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Deborah M. Switzer

Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Education and Human Development

Office: 211A
Phone: 864-656-5098
Email: debi@clemson.edu
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

PhD Educational Psychology: Quantitative and Evaluative Research Methodology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign 1993

M.Ed. Educational Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1987

BA cum laud Mathematics
University of Texas 1976

Profile

Dr. Debi Switzer is a Professor of Education at Clemson University and the chair of the Department of Education and Human Development in the College of Education. She teaches educational psychology courses, including learning and motivation theory, and tests and measurements. She spent the first nine years of her career as a secondary mathematics and computer science teacher. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Quantitative and Evaluative Research Methodology) from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She has been at Clemson University since 1989. In 2000 she was named a Distinguished Professor by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and in 2003 she received the Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching presented by the Clemson University student government. She served as a consulting editor for the Journal of Educational Research for two terms. In research projects she has collaborated with faculty in engineering, psychology, education, recreation, counseling, public health, and business, supplying expertise in assessment and experimental design. In 2000, she received the Harold E. Mitzel Award for Meritorious Contribution to Educational Practice Through Research. Her interests in motivation, assessment, and research design include the instructional benefits of virtual worlds and other technologies. She became interim department chair for the new department of Education and Human Development in July 2015, and in August of 2016 she became the department chair.

Courses Taught

EDF 3020 Educational Psychology
EDF 3080 Classroom Assessment
EDF 9550 Theoretical Bases of Instruction
EDF 9080 Educational Tests and Measurements
EDF 8020 Advanced Educational Psychology (online)
EDF 8080 Advanced Tests and Measurements (online)

Research Interests

Motivation and attitude survey development
Instructional benefits of virtual environments and other technologies
Assessment to improve planning and instruction