Terry Dozier, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning

Terry Dozier, Ed.D.


  • Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction, University of South Carolina
  • M.Ed. in secondary social studies, University of Florida
  • B.A. in social studies education, University of Florida

Research interests

Teacher leadership, urban teacher residency programs, mentoring/coaching

Career highlights

  • Served as the senior adviser on teaching to former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. In this capacity, Dozier served as the top policy adviser on all teaching issues during the Clinton administration, developing and implementing a strategic plan to improve teacher recruitment, preparation and ongoing professional development.
  • Named the National Teacher of the Year and the South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 1985.
  • Nineteen years of classroom teaching experience in settings as diverse as inner-city Miami, suburban South Carolina and the Singapore American School.
  • Secured more than $20 million in external funding to improve the recruitment, preparation, support and ongoing professional development of teachers in the four Metropolitan Educational Training Alliance (META) school districts.

Recent publications/projects

  • Serving as principal investigator on a $7.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further refine, expand and evaluate the impact of the Richmond Teacher Residency program. The grant funds four additional cohorts of up to 30 residents per year, refines the M.Ed. in special education program, enhances the content knowledge of special education teachers and builds a pipeline of STEM teachers for Richmond Public Schools.
  • Serving as principal investigator for the “META Researchers and Practitioners in Partnership (RPP) to Enhance Data Use Practice That Improves Student Learning” grant. The goal of this project is to conduct research that strategically addresses the capacity of teachers to use assessment data and that determines the specific tools and context in which data use practice has a positive impact on student learning.
  • Coordinating the META National Board Certification Support Program for teachers in the metro Richmond area who seek National Board Certification, an advanced, voluntary professional development process that recognizes teachers who meet the highest standards of the profession.


In addition to her duties with the School of Education, Dr. Terry Dozier serves as the director of the Center for Teacher Leadership. This center promotes teachers as leaders of change, provides high-quality professional development, and shares the knowledge, experience and insight of teachers with policymakers and others.

Dozier is also the director of the Richmond Teacher Residency program, a partnership between Richmond Public Schools and School of Education to recruit, prepare, support and retain extraordinary teachers and teacher leaders. A year-long, medical-style residency, the program integrates the research and theory behind effective urban teaching. Its residents co-teach alongside a highly-trained mentor within the Richmond Public Schools system.

Dozier also serves as chair of the Metropolitan Educational Training Alliance, a partnership between the School of Education and the four local school districts in the metro Richmond area that aims to enhance teaching quality and improve student learning by identifying needs, and opportunities and resources for strategic professional development.

Curriculum Vitae

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