Deborah Bickford

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Deborah J. Bickford

Professor; Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives (AALI)

  • Full-Time Faculty

Profile

Deborah Bickford is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives, overseeing programs, services and centers that support the university mission by enhancing learning, teaching, promoting the professional development and engagement of students, faculty, and staff, and integrating learning and living in community. As the Director of the Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center, she collaborates with colleagues to foster innovations in learning and teaching. She is also a professor of Management in the School of Business Administration where she has taught various courses in the areas of strategy and leadership. She is the recipient of several awards, including the University’s Faculty Award in Teaching. She worked for the U.S. General Accounting Office, and taught at the University of Akron and Northeastern University before joining the University of Dayton in 1988. Her current research interests focus on the impact of physical space on learning, and on connected and active learning.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
  • M.S.B.A., University of Massachusetts
  • B.A., State University of New York

Courses Taught

  • MBA 698 - Strategic and Stakeholder Management
  • MGT 490 - Managing the Enterprise

Professional Activities

  • Academy of Management
  • American Association of Colleages and Universities, Campus Representative
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)
  • AAUP

Selected Publications

Bickford, D.J., and Wright, D.J., Chapter 4, “Community:  The Hidden Context for Learning” D. Oblinger, ed., Learning Spaces, Educause E-Book, June, 2006.

Bickford, D.J., “Navigating the White Waters of Collaborative Work,” in Chism, N., and D.J. Bickford, eds., The Importance of Physical Space in Creating Supportive Learning Environments. New Directions for Teaching and Learning series, issue 92. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Winter 2002.

Chism, N. and Bickford, D.J., “Improving the Environment for Learning: An Expanded Agenda,” in Chism, N., and D.J. Bickford, eds., The Importance of Physical Space in Creating Supportive Learning Environments. New Directions for Teaching and Learning series, issue 92. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Winter 2002.

Bickford, D.J., and James Van Vleck, "Reflections on Artful Teaching," Journal of Management Education, v. 21, no. 4 (1997), 448-472.