Welcome to EquipLCU’s Learning Academy. This academy serves to provide training and support for faculty participation in QEP programs at all levels. The purpose of the Learning Academy is to foster, support, and reinforce a growth mindset on our campus through a variety of professional development opportunities offered to our faculty throughout the academic year.
One component of the Learning Academy is the development of our distinguished Learning Scholars. Our Learning Scholars work together to explore and examine how students learn, the mindsets that influence them, and classroom strategies and environments that support learning. They focus on finding ways to redesign courses in order to maximize learning and put students in the driver's seat, fostering academic tenacity and helping them to "pursue, persist, and grow."
Shenai Alonge-Moore has been teaching at Lubbock Christian University for seven years and is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in composition studies, African American and post-colonial literatures, and Hebrew narrative. Her other academic interests include studies of race and ethnicity, rap music, and dystopian literature. Shenai earned both her BA in Missions and MA in Biblical Interpretation from LCU, and her MA in Comparative Literature from Texas Tech University. Her current research project, “From Tupac to Kendrick: Gangsta Rap as Self-Care, Healing, Protest, and Revolution,” explores the roots of gangsta rap, its evolution over time, its echoes of social movements both past and present, and the uses of the music by and its effects on the intended audience and communities of the artists.
Jana Anderson is a tenured Assistant Professor of English, where she has been teaching for thirteen years. She specializes in freshman composition and rhetoric and literary analysis, young adult literature, and grant writing. She is also the director of the University Writing Center, an interdisciplinary and collaborative writing resource for LCU's undergraduate and graduate students. Jana has a bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education and a Master's degree in English Literature from Abilene Christian University, where her areas of interest included Victorian and American literature. Her thesis explored the role of women in William Faulkner's novels.
She is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Texas College Educator's Association (TCEA) and recently finished a tenure as Councilor for the Conference of College Teacher's of English (CCTE), a regional organization from which she has received both the Popken award for Best Paper and Presentation and the Composition and Pedagogy award for Best Paper. She also received the L.R. Wilson Teacher of the Year award, voted on by faculty colleagues, at LCU and was named Educator of Year from the College of Arts and Sciences at Abilene Christian University. She also serves as a board member of Literacy Lubbock, a local non-profit that promotes literacy in the South Plains and recently completed her tenure as a board member of Christian Homes of Abilene, a non-profit foster and adoption organization.
She presents regularly at conferences, and most recently co-presented research on Latino young adult and children's literature at the Texas Association of Bilingual Educators (TABE) conference. She is also a regular attendee and conference presenter at CCTE and at the Christian Scholar's Conference (CSC), where she most recently served as a respondent on a panel focused on the roles of memory and tradition in literature. She gives writing presentations on campus each semester to various constituents, including UNI 1170 courses, the Chap Connection annual continuing education program in the School of Education, and writing workshops for Center for Student Success (CSS).
Dr. Matt Byars is an Associate Professor of English and has been at LCU since the Fall of 2008. In addition to his course load, he is also co-editor of The Chap Book, LCU’s student literary and arts journal. Dr. Byars earned a B.A. in Humanities (History) from LCU, an M.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Drama from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. Dr. Byars’ poetry has been published in various small literary journals and was a featured poet in the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. While helping to raise his four children, Dr. Byars continues to write and to submit his work for publication as well as presenting his work at regional-, state-, and national conferences. He is currently preparing a book-length collection of poetry.
Ashley Cherry is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Lubbock Christian University who became a faculty member in 2016. Her research field is applied mathematics with an emphasis on nonlinear programming. Dr. Cherry received her B.A. in Mathematics from Lubbock Christian University in 2010, her M.S. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University in 2012, and her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University in 2016. Her publications include “A Representation of Chaocipher” in 2012 (Master’s Thesis) and “Piecewise Linear Approximation for Nonlinear Programming Problems” in 2016 (Doctoral Dissertation). Dr. Cherry is currently continuing her research in nonlinear programming in collaboration with graduate students and faculty members at Texas Tech University. In addition, she is a Texas Section Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow and attends workshops on innovative teaching techniques and undergraduate research in mathematics.
Micah Heatwole is in his fifth year as a Lecturer of English. He primarily teaches Freshman Composition, but his specialization is in creative writing. In addition to teaching, Micah is a consultant for the University Writing Center. He received his AA from York College, BA in English from Western Illinois University, and MA in English (emphasis in creative writing) from Texas Tech University. Micah currently serves as the Co-Editor of LCU’s literary journal, The Chapbook, and previously served as an Associate Editor for the Iron Horse Literary Review. His poems have been published in Elements and The Literary Review. Among other writing projects, Micah is working on a book of poems entitled, Hallelujah.
