Debbie Creamer joined the ATS staff in 2013 as director, accreditation and institutional evaluation, and was named senior director of accreditation in July 2018. Her work includes facilitating accrediting reviews, providing education and support to member schools about the process of accreditation, and providing staff support to the work of the Board of Commissioners of the ATS Commission on Accrediting. She also served as senior editor of the Association’s scholarly journal, Theological Education, from 2016 to 2019.
Prior to ATS, Creamer served at Iliff School of Theology, beginning in 1997 as a member of the library staff, becoming a faculty member in 2005, then director of the library, associate dean for academic affairs in 2009, and interim dean and vice president for academic affairs from 2012 to 2013. She is a frequent speaker on issues of disability and religion for churches and other local and national groups, and she is a former cochair and founding member of the Religion and Disability Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion.
The author of a number of articles on disability theology, Creamer also wrote Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (2009). While at Iliff, she was deeply involved in preparing that school’s self-study reports and served on a number of accreditation visiting teams for ATS.
Creamer holds an MDiv from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, an MLIS from the University of Denver, and a PhD from Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver Joint PhD Program.