Meet Your Florence Faculty and Staff!

Emily Woodroof

Site Director
Class: Cross Cultural Experience

Emily Woodroof joined the Lipscomb study abroad program in the summer of 2016.  She received her B.A. in French from Harding University in 2008, including a minor in Biology.  

Upon graduation, she worked for one year at Harding University’s Speech and Hearing Clinic as the Office Manager.  Following her time there, she then spent two years doing mission work in Italy in collaboration with the Avanti Italia program, sponsored principally by College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas.  During her time with Avanti Italia, she received an advanced certification in the Italian language from the Lorenzo de’ Medici language school in Florence, as well as completing her C1 level tests of the C.I.L.S. (Certificazione d’italiano come lingua straniera – Italian Foreign Language Certification) in June of 2011.  After a short return to the States, she then accepted the position of Assistant to the Director with Harding University's program in Florence, Italy in May of 2013, working with that program until July of 2016.

She enjoys spending her time running with her dog Zoey, riding horses, reading, and knitting.


Dafne Mazzanti

Local Professor
Class: Renaissance Art History

Mazzanti has been teaching in study abroad programs for the last 20 years specializing in 1400 & 1500 Art, Architecture and Italian Gardens. She received her terminal degree from the Università di Firenze. She has also worked in administration as Dean of Academic Affairs for a Florentine study abroad program. Currently she teaches at Pepperdine University and has for the past 10 years. 

Dafne views the city of Florence and its art as her classroom. Her job of educator has the objective of widening your point of view, while helping you identify the implications that art history, philosophy, ideas and thinking have on the present world.


Marco Prina

Local Professor
Classes: Italian; World Literature

Prina was born and raised in Italy and spent eight years in the U.S. as an adult. During these years, he earned his Ph.D. in Italian Studies & Medieval Studies from U.C. Berkeley and has been teaching Italian language, literature and culture to English speakers since 2007. His doctoral dissertation focused on Dante’s poetry in the political, social and cultural context of medieval Florence, with special attention devoted to medieval Florentine monuments and spaces. His teaching, like his research interests, interweave various disciplines and interests to yield a multi-faceted and engaging approach to language in context.


Richard Goode

Faculty-In-Residence (Spring 2017)
Class: Faith & Culture, Christian Spiritual Traditions

Since coming to Lipscomb University in 1989, Dr. Richard Goode has taught a variety of history courses. The University has honored Richard with the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2003 and 2009. He has presented numerous papers at professional conferences, and is the author of several published articles and books, including most recently And the Criminals With Him: Essays in Honor of Will D. Campbell and All the Reconciled. His current research focuses on political theology.

In 2003, Richard helped create the Vanderbilt Program in Faith and Criminal Justice, which convenes Divinity School classes at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.  Then in 2007, he helped launch the Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) program at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPW).  The LIFE program enrolls incarcerated women in Lipscomb University, where they pursue college degrees with their Lipscomb peers. 

In 2016, Richard spent part of the summer in Spain as a pilgrim walking the Camino. Married for 34 years, Candyee and Richard have two daughters (Ana and Mary). 


George Goldman 

Faculty-In-Residence (Fall 2017)
Class: TBD

George teaches courses in New Testament, Greek, and Faith & Culture. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Lipscomb University (1988, 1991), his M.Div. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion (1993), and his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2002). Dr. Goldman is actively involved in leading a college ministry and attends Otter Creek Church of Christ. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Wendy, her two daughters, Shannon and Lauren, and their son Nathan.