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Program Director



Dr. Charles Collier



School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
Bone Hall 204
Office: (615) 547-1313


Dr. Charles Collier came to Cumberland University in 2002. He was a leader in the effort to make online learning a priority at the university. He has developed and taught online classes in Educational Leadership, the Masters of Arts in Education, the Masters of Arts in Teaching, and several hybrid classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Collier has also served as dean and vice president at Cumberland University.

Before coming to Cumberland, Dr. Collier was a special education teacher and administrator in P-12 education. He served for sixteen years as an administrator, including thirteen as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He also worked in mental health and for the Tennessee Department of Education.

He and his family enjoy the outdoors, music, and travel. He enjoys fly-fishing all over the world.

Areas of Expertise
• Leadership
• School culture
• Special education
• Organizational theory

Academic Background

BS, Agricultural
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

MA, Curriculum and Special Education
Tennessee Technological University

EdS, Educational Leadership
Tennessee Technological University

EdD, Educational Leadership
Vanderbilt University-Peabody

Volunteer Groups and Affiliations
• Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society
• Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
• Tennessee Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
• Learning Forward (National Staff Development Council)
• Tennessee Learning Forward, board member
• National Education Association
• Tennessee Education Association
• Wilson County Pre-K Advisory Board, former board member
• Tennessee Middle School Association, former board member
• Lebanon Special School District Pre-K Advisory Board, former board member
• Veterans of Foreign Wars
• American Legion
• Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church

Online Courses Taught
MAT 5030 Curriculum Design
MAT 5180 Education: The Profession & The Professional
MAT 5080 Diverse Population