Professional Profile

Photo of Rachael MilliganRachael H. Milligan, Ed.D.

Managing Director

  Office location:  Ayers House

  Telephone:  615.966.1034 (ext. 1034)

  Fax number:  615.966.1035

  Contact via email

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Position Information:

Title: Managing Director, Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation; Assistant Professor, Lipscomb College of Education

Start Date at Lipscomb: August 2013

  • B.A. in Social Science from Harding University
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
  • Ed.D in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University
  • Administrative endorsement from Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Level III Advanced Coaching certificate from RESULTS Coaching Global
  • Coaching Strategies for Powerful Learning certificate from RESULTS Coaching Global
Courses Taught:
  • Teaching History and Social Studies
  • Leadership in Collaborative Professional Learning
  • Principles of Adult Learning
  • Coaching Models 
  • Developing Critical Cultural Competence
Area of Expertise:
  • Cognitive coaching
  • Social studies instructional methods
Primary Research Interest:
  • Coaching
  • Educational leadership
  • Instructional practice
Grant and Contract Involvement:
  • Math and Science Partnership Grant recipient
  • TTLA Grant partner
Awards and honors:
  • 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year, Harding University
Professional affiliations:
  • ASCD
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance
  • Tennessee Personalized Learning Task Force
  • Tennessee Instructional Leader Program Approval Advisory Group
  • Tennessee Educator Effectiveness Advisory Council
Publications & Presentations:
  • Ayers Institute Coaching Academy: Models and Practices
  • Ayers Institute Coaching Academy: Skills Development
  • Shared Leadership and the TEAM Administrative Rubric
  • Adult Learning Strategies and the Coaching Mindset
  • Coaching Skills for the School Leader
  • Williamson County Schools (Tennessee), Assistant Principal and Teacher
  • Rogers Public Schools (Arkansas), Teacher, After-School Program Director
  • Tennessee Children’s Home, House Parent