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Deborah Schreiber

Faculty Profile

Dr. Deborah Schreiber, Professor

College of Health Sciences

Phone: 800-375-9878

Email: deborah.schreiber@trident.edu

"I have been at Trident University for ten years and our students continue to impress me year after year with the high level of commitment and dedication they show toward their academic studies. As adult learners, many aspects of our students’ professional and personal lives compete for their time and attention. We at Trident understand these challenges, and design curriculum that meets adult learners’ needs for flexibility, student-centeredness, just-in-time support, practical application of theory, and authentic performance-based assessment. I possess a strong respect for our students and all that they accomplish academically, professionally, and personally.
I am proud to be of service as professor and director of the Master of Arts in Education program."


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Administration, Boston University - 1990
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Cincinnati - 1984
  • BS.Ed., Secondary School Comprehensive Sciences, University of Cincinnati - 1983
  • BS, Chemistry/Biology, University of Cincinnati - 1983

Chair for Doctoral degree: Dr. Gerald Abegg, Ph.D.


Scoring student-generated concept maps in introductory college chemistry Full Text (Publication No. AAT 9024724)


  • Schreiber, D. (2011). Webinars: Best practices in a graduate research course. Published in Proceedings of the International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation. Madrid, Spain. November 14- 16.
  • Schreiber, D. & Madrigal, O. (2011). Student information-age mindset: A key to success in distance learning courses. International Journal of E-Learning, 10(3).
  • Schreiber, D., Kim, H., & Johnson, K. (2011). Special topics and issues that impact teacher attrition and retention: Power, community and culture. Paper presented at the AERA Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 8-12.
  • Schreiber, D. (2008). Best practices for building community among onsite and virtual faculty. Paper selected for the 7th International Internet Education Conference (ICT-Learn 2008). Cairo, Egypt. October 7-9.
  • Schreiber, D. (2003) Implementing point-and-click designs: Online learning via tutorial, drills, simulation and role play. Invited speaker. Paper presented at the Best Practices in eLearning Conference. University of Calgary. Canada. August 13-14.
  • Schreiber, D. (2002) Online courses: Don’t leave interaction to chance (Design it in!). Paper presented at the International Council for Open and Distance Education / Canadian Association for Distance Education (CADE/ICDE), North American Regional Conference. Calgary, Canada. May 26-29.
  • Schreiber, D. (2001) Sustaining distance training in today’s market. Invited speaker. Paper presented at the Washington Metropolitan Distance Learning Assn. World Bank. Wash, DC. March 21.
  • Schreiber, D. (2001). Corporate distance training: Start-up. Invited speaker. Paper presented at the Call Source: Train-the-Trainer Teleconference. March 16.
  • Schreiber, D., Welton, R., Niewves-Khouw, F., & McElreath, M. (2000) Developing computer-based training for age-related competencies. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (16)5. September/October.
  • Schreiber, D. (2000) Knowledge management and the web: Online distance training. Invited speaker. Paper presented at the AI and Soft Computing annual conference. Banff, Canada. July 24-26.
  • Schreiber, D. (2000) Corporate e-training. Invited speaker. Paper presented at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) annual conference TelCon East 2000. Washington, DC. March 3.
  • Schreiber, D. (1999) Nontraditional models of management education. Paper presented at the Graduate Management Admissions Council annual conference. Washington, DC. June 16-19.
  • Schreiber, D. (1998). Organizational policy and procedure for effective distance learning. Paper presented at the WEB 98 Conference. Sponsored by Northern Arizona University. Phoenix, AZ. May 28-30.
  • Schreiber, D. (1998). Organizational profiles: How to maximize use of technology and institutionalize distance learning efforts. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Distance Learning. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. August 5-7.
  • Schreiber, D. (1998). Distance learning and collaboration. Paper presented at the Access America Conference. Sponsored by V.P. Gore’s National Performance Review Committee. Baltimore, MD January 13 and Fort Lauderdale, FL June 15.
  • Schreiber, D. & Berge, Z. (1998). Editors. Distance training: How innovative organizations are using technology to maximize learning and meet business objectives. Jossey-Bass Publishers.


  • Participation in the Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium Exhibit Dates: 3/4/12 – 3/5/12. Location: Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, MD. Worked with Trident University Liaison: Deanna Lindsey.
  • Consultation and 4-hr Training provided to eLearning professors / Sum 2012 at World Bank eInstitute in Washington DC.
  • Increasing Student Interaction and Participation in Online Courses: Implementing three curricular design activities (Jig-saw Puzzles, Round-robin, and Fish-Bowl). Trident University Faculty Retreat / Workshop / July 2013.
  • How to Reduce Grading and Feedback Time while Increasing Feedback Quality! Co-present with Dr. Patti Rhynders at Trident University Faculty Workshop / May 2, 2012.
  • Improving Student Retention. Co-present with Drs. Jack Elson and Steven Gold at Trident University Faculty Retreat / Workshop / July 21, 2011.


    •  The Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Distinguished Scholarship and        Publication for book titled: Distance Training: How Innovative        Organizations are Using Technology to Maximize Learning and Meet        Business Objectives.

    •  Recognition by V.P. Al Gore for Participation in Access America        Conference.

    •  United States Distance Learning Association Certificate for        Membership Recognition.


I teach primarily research methods courses and the capstone courses for the Master of Arts in Education (MAED) program, and assist the PhD program in Educational Leadership (EL) with teaching qualitative research course and chairing dissertations.

Two recent research areas in which I am working include “building community among onsite and virtual faculty” and the “information-age mindset” (of both 18-22 yr. old students and adult learners). I’m fascinated by both topics and believe that more knowledge of each will contribute significantly to sustaining excellent online learning.

Additional areas of research interest include general eLearning, instructional technology, educational administration, curriculum and instruction.


    •  Member of Community Involvement Committee (Dupont Circle        Advisory Neighborhood Commission) - 2013

    •  President of Board of Dupont Circle Citizens Association (2010-2013)


  • World Bank eInstitute – developed and delivered training for eLearning facilitators
  • AARP – designed and staffed distance learning program
  • Cienna – conducted gap analysis of engineering staff development needs