Reva Chatman-Buckley serves as an instructor for graduate research in nearly ten years as Associate Professor at Lipscomb. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She teaches Action Research, Research in Classroom Practice, Specialized Field Project, and Introduction to Educational Research. She also also advises the masters' theses projects which emanate from several of these courses.
Chatman-Buckley spent 32 years working in the Metro Nashville Public Schools as a seventh grade English teacher, middle school assistant principal, high school curriculum principal, Coordinator of Student Disciplinary Referrals, Middle School Director of Human Resources, and a charter school principal. In December of 2015, she published Fresh Roses, a novel based on the actual experiences of six teachers who were newcomers to a high school. The purpose of this novel is to inform practice related to teacher socialization and acculturation and allow pre-service educators to vicariously experience some common challenges of the first year of teaching through the eyes of the main character. Two pieces of information included in Fresh Roses (2015) which may be of interest to veteran teachers as well as new teachers are Students' Expectations of Their Teachers and How Students Determine when to Give Teachers a Hard Time.