Dr. Candice D. McQueen

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

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Contact Info:

Email: candice.mcqueen@lipscomb.edu

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:

  • Teacher professional development
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship in education
  • Literacy
  • Differentiated instruction
  • College and Career Readiness Standards
  • Instructional planning and professional learning

Primary Research Interest:

  • 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 College & Career Readiness Standards/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 in TN
  • MNPS-ELL Partnership
  • Sumner Teacher Leadership 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, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year, 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
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • American Independent and Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (AILACTE)

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:

  • Learning Forward Annual Conference, Pre-Conference Session, Learning Across Generations, 2014
  • CAEP, Preparing Educators for College & Career Readiness, Washington D.C, 2014
  • CCSSO & AASCU National Teacher Preparation Summit, College & Career Readiness in Educator Preparation, Chicago, IL, 2014 
  • Keynote for TN Association for the Education for Young children (TAEYC) Conference, "Really, College and Career Readiness in Early Childhood?", Chattanooga, 2014
  • Learning to Teach: Community of Practice Convening, Teacher Preparation and College and Career Readiness, Chicago, 2014
  • Keynote for McNeese State Teaching & Learning Conference, St. Charles, LA, 2014
  • Core to College Convening, Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis, 2013
  • Aspen Institute, Washington D.C., 2012
  • Statewide Collaborative on Reforming Education, Institutes/Panel, 2012-2014
  • America Diploma Project Leadership Meeting, Alexandria, VA, 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

Previous Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College
  • Assistant Instructor, Supervisor of Student Teachers, The University of Texas, Austin TX, College of Education
  • Curriculum Writer, The Humanities and Government Magnet for International Studies, Austin, TX, Fulmore Middle School
  • Teacher, Austin, TX and Nashville, TN