Theresa McCormick retires from College of Education

June 29, 2021


Formal Headshot Theresa McCormickProfessor Theresa McCormick, who most recently served as Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Certification Officer, is retiring. Her last day will be July 1.

Following an 11-year career as a fifth-grade classroom teacher in Crossville, Alabama, McCormick served two years as Teacher-in-Residence instructor while she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama.

Following her graduation in 2004, McCormick joined the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the college’s elementary education program. She eventually became the program coordinator and instituted several important innovations. These included developing cohorts in the elementary education program, curricular innovations, and leading the college’s transition from the accrediting agency NCATE to CAPE.

“Theresa was an outstanding faculty member whose experience in and familiarity with the accreditation process and different agencies made her an ideal candidate to succeed Susan Villaume as Associate Dean,” said LRC director and professor Susan Bannon, who has known McCormick since she first arrived on campus. “The accreditation processes in our college are very important, and she has done great work in guiding the office.”

McCormick also worked closely with Marilyn Strutchens, interim head of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Strutchens arrived on Auburn’s campus four years prior to McCormick.

“I have worked with Dr. McCormick in the different capacities, including faculty member, interim department head, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean, in which she served at Auburn University. In each one, she was dedicated, caring, trustworthy, and open-minded, all important characteristics of a true leader. She also contributed much to the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in each of her roles.”

Dean Jeffrey Fairbrother said McCormick will be sorely missed.

“Theresa has been a wonderful colleague and made my transition to Auburn a smooth one,” he said. “We appreciate her good work and wish her all happiness in her new life of retirement.”