College of Education

Elaine Lindsey

Emeritus Professor of Education
(803) 807-5323

B.S., Houghton College; Ed.M., Temple University; Ed.D., University of South Carolina

Elaine's background and on-going experience in curricular issues, instructional supervision, and curriculum evaluation and development, make her a valuable asset to the M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs.


Science Teacher, Boonville Central School, 1959-1962; Research Geochemist, Columbia University Lamont Labs, 1962-1966; Teacher, Asheville Christian Academy,1976-1981; Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ben Lippen School, 1981- 2006; Southeast Region Commissioner, Chairperson for Accreditation Teams Southeast Region, ACSI, 1995-present; Chairperson for Accreditation Teams, NC, SC, GA, SACS, 2000-present ; Adjunct Faculty, Resident Faculty, Professor Emeritus, Columbia International University, 1995-present.


James E. Watson

James E. Watson
Coordinator of Ph.D. Research & Dissertations, Professor of Education
(803) 807-5320

B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.C.S., Regent College; M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

James Watson currently serves Columbia International University as a professor in the College of Education.  Dr. Watson’s teaches in the Ph.D., M.Ed. and M.A.T. programs. He has served churches, Christian schools, and colleges as pastor, teacher, coach, school administrator, and professor. He and his wife, Lynn, were married in 1970.  Their older daughter, Jennifer, teaches at Roslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya and Susan and her husband, Ben, live in Columbia where Susan is a teacher.

Teacher, Westminster Academy 1974-1981; Associate Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1974-81; Assistant Superintendent, Grace Brethren Christian Schools, 1983-85; Administrator, Wheaton Christian High School, 1985-89; Adjunct Professor, Grace Theological Seminary, 1985-95; Associate Professor, Asbury College, 1989-93; Pastor of Adult Education, Community Church of Greenwood, 1993-98; Director, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Indianapolis Extension, 1993-98; Adjunct Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1993-2000; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 1998-2000; Administrator, Christian Academy, 1998-2000; Adjunct Professor, Resident Faculty, Columbia International University, 1995-present.


Linda Murdaugh

A photo of Linda Murdaugh, the director of Professional Education Field Experiences at CIU
Director of Professional Education Field Experiences
(803) 807-5344

B.A., California Baptist College; M.A., California State University

Linda’s role in the College of Education is to direct and oversee elementary and early childhood field experiences, including student teaching. Her 15 years of teaching in elementary and middle school provided invaluable and formative experience, especially in developing a love for teaching literacy. Embracing the motto of “changed lives change lives”, Linda desires to train with excellence highly qualified Christian teachers who think, teach and lead biblically wherever God leads.  Mrs. Murdaugh values the many collaborative school relationships fostered over the past two decades which allow CIU candidates diverse settings to serve in and to practice their teaching skills. When away from teaching, Linda enjoys time with her husband Dan and daughter Amy.

Teacher, First Southern Baptist Christian School of Fountain Valley, 1979; teacher, curriculum director, Riverside Christian Day School,1979-91; teacher, Ben Lippen School, 1991-93; resident faculty, Director of Professional Education Field Experiences, Columbia International University, 1993-present.


Connie Mitchell

A photo of Connie Mitchell, dean of the College of Education at CIU.
Dean of the College of Education
(803) 807-5393

B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Miami

Dr. Connie Mitchell serves at Columbia International University as Dean for the College of Education. She has been teaching since 1967, almost all in biblical higher education. Although she has often had an administrative role, including many responsibilities with accreditation, Professor Mitchell feels teaching in the classroom and at conferences is her most enjoyable role. She desires to support educators in their quest to serve as teachers and educational leaders, sustained with a Christian philosophy of education and a global vision. Dr. Mitchell joined CIU as a resident faculty member in 1997 although she has been an adjunct professor since 1991. When not teaching, Connie enjoys traveling with her husband George.

Teacher, Coconut Grove Elementary School, 1967-72; Faculty, Director of Education, Florida Bible College, 1972-96; Adjunct Faculty, Valencia Community College, 1983-92; Adjunct Faculty, Resident Faculty, Associate Dean Graduate School, Dean College of Education, Columbia International University, 1991-present.



Anita J. Cooper

Anita Cooper, Bible Teaching Program Director at CIU
Bible Teaching (Undergraduate and M.A.B.T.) Program Director
(803) 807-5455

B.S., Columbia Bible College; M.Ed., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Carolina; advanced biblical studies, Reformed Theological Seminary and Columbia International University

Dr. Cooper directs the Bible Teaching program, a program specifically designed to prepare students to teach the Bible in a school setting. Before coming to CIU, she taught Bible in the public schools in Tennessee and West Virginia in grades K-12. Since joining the CIU team in 1985, she has challenged her students to cultivate a passion for teaching the Bible for "heart and mind." She teaches courses in Bible, Bible teaching, education and psychology in Romania, Ukraine, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and New Zealand as well as at CIU. You may find her gardening, reading, doing photography, woodworking or meditating at a coffee shop when she is not engaged in her love of teaching or hanging out with students.

Teacher, Hamilton County Public Schools, Chattanooga, Tenn., 1975-77; teacher, Mercer County Public Schools, Bluefield, .Va., 1977-85. 1985



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