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The Power of Exploration

This is where it all begins. Where you start a journey of academic exploration, take chances, tap into your curiosity and discover the path that’s right for you. With 31 undergraduate majors, three master’s degrees and nine pre-professional programs, at Graceland University, you’ll have plenty of room to explore — both in the classroom and with hands-on experiential learning. In fact, we believe that building strong leaders and changing lives happens through all our educational opportunities, be that academic or otherwise, and joining the Graceland community is about more than just earning a quality degree — it’s about discovering who you are, what you want to become and going after it.

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It’s All in the Numbers

Lamoni Campus

15:1

Student to faculty ratio

2020-21

71.5%

Job placement rate after graduation

Based on graduates surveyed by Career Services (2018)

Academics

31

Undergraduate Majors

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Graceland Student’s Perspective

Graceland helped me realize my individual potential as a learner. The nursing school's faculty and administration always made me feel like they wanted me to succeed. Building on their support, I've had the confidence to apply myself and get into a competitive overseas nurse training program.

Claudia Higdon Tang '20 Healthcare Support Worker, Addenbrooke's Hospital and BMI Nursing
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Graceland Student’s Perspective

The Graceland community is extremely kind and helpful. Ranging from the administrative staff, to the professors, and students everyone is always ready to help and contribute to the development of each student.

Evaristo Casimiro '19 MBA Graduate Student Business Administration, Economics
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Graceland Student’s Perspective

Because of the small class sizes I was able to ask questions and learn so much more from my professors than I would have otherwise. Still to this day I am in contact with former professors asking for advice and recommendations. They all care so much about us and want what is best for us well beyond our time in their classroom.

Allie Kaminski-Krabbenhoft '16 Math Teacher Mathematics and Secondary Education
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Graceland Student’s Perspective

Attending classes and building relationships with my professors were a highlight of my time at Graceland. I loved it. I love being challenged and learning new material. My professors all worked tirelessly to provide a supportive environment for students to grow. The CSIT Department is unparalleled when it comes to providing students with opportunities that will later benefit students tremendously after graduation.

Dylan Fox '21 Software Engineer & Project Management Computer Science and Information Technology, Data Science, Mathematics
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Graceland Student’s Perspective

We were fortunate to have some incredible professors in the C.H. Sandage School of Business & SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise, now Enactus) Program. Professors who had been successful in the world of business world before offering up their knowledge as professors to students. Even the ones who had been in education their whole careers found a way to relate their course material to real-world scenarios.

Brady Blankenship '12 Cloud Transformation Services Lead, TEK Systems Business Administration, Economics
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Graceland Student’s Perspective

The single most valuable thing about Graceland for me are the people – the students, the lecturers and professors, the coaches, and other faculty and staff. The people at Graceland are the at the heart and core of the University which I believe is why the school is not only successful itself, but produces well-rounded, balanced and progressive people who go on the flourish in many industries all across the whole.

Ellena Finneran '20 Teacher, PE Direct Sport Management
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Meet Graceland's Talented Faculty

The majority of Graceland’s faculty members hold the highest degree they can achieve. Studying at Graceland gets you personal access to talented and caring professors.

