Dr. Keith NikolausDr. Keith Nikolaus, Professor of Education

Contact Info:

Email: keith.nikolaus@lipscomb.edu

Office Location: Ezell 104 

Faculty Phone:  615.966.5749

Faculty Fax: 615.966.7628

Teaching Information:

Title: Professor of Education, M.Ed. and Ed.D.

Courses:  EG 7113 Brain-Based Research; EG 7183 Legal, Political & Ethical Issues; EG 7253 Ethical Behavior in Education; EG 5223 Communication, Collaboration & Community Relations

Start Date at Lipscomb: August 1982


  • B.A. in Elementary Education (David Lipscomb College)
  • M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision (Tennessee State University)
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Tennessee State University)

Area of Expertise:

  • Leadership
  • Organizational communication
  • Brain-based research and applications to education and leadership
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Lifestyle and stress management
  • Study skills
  • On-line education

Primary Research Interest:

  • Brain-based research and applications to education and leadership

Awards and Honors:

  • David Lipscomb College Teacher of the Year Honoree
  • Lipscomb College of Education Faculty Award, 2010-2011

Professional Affiliations:

  • ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • Phi Delta Kappan


  • “Assessment for Learning,” Christian Schools In-Service, Columbia Academy (2009)   
  • “The Big Picture:  Toward An Expanded Vision of Leadership,” Sumner County Instructional Coaching Academy at Lipscomb University (2010)
  • Co-Presenter with Dr. John Norris: “Constructivism:  Are We Practicing What We Preach?”, SRATE Conference (2010)
  • “Tips for Successful 21st Century Teaching,” JumpStart Quarterly Meeting for Professional Development (2010)
  • “Leadership Fundamentals,” Maury County Aspiring Leaders Academy (2012)
  • “Higher Order Thinking Skills,” Cameron Middle School Faculty (2012)
  • Facilitator for Shared Practices Fellows Program: MNPS partnership with Lipscomb University (2012)
  • Lipscomb University Institute for Sustainable Practice Training/Brainstorming Session (2012)
  • “Call to Reinvent Education,” Video Presentation for Lipscomb University Board of Trustees (2012)


  • “5 Things Educators & Policymakers Should Know About Accountability” City Educators (March 2011)
  • “Brain Research:  Tips for Teachers” Faculty Spotlight Section for the November COE Newsletter (2012)

Previous Experience:

  • 1975-1982     Ezell-Harding Christian School, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • 1984-1986     Learning Skills Associates, Study Skills Instructor
  • 1994-1995     David Lipscomb Middle School Learning Enhancement Program, Tutor
  • 1995-1997     David Lipscomb Campus School, Curriculum Director
  • 1997-2008     Lipscomb University, Vice-President and Director of the Campus School