (ext. 5599)

Jim Thomas

Interim Senior Vice President for Student Services
Professor

Thomas serves as the Executive Assistant to the President of Lipscomb University. In addition, he 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 Student Retention, Assistant Registrar, Registrar, Dean of...

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615.966.5828 (ext. 5828)

Paul Turner

Professor

Turner is a longstanding professor at Lipscomb University and has been awarded three "Outstanding Teacher" awards and one "Outstanding Advisor" award. Turner teaches Research Methods & Statistics and Integration of Psychology and Christianity Seminar. He teaches Drugs and Behavior and History and Systems of Psychology at the undergraduate level. His...

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Stacia Watkins

Associate Professor
Director of LIGHT Program

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615.966.5150 (ext. 5150)

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Associate Professor
Practicum Coordinator

Watson is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor with over ten years of practice experience. This includes working in adolescent psych and family counseling. She most recently served the Vanderbilt Addiction Center as Research Coordinator of a multi-site national study concerning opiate use and treatment among...

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Carroll Wells

Chair, Mathematics
Professor

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615.966.5835 (ext. 5835)

Amanda Williams

Assistant Professor

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615.966.5621 (ext. 5621)

DeAndrea Witherspoon

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling

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615.966.5903 (ext. 5903)

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Project Coordinator and Evaluator

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Radio Assistant

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Urszula Collier

Administrative Assistant

Collier joined the department in 2012 to work with the Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She received her BA in English from Harding University. She is also a professional translator and ESL teacher.

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Laboratory Coordinator

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Director, Ops and Engineering

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Chair of Health Professions Advisory Committee

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