Ed.D. Faculty 

Trace Hebert, Associate Dean, Director of Doctoral Program, Interim Managing Director of the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation, Professor of Education

B.S. (Abilene Christian University), M.A. (University of Alabama), Ph.D. (Oakland University)


Prior to coming to Lipscomb, Dr. Hebert served as Academic Dean of Rochester College in Michigan.  He has experience working in a variety of administrative and academic positions in higher education at the director, dean, and vice president level at four different colleges and universities. His primary interest is in educational leadership.  Trace and his wife Holly have two sons: Christopher and Jack.

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Debi Hoggatt, Assistant Director of Ed.D. program, Assistant Professor of Education

M.A. (Wayne State University), Ph.D. (Oakland University)


Dr. Hoggatt received her M.A. in human development and her Ph.D. in educational leadership.  She teaches EG 7133 Organizational Theory and Practice and EG 7203 Change Management and Organizational Assessment.

You can read more about Dr. Hoggatt's career here

Deborah Boyd, Dean and Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of Education

B.A., M.A., Ed.S. (Middle Tennessee State University), Ed.D. (Tennessee State University)


Dr. Boyd brings deep educational experience to Lipscomb, having served at the local, system and state level.  Her areas of interest include curriculum, assessment, educational leadership, and effective instruction. Her research interests include teachers of ELL students and teacher effectiveness.  Deborah and her husband Don have two daughters: Jennifer and Julie.

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Dr. Keith NikolausKeith Nikolaus, Professor of Education

B.A. (Lipscomb University), M.Ed., Ed.D. (Tennessee State University) 


Dr. Nikolaus has varied K-12 experience as a 6th grade teacher, a curriculum director, a study skills instructor, and, most recently, the Director of David Lipscomb Campus School.  His primary educational interests include leadership studies, classroom management,  learning techniques, and 21st century educational innovation and policy development.  Keith and his wife Sharon have two children: Shannon and Ryan.

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Roger WiemersRoger Wiemers, Professor of Education

B.A. (International Bible Seminary), M.Ed., Ed.D. (Tennessee State University)


Roger was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, but he has worked all across the U.S. and in several other countries.  He has taught at the graduate level for 15 years.  He is a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and completed his assigned research in India (2007-2008).  He and his wife Paula have four children.

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Tammy Shutt, Associate Professor of Education

B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D. 


Dr. Shutt teaches Introduction to Educational Research and joined the College of Education faculty in Fall 2013. Her primary research interests are ethical decision making, leadership and student achievement, and teacher preparation. 

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Mary Catherine Sevier, Capstone Research Coordinator

B.A. (Converse College), M.Ed. (Belmont University), J.D. (Vanderbilt University)


Mary Catherine has been working with the Lipscomb University College of Education since June 2010. She coordinates the capstone research of the Ed.D. program.

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