Lisa L. Rollins, PhD, EdS
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Lisa L. Rollins is an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She earned her PhD in Education, with a coursework emphasis in Higher Education/Andragogy from Capella University. Her dissertation focused on media convergence and the news habits of undergraduates. She also holds an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education/Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University. Her Master of Science degree also is from Middle Tennessee State University in Mass Communication, with an emphasis in Cultural Theory and Media Management, and she acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, with minors in Business and Anthropology, from the University of North Texas.
Prior to joining academe as an undergraduate instructor in 1997, she spent 12 years working as a full-time journalist, editor, and columnist for several publications, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Denton Record-Chronicle. In addition to her news-editorial experience, she also worked as a publicist and PR professional in the entertainment industry. She was Director of Broadcast Communication for Middle Tennessee State University for over a decade, where she was the host of a weekly, award-winning public affairs radio show and she also helped write and report for “Middle Tennessee Record,” a public affairs TV show.
Immediately prior to joining Ashford as a faculty member, she served as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Communication department at a public university in Oklahoma. She began teaching journalism and communications courses for Ashford in summer 2010. She says she enjoys sharing her passion for journalism and communication theory with others. “At Ashford, I especially enjoy the ratio of adult learners and nontraditional students I have in my classes. Their experiences make the online classroom a richer place to be and often spur new connections and conversations that enhance the curriculum.” Dr. Rollins is a native Texan and proud mother to one son and three rescued dogs. She divides her time between Oklahoma and Tennessee and enjoys live music, blogging, riding motorcycles, visiting historic sites, and attending Nashville Sounds baseball games.