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Lys, Diana B

Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation and Accreditation

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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."


Dr. Lys serves as Assistant Dean for Educator Preparation and Accreditation in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She leads program assessment and accreditation efforts in the School. Prior to joining UNC, she was a faculty member at East Carolina University, serving for 5 years as the Director of Assessment and Accreditation in the College of Education. As Director, Dr. Lys played a pivotal role in implementing edTPA (formally TPA) at East Carolina. Dr. Lys continues to be a key partner in research linking teacher candidate performance data to graduate outcomes in the field, including student achievement scores and principal evaluations. Research from this work is a focus of her scholarship. Dr. Lys shares her experiences as a keynote speaker on edTPA implementation and serves on many state and national efforts to improve educator preparation.

Dr. Lys began her career in education as Middle School teacher in rural North Carolina. After 8 years in the field she joined the faculty in the College of Education at East Carolina University as a field experience coordinator. She credits these experiences with grounding her approach to working with faculty and P-12 partners to continuously improve teacher preparation.

Educational Background

  • Ed.D. 2007 - Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/Curriculum & Instruction

Research Interests

  • Teacher performance assessment, program assessment, teacher education
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