Director and Associate Professor, Endicott College Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG)
Debra Richardson Smith, Ph.D. is Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College. She is a member of the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership faculty, advises graduate students and leads research and evaluation studies in formal and informal education settings. Debra’s experience in education over three decades includes teaching in a variety of contexts from pre-school to graduate school; program, curriculum and assessment design; and research and evaluation. She was the founding director of the Collaborative Inquiry and Development Group at the University of Southern Maine where she led several research projects focused on teachers’ deepening understanding of students’ learning through assessment and collaborative inquiry.
As an arts educator, Debra led the development of a community-based arts program and a humanities program for high school students, and served as the coordinator of Portland (ME) High School’s Fine Arts Group, including visual arts, music, theatre, creative writing and dance faculty. More recently, she was a consultant to Studio in a School in partnership with New York City Department of Education in their “Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts” initiative. Debra has also worked with several museums and schools on arts integration and assessment initiatives. She earned a BA in Art from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; an M.Ed. in Learning Environments from Lesley College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University.