Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Debora Scheffel

Meet Dr. Debora Scheffel

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Communicative Disorders (Northwestern University)
  • M.A., Special Education (University of Denver)
  • B.S. (Bob Jones University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Debora Scheffel was appointed Dean of the School of Education, Colorado Christian University, in September, 2013. She previously served as Dean of Research, University of the Rockies (Denver, CO), and Dean of the School of Education, Jones International University (Centennial, CO). She has held a tenured professorship at the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO), and served as Director of Competitive Grants and Awards and Literacy Grants and Initiatives at the Colorado Department of Education, as well as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education in Colorado, in Literacy. She has an extensive background in assessment, serving as Director of Academic Assessment at two universities, and has been a visiting scholar at the United States Air Force Academy in assessment.

Her academic background is in communication sciences and disorders and special education with research interests in cognitive psychology, brain-behavior relationships and learning, reading and oral language development and disabilities in children and adolescents, and education reform policy. She has worked in six states in a variety of post-secondary educational contexts and is a published author in literacy, special education, and higher education assessment. Her professional affiliations include the International Neuropsychological Society, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children. She was elected to a 6-year term on the Colorado State Board of Education in November, 2010, representing the 6th Congressional District. She serves on editorial boards of Learning Disabilities Research and Practice and the Journal for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.