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Honors Program Faculty & Staff

Dr. Jim Nutter

Honors Director & Quiz Bowl Coach
Professor of English

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; for Honors, he frequently teaches seminars in Composition and Rhetoric (ENGL 101), Composition & Literature (ENGL 102), and American Literature I & II (ENGL 201 & 202), as well as HONR 495-Senior Honors Thesis.

He received his doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi in 1993; he also earned an M.Ed. in 2004 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, who is also a current Liberty professor, at Tennessee Temple University where they both received their undergraduate degrees in English in the early 1980s.

As the Liberty Quiz Bowl coach, he has led his team to eight Big South Conference championships in ten years, with his team also finishing 14th in the nation in 2015. In recent years, his Liberty teams have defeated schools such as UPenn, Johns Hopkins, William & Mary, UVa, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, Alabama, and Auburn.

Away from campus, he serves as a deacon in his church, Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church, and cooks the Family Night suppers and co-teaches an adult Sunday school class. When not in the LU classroom or at his church, he enjoys camping, fishing, driving his Jeep, and watching Orioles baseball.

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Dr. Brenda Ayres

Assistant Honors Director
Professor of English

A full professor in the Department of English, Dr. Ayres calls herself a Victorianist. She has published 24 books and over 150 articles to date, primarily in 18th- and 19th-century English literature. Also a member of the graduate faculty, she teaches both online and residential courses and directs Ed.D. dissertations, and  M.A. and Honors theses. If you plan to produce a creative project for your Honors thesis, she will work with you on it.

In addition to serving as an assistant director in the Honors Program, she is the editor-in-chief of two Honors journals, The Kabod and Honorable Mention. The former publishes outstanding papers by Honors students, and the latter publishes information about the Honors Program including articles by current students and alumni.

Dr. Ayres gave her life to the Lord when she was an undergraduate at Clarion State University many, many years ago and would love to tell you about her journey. She is a member of The Well on Thomas Jefferson in Forest, a non-denominational church whose pastor is one of the best Bible teachers around.

Her office is in the Jerry Falwell Library, Rm. 361B, where there is a lovely, but not too comfortable, pink settee waiting for any student who wants to talk, pray, or have cake and tea.

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Dr. Marilyn Gadomski

Assistant Honors Director
Professor of Psychology

In her role as professor at Liberty since 1991, Dr. Marilyn Gadomski teaches Child Psychology and Foundations of Learning, along with advising psychology interns in residence and online programs.

She works with Honors students in several capacities, including Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honor Society), Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society), and students conducting empirical research in the Honors program.

She earned her PhD in Child Development from Virginia Tech and Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Administration from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.

Her priorities are established in the order of serving God, her family, and the students; this focus allows mental energy for each without sacrificing the others. Activities outside of Liberty center around TRBC and music, Geary, her husband of 38 years, much time with the three children's families and the eight grandchildren, and mentoring with students and friends.

Life is good when it can be shared.

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Mrs. Laura Kline

Honors Program Office Manager

Mrs. Laura Kline is the Honors Program Office Manager and is well-loved by the Honors students she serves every day. She has worked in the federal government, churches, and Christian schools and colleges. Most recently, she worked at the SBC of Virginia in Richmond before relocating to Lynchburg in 2010.

Laura enjoys reading, shopping, and watching anything on HGTV.  She is a native of Washington, DC and has lived in Maryland and New York as well as Virginia.

Laura enjoys spending time with her two daughters and three granddaughters.

Stop by the Honors office to say hello.  

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