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College of Education

Debi Switzer

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

Office: 211A
Phone: 864-656-7645
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


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 assessment. 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 three 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 environments and other technologies. She has chaired the department of Education and Human Development since July 2015.

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

Attitude survey development
Quantitative research design