Dr. Roberta Ross-Fisher is a national leader in educator preparation, competency-based education, distance learning, accreditation and quality assurance. Roberta taught for 16 years at the P-12 level before becoming a higher education professor, student teacher supervisor, director of teacher education, dean, manager of compliance & accreditation, academic vice president, and consultant.

Her work has resulted in numerous state program approvals; approval as an alternative route to licensure provider; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) reaffirmation; national program rankings from the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ); and national recognition for all eligible educator licensure programs by their respective Specialized Professional Associations (SPA). She also is an experienced site team reviewer and team lead for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

An articulate presenter and author of numerous scholarly works, Roberta has received many professional accolades during her career including five Who’s Who in Teaching awards; Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence; Parkway Baptist Distinguished Professor of the Year Award; six High Performance Faculty Recognition awards; two Provost Top Performer Awards; Compliance and Accreditation Departmental Award; and two Excellence in University Service Awards.

Dr. Ross-Fisher has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in Reading Education, and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She has developed considerable expertise in areas such as:

Ensuring Academic Quality

  • Developing and Facilitating Courses and Programs of Excellence
  • Making Data-Driven Decisions to Steer Program and Systemic Improvement
  • The Importance of High-Quality Assessments in Gauging Academic Quality and Efficacy
  • The Role of State, Regional, and National Accrediting Bodies on Quality Assurance
  • Coordination of Regional and Functional Accreditation Self-Studies and Site Visits
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Programs (CAEP)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation
  • State Program Approvals
  • Standards-Based Curriculum Development
  • Strategic Planning to Meet Institutional Mission, Vision, and Goals


Educational Innovation and Reform

  • Designing & Implementing Effective Online Learning Environments
  • Competency-Based Educational Models
  • The Role of Character, Ethical Practice, and Professional Dispositions in Leadership
  • Ensuring Workforce Needs through Educational Partnerships and Innovative Programming
  • Innovative Programs to Meet Supply and Demand Needs


Supporting Learner Success

  • Recruitment & Supervision of Highly Qualified Faculty & Staff
  • Improving Student Retention, Graduation, and Satisfaction through Mentoring Models
  • Selecting and Admitting Candidates of High Quality
  • Creating Meaningful Community/University Partnerships and Articulation Agreements
  • Student Success through Personalized Learning


Current Professional Projects

  • Development of an innovative residency-based, workforce-driven educator preparation program
  • Research & Development: Professional Dispositions of Highly Effective Teachers and School Leaders
  • Online course modules for education professionals leading to micro-credentials