James (JJ) Lies

Assistant Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department

James Lies is an Assistant Professor of Education and serves as the Site Coordinator of Call Me MiSTER at Converse University. James graduated from Anderson University in 2013, where he participated in Anderson University’s Call Me MiSTER program, and was the first MiSTER graduate in Anderson’s history.

Upon graduating, James began his teaching career, spending five years teaching in Anderson County. In 2017-2018 he was honored with the distinction of being the Anderson School District Two Teacher of the Year. James then relocated with his family to Spartanburg, South Carolina to serve as an Assistant Principal in Spartanburg School District Six for four years.

At Converse, James instructs pre-service teachers who aspire to become impactful educators. In addition to serving as a professor and site coordinator for Call Me MiSTER, James is on Faculty Senate and serves as the Program Director for Elementary Education at Converse.

James earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Anderson University (2013), a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Furman University (2018), and a Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership from Converse University (2022). He is thrilled to serve as a professor and site coordinator, as he is passionate about teacher leadership and school-based mentoring programs.

James lives on the east side of Spartanburg with his wife, daughter, and Westie, Lily. He enjoys landscaping, socializing, and is an avid supporter of the Atlanta Braves, Furman Paladins, and the Green Bay Packers. James is also a foodie and will travel far for delicious meals. His favorite cuisine is Italian.


  • Educational Doctorate in Professional Leadership - Converse University
  • Master of Arts School in Leadership - Furman University
  • BS in Elementary Education - Anderson University