Faculty & Staff

All bios are sorted alphabetically.

Faculty

Nina Morel

Nina Morel

Dean of the College of Professional Studies
Professor

Nina Jones Morel is Professor of Education and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University. Morel builds, develops, and inspires a team of individuals to achieve the college’s objectives to provide a rigorous, personalized and innovative academic experience for adult learners. Morel is a graduate of Lipscomb... [More]

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615.966.1105 (ext. 1105)

Hope Nordstrom

Hope Nordstrom

Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Assistant Professor

Hope Nordstrom is an assistant professor and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Professional Studies. As a director, she develops curriculum for the competency based education program. She collaborates with other faculty members and clients to develop new programs and courses for university and corporate uses.... [More]

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615.966.1107 (ext. 1107)

Kate Watkins

Kate Watkins

Executive Director, LIFE Program
Academic Program Director of DMin
Assistant Professor

Kate Sullivan Watkins is an Assistant Professor in the college, partnering with students as they participate in Bible and Theology courses. Watkins’ strives to inspire students to look for the work of God not only in the sacred text but in each person they encounter. As the director of the... [More]

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615.966.5722 (ext. 5722)

Staff

Joel Allen

Joel Allen

Assistant Director of Marketing and Enrollment

Joel Allen is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Enrollment for the College of Professional Studies. Allen is one of the first points of contact for those interested in our graduate certificates or the Masters of Professional Studies. As an adjunct instructor, Allen teaches introductory classes for students in the... [More]

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615.966.1016 (ext. 1016)

Kelli Bratton

Kelli Bratton

Assessment Center Manager

Kelli Bratton is the Assessment Center Manager in the College of Professional Studies. She schedules, organizes, and manages all aspects of the CORE Assessment Centers. Bratton is committed to supporting adult learners and professionals seeking career growth, ensuring that students and community partners have an opportunity to demonstrate competencies and... [More]

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615.966.1113 (ext. 1113)

James Bush

James Bush

Outreach and Admissions Counselor

James Bush, Jr. is the Outreach and Admissions Counselor for the Adult Degree Program in the College of Professional Studies, where he works with those looking to complete their undergraduate degree. Bush meets with prospective students to discuss their educational goals and guides them through the admissions process. Bush comes... [More]

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615.966.1111 (ext. 1111)

Nanci Carter

Nanci Carter

Director of Academic Systems

Nanci Carter is the Director of Academic Systems for the College of Professional Studies. She seeks to improve processes and develop systems that help students more easily navigate university systems and the path to their ultimate goal of degree completion. She began working with the College of Professional Studies in... [More]

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615.966.1104 (ext. 1104)

TaShunda Franklin

TaShunda Franklin

Outreach and Admissions Counselor

TaShunda Franklin is an Outreach and Admissions Counselor for the Adult Degree Program in the College of Professional Studies. She serves as the initial point of contact for prospective students seeking to complete their undergraduate degree. Franklin communicates with prospective students and guides them through the admission process. Her experience... [More]

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615.966.5324 (ext. 5324)

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Keandra Golden

Academic Programs Manager

Keandra Golden is the Academic Programs Manager. She works in tandem with the instruction and curriculum design team to create and implement courses aligning with the competency-based education program. In addition, Golden aids in growth and development efforts related the Faculty Fellows initiative. Golden received a Bachelor of Arts degree... [More]

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615.966.1106 (ext. 1106)

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Brad Gray

Brad S. Gray is the Global Leadership Certificate Program Director. Gray develops, initiates, and coordinates course content and direction, program efficacy and relevance for students (particularly as it applies to the workforce), and engagement with diverse communities locally, inter-culturally, and globally. This made possible by working alongside other directors in... [More]

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615.966.5948 (ext. 5948)

Whitney Holland

Whitney Holland

Academic Coaching Assistant

Whitney Holland is the Academic Coaching Assistant in the College of Professional studies. Holland works alongside the academic coaching, academic systems, and admissions teams. She assists newly admitted students as they go through the enrollment process, and provides registration and general assistance to continuing students as well. Holland began working... [More]

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615.966.1112 (ext. 1112)

Yedid Minjares

Yedid Minjares

Office and Budget Manager

Yedid Minjares is the Office and Budget Manager in the College of Professional Studies. Minjares assists with budget management, coordinates events for the college, and serves as a liaison between outside vendors and organizations. She supports the dean as well as other team members with various projects and supervises the... [More]

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

John Williams

John Williams

Director of Academic Coaching

John is the director of the strategic leadership graduate program in the College of Professional Studies. He teaches courses on academic research, mentoring and coaches graduate and undergraduate students as they are choosing their academic path. John is a licensed attorney in Tennessee, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in... [More]

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615.966.5279 (ext. 5279)

Adjunct Faculty

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Carl Blair

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

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Michael Cauley

Michael Richard Cauley is the Performance Coaching Program Director. Cauley works alongside other directors concerning recruitment, advertising, interviewing, scheduling, programming, and communicating with other faculty fellows concerning course content and students. Self-described as, “A curious learner passionate to help,” Cauley brings over 15 years of experience as a turnaround and... [More]

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615.966.5948 (ext. 5948)

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Marsha Crownover

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

Tiffany Freeze Denton

Tiffany Freeze Denton

Associate Professor of Education
Assistant Director of Assessment and Prior Learning

Tiffany Denton, Ed.D. & Ed.S., is the Assistant Director of Assessment and Prior Learning in the College of Professional Studies. Denton serves as a director for the CORE Assessment Center process. As a director, she facilitates assessment exercises for students and scoring processes for assessors to ensure that students are... [More]

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David Gilbert

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615.966.1015 (ext. 1015)

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Kathy Johnson

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

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Ryan Millimaki

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

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Tim Pierce

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

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Ashley Rice

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

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Jim Selbe

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

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Emily Smith

Emily Smith is a Faculty Fellow and the Executive Director of Workforce Engagement for Lipscomb University’s College of Professional Studies. She is focused on establishing effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. Smith was previously the Senior National Dean of Program Development at DeVry University, where she coordinated the development... [More]

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)

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Dan Turbeville

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615.966.5345 (ext. 5345)

Linda Zelnik

Linda Zelnik

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615.966.1103 (ext. 1103)