Dr. Joy Kimmons is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Education Leadership programs. Dr. Kimmons holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University and Ed.D. in educational leadership from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She has also completed additional studies at Vermont College of Norwich University and Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She has taught courses in educational psychology, educational research, child development, middle school perspectives, educational tests and measurement, and gifted education.
Most recently, her teaching in the M.Ed. program includes a variety of courses which focus on learning communities. The foci include concepts of learning communities, educational leadership and management, and developing and sustaining learning communities. She works as a mentor to a number of graduate students completing their theses.
Her interests include the social context of education and the social organization of schools, with specific reference to family-school-community relations. Dr. Kimmons is also interested in the changing role of school leadership with an emphasis on instructional leaders. She has worked with local schools conducting professional development workshops in the areas of middle school education, multiple intelligence, constructivist teaching, diversity, parental involvement, and school-community relations. Her current research interests include promising practices in teacher education, developing and sustaining learning communities, and alternative licensure.