candicemcqueenDr. Candice D. McQueen

Senior Vice President and Dean, College of Education
Executive Director, Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation
 Associate Professor of Education

Contact Info:


Office Location: Ezell 324 A

Faculty Phone:  615.966.5061 (assistant, Kelly Bridges)

Faculty Fax: 615.966.7628

Teaching Information:

Title: Senior Vice President and Dean, College of Education; Executive Director, Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation; Associate Professor of Education

Courses:  Ed.D. Courses: Change Management, Entrepreneurship in Education, Strategic Planning

Start Date at Lipscomb: August 2001


  • B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies/Education, 1-8 grades; Concentration in Math and Science, 4-8 grades (Lipscomb University)
  • M.Ed. in School Administration (Peabody College, Vanderbilt University)
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies (The University of Texas)

Area of Expertise:

  • Leadership
  • Education reform
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Literacy
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Common Core Standards
  • Instructional planning and professional learning

Primary Research Interest:

  • Ayers Institute for Teacher Leadership and Innovation
    • Common Core for teacher preparation
    • Professional learning and instructional coaching
    • Leadership
  • Transformational partnerships
  • Collaboration between district and charters
  • Embedded professional development
  • Literacy best practices

Grants and Contracts Awarded:

  • THEC/RTTT Common Core Training/Resources for Pre-service Teacher Programs, 2012-2014
  • Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grants, 2006-Present
  • Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grants, 2007-Present
  • Cameron Transformation Partnership for First Public School Conversion to a Charter
  • MNPS-ELL Partnership

Awards and Honors:

  • Aspen Institute, Faculty Expert for Congressional Staff Institute, 2012
  • AACTE Board of Directors, 2013-2016
  • First to the Top Advisory Council for TN Commissioner of Education, 2012
  • Mayor’s Leadership Council for Children & Youth Master Plan, 2010-Present
  • Mayor’s General Plan Steering Committee/Education White Paper for Nashville 2040
  • Communities in Schools (CIS), Tennessee Task Force, 2012
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Lipscomb University, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year, David Lipscomb Middle School, 1996

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • International Reading Association
  • Tennessee Reading Association
  • Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education/Tennessee Association of Independent and Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education
    • Executive Committee
    • Government Relations Chair/Day on the Hill Coordinator, 2009-Present
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
    • Elected to Board of Directors, 2013-2016

Publications and Presentations:


  • Mayor’s Office Education White Paper, Nashville 2040
  • Tennessean Editorials, 2011-2012
  •  Improving teaching through professional development partnerships. Webinars for SAS Institute, November, 2011
  • What is our Mission? City Educator, September 2010.

National and State Presentations:

  • Aspen Institute, Washington D.C., November 2012
  • Statewide Collaborative on Reforming Education, Institutes/Panel, Fall 2012
  • America Diploma Project Leadership Meeting, Alexandria, VA, September 2012
  • TAILACTE Fall Meeting, Nashville, TN, September 2012

Regional and National Presentations:

  • Implementing the Common Core with Pre-service Teachers, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), Orlando, FL, February 2013
  • Common Core and Pre-Service Teacher Education, Tennessee Association of College of Teacher Education (TACTE), Nashville, TN, September 2012
  • Improving Teaching through Professional Development Partnerships, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), Chicago, IL, February 2012
  • Building a Partnership:  Teacher Education and Teach for America, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), San Diego, CA, February 2011
  • Education Reform through Professional Development Partnerships, Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE), Nashville, TN, October 2010

Local Presentations:

  • Common Core Implications for Higher Education, TABLE TALK hosted by Provost Office, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, November 2012
  • Teaching Strategies that Connect with Generation Y and Adult Learners, TABLE TALK hosted by Provost Office, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, November 2010.
  • Understanding and Using the Physical World Concepts and Physics Standards (Improving Teacher Quality Grant), Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, July 2009 and July 2010.

Previous Experience:

  • Adjunct, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, 2002
  • Assistant Instructor, The University of Texas, Austin TX, College of Education, 2000-2001
  • Curriculum Writer, The Humanities and Government Magnet for International Studies, Austin, TX, Fulmore Middle School, 2000-2001
  • Teacher, Lakeway Elementary School, Austin, TX, Lake Travis Independent School District, 1998-2000
  • Teacher, David Lipscomb Middle School, Nashville, TN, 1996-1998