Lincoln Memorial University

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Amiel Jarstfer

Amiel Jarstfer, PhD, joined the faculty of Lincoln Memorial University in 2010. Born in Southern Georgia, he has spent the past seven years at LMU doing what he loves, teaching in the sciences. “Dr. J” serves as Dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences, Professor of Biology, and Administrative Dean of the Master of Science program. He comes from a diverse background, relocating throughout the years due to his father’s profession; he has lived in Indiana, Michigan, Brazil, Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Texas and now East Tennessee. A lifelong teacher, his 25-year career has included appointments teaching science to students from first grade through post-doctorate students. “It is very fulfilling to see the success of students who have become the professionals they envisioned” said Jarstfer. Dr. Jarstfer is known in the Hamilton Math and Science building for his distinct laugh, passion for teaching and the willingness to help others. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and his doctorate in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Additionally, he is certified in management and leadership in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



  1. If you could change your career for one day, what would you choose? Fishing guide
  2.  What is one goal that you would like to accomplish during your lifetime? See more students realize their dreams.
  3. Who is your biggest hero? Gregor Mendel because he used mathematics to show an enduring aspect of inheritance without being able to see the chromosomes that carried the inheritance factors. He was also a benevolent humanitarian much loved by his community.
  4. What is your favorite zoo animal? Any big cat! I have always loved cats. The facial expressions and mix of activities and moods fascinate me. 
  5. You are at the movie theatre… popcorn or candy? Popcorn. I usually eat a big bowl at home several times per week. There were times in graduate school when popcorn was all I had to eat in my cupboard. Now I have two dogs who eat as much of it as I consume!







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