Gypsy M. Denzine, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Leadership

Gypsy M. Denzine, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Emphasis in Human Development and Learning & Cognition, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO (1996)
    • Dissertation: Implicit Learning and Prototypes
  • M.A. in Educational Leadership and Counseling: Emphasis in Counseling, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (1988)
    • Thesis: Career Maturity of Undergraduate Mexican-American Women
    • Internship: UTEP University Counseling Center
  • B.S. in Social Work, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN - Cum Laude (1984)
    • Internship: Voluntary Action Center and United Way

Research interests

  • College Student Achievement Motivation
  • Teacher Self-Efficacy
  • Leadership Coaching in Higher Education
  • Executive Coaching Self-Efficacy

Career highlights

  • Served as Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Served as Dean of the College of Education at Northern Arizona University
  • Served as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University
  • Past President of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Past Executive Board Member of the Council of Academic Deans From Research Education Institutions
  • Content Expert for Academic Impressions
  • Trained Executive Leadership Coach
  • Earned Certificate in Conflict Resolution
  • Professional Experience in both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs
  • Past Editorial Board Member of the Journal of College Student Development

Recent publications/projects


  • Denzine, G.M. (2022). Strategies for Helping Staff Members Become Part of the Great Resignation Aspiration. To be presented at the Dean’s Institute hosted by the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD). October 2022.
  • Campbell, R.P., & Denzine, G.M. (2022). Strategies for handling the academic career curve ball. To be presented at the MAGNA Leadership in Higher Education Conference in Baltimore, MD. October 2022.
  • Denzine, G.M. (2022). Taking a “What can be” strategy for improving the experience of adjunct faculty members. Presented at the American Association of Colleges and Universities PKAL Florida conference. May 2022.
  • Denzine, G.M. (2022). A Call to Action! Strategies for STEM Department Chairs in Creating Equity-Minded Faculty Workloads. Presentation at the American Association of Colleges and Universities PKAL Massachusetts conference. February 2022.
  • Campbell, R.P., & Denzine, G.M. (2020). Beyond the call of duty? Examining the faculty role in student success. Pre-conference workshop presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Washington, D.C., January 2019.


  • Pathak, A., Denzine, G.M., & Rugless, L. (in progress). We can’t be called by our dead name”: A case study in a Name of Use initiative. (target journal - Diversity in Higher Education).
  • Denzine, G.M. (2018). Connections and conversations (presidential column). Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Summer 2018.
  • Denzine, G.M. (2017). What changes - what stays the same (presidential column). Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Summer 2017.
  • Denzine, G.M. (2016). “Magical moments” mark society time (presidential column). Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Fall 2016.
  • Denzine, G.M., & Brown, R. (2014). Achievement motivation. Chapter for R. Papa’s (Ed.) Media Rich Instruction: Connecting Curriculum to All Learners. Springer.
  • Denzine, G.M. (2014). [Review of the New York Longitudinal Scales Adult Temperament Questionnaire, Second Edition]. The 19th Mental Measurement Yearbook (Buros Institute), 142-147. Lincoln, NE.*
  • Denzine, G.M. (2014). [Review of the Retail Sales Evaluation]. The 19th Mental Measurement Yearbook (Buros Institute), 142-147. Lincoln, NE.
  • Denzine, G.M. (2012). Assessment package for Woolfolk’s Educational Psychology, 12th edition. Pearson.


Dr. Gypsy Denzine is a professor of educational leadership in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Denzine identifies as an applied educational psychologist who uses her theoretical knowledge to help college students thrive. In her previous administrative roles, she used her theoretical knowledge of achievement motivation and self-regulated learning to support the growth of faculty and staff members in higher education. She has worked closely with engineering faculty to improve undergraduate engineering education. She has hired, supervised, or worked closely with more than 50 academic department chairs. She currently serves as an executive coach to new aspiring academic leaders. She regularly conducts leadership workshops for department chairs and provides conflict resolution interventions when needed. She has experience and a passion for bridging Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

Curriculum Vitae

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