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Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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College of Applied Studies and Academic Success


Brian C. Yates, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Dean, College of Applied Studies and Academic Success
Professor of Education

Dwayne K. Melton, B.S., M.B.A., D.B.A.
Associate Dean
Assistant Professor of Education

Nina M. Shenkle, B.S., M.Ed.
Associate Dean
Assistant Professor

Orlando Lobaina, B.A., M.A.R., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Executive Director, Academic Success Center
Assistant Professor

Bradley Burgess, B.S., M.A.R., M.B.A.
Department Chair
Assistant Professor

Lindsay Burgess, B.M.
Director, Residential Tutoring Services

Alisha P. Castañeda, B.A.S., M.A., Ed.S.
Director, Online Tutoring Services

Caitlin Elliott, B.A., M.A.
Director, Residential Writing Services

David Hart, B.S., M.A.R.
Director of Residential Advising
Assistant Professor

George Sherman, B.S., M.A.
Director, Center for Professional and Continuing Education

Shelah Simpson, B.S., M.A.R., M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Online Writing Center
Associate Professor of English

Tess Stockslager, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Senior Director, Center for Writing and Languages
Director, Graduate Writing Center
Assistant Professor

Frank DiGregorio, B.S., M.A.R.
Coordinator, Eagle Scholars Program

Program Directors

A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


The faculty roster, which can be sorted by department, is available at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=31.

All research intensive courses are listed online at https://www.liberty.edu/academics/qualityenhancement/index.cfm?PID=32835.

The mission of the College of Applied Studies and Academic Success (CASAS) is to serve those we encounter through purposeful action and faithful commitment to support academic, career, and life success. To accomplish this, the faculty and staff manage academic testing and advising, Integrative Studies requirements, Academic Success Center, Eagle Scholars Program, Center for Writing and Languages, and Technical Studies majors as well as Continuing Education courses. For additional information visit www.liberty.edu/casas.

Honor Societies

Advisors: Dr. Brian C. Yates and Dr. Jacqueline Johnson

Tau Sigma is an academic honor society designed specifically to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students."

Tau Sigma was incorporated as a non-profit in 1999 with Auburn University being the home of the first chapter. At that time, Auburn University was becoming increasingly aware of the significant number of transfers on campus as well as the university’s inability to adequately serve them. Tau Sigma was born out of Auburn University’s desire to improve its service to and recruiting and retention of transfer students.

Today, over 175 other universities have established or are currently establishing Tau Sigma chapters in their efforts to improve the services that they provide to their transfer student population. Although Tau Sigma is a relatively young organization, many members in all parts of the country have become active at their universities, participating in such activities as on-campus recruiting events for prospective transfer students, transfer student orientation, community service projects, assisting the admissions office with the recruitment of prospective transfers at junior colleges, and participating in intramural sports and socials that allow them opportunities to fellowship with one another and make new friends.

The Liberty University Chapter was approved in fall 2008, with the first class inducted in the spring 2009. To be eligible, a student must be a transfer student having transferred at least 24 college credits and achieve at least a 3.50 GPA while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours during the first semester at Liberty University. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/tausigma.

Advisors: Dr. Marilyn Gadomski
Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a national interdisciplinary honor society founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois to recognize academic excellence among first-year students. The Liberty University Chapter provides Christian, intellectual and social enrichment, along with leadership experience for the officers, for students who will become eligible for the honor societies of their majors.

An invitation for membership is sent to students who meet the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.50 or higher at the end of the first two semesters of college (with no repeats).
  • Full-time enrollment pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
  • Freshman transfer students must have the required GPA on the courses taken during their first semester of enrollment combined with the cumulative average of their transfer credits.

Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies Major (A.A.S.)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technical Studies degree is a 60 credit hour program consisting of 38 hours of general education required courses, 12 core hours and 10-16 hours of required technical requirements.  Instruction in most technical coursework will be delivered at Virginia Technical Institute, 201 Ogden Road, Altavista, Virginia. For additional information, visit http://www.liberty.edu/trades.

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the skills required by craft workers and technicians employed in the construction industry.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate safety skills and knowledge of safety applications.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.)


Technical Studies Minors

Technical coursework will be delivered at Virginia Technical Institute, 201 Ogden Road, Altavista, Virginia.

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Technical Studies Minor (Resident)

Academic Advising

Director: David Hart
First-year and Second-year students have access to personalized advising through their assigned Professional Advisor, based on the student’s academic area of study. Juniors and Seniors will meet with Faculty Mentors, as needed, in the Academic Department that corresponds with their major. All undergraduate students are also assigned to an Academic Evaluator in the Registrar Office, who tracks their progress toward graduation and responds to requests for an official evaluation. Both Professional Advisors and Faculty will assist students with reaching their spiritual, academic, and personal goals. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/advising.

Academic Success Center

Executive Director: Dr. Orlando Lobaina

The Academic Success Center provides a range of programs to meet our students learning needs and support their academic success while at Liberty University.  We supplement faculty instruction by providing peer-tutoring, academic coaching, critical skill workshops, and study skills courses:

Mentoring Courses

  • MENT 100: Foundations for Academic Success
  • MENT 101: Mentoring for University Transition
  • ASCS 101: Theory for Academic Success
  • ASCS 104: College Transition and Study (Summer Bridge)
  • ASCS 105: Accountability for Academic Success

An Academic Coach helps you figure out how, when and where you best learn. An Academic Coach will work with you to build learning and study skills for college-level achievement while managing the time and stress of sometimes-complicated lives. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/academiccoaching.

