Deborah L. Floyd

Deborah L. Floyd, Ed.D., Professor of Higher Education, Educational Leadership and Research Methodology Department, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Editor-in-Chief, Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Professor Deborah L. Floyd joined FAU in 2001 after 26 years of service in higher education in Texas, Iowa, Virginia and Kentucky. Her administrative career has included service as a dean and vice president of student affairs, a community college president and a special assistant to a university chancellor. She also served as a Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, Secretary of the American College Personnel Association and is a Past-President of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. In 2011, she named as Editor-in-Chief of the 35 year old peer reviewed journal, The Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

At FAU, Dr. Floyd currently serves as a University Faculty Senator and member of the Steering Committee, Chair of the University and College of Education Graduate Programs Committees, Member of the University Graduate Council and Program Leader for the Higher Education Leadership Program.

Dr. Floyd has received numerous awards including the 2011 University Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from Florida Atlantic University, the 2010 National Distinguished Service Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and the 2005 International Contributions to Knowledge Award from the Community College Baccalaureate Association. She received the first Women in Higher Education Achievement Award from the National Panhellenic Association in 1999.

Dr. Floyd’s publications include over 60 articles, books and chapters on various higher education topics such as roles and challenges of presidents; distance learning; student health, student affairs and student development and student success programs; continuing and workforce education; and the community college baccalaureate. Her book, The Community College Baccalaureate: Emerging Trends and Policy Issues is the only book published about this movement. She has published numerous other articles about shifts in higher education including a 2009 paper about the community college baccalaureate that was sponsored by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Adult and Vocational Education for their National Community College Symposium. Research in progress includes a book and manuscripts about applied and workforce baccalaureates, the role of graduate education in this movement, and leadership challenges of presidents. She has delivered hundreds of professional presentations and served as a consultant to various types of organizations on topics such as transitioning to baccalaureate degree programming, leadership development and student success.

Dr. Floyd earned her Doctor of Education degree in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), specializing in higher education and community colleges. Her 1975 and 1973 masters and bachelor’s degrees were awarded by Texas A & M University - Commerce in Student Affairs and English, respectively. She is a 1999 graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

Deborah L. Floyd, Ed.D.


Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology

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