Shannon Rains joined the LCU faculty in 2016 as the Assistant Professor Children’s Ministry. Previously, Shannon served in congregational ministry. She holds a BA in Range and Agronomy from Abilene Christian University, Master’s degree in Christian education, and is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at ACU with an emphasis in spiritual formation. In addition, Shannon studied Early Childhood Education at Concordia University – River Forest as a student in the Ed.D. program. Shannon teaches children’s ministry and church ministry courses. Each semester, she also teaches several sections of Introduction to Old Testament and Introduction to New Testament, courses required of all first-year students at LCU.
In 2016, Shannon received the Tina Lillig Best-Practices Scholarship at the Children’s Spirituality Conference – Christian Perspectives and in 2015 the Lynn and Carolyn Anderson Scholarship for Church Leadership, Abilene Christian University. Shannon regularly speaks at congregations, workshops, and conferences, on topics of children’s spirituality, spiritual formation, and children’s ministry leadership. In 2015, she published the chapter “Children Serving and Proclaiming Christ: Joining the Mission of the Church” in Along the Way: Conversations about Children and Faith, co-edited by Ron Bruner and Dana Pemberton. In addition, Shannon frequently publishes practical blog articles that equip individuals and churches for issues in children’s ministry, church leadership, and women leading in churches. Currently, Shannon is in the final stages of writing her project-thesis, The Practice of Children’s Ministry: Developing a Cohesive Vision of Practice for Church Leaders, which explores the role of the children’s minister in the discipleship of children.
Keith Rogers has been teaching mathematics at LCU since 1993. He is currently an associate professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics department. His bachelor’s degree in mathematics is from LCU (1989). His master’s degree in mathematics is from the University of North Texas (1991). He earned his doctorate in instructional technology from Texas Tech (2007). He has presentations at the LCU Scholar’s Colloquium (2017 and 2008). He created a music video for Lubbock Christian High School’s band (2016). Along with Dr. J.D. Wallace, had a paper published in Journal of Literacy and Technology V12, 2: July 2011. “Predictors of Technology Integration in Education: A Study of Anxiety and Innovativeness in Teacher Preparation.” He is currently looking at transforming his college algebra classes into a “flipped” classroom model.
An Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Ann Sims has been teaching at LCU full time since 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Abilene Christian University and her Master’s degree in Mathematics from Texas Tech University. She has experience teaching at both the high school and university level. Her experience teaching at the high school level helps in her work to prepare LCU’s future mathematics teachers to pass the TExES certification exam. During her career, Mrs. Sims has been named a Tandy Technology Scholar (an award given by Tandy Corp to 100 outstanding math, science, and computer teachers across the nation) and was also recognized by James Watkins, former Secretary of Energy, for contributions to the national education goals of AMERICA 2000. Currently, along with participating in LCU’s Learning Scholar’s initiative, she serves on the Student Affairs Leadership Team and various other university committees.
Barbara Slate has been employed by Lubbock Christian University in a full-time role since January, 1998. Although her job title is Technical Services Librarian, as a member of a small library team, Barbara is active in nearly all aspects of the library. Barbara earned her Bachelorsdegree in English from LCU in 2000. This degree was followed by Masters degrees in Elementary Education (2001) and in Secondary Education (2002), also granted by LCU. After earning a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas, Barbara became a full-time member of LCU’s faculty in 2002. Barbara attended Texas Tech University from 2003 until 2008, where she completed coursework for a doctoral degree in Higher Education, not completed. Barbara has returned to UNT several times for additional coursework in specific areas, including collection development (2002), automation systems management (2002),information seeking skills (2003) and certification in library services for youth and young adults (2004). Earning a certificate in digital instruction from LCU’s graduate education department (2001) assisted Barbara in planning and creating online library courses.
Barbara has researched in the area of undergraduate library instruction, specifically related to student attitudes and participation. In addition, Barbara has worked with Karlee Vineyard, another of LCU’s librarians, and Kristi Starr, a librarian from the Lubbock Independent School District, on the student high school to college transition. The librarians have presented locally on this topic at a Texas Library Association district meeting, and at an LISD event.
Karlee Vineyard has served as the Public Services Librarian at LCU for the past three years. She earned her BA in History from Texas Tech University in 2001 and a Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2013. She taught high school social studies at Roosevelt High School for 14 years before coming to LCU as a librarian. Currently, Karlee is working to bridge the gap from high school to college by collaborating with school librarians and creating a course in information literacy to present to high school juniors and seniors. She has presented her work at various Texas Library Association meetings and at the Region 17 Education Service Center in Lubbock, TX.