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 $30 million in external funding to improve the recruitment, preparation, support and ongoing professional development of teachers in the Greater Richmond area.

Recent publications/projects

  • Serving as principal investigator on a $7.5 million, five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further refine, expand and evaluate the impact RTR (formerly the Richmond Teacher Residency program). The grant funds four additional cohorts of up to 30 residents per year and continues a longitudinal study of RTR.
  • Serving as principal investigator on a $4.97M, three-year Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand RTR to multiple school divisions; support provisionally licensed STEM teachers by providing coursework to enable them to earn a full professional teaching license and induction support to enhance retention; provide tutoring for state licensure tests for provisionally licensed teachers in all content areas; and provide summer institutes to enhance the math and science knowledge; and teaching skills of elementary and special education teachers.
  • 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 executive director of RTR (formerly Richmond Teacher Residency), a partnership between the School of Education and four school divisions in Greater Richmond to recruit, prepare, support and retain extraordinary teachers and teacher leaders who are committed to serving students in high-needs schools for the long-term. A year-long, school-based medical-style residency, the program integrates the research and theory behind effective urban teaching with extensive classroom practice. Its residents co-teach alongside a carefully selected and highly-trained mentor within the local school systems.

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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