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The Graduate School: Faculty & Staff

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David Calland, Ph.D.

David CallandDean, The Graduate School & Administrative Dean, Graduate Programs
gradschool@liberty.edu | (434) 592-4044


  • Ph.D. in Organizational Management: Human Resources, Capella University
  • M.B.A., Liberty University
  • B.S. in Psychology, Liberty University

Dr. Calland has served as an Associate Professor, Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean in the School of Business. Dr. Calland also served as an adjunct faculty member and Instructional Mentor in the online program prior to joining the School of Business full-time.

Terry Conner, M.A.

Terry ConnerAssociate Dean of the Graduate School
gradschool@liberty.edu | (434) 592-4044


  • M.A. in Human Services, Business Administration, Liberty University
  • B.S. in Psychology, Liberty University

Professor Conner has worked in the management field in various capacities for over 15 years – most recently as a Department Chair in the School of Business for Liberty University Online. Prior to that, as the Director of Academic Operations, it was Professor Conner’s role to supervise an organization of 50+ employees and spearhead multiple policies and procedural changes to help maintain a viable support structure for the university’s online programs.

Samuel Landa, M.A.

Samuel LandaCoordinator of GSA Programs and Academic Administration
graduateassistantship@liberty.edu | (434) 592-6544


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education/Supervision, Liberty University (in progress)
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Liberty University
  • B.S. in Communication Studies

Sam Landa currently works as the Coordinator of GSA Programs and Academic Administration and has also served Liberty University in various capacities. These include being a former GSA/TA, CPCE Coordinator, Practicum/Internship Gate Coordinator, and a Resident Graduate Student Affairs Coordinator.

Grace M. Baker, M.A., CIP

Grace M. BakerAdministrative Chair of Institutional Research
irb@liberty.edu | (434) 592-5530


  • Ph.D. in Higher Ed Administration, Liberty University (in progress)
  • M.A. in English, West Texas A&M
  • B.A. in English, West Texas A&M

Grace Baker taught English as a part-time instructor at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas before coming to Liberty to work as the institutional review board (IRB) coordinator. She was then promoted to administrative chair of institutional research. Her role now includes oversight of the Research Ethics office.

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

Connor BryantResearch Coordinator
iacuc@liberty.edu | ibc@liberty.edu | (434) 582-2827


  • M.B.A. in Healthcare Management, Liberty University
  • M.P.H. in Health Education & Infectious Disease, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. in Biotechnology: Fermentation & Microbiology, University of California at Davis

Connor Bryant shares a passion for education and seeks to encourage others to pursue their academic interests through research and teaching. Prior to coming to Liberty, he worked as a research assistant for a biomedical company, gaining invaluable experience working with patients, researchers, and physicians. He now serves as Research Coordinator, working to ensure that research is conducted in a humane and ethical manner. He also manages several administrative aspects of Liberty’s research ethics committees, particularly the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

Cortney Beltz, M.A.

Cortney BeltzAssistant Research Coordinator
irb@liberty.edu | (434) 582-7626


  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Liberty University
  • M.A. in Human Services: Military Resilience, Liberty University
  • B.S. in Psychology: Christian Counseling, Liberty University

Before coming to work for Liberty, Cortney Beltz was a Resident in Counseling and spent some time working as a Crisis Intervention Counselor in the Forest/Bedford area. She now serves as an Assistant Research Coordinator for the Institutional Review Board in the Research Ethics Office to ensure the safety, privacy, and confidentiality of human participants in research.

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