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Nina Morel 

Management, Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Executive Director Coaching Leadership Development and Professor


Nina Morel, Ed.D., is Executive Director of Leadership Development and Coaching and former Dean of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University. She has developed and led innovative coaching programs as well as competency-based online undergraduate and graduate programs. She is the winner of the Milken National Educator Award and has taught at the secondary and university levels. As a school district administrator, Morel created and led large-scale coaching and ESL initiatives.

Morel is the author of Learning from Coaching: How do I work with an instructional coach to grow as a teacher? (ASCD, 2014); How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity (Corwin, 2012, with co-author Carla Cushman); and Redefining Competency Based Education: Competence for Life (Business Expert Press, 2018, with co-author Bruce Griffiths). She has published articles in ATD’s Talent Development magazine, Educational Leadership journal, The Learning Professional journal, Evolllution magazine, as well as scholarly academic journals.

Morel is a International Coaching Federation ACC-certified leadership coach, and has presented widely at national and international conferences. Her areas of scholarly interest include Competency Based Education, coaching, and improving leadership through mediation and mindfulness practices.

Morel has an Ed.D. and M.Ed. from Tennessee State University and a BA from Lipscomb University. She has taught at Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Volunteer State University as well as Lipscomb University, where she has been an administrator in the College of Education, College of Professional Studies, and College of Business. She served as Executive Director of the Tennessee State Employees Association and ELL/TItle 3 Director and Curriculum Materials Director at Sumner County Schools.

She and her husband David have 5 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

Academic Degrees

Ed.D. Tennessee State University; M.Ed. Tennessee State University; B.A. Lipscomb University

Academic Department

College of Business