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Carissa Hawksworth, MA

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Professor Hawksworth has 15 years of experience writing and designing curriculum for courses, conferences, and churches. With a passion for integrated learning, she works to integrate aspects of tactile, hands-on learning into every area of education. With two decades of experience in producing conferences, camps, weddings, and community events for up to 3,000 attendees, she has worked to market events and departments, build and design effective management strategies, and overseen teams of over a hundred staff & volunteers to execute events with excellence.

With a Masters in Theatre, she has directed over 50 theatrical shows and productions, working to execute a commanding image with various aspects of event lighting, sound, aesthetics, and production. Additionally, Carissa has been a producer on dozens of additional short film, digital media, and theatrical projects, including participating in film festivals and competitions.

Carissa is a graduate of LPU (’07) and a licensed Minister who served as a Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor and Arts Pastor for over 7 years. She has served as a professor since 2014 and has a sincere passion to mentor students to use media, marketing, the arts and communication as pathways to missional conversations that inspire change in both the individual and in the community.  


Dramatic Literature
Speech and Presentation
Theatre Performance and Production


M.A. in Theatre, Regent University (’11)


Fun Facts

Carissa is an avid traveler and has been to all 50 United States, as well as over a dozen countries.