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Bruce Bell


Professor, Business and Communication Studies


  • Ph.D. Applied Management and Decision Sciences (2000), Walden University
  • M.A. English (1971), Penn State University
  • B.A. English (1969), Penn State University



Bruce K. Bell earned his doctor of philosophy from Walden University in 2000, specializing in applied management and decision sciences.  Immediately after completing this degree, he became dean of the School of Business at Liberty University, where he had taught Business Communications since 1996.  In addition to his responsibilities on the deans’ council at Liberty University, he served the university as a member of the advising task force, a faculty senator, chairman of the athletics subcommittee, member of the academic quality and engagement task force, member of the student course evaluation committee, and member of the Freshman Seminar committee.

In July 2011, Dr. Bell became Associate Dean, College of General Studies at Liberty University, and in 2016 he became Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.  In the fall of 2019 he assumed additional duties as the acting chair of the English Department.

His doctoral research and dissertation analyzed the role of e-mail on information overload in organizational managers.  From 2003 to 2011 he served as editor of the Liberty Business Review, authored a chapter in College Faith: 150 Christian Leaders and Educators Share Faith Stories from their Student Days, and served as reviewer for several textbooks in Business Communications.  Moreover, he has authored an unpublished textbook on Biblical and Mythological References in Literature for the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School and has written numerous book reviews and articles for various publications.

Dr. Bell came to Liberty University after serving 26 years as an officer in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1996 as a lieutenant colonel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  His B.A. and M.A. degrees are in English, both from Penn State University.

Courses Taught

  • Business Communications (BUSI 300) 1996-2011 (Undergraduate)
  • Public Relations Writing (COMS 357) 1997 (Undergraduate)
  • Effective Executive Communication (BUSI 550) 2000-2011 (Graduate)
  • International Business Practicum (BUSI 497) 2000-2011 (Undergraduate)
  • Grammar and Composition for International Students (ESOL 100) 2011-present (Undergraduate)
  • Technical Communication for the Professions – Subject Matter Expert (ENGL 103) 2013-present (Undergraduate)
  • Study Abroad in Humanities (HUMN 497; changed to CSTU 497) 2012-present (Undergraduate)
  • Technical Writing – Subject Matter Expert (WRIT 403) 2020 – Present (Undergraduate)
  • Technical Writing – Subject Matter Expert (WRIT 633) 2019 – Present (Graduate)
  • Military Leaders and Leadership – Subject Matter Expert (MISC 350) 2020 – Present (Undergraduate)


Selected Presentations

  • “Serving the Military Student.”  Workshop panel member, Center for Teaching Excellence, Liberty University.  Lynchburg, Virginia.  August 2011.
  • “Ethics, Information Overload, and E-Mail.”  The Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Lynchburg Association of Life Underwriters.  Lynchburg, Virginia.  March 2000.


Professional Publications

  • The Role of E-Mail on Information Overload in Organizational Managers (dissertation—2000)
  • Unpublished textbook: Biblical and Mythological References in Literature.  United States Military Academy Preparatory School, Fort Belvoir, New Jersey.  1974.
  • Published article: “Building Spiritual Community in an Online Graduate Course.”  Liberty Business Review, vol. 3, 2005.
  • Book Chapter: “Help My Unbelief.”  College Faith: 150 Christian Leaders and Educators Share Faith Stories from Their Student Days.  2002.  Andrews University Press.

Numerous articles, book reviews, textbook reviews Published articles/1985-2007

University Service


  • Acting Chair, Department of English (2019-Present)
  • Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (2018-Present)
  • Associate Dean, College of General Studies (2011-2018)
  • Dean, School of Business (2000-2011)


University Committees

  • 2009 –2011             Member, Academic Advising Council
  • 2008 – 2009            Member, Academic Quality and Engagement Task Force
  • 2008 – 2009            Member, Upper-level Subcommittee, Academic Quality and Engagement Task Force
  • 2007 – 2008            Member, Student Course Evaluation Committee
  • 2005 – 2011            Member, Freshman Seminar Committee
  • 2005 – 2006            Member, NCAA Athletics Certification Self-Study
  • 2005                          Member, Advising Task Force
  • 2000 – 2009            Member, Faculty Interview Committee
  • 2000 – 2011            Member, Deans’ Council
  • 2000 – Present       Senior presenter, Prospective Students’ Luncheons, CFAW, & ExperienceLU
  • 1999 –2001             Chairman, Strategic Planning Council
  • 1999 –2000             Member, TRACS Committee on Administration
  • 1998 – 2000            Senator, University Faculty Senate
  • 1998 – 2000            Chairman, Senate Athletic Committee