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Dr. Jim Nutter

Honors Director and Quiz Bowl Coach
Professor of English
(434) 592-3303

As a member the Department of English, Dr. Nutter currently teaches courses in American Literature as well as in the Modern Novel and American Novel. He received his doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi; he also earned an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia with a specialization in Gifted Education. A professor at Liberty since 1985 and Honors Director since 1995, he previously taught at Marshall University where he received his master's degree. He met his wife Laurie, also a Liberty professor, at Tennessee Temple University, where they both received their undergraduate degrees in English. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys serving in his church—Rivermont Ave. Baptist Church.


  • Doctor of Arts (English), University of Mississippi, 1993.
  • Master of Education (Educational Psychology & Gifted Education), University of Virginia, 2004.
  • Master of Arts (English), Marshall University, 1985.
  • Bachelor of Arts (English), Tennessee Temple University, 1983.

Courses Taught

  • The Modern Novel
  • Senior Honors Thesis
  • Special Topics:James Fenimore Cooper
  • Directed Research:The Novel
  • American Novel
  • The American Renaissance
  • Early American Literature
  • English Novel
  • American Literature I and II—Honors
  • Composition and Literature—Honors


MLA Refresher Course (with Dr. Emily Heady). Faculty Workshop. (Aug. 2007).
Meeting the Needs of Upper-Division Honors Program Students. Faculty Workshop (Aug. 2004).
Differentiating Instruction for Honors Students. Faculty Workshop (Aug. 2003).
Achieving the Proper Balance between Academic Communities and Spiritual & Social Communities. Alpha Lambda Delta (2009).
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation: A Panel Discussion. Center for Teaching Excellence (2011).


Who’s Who among America’s Teachers (2006, 2005, 2004, 2002).
Teacher of the Year, by the Liberty chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (2005).
Teaching with Technology Boot Camp certificate (2011).

Community/Christian Service

Deacon (2011-)
Teacher of the Steadfast Adult Sunday School class (2012-)
Cook, Family Night Suppers (2008-)
Sunday school teacher, Christian Classics class (2000-2008).
Manager, Wednesday night Soul Café coffee bar (1999-2008).
Member, men’s Promise Keepers group (1998-2001).
Habitat for Humanity - Builds houses in inner-city Lynchburg, VA (2008-).
Boy Scouts of America - Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 8 (1999-2002); Scoutmaster of Troop 1 (1989-1996).
Attended four years of a week-long summer camp, as the acting scoutmaster at Camp Otarri.
Holds memberships with: National Eagle Scout Association, Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge


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