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Eaker-Rich, Deborah

Clinical Professor

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“What people believe to be real is real in its consequences.”

– W. I. Thomas


Deborah Eaker-Rich is Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer as well as the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education.  As such, she is charged with the oversight of all graduate and undergraduate academic programs and works closely with faculty on revised and new curricular efforts and initiatives.  In addition, she participates in policy decisions and implementation pertaining to the School of Education and is responsible for the oversight of academic data and reporting to various stakeholders.  In her administrative capacity, she serves on a number of administrative boards across campus.  She completed the BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women Training through the Friday Center at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010.   Finally, although she gets few opportunities to teach courses in her current position, she continues to enjoy advising students and serving on graduate student committees.

Previously, Eaker-Rich served as a research associate and consultant with Westat and All Kinds of Minds Institute where she conducted externally funded policy research and program evaluations. Her research and evaluation experience also includes work on teacher training and teacher effectiveness through the Southeast Center for Teaching Quality (currently the Center for Teaching Quality). In addition, she has taught an array of courses and engaged in research training for graduate students at N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 1990 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Social Foundations of Education
  • M.Ed. 1986 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adult Education
  • B.A. 1974 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sociology

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ph.D. in Education - Cultural Studies and Literacies

Research Interests

  • Caring in socially and culturally diverse environments
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Teacher quality and self-efficacy

Teaching Areas

  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Social contexts of education
  • Social and cultural diversity


  • EDUC 981: Field Techniques in Educational Research

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Studies Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Phi Delta Kappa
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