LCU Learning Academy


Learning Academy

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."


Meet the Scholars


Dr. Ronna Privett

Ronna Privett has been teaching English at LCU for twenty years and is currently serving as Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Humanities, a position she has held since 2008. She specializes in 19th-21st century American and British literature, teaching classes on Victorian literature, the American novel, and detective fiction. One of her most popular classes is the special topics course “Reading Harry Potter.” Despite her focus on upper-division majors’ courses, she continues teaching freshman composition and technical writing on a regular basis. Ronna earned her bachelor’s degree in Art along with teaching certification in Art and English from LCU, then went on to receive her MA in English – British and American Literature and her PhD in English - American and Comparative Literature, both from Texas Tech University. A Comprehensive Study of American Writer Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, 1844-1911: Art for Truth’s Sake, based on the work she did for her dissertation, was published in 2003. She has also published journal articles on Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and American captivity narratives in Midwest QuarterlyCCTE Studies, and The Journal of Contemporary Thought. She is currently working on an article on the intersections between the poetry of Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and contemporary poet Alison Adelle Hedge Coke.

Dr. Byron Rogers

Byron Rogers has been a professor at LCU since 1986, teaching chemistry for 33 years. In 2014, he began to split his teaching duties between chemistry and music.  His bachelor’s degree in chemistry is from LCU (1981).  He earned his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1986. After both of his children were married and left home, he returned to graduate school, earning a Master of Music degree from Texas Tech (2014) in the field of composition. In the thirty-three plus years he has been at LCU, Dr. Rogers has written for virtually every music group on campus, including Best Friends, the Praise Choir, Chamber Singers, Forte, the Symphonic Band, the Master Follies Hosts and Hostesses and band, and will have his first premiere with the LCU Jazz Ensemble in December of 2019. When not writing music, Dr. Rogers has also mentored two undergraduate chemistry research projects utilizing supercritical CO2 as an extraction solvent.

Dr. Carole Carroll

A tenured Associate Professor of English, Dr. Carroll is in her twentieth year teaching at LCU. Her specializations include medieval British Literature, world literature, and classical Latin. Dr. Carroll earned her undergraduate degree in general studies with emphases in English, education, and humanities, and her M.A. and PH.D. degrees in English with a minor in Latin from Texas Tech University. Her dissertation focused on the expression of cultural anxieties in Anglo-Saxon Biblical poetic paraphrase and included her own translation of Anglo-Saxon texts. Dr. Carroll presents often at conferences ranging in focus from pedagogy to medieval and Latin studies. She has served as a respondent, presenter, and moderator for panels at various conferences including Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, South Central Modern Language Association, the Christian Scholars’ Conference, and the Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by Texas Tech among others. In addition, Dr. Carroll has had the privilege to serve as a student mentor for the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. She enjoys teaching literature from all eras and cultures but especially Shakespeare, the epic, works from the ancient world and Latin.

Dr. Julie Marshall

Dr. Julie Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and serves a dual role as Professor and Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at LCU and Co-Director of BRL Analytical Services, an independent research facility.  She grew up in Lubbock, Texas and cultivated her love for teaching and science education while pursuing a B.S. ed. from LCU.  After teaching science in a local school district, Julie entered graduate school at Texas Tech University where she received a M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry.  In 2001, Dr. Marshall was hired as a full-time faculty member and since that time has raised funds to purchase equipment, support student researchers, and fund travel to scholarly meetings.  Since Dr. Marshall’s arrival at LCU, her body of academic work demonstrates impeccable growth in scholarship including approximately 20 publications (peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers).  She has presented research on multiple occasions both nationally and internationally and has mentored student presentations of original research locally and nationally.  Students who work with Dr. Marshall actively participate in answering questions for industry by designing experiments and conducting original research. Dr. Marshall is a strong campus leader in efforts of raising funds to support undergraduate research and the promotion of scholarship in the Sciences.

Dr. David Joyner

David Joyner has been teaching at Lubbock Christian University since 1984. He has experience outside of LCU at teaching at the high school level and also five years as a Systems Administrator in the business world. He has graduate degrees in Mathematics and Religion, as well as 24 graduate hours in ISQS/Computer Science. He has taught both Math and ISQS in his years at LCU. He and his wife, Janet, are active members of the Monterey Church of Christ where David regularly teaches Bible classes. He and his wife have kids and grandkids living in England and have enjoyed the opportunity to explore Europe over the last few years. David's research interests involve numeric programming and languages serving numeric applications.

Dr. Donna Harman

In 30 years as an employee of Lubbock Christian University, Donna Harman has served in several positions.  Currently an associate professor in the department of Natural Science, Mrs. Harman earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lubbock Christian University and her master’s degree from Texas Tech University.  Beginning as a part-time instructor in 1996, she has taught full-time since 1999. In addition to teaching Anatomy & Physiology lecture and labs, Mrs. Harman teaches General Microbiology.  She has experience teaching Human Biology, Cell Biology, Toxicology and Immunology. She serves as Chair of the Academic Appeals committee and as a member on the Health Professions Committee evaluating, encouraging and recommending students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Until recently she served as Pre-Nursing advisor for LCU.

Dr. Andy Laughlin

Andy Laughlin is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences.  His courses over his nineteen-year span at Lubbock Christian University include human anatomy and physiology, reproductive physiology, and animal science classes.  Dr. Laughlin received his B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, his M.S. in Animal Science from Angelo State, and his Ph.D. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.  His research has included investigations into stallion subfertility and he is currently collaborating on projects involving water reuse in Texas and testing proximity in the classroom.  Andy enjoys mentoring undergraduate animal science students and teaching students who want to apply for veterinary school.  He also leads an annual medical mission trip to Peru for LCU undergraduate students who want to serve in the health professions field after graduation.  Dr. Laughlin formerly served as the assistant sheep and goat specialist for the state of Texas and continues to judge sheep and goat livestock shows across the nation.

K-Dee Anderson

K-Dee Anderson has been the Electronic Resources Librarian at Lubbock Christian University since August of 2018.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from LCU in 2004 and a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2008. She worked at South Plains College Library for 10 years, helping students learn how to use libraries for research and personal growth.  Now as the electronic resources librarian, K-Dee works with students and faculty to make accessing the library materials easier through online access and personal interactions.  Her interests include learning how technology is changing and what that means to the student experience as well as how it integrates into student’s research and study habits.

Dr. Kenneth Hawley

Dr. Kenneth Hawley is a Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and for the Honors College, the Director of The Rhodes Family Institute for Undergraduate Research, and the Director of the Brian S. Donaghey Center for Boethian Studies. He received his M.A. in English from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky, and he has been teaching here at LCU since 2004. He teaches Honors English each fall and spring, Technical Writing each spring and summer, and other Rhetoric, Literature, and Film courses each year. As Director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Hawley helps organize LCU’s annual Scholars Colloquium and leads a group of students and faculty mentors to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research each spring. His most recent scholarly work has been in collaboration with colleagues from the International Boethius Society. In 2015, Dr. Hawley was named Co-Editor of the Society’s journal, Carmina Philosophiae, and he has recently published critical editions of two 17th-century English translations of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. He also served as an assistant editor for Remaking Boethius: The English Language Translation Tradition of The Consolation of Philosophy (Brepols, 2019). Kenneth presents regularly at scholarly conferences, especially on Boethius, medieval literature, and Christianity and literature. As Director of the Boethius Center, he curates a collection of old and rare Latin editions and English, French, German, and Italian translations, many of which are from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. A number of those early books are being digitized over the course of this next year, so that scholars and students can access the rare items online and use them for study and research.