Lindsay Burgess, B.A.
Director, Residential Tutoring Services

Face-to-face peer tutoring is offered in approximately 45 courses to residential students desiring academic assistance during the fall and spring semesters at no additional cost. Subjects are offered based on tutor availability. For more information, visit www.liberty.edu/tutoring.

Center for Professional and Continuing Education

Director: George Sherman
The Liberty University Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) provides residential and online professional development and community service activities through credit and noncredit offerings.

Credit offerings include certificate programs and Summer Programming. Certificate programs, generally delivered online, complement undergraduate or graduate degrees, and Summer Programming delivers in-residence academic classes through compressed schedules. Both programs award college credit which supports academic degrees.

Noncredit activities, including instructional services, consultation, technical assistance, and community education classes, conferences, workshops, etc., generally award Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

To effectively serve individuals and organizations, the CPCE offers its services through open enrollment and customized venues. For additional information, visit http://www.liberty.edu/ce.

Center for Writing and Languages

Senior Director: Dr. Tess Stockslager
The Center for Writing and Languages (CWL), formerly known as the University Writing Program (UWP), was established in 2006 as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve graduate student writing. The heart of the CWL is one-on-one coaching. The CWL—the umbrella organization over the Graduate Writing Center (GWC), Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC), Online Writing Center (OWC), and Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL)—employs advanced students with superior writing and teaching skills to offer individualized writing and language instruction to Liberty University students.

In addition to coaching, the CWL also offers a variety of tools to help students with their writing. The CWL webpage (http://www.liberty.edu/cwl) includes a large collection of resources on common topics such as “commas” or “APA Documentation.” In addition, the web page offers a variety of links to reliable online sources for writing instruction. Through the web page, students can e-mail quick questions to writing-center coaches or offer suggestions for further online writing aids that the CWL should consider developing. Foreign language resources are also available on the Foreign Language Lab web page.

The Directors of the CWL are available to faculty for classroom presentations or for help in developing teaching aids, rubrics, or assignments. CWL staff members routinely make presentations on topics such as documentation, common grammar errors, plagiarism, and many other writing and language skills in classrooms and in faculty workshops.

Currently, all CWL services are free of charge to Liberty University students, staff, and faculty. Faculty may download any CWL-produced online materials for use in their classes.

The GWC offers writing-related services tailored to the University’s residential graduate population, and it supports faculty members as they seek to incorporate writing instruction in their classrooms. The GWC also offers help to any Liberty University affiliated scholars seeking to publish or present their work in professional venues. A trained coach will review drafts and offer feedback, suggestions for revision, and personalized instruction on all aspects of the writing process. Coaches can help with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, content, organization, and documentation, and help is available to students from the earliest stages of a program through the thesis or dissertation.

Coaching for counseling and seminary students is also available, by appointment, in the Center for Counseling and Family Studies in the Carter building. Residential students or faculty may contact the center by calling (434) 592-2598 or by emailing graduatewriting@liberty.edu.

The Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC) was established as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve student writing. Formed in 2008, the UWC builds on the programs and services already established in the Graduate Writing Center (GWC).

The heart of the UWC is one-on-one coaching. The UWC employs advanced students with superior writing and teaching skills to offer individualized writing instruction to any Liberty University undergraduate student. Residential students can schedule appointments with the UWC, and a coach will review their drafts and offer feedback, suggestions for revision, and personalized instruction on all aspects of the writing process. Coaches can help with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, content, organization, and documentation, and they are available from the earliest stages of a program through the capstone project.

Residential students or faculty may contact the center by calling (434) 592-2598 or by e-mailing undergradwriting@liberty.edu.

Director: Dr. Shelah Simpson

The Online Writing Center (OWC) was established as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve student writing and thus offers writing-related services tailored to the University’s online student population. Through the Online Writing Center web page (http://www.liberty.edu/onlinewritingcenter), online students can submit drafts of upcoming assignments to receive coach feedback, schedule appointments to speak online with a coach, e-mail quick questions to coaches, or offer suggestions for further online writing aids that the OWC should consider developing. Students may contact the OWC by emailing onlinewriting@liberty.edu.

In August 2012, the Center for Writing and Languages (CWL) opened the Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL). The OFLL provides free one-on-one coaching sessions for students studying German, Mandarin, French, Spanish, and English as a second language (ESL) through the Liberty University Online conversational language courses.

The OFLL employs highly qualified individuals with native-speaking ability who not only meet the language standards but are also skilled in effectively coaching and teaching essential language skills.  These coaches provide personalized instruction in all areas related to language acquisition, including grammar, vocabulary, appropriate writing style, and oral and auditory practice and development.  Considering the long-distance nature of online learning, students will meet with coaches via Skype and Google Hangouts. To find out more information about this center and scheduling an appointment, students can contact the OFLL by any of the following methods:

Eagle Scholars Program

Coordinator: Frank DiGregorio  
T he Eagle Scholars Program provides high achieving freshman and sophomore students the training necessary for personal and professional development to become leaders throughout college and beyond. This program fosters a sense of community, bolsters academic knowledge and provides leadership and professional experience. For more information, please visit the Eagle Scholars website at http://www.liberty.edu/eaglescholars.

Students in the Eagle Scholars Program take a series of four courses to complete the program.

  • ESLP 101: Introduction to Leadership: Connecting with Others
  • ESLP 102: Self Leadership Development
  • ESLP 201: The Art and Science of Leading Others
  • ESLP 202: The Art and Science of Changing Culture

Please see the Courses of Instruction – Residential Program for complete course information.

Highlighted text indicates a change from the official version of the catalog.

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