Dr. Deborah Butler is a professor of teacher education at Wabash College. She came to Wabash in 1985 after teaching in Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. She received her BA degree in English at Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary, and holds the MEd and Ed.D in English Education from the University of Virginia. She has published on women and the Vietnam War (Unheard Voices: American Women Writing on the Vietnam War, Garland, 1989) and on middle grades curriculum and language arts (Rooms to Grow: Natural Language Arts in the Classroom, Carolina Academic Press, 1995). She most recently has written and co-authored on the relationship between teacher education programs and liberal arts education. Deborah received Wabash College’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998. She also served as a member of the NCATE Board of Examiners for teacher education accreditation nationally from 1995–2006 and as a national program folio reviewer for middle grades teacher education programs.
Deborah has two grown daughters (one is in the foreign service and the other works for the Navy) and is married to Dr. Tom Dickinson, Professor of Education Studies at DePauw University. Her extended family includes several felines and two equines. She is currently pursuing veterinary technology studies as well as maintaining her teaching and learning interests at Wabash
Ed.D., University of Virginia, 1980, Curriculum & Instruction (English Education)
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1977, English Education
B.A., Christopher Newport College, 1973, English
EDU 420-422 - Seminar & Student Teaching
EDU 330 - The Chicago Urban Education and Cultural Experience
Presenter, session on student teacher use of knowledge, International SOTL Conference, Bloomington, IN, Fall, 2009.
Session organizer and moderator, American Association of Higher Education, two sessions on assessment and liberal arts, 2008.
Co-presenter, Liberal Arts and Teacher Education, Association of Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Spring, 2007.
Co-presenter, with ICI-IACTE Steering Group, AILACTE, 2005, session on teacher educators working with legislators for teacher education.
Co-presenter, AACTE and AILACTE, on the beginnings of a national study of the relationship between liberal arts and teacher education, 2004.
Co-presenter on two sessions on technology and the liberal arts teacher education program, AILACTE, 2003, and 2004. (“Teaching our Pre-Service Candidates to ‘Bring Each Child Along,’” and “Instructional Use of Technology Across Liberal Arts Campuses and Teacher Education Programs: A Collaborative Effort Continued”)
Butler, Deborah. American Women Writers on the Vietnam Conflict: Unheard Voices. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1990.
Butler, Deborah, Thomas Dickinson, and Mary Davies. On-Site: Preparing Middle Level Teachers Through Field Experiences. Columbus, OH: NMSA, 1991.
Butler, Deborah, and Tom Liner. Rooms to Grow: Natural Language in the Middle Grades. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1995. Second printing, 1998.
Butler, Deborah, and Lee Manning. Addressing Gender Issues in Young Adolescents. Olney, MD: ACEI, 1998.
Butler, Deborah, Michele Pittard, and Jacqueline McDowell (eds). Teacher Education and the Liberal Arts: A Lasting Relationship. AILACTE, 2009.
Recipient of Wabash College’s McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Excellence in Teaching Award, 1998-99.
Recipient of Outstanding Masters Student Award, University of Virginia, College of Education, 1978.
B. A. in English with Highest Honors, Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary, English Department, 1972.