The Graduate School Faculty and Staff

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David Calland, Ph.D.

David CallandDean of the Graduate School
Interim Dean, School of Business | (434) 592-4044

David R. Calland earned his doctorate of philosophy from Capella University in 2012, in Organizational Management, specializing in Human Resources.  He has been teaching college-level courses since 2006 and currently serves as an Associate Professor, Department Chair, and teaches courses in Human Resource Management, and Executive Coaching.  He also serves as an Instructional Mentor for several online/Adjunct Faculty in the online courses.


  • Ph.D. Organizational Management - Human Resources
  • M.B.A.
  • B.S.

Terry Conner, M.A.

Terry ConnerAssociate Dean of the Graduate School | (434) 592-4044

Professor Conner has worked in the management field in various capacities for 17 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.


  • M.A. Human Services - Business Administration
  • B.S. Psychology

Samuel Landa, M.A.

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

Mr. Landa is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, but moved to Lynchburg to pursue an M.A. in Professional Counseling in 2010.  His passion for teaching and love for students led him to pursue his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in order to be a professor in the future.  He enjoys being part of their educational, professional, and spiritual development.  He 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.  Mr. Landa and his wife, Joy, have been married since 2015, and they presently have two young boys. 


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

Grace M. Baker, M.A., CIP

Grace M. BakerAdministrative 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 Research Ethics office. 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.


  • Ph.D. Higher Ed Administration (in progress)
  • M.A. English
  • B.A. English

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

Connor BryantResearch 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 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). Mr. Bryant and his family live in Forest, Va.


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

Cortney Beltz, M.A.

Cortney BeltzAssistant Research Coordinator | (434) 582-7626

Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Beltz moved to Lynchburg, VA with her three children in January of 2017 to carry out her internship with the TRBC Counseling House. She graduated from Liberty University with her M.A. in Professional Counseling in the summer of 2017. Before coming to work for Liberty in January of 2018, Ms. 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. Ms. Beltz and her family live in Lynchburg, VA.


  • M.A. Professional Counseling
  • M.A. Human Services - Military Resilience
  • B.S. Psychology - Christian Counseling
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