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Dreeben School of Education Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. David W. Moffett Biographical Page

David Moffett

Dr. David W. Moffett is a Full Professor in the Dreeben School of Education Doctor of Philosophy program. He is the Coordinator of the Higher Education Concentration. The Higher Education Concentration features two strands: Administration and the Professorate. The goals of the Concentration are to graduate dynamic higher education administrators and effective professors. Students pursuing the PhD Higher Education Concentration select one of these two strands, depending on whether they desire to pursue a career in administration or teaching.

Dr. Moffett's career in higher education is extensive. Administratively, he has served as an Associate Dean responsible for assessment of programs, Chair of a college's largest division and director of accreditation, Coordinator of a university's doctoral and masters programs, and Coordinator of a secondary education program and educational technology endorsement. He has been President of a state's education association for private colleges and universities, and also the longest serving Board Member, Treasurer, and President-elect of a state's education association for public and private colleges and universities.

As a member of the professoriate, Dr. Moffett possesses two decades of higher education teaching experience. To date, he has developed and taught 53 different courses from Introduction to Education through, and including, the Doctoral Research Seminar. Dr. Moffett was selected as a college's faculty member of the year in 2008, a leading educator of the world in 2005, and a finalist for a university's excellence in teaching award in 2003. He has also been awarded membership in Who's Who Among America's Educators.

Dr. Moffett is a pioneer in online education. He delivered a university's first all online course, as a result of a Lilly Endowment Grant, in 1998. He has 30 years of experience in designing and launching database systems, and was responsible for IBM's and Xerox's first joint venture. Prior to his administration and teaching experiences in higher education, Dr. Moffett was an administrator of a laboratory school used by a state to change and improve K-12 education and a high school social studies teacher. His students won multiple state awards for their community service efforts. Dr. Moffett also led a corporation for several years that designed electronic databases for real estate, insurance and investment companies.

Dr. Moffett is a graduate of Indiana University's Doctoral Leadership program. He also holds a doctoral minor in Interdisciplinary Evaluation. Dr. Moffett's doctoral program advisor and dissertation chair was Dr. William Foster, author of Paradigms and Promises. His qualifying for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation minor was supervised by Dr. Thomas Schwandt. The Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees were earned by Dr. Moffett at Ball State University. He was initiated as a member of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society at Indiana University and Phi Delta Kappa at Ball State. Dr. Moffett has served as Counselor for Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education chapters at two colleges.

Members of Dr. Moffett's family first settled in Texas in 1860. His 3X Great Uncle, John Hemphill "Hemp" Moffett, served as a Lieutenant in the Texas Army during the Civil War. His son, Frank Lee Moffett, was active in early Texas county government leadership. Dr. Moffett's second cousin, George Clarence "Cotton" Moffett, was the head of the Texas cotton lobby and is known as "The Dean of the Texas Legislature", having served for 34 years as a Representative and Senator including Senate President pro tempore. He was also the Grand Master of the Texas Masons.

Senator Moffett is buried in the Texas State Cemetery, in Austin, as a tribute for his lifelong leadership and service to the state of Texas. The Moffett Library in Wichita Falls, Texas is named for him.

Dr. Moffett looks forward to discussing the Higher Education Concentration with you. To reach him, please send an email to




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