Debra is an educator with over thirty years of experience in teaching, administration, and professional development. She consults with leaders and faculty in state and international universities to plan online programs and design quality outcomes-based online courses. Debra provides professional guidance on other educational topics, including assessment, smaller learning communities, school reform, and instructional strategies to maximize student engagement.
Debra served as Chairwoman for the Curriculum Development Committee for the American College of Education, and has assisted nationally-acclaimed educators and scientists in online course design. She wrote curriculum and managed field testing and evaluation of Mechanical Universe High School Adaptation (MUHSA), Comprehensive Conceptual Curriculum for Physics (C3P), and Doing & Thinking Physics (all funded by the National Science Foundation). As a certified trainer for MUHSA and Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS), she has conducted hundreds of workshops around the country for physics teachers from a variety of backgrounds. She also has experience as a Peer Review Team member for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Debra has been a Dean of Instruction, college instructor, and department head. Published in Contemporary Education, her specialties are instructional design and standards-based curriculum projects. Debra has been with Academic Partnerships for six years.