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State Board of Education- Debora L. Scheffel, PhD


July 18th, 2016

Board of Education

Debora L. Scheffel, PhD


Dr. Debora Scheffel was appointed in October, 2013, as Dean of the School of Education, Colorado Christian University. Previous to her appointment at Colorado Christian University, she was Dean of Research at University of the Rockies and Dean of the School of Education at Jones International

University. Previously, she held a tenured professorship at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, served as the Director of Competitive Grants and Awards/Literacy Grants and Initiatives at the Colorado Department of Education, and served as special assistant to the Colorado Commissioner of Education in literacy.

Dr. Scheffel has an extensive background in assessment, serving as the 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 reading and oral language development and disabilities in children, and education reform policy. She has served as a national consultant in school reform efforts related to literacy since 2012. Debora 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 the Colorado State Board of Education in November, 2010 (term: 1/11 – 1/17) representing the 6 th  Congressional District. She serves on the editorial boards of Learning Disabilities Research and Practice and Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Debora enjoys water and snow sports, church involvement, and spending time with family members, most of whom reside in Colorado.