Dr. Deborah Boyd, Dean and Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of Education

Contact Info:

Email: deborah.boyd@lipscomb.edu

Office Location: Ezell 324

Faculty Phone:  615-966-6263

Faculty Fax: 615.966.7628

Teaching Information:

Title:  Dean and Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Education M.Ed.

Start Date at Lipscomb: August 2008


  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Tennessee State University)
  • Ed.S. in Administration & Supervision (Middle Tennessee State University)
  • M.A. in English (History), (Middle Tennessee State University)
  • B.A. in German (Secondary Education), (Middle Tennessee State University)

Area of Expertise:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Adult Learners/Teaching Teachers and Teacher Leaders
  • Backward Design
  • International Education
  • Standards-based Instruction

Primary Research Interest:

  • The Latino college experience in higher education

Awards and Honors:

  • Association for Supervision Curriculum Development Leadership Council  2009-2012
  • Tennessee ACT State Council, Chair (Currentl
  • Tennessee Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: Board of Directors and Past-President (Current)
  • Phi Delta Kappa (Current)
  • Association for Supervision Curriculum Development Leadership Council  (2009-2012)
  • Tennessee State Board of Education Board of Examiners (2005-2008)
  • Tennessee State University Wall of Fame (2005)
  • Tennessee Academy of School Leaders Board of Control (2003-2004)
  • Tennessee Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals Board of Directors (2003)
  • Tennessee Principals’ Study Council Steering Committee Chairperson (2003)
  • MTSU Educational Leadership Award (1997)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Representative, Teacher Effectiveness Coalition (January-May 2011)
  • Member-at-Large, ASCD Leadership Council  (2009-2012)
  • Member, Planning Committee for Tennessee Family/School/Community Engagement Summer (April 2010)
  • Secretary, President Elect, President, ACT State Council (2011-2012)
  • Member, Lipscomb Graduate Academic Leadership Team (2009-2011)
  • Member, Lipscomb Technology Vision Task Force (2010)
  • Organizer and Host, Tennessee on the Move, ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop (2009)


  • Roundtable Session: NSDC Learning Forward Annual National Conference, Boston, MA, December 2012
  • Backward Design and Implementing the Common Core, David Lipscomb Campus School Instructional Planning Academy, June, 2012
  • Planning for Common Core Instruction, Cameron Instructional Planning Academy, Nashville, TN, May, 2012
  • Partnership for Professional Development, AACTE National Conference, Chicago, IL, February 2012
  • Backward Design and Differentiated Instruction, Maury County Schools In-Service Day, Columbia, TN, June 2011
  • Teaching Teachers: Enhancing Adult Learning, ASCD Summer Teaching and Learning Conference, Boston, MA, July 2011
  • Backward Design, David Lipscomb Campus School Instructional Planning Academy, June, 2011
  • Backward Design, Cameron Instructional Planning Academy, Nashville, TN, May, 2011
  • Engaging Adult Learners, ASCD National Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2011
  • Building a Partnership: Teacher Education and Teach for America, AACTE National Conference, San Diego, CA, February 2011
  • Professional Growth, Editorial, City Educators Magazine, November 2010
  • Educational Reform through Professional Development Partnerships, Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) Conference, Nashville, TN, October 2010
  • Data’ll Do It!, Sumner County Teacher Center, Gallatin, TN, October 2010
  • Using Differentiated Instruction to Address Student Needs, White County Schools, Sparta, TN, August 2010
  • Adults Learn Differently, Sumner County Instructional Coaching Academy, Nashville, TN June 2010
  • Adults Are Learners, Too!, ASCD National Conference, Chicago, IL March 2010
  • Understanding by Design, J.T. Moore Middle School, Nashville, TN, June 2009 
  • Strategies to Make Academic Vocabulary Fun, ASCD National Conference, Orlando, FL, March 2009
  • Curriculum Alignment, Ezell Harding Christian School, Nashville, TN, January 2009
  • Fours Steps to Creating Your Vocabulary Program, ASCD Summer Teaching and Learning Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2008
  • Fours Steps to Creating Your Vocabulary Program: The Tennessee Academic Vocabulary Project, ASCD National Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2008; NCCEP National Annual Conference, July 2008; NSDC National Conference, December 2006; TN LEAD Conference, October 2006, 2007, 2008


  • The Relationship of English Language Learners to Teaching Practices in the English Medium Classroom (Dissertation), 2004


  • Teacher Behaviors and Value-Added Assessment (Unpublished Research Paper), 1997


  • Associate Executive Director for P-16 Initiatives (GEAR UP TN),  Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN (2006-2008)
  • Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville, TN (2004-2006)
  • Principal, Eakin Primary School, Shelbyville, TN (1999-2003)
  • Consulting Teacher, Grants and technology, Bedford County, Shelbyville, TN (1996-1999)
  • English (chair), German, and History Teacher , Shelbyville Central High School, Shelbyville, TN (1978-1996)
  • English adjunct Instructor, off-campus site cooridantor, Motlow State Community College (1981-1999)
  • Special education teacher, Cascade School, Wartrace, TN (1977-1978)