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Deborah L. Voltz is Dean of the School of Education and Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education at the National College of Education in Evanston, IL, obtained her master’s degree in special education at UAB and her doctorate of education from the University of Alabama.  Dr. Voltz began her career as a special education teacher at Gate City Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama. She also has taught in teacher preparation programs at several universities across the country, including Alabama State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Louisville.  She has taught internationally at the University of Melbourne, Australia and at the College of New Jersey’s Johannesburg Program in South Africa. 

voltz birmingham magazineRead about Dean Voltz in Birmingham MagazineThroughout her professional career spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Voltz has had a passion for the education of diverse learners in inclusive urban schools.  She has successfully written grants that have supported the development and implementation of UAB’s Urban Teacher Enhancement Program, and also has worked to enrich the professional development of administrators in inclusive urban schools.  Dr. Voltz has engaged in an active research agenda related to this area, and has published dozens of articles and book chapters devoted to the topic of teaching diverse learners.  Her recent book, Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards:  Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms, has provided a concise guide for many educators as they work to enhance student achievement in today’s classrooms.

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The School of Education is proud of its alumni.  Our students go on to become award-winning teachers, education administrators, education consultants and leaders in their fields.

Whether you graduated last year, ten years ago, or thirty years ago, we value you as members of the UAB community.  I encourage you to see your role in our success. We have alumni representing education through all walks of life: as the State of Alabama’s Finance Director, Chief Program Officer for an International Orphanage, and finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Award.

As alumni, you continue to astonish us with your ability to shape the lives in your communities. There are many ways for you to become involved with the UAB School of Education and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Our goal is to ensure that all alumni stay connected not only with the School, but also with their fellow UAB alumni and the broader UAB community.

Thank you in advance for your continued interest and support of UAB.
Deborah Voltz, Ed.D.