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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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What Do You Want to Study?

Many students aren’t quite sure what they want to study and that’s okay. Graceland provides a great place to explore many different programs through our academic programs that are rooted in the liberal arts. Not sure where to start? Take the quiz below and discover how your interests match Graceland’s academic offerings.

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It’s All in the Numbers

Lamoni Campus

15:1

Student to faculty ratio

2021-22 Fact Book

71.5%

Job placement rate after graduation

Based on graduates surveyed by Career Services (2018)

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.

Nicole  Ortiz
Nicole Ortiz View Bio
Kevin Brunner, PhD
Kevin Brunner, PhD Professor of Information Technology and Ackerley Scholars Director View Bio
Darrell  Johnston
Darrell Johnston Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre View Bio
Sehwan Kim, PhD
Sehwan Kim, PhD Assistant Professor of Sport Management View Bio
Sean  McMannamy, PhD
Sean McMannamy, PhD Assistant Professor of Data Science View Bio
Ioseb
Ioseb "Soso" Gabelaia, PhD Assistant Professor of Business Administration View Bio
Nancy  King, Ph.D.
Nancy King, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology View Bio
Matt  Schneider, M.S.
Matt Schneider, M.S. Visiting Associate Professor of Criminal Justice View Bio
Dana  Seymour
Dana Seymour Assistant Professor of Education View Bio
Jacques Hendieh, DBA
Jacques Hendieh, DBA Assistant Professor of Accounting View Bio
Breann McMannamy
Breann McMannamy Assistant Professor of Mathematics View Bio
Yong Wang
Yong Wang Assistant Professor of Sport Management View Bio
Christopher  Brandt, DMA
Christopher Brandt, DMA Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music View Bio
Emily Potts, MFA
Emily Potts, MFA Gallery Coordinator and Visiting Artist Lecturer in 3D View Bio
Shawnna  Jackson, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC
Shawnna Jackson, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing View Bio
Debra Koch, MSN, FNP-BC
Debra Koch, MSN, FNP-BC Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing View Bio
Melissa Jonas
Melissa Jonas Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Melanie Mason, DAT, LAT, ATC, CES, PES
Melanie Mason, DAT, LAT, ATC, CES, PES Health and Movement Science Department Chair - Assistant Professor of Health and Movement Science View Bio
Mary Elizabeth Shawgo, PhD
Mary Elizabeth Shawgo, PhD Natural Sciences Department Chair - Professor of Biology View Bio
Jason Smith, PhD
Jason Smith, PhD Department Chair Math and Computer Science - Assistant Professor of Mathematics View Bio
Brian White
Brian White Director of the Honors Program - Dr. Brian White, Professor of English View Bio
Chante Campbell-Nixon, DNP
Chante Campbell-Nixon, DNP Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Elise Hector, MSN, RN, CPN
Elise Hector, MSN, RN, CPN Department Chair Nursing - Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Jack Ergo, MM
Jack Ergo, MM Piano/Harpsichord Orchestral Studies, Associate Professor of Music View Bio
James Geiselman, DC
James Geiselman, DC Assistant Professor of Allied Health View Bio
Mark  Gardner, PhD
Mark Gardner, PhD Coordinator of Communication Skills – Dr. Mark Gardner, 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
Evan Kennedy, PhD
Evan Kennedy, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology View Bio
Leigh Murray, PhD
Leigh Murray, PhD Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program – Dr. Leigh Murray, Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy 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 Instructor of History View Bio
Ifelayo Adefuye
Ifelayo Adefuye Assistant Professor of Biology View Bio
Meghan Powell
Meghan Powell Visiting Assistant Professor of English 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
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 Department Chair - 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 Director of Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Program – Dr. Robert Davidson, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Human Performance View Bio
Allison Dudley
Allison Dudley Associate Professor of Education View Bio
Tanya Coffelt
Tanya Coffelt Education Department Chair - 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 Dean 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 Gleazer School of Education 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 Theatre Department Coordinator, 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 Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics - Dr. Jeff Draves Professor of Chemistry View Bio
Jane Garrow
Jane Garrow Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Steven Glazer
Steven Glazer Social Sciences Department Chair - Professor of History View Bio
Ethan Patterson, DMA
Ethan Patterson, DMA Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass 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
Karen Gergely
Karen Gergely Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Coordinator View Bio