A 37-year veteran special educator, researcher, and teacher trainer, Dr. Teresa Taber Doughty began as dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Education in 2016.
As dean, she is committed to the preparation of outstanding education professionals to ensure that every child in Texas and across the nation has access to a highly effective teacher and school leader. She believes that quality professional preparation grounded in evidence-based research is the foundation for effective schools, impactful leadership, and thriving communities.
Author/co-author of more than 60 professional publications, she currently serves on the Board of Examiners for the Council for the Accreditation of Education Professionals (CAEP), as a Quality Review Team lead for the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Preparation (AAQEP), and recently concluded her tenure as the Executive Director for the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC-DADD). She also serves on numerous professional editorial boards for scholarly journals and is an executive board member for the AWARE Foundation.
Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Taber Doughty spent 17 years on the faculty at Purdue University as both a professor of special education and as an associate dean in the College of Education. She earned her degrees at Auburn University (B.S.) in Auburn, AL and Georgia State University (M.Ed. and Ph.D) in Atlanta, GA.
She and her husband have three adult children, six grandchildren, and two golden doodles named Boomer and Buttercup.