Lauren Dotson

Assistant Professor Education

Dr. Lauren Dotson serves as the Chair of the Education Department and Director of the Neff Center for Teacher Preparation.  A mountain girl at heart, she enjoys doing all things “outdoors,” like horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing.  Her research interests include the middle level learner, socioeconomic status and academic achievement, and using a trauma-sensitive lens when approaching student behaviors and academic growth.  


Ed. D., East Tennessee State University, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis                   12/2014

Dissertation: Middle Grade Academic Achievement and Socioeconomic Status

on North Carolina Report Cards, 2012-2013

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Virginia Foley, Associate Professor and President of Faculty Senate,

East Tennessee State University

Master of Arts, Middle Grades Education, Appalachian State University                                      5/2011

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Appalachian State University                               12/2007

-Graduated Summa Cum Laude

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