Lora Bailey, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Licensure and Accreditation

Lora Bailey, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D.in curriculum and teaching, Auburn University
  • M.A. in early childhood education, Auburn University - Montgomery
  • B.S. in business finance, Auburn University - Montgomery

Research interests

Early childhood teacher education, diversity education, assessment and accreditation, and administration

Career highlights

  • Appointed, 2015-present, CAEP National Accreditation Team
  • Appointed, 2019-2022, CAEP Accreditation Council
  • Appointed, 2015-2017, CAEP Inaugural Research Committee
  • Elected Chair, Spring 2014, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Global Diversity Committee
  • Taylor and Francis Book Contract, 2016
  • Holmes Scholarship Award, 1999-2001, Auburn University
  • Outstanding Multicultural Doctoral Student Award, 1999-2001, Auburn University
  • Teacher of the Year, 1997, Forest Avenue Elementary School, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Teacher of the Year, 1995, Floyd Elementary School, Montgomery, Alabama, 1995

Key Faculty and Administrative Appointments

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Program Coordinator, Auburn University; Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of South Carolina-Columbia and service as full professor of early childhood education, dean and accreditation unit head for a sum of 10 years over the past 19 years.


Dr. Lora Bailey is the Executive Director of Licensure and Accreditation for the VCU School of Education.

In this role, Bailey collects and reports compliance data to state and federal agencies such as the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and state board of examiners. She develops program evaluation models to evaluate, report and improve program effectiveness, and leads college units and departments to enhance teaching and learning university-wide. She also directs human and financial resources to support institutional effectiveness, develops unit and university-wide budgets, and provides administrative and supervisory leadership to faculty and staff.

Bailey currently serves as a member of the CAEP Accreditation Council and the National Review Board Team, which is chiefly responsible for reviewing and reaffirming CAEP accreditation for education units, nationwide and internationally. She has also served on professional standards boards that provide quality assurance to support state and national accreditation efforts.

As a grant writer and administrator, Bailey has been responsible for writing grant proposals, managing large scale project budgets averaging more than $7 million, supervising grant investigators and graduate researchers, evaluating project impact, soliciting program participants, and collaborating with stakeholders, state and national accreditation organizations, and the officers of national and state level funding agencies.

Over the past 19 years, Bailey has received funding for national, state or locally funded projects and has incorporated opportunities for assessing the quality of existing university programs that implement funded activities.

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