Dr. Joyce A. Scott
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Joyce A. Scott served 32 years in academic and student affairs administration at four public universities, a national association, and a state university system. She came to Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2003 as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and returned to full-time teaching in the Department of Educational Leadership in 2006. She teaches live and online in philosophy, teaching and learning theory, and higher education policy, issues and reform
While at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Scott led the creation of a statewide course transfer system; developed the UW-Casper campus; revamped summer school; upgraded faculty compensation for summer and extension classes; established extended degree programs with the state’s seven community colleges; and began delivery of instructional telecommunications services statewide. She served on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials for three years.
As Provost at SUNY-Potsdam, she initiated faculty review of general education; coordinated faculty planning for an NSF grant, a Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, and an MST degree; and joined in founding the SUNY-North Country/Fort Drum Higher Education Consortium.
During her term as Executive Vice President at Wichita State University, Dr. Scott worked with Faculty Senate and Deans Council to create a campus-wide assessment process, the Elliott School of Communication and National Institute for Aviation Research, an indirect cost return system for faculty and departments, and a salary equity program for faculty. To serve the community better, she promoted extending WSU’s television services and ITFS network throughout Sedgwick County; doubled cooperative education participation; and increased scholarship funding for minority, non-traditional, and doctoral students.
At the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Scott served as Vice President for Academic and International Programs. She led the Sallie Mae National Retention Project, Teach America, and the Kellogg Foundation Academic Leadership Academy for member institutions. She planned and delivered programs for chief academic officers nationally and consulted with the American Council on Education, leading program review teams for the award of academic credit (Defense Language Institute) and for university programs on military bases. In addition, she consulted with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on the delivery of teacher education training to rural native communities.
As Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs, Montana University System and Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Scott engaged in policy development and legislative relations for the MUS. She facilitated collaboration to align writing and mathematics standards for college readiness. With colleagues, she won a Gear Up grant for the state to serve low-income students, organized a Montana P-16 Pathways Roundtable, and created a Conversation on Tenure for the Board of Regents. She served as an evaluator for the P-16 Pathways Project in Maryland and California.
Dr. Scott’s research interests include faculty compensation, assessment, accreditation, and leadership preparation. She has won or managed grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sasakawa Foundation, Sallie Mae, the Kellogg Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. She holds the B.A. in French and English from the University of Connecticut, the M. A. in French from the University of Virginia, and the Ph. D. in Romance Languages from Duke University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi and has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1986.