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 Alabama; his dissertation researched pacing in children’s television. He is former adviser of The Babbler and current adviser of Lumination Network and of the Lipscomb chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Also for SPJ, he is on the national Journalism Education Committee and a board member of the Middle Tennessee Pro Chapter. Since 2009 he has served as director of the Tennessee High School Press Association, based at Lipscomb. In 1999-2000 he was a part-time reporter/anchor for WSM Radio News.