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GPS Staff

david_thumbnailDAVID M. SNEED, Ed. D.

Director, Growth & Purpose for Students

Contact David: 615-460-5701 or e-mail

Dr. David Sneed came to Belmont University in 2011 to lead the development of the Sophomore Year Experience. At the conclusion of the inaugural year, the staff realized that offering services to a wider range of the student body was needed so we developed the Growth & Purpose for Students (GPS) program. While much of the activity is focused on students during their 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters, we will assist any student looking for direction.

"We know that students, at Belmont and at other institutions, sometimes meet specific challenges that are unique to that period after the initial semester of orientation to the university," Sneed said. “Belmont has decided to assist students in meeting these challenges head-on as well as helping all students more fully explore options available to them as they move into the intense period of major courses during the junior and senior years.”

Dr. Sneed received his Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Memphis, and his M.A. in Education and his B.S. in Agriculture Education from Western Kentucky University. He last served as Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and Special Counsel to the President of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Prior to his work in West Virginia, he was Dean of Students at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Nicole Phillips, MA - GPS Coordinator

Contact Nicole: 615-460-5702 or e-mail

Nicole Phillips joined the GPS team as the GPS Coordinator in August 2015, but has a much longer history at Belmont. In addition to two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English Writing, from the university, Nicole has also worked at Belmont since 2011. She also teaches as an adjunct professor for the English department. We like to joke that she embodies #BelmonttilIdie. Her favorite aspect of her job is helping students untangle difficult situations and identifying exciting opportunities so that they are able to better understand themselves, the world around them, and their purpose on this earth. In addition to regularly meeting with students and several other responsibilities, Nicole supervises the GPS Coaches and works closely with Dr. Sneed to address the needs of students and to develop the operations of the office to meet that end. "It's energizing to work with such positive and caring people who are willing to invest so much time into the lives of our students."

When she's not at work, Nicole loves spending time her husband JL, who is also a Belmont graduate, her beloved dog Kazmo, friends and family. She is in the process of drafting her first novel and enjoys traveling, Diet Coke, reading, and baked goods.

Liz, GPS Coach

Liz joined the GPS team in January 2016 and has worked in higher education for the past five years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Religion from the University of Florida and her Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of West Florida. Liz has experience working in many different areas of student affairs including the student government association, career services, and admissions. Most recently, Liz served as a career advisor and adjunct instructor in the Career Development Center at Middle Tennessee State University where she assisted students with career planning, vocational exploration, and implementing an effective job search.

Liz is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Vanderbilt University where she is interested in exploring the intersection of faith, vocational discernment, and calling. She hopes to work in a vocational discernment role assisting students with developing effective and meaningful career plans which prepare students for a life of engaged citizenship and service to the world after college.

Liz’s interests include career-readiness among college students, career development for adult learners, emerging adults and calling, social media and branding for millennials, social justice initiatives, and interfaith work and programming. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and pup, reading, cooking, watching the Florida Gators play football, and talking about theology.

Amanda, GPS Coach
Amanda Salmon is a 2004 graduate of Belmont University and earned her MLIS in 2011 at Trevecca Nazarene University. After working as a high school teacher and librarian, Amanda discovered that her passion for teaching and sharing her love for writing and literature was better suited for a college environment. Amanda returned to Belmont in 2012 to pursue her Master's in English, and has continued working with students in both the Writing Center and GPS. Ultimately, Amanda hopes to pursue a PhD in English Literature with an emphasis in gender and cultural studies.

Amanda most loves helping students discern their path, as her college and post-college career took many twists and turns. Be it a change of major, study abroad options, or simply designing a course schedule, Amanda loves working with students along their path to not simply a career, but a vocation.

Amanda is a proud Nashville native who loves her husband Allen, dogs, Romy and Granger, church family at The Village Chapel, Bruce Springsteen, Kentucky Wildcats, and New England Patriots.

Michael, GPS Coach
Michael comes to the GPS team with a variety of experience in non-profit operations and hospitality management. He attended the University of Vermont first as a Music Education major, but after a year of intense study and discernment, he changed majors and now holds a B.S. in Community and International Development with a minor in Spanish. During that time, he studied in Chile and loves to talk with others considering Study Abroad. His degree and passion for service led him to apply for an AmeriCorps position in Philadelphia, where he moved upon graduating. In Philly, Michael met his partner, developed a great community of friends, and worked at a variety of non-profits, focusing on Food Justice and Public Benefit issues. He eventually took a job at a Quaker retreat and conference center, where he managed the Guest Services Department and facilitated staff meetings. Outside of work, he started a discussion group for men to provide emotional support to each other.

Here at GPS, Michael is excited to assist Belmont students in the project of integrating their life and academic experiences so as to move mindfully in the present moment, and onward into the future. He loves helping with check-lists, spreadsheets, and logistical details. In his free time, Michael enjoys bicycling, cooking, hiking, and talking with other men about ways to support each other in living emotionally rich, nonviolent lives.