The Graduate School Faculty and Staff

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Ronald E. Hawkins, D.Min., Ed.D.

Ronald E. Hawkins

Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Founding Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences

Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology | (434) 592-4030

Dr. Hawkins serves on the Executive Board for the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a pastor, author, and frequent presenter at AACC’s regional and national conferences, marriage and family conferences, Christian camps, and men’s retreats. Dr. Hawkins has authored Strengthening Marital Intimacy and The Quick Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling with Dr. Tim Clinton. He is a contributing author to recent publications such as The Hope in Winter, Totally Sufficient, The Complete Marriage Manual, and Christian Counseling Today. A diploma graduate of Davis Bible College, Dr. Hawkins has a B.A. from Barrington College, an M. Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, a D. Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary, an Education Specialist degree from Lynchburg College, and an Ed. D. from Virginia Tech. He and his wife Peggy live in Lynchburg, Va. and are the parents of four children.

Douglas Mann, Ph.D.

Douglas Mann

Administrative Dean for Graduate Programs
Dean of The Graduate School 
Professor of History | (434) 592-4044

After graduating from Bryan College in 1992 with a B.A. degree in Bible and History, Dr. Mann taught at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, GA. Dr. Mann earned an M.A. in Christian Thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1997. Dr. Mann then continued his studies at the University of Georgia where he graduated in 2005 with a Ph.D. in History. He joined the history faculty at Liberty University in 2005 where he remains a member of the graduate faculty. Prior to being named Administrative Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Mann served in several academic administration roles including Associate Dean for Online Programs, College of Arts & Sciences, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Vice-Provost for Graduate Education, and Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Mann and his wife Susi live in Lynchburg, Va. and are the parents of four children.


  • Ph.D. History
  • M.A. Christian Thought
  • B.A. Bible and History

Samuel Landa, M.A.

Samuel Landa

Coordinator of GSA Programs and Academic Administration | (434) 592-6544

Mr. Landa is originally from Las Vegas, Nev., and is currently living in Lynchburg, Virginia with his beautiful wife, Joy, and their son. He leads the Young Adult Ministry at his local church and enjoys being a part of seeing them grow in their relationship with the Lord. He is currently working for The Graduate School as the Coordinator of GSA Programs and Academic Administration. He also teaches as an instructor for the Psychology department in both online and residential courses. He has served Liberty University in various capacities including being a former GSA, TA, CPCE Coordinator, Practicum/Internship Gate Coordinator, and most recently as the Resident Graduate Student Affairs Coordinator.


  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision (in progress)
  • M.A. Professional Counseling
  • B.S. Communication Studies

Grace M. Baker, M.A., CIP

Grace M. Baker

Administrative Chair of Institutional Research | (434) 592-5530

In August 2011, Mrs. Baker and her family moved to Lynchburg, Va., from Amarillo, Texas, so her husband, Brandon, could fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney. Prior to their move, She home-schooled their two children and taught English as a part-time instructor at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Mrs. Baker began working for Liberty in February of 2012 as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator and was promoted to Administrative Chair of Institutional Research in June of 2015. Her role now includes oversight of the development of two additional research ethics review boards. She also teaches English as an adjunct for the College of General Studies. She and her family live in Forest, Va., and Brandon, who graduated from LU’s School of Law in 2014, is a general practice attorney serving the greater Lynchburg area.


  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership (in progress)
  • M.A. English
  • B.A. English

Connor Bryant, M.P.H., CHES, CPIA

Connor Bryant

Research Coordinator | (434) 582-2827

After graduating from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Biotechnology, Mr. Bryant made the decision to move across the country to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech, where he earned an MPH in Health Education and Infectious Disease. He shares a passion for education and seeks to encourage others to pursue their academic interests through research and teaching. Prior to coming to Liberty, Mr. Bryant worked as a research assistant for a biomedical company, gaining invaluable experience working with patients, researchers, and physicians. Taking that experience to heart, he now serves as Research Coordinator, working to ensure that research is conducted in a humane and ethical manner. He also helps to manage several administrative aspects of Liberty’s research ethics committees, particularly the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Mr. Bryant and his wife Jenny live in Forest, Va.


  • M.B.A. Healthcare Management (in progress)
  • M.P.H. Health Education and Infectious Disease
  • B.S. Biotechnology
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