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School of Communication

Influence Perceptions and Behavior

Communication is at the heart of human interaction, and the modern technological revolution continues to reshape how we communicate, causing unprecedented changes in the industry. In this new and evolving world of communication, you need a degree that equips you with the knowledge and skills to build a meaningful career in this dynamic environment.

We aim to prepare students like you to become ethical communicators in our changing society. Through responsive and responsible communication, listening and critical thinking, you will become a leader who uses your gifts to affect attitudes and behaviors to create a better world.

At Lipscomb, you’ll enjoy small classes taught by scholars and practitioners, and you’ll put theory into practice from your first class to your final portfolio. Whether you want to become an advertiser, journalist or public relations professional, together we’ll help you find your mission and forge a path to accomplish your goals.

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Undergraduate Programs

Whether you want a degree that offers a variety of career options or have a specific vocational calling, you can find a major that fits your needs. Knowledge about communication theory, individual behavior and social structures have practical application in all areas of personal and professional life.

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Graduate Programs

Advance your career or start a new one. With graduate programs in advertising and public relations, you’ll engage in experiential learning and practical application of communication skills based on theory, research and professional best practices.

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Executives and Journalists in Residence

Outstanding practitioners bring a depth of experience to the classroom each year. Our communication and journalism faculty are known for work in:
- conflict management
- leadership, corporate and government communications
- video and radio production
- journalism

Journalists-in-residence include award-winning professionals—a newspaper columnist, an editor and an environmental documentary filmmaker.

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Internships and Field Experiences

Every major in the School of Communication is required to complete at least one internship. Lipscomb communication students have interned at dozens of locations in the last several years, including Bridgestone, CMT, the Dell Corporation, the Disney Corporation, The Emmys, the Golf Channel, Gospel Music Association, Governor of Tennessee, Nashville Predators, Seigenthaler Public Relations, Tennessee Titans, Thomas Nelson Publishers, The Tennessean and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital among many others. Moreover, Lipscomb University offers a number of global learning opportunities valuable to communication and journalism majors, including programs in London, Vienna, Chile, China, Washington, D.C., and New York.

People

Meet our faculty.

  • Aaron Burtch

    Aaron Burtch

    Associate Director of Admissions Transfers

    Aaron is a Michigan native, born in Flint, and stayed until he transferred to complete his bachelors degree at Abilene Christian University. He graduated in 1997 with his BA in...

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    Logan Butts

    Communications Coordinator

    Logan Butts is communication coordinator in the Office of Public Relations & Communications. Prior to joining the OPRC team in February 2021, Logan was assistant sports information director in Lipscomb...

    Meet Logan Butts
  • 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...

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  • Dave Donnelly

    Dave Donnelly

    Adjunct Faculty

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  • 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...

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  • Timothy Ghianni

    Tim Ghianni

    Adjunct Faculty

    A 1973 journalism and mass communication graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Tim Ghianni spent most of his adult life in newspaper newsrooms as an award-winning editor, writer...

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  • Paul Gibson

    Paul Gibson

    Radio Assistant

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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    Jimmy McCollum

    Professor

    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....

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  • Mark McGee

    Mark McGee

    Adjunct Faculty - Communication

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  • Brian ONeal headshot

    Brian O'Neal

    Director, Ops and Engineering

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  • 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...

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  • Kathy Thurman headshot

    Kathy Thurman

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Cory Woodroof

    Cory Woodroof

    Adjunct Faculty

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  • Sami Cone

    Adjunct Faculty

    Meet Sami Cone

Undergraduate Programs


Whether you want a degree that offers a variety of career options or have a specific vocational calling, you can find a major that fits your needs. Knowledge about communication theory, individual behavior and social structures have practical application in all areas of personal and professional life.

Graduate Programs


Advance your career or start a new one. With graduate programs in advertising and public relations, you’ll engage in experiential learning and practical application of communication skills based on theory, research and professional best practices.