Chante Campbell-Nixon, DNP
Chante Campbell-Nixon, DNP Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Elise Hector, MSN, RN, CPN
Elise Hector, MSN, RN, CPN Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Jack Ergo
Jack Ergo Piano/Harpsichord Orchestral Studies, Associate Professor of Music View Bio
Stephen Cunningham, DMA
Stephen Cunningham, DMA Adjunct Voice Professor View Bio
Tracy Salter, MFA
Tracy Salter, MFA Theatre Department Coordinator, Professor of Theatre View Bio
James Geiselman, DC
James Geiselman, DC Assistant Professor of Allied Health View Bio
Mark  Gardner, PhD
Mark Gardner, PhD Visiting (2-year) Assistant Professor of Communication View Bio
Gustavo Costa, PhD
Gustavo Costa, PhD Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish View Bio
Drew Sams
Drew Sams Graduate Assistant-Strength and Conditioning View Bio
Patricia Sunia, PhD
Patricia Sunia, PhD Assistant Professor of English View Bio
Leslie Rossman, PhD
Leslie Rossman, PhD Assistant Professor of Communication View Bio
Evan Kennedy, PhD
Evan Kennedy, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology View Bio
Dr. Desti  Kannaiah M.Com, MBA, M.Phil, FCPA, FCA, PhD.
Dr. Desti Kannaiah M.Com, MBA, M.Phil, FCPA, FCA, PhD. Assistant Professor of Accounting View Bio
Leigh Murray, PhD
Leigh Murray, PhD DPT Director, Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy View Bio
Jesse James, PhD
Jesse James, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology View Bio
Kailey  Boden
Kailey Boden Graduate Assistant-Health and Wellness Promotion View Bio
Jeana Wilcox, PhD
Jeana Wilcox, PhD Clinical Assistant Professor - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner View Bio
Frankie  Porter
Frankie Porter Visiting Instructor of Allied Health View Bio
Eric Elliott
Eric Elliott Visiting Instructor of History View Bio
Hari Chapagain
Hari Chapagain Visiting Instructor of Math & Physics View Bio
Dianna Carmenaty
Dianna Carmenaty Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice View Bio
Ifelayo Adefuye
Ifelayo Adefuye Assistant Professor of Biology View Bio
Meghan Powell
Meghan Powell Visiting Assistant Professor of English View Bio
Susan Vogelsmeier
Susan Vogelsmeier Associate Professor of Nursing View Bio
Daniel Pratt
Daniel Pratt Professor of Chemistry, Dan and Alice Waite Endowed Chair for the Sciences View Bio
Allison Roberts
Allison Roberts Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, AGACNP Program Coordinator View Bio
Sharon Little-Stoetzel
Sharon Little-Stoetzel Professor of Nursing View Bio
Wilai Rojjanasrirat
Wilai Rojjanasrirat Professor and Director of Research & Scholarship View Bio
Jeri Sindt
Jeri Sindt Professor of Nursing View Bio
Brandi Shay
Brandi Shay Assistant Professor of Accounting View Bio
Robert Poulton
Robert Poulton Professor of Economics View Bio
Paul Binnicker
Paul Binnicker Director Center Graduate Studies, Adjunct Faculty - Business Administration View Bio
Jeff McElroy
Jeff McElroy Dean - C.H. Sandage School of Business, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Sam Walton Fellow View Bio
Steve Anders
Steve Anders Distinguished Professor of Economics View Bio
Robert Davidson
Robert Davidson Program Director, MS Nutrition & Human Performance View Bio
Shelly Leialoha-Hartstack
Shelly Leialoha-Hartstack Adjunct Faculty Associate View Bio
Debbi Leialoha
Debbi Leialoha Adjunct Faculty Associate View Bio
Allison Dudley
Allison Dudley Associate Professor of Education View Bio
Tanya Coffelt
Tanya Coffelt Associate Professor of Education View Bio
Barbara Walden
Barbara Walden Faculty Associate View Bio
Brittany Longsdorf
Brittany Longsdorf Faculty Associate View Bio
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin Faculty Associate View Bio
Matt Frizzell
Matt Frizzell Faculty Associate View Bio
Charmaine Chvala-Smith
Charmaine Chvala-Smith Seminary Chaplain, Focus Session Coordinator View Bio
Jared Beverly
Jared Beverly Faculty Associate View Bio
David Anderson
David Anderson Faculty Associate View Bio
Zac Harmon-McLaughlin
Zac Harmon-McLaughlin Director of Community of Christ Seminary, David and Betty Nipper Dean Chair View Bio
Samantha Byrnes
Samantha Byrnes Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Mike Hoffman
Mike Hoffman Campus Minister, Director of Spiritual and Religious Life, Adjunct Faculty View Bio
Michele Dickey-Kotz
Michele Dickey-Kotz Dean, Gleazer School of Education and Social Science Department View Bio
Melanie Hijaz
Melanie Hijaz Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing View Bio
Max Pitt
Max Pitt Associate Professor of Business View Bio
Kyung Park
Kyung Park Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology View Bio
Kimberly Manuel
Kimberly Manuel Assistant Professor of Theatre and Design; Technical Director for the Theatre Department View Bio
Kathy Lenz
Kathy Lenz Clinical Instructor of Nursing View Bio
Kathleen Mammen
Kathleen Mammen Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing View Bio
Jolene Lynn
Jolene Lynn Dean, School of Nursing and Associate Professor of Nursing View Bio
John Wood
John Wood Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Jennifer Poulton
Jennifer Poulton Professor of Biology View Bio
Jeffrey Draves
Jeffrey Draves Director of Data Science and Analytics and Professor of Chemistry View Bio
Jane Garrow
Jane Garrow Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Steven Glazer
Steven Glazer Professor of History View Bio
Ethan Patterson
Ethan Patterson Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass View Bio
Catherine Clifford
Catherine Clifford Associate Professor of English View Bio
Beth Gregory
Beth Gregory Assistant Professor of Education View Bio
Anthony Chvala-Smith
Anthony Chvala-Smith Associate Professor of Religion, Paul E. Morden Seminary Chair of Religion View Bio
Barbara Voshall
Barbara Voshall Professor of Nursing View Bio
Bilawal Khoso
Bilawal Khoso Assistant Professor of Art View Bio
Karen Gergely
Karen Gergely Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Coordinator View Bio
Donovan Nelson
Donovan Nelson Assistant Professor of Sport Management View Bio