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Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer
Strategic Director of Design
412-788-6505, ext. 238

Debbie Creamer joined the ATS staff in 2013 as director of accreditation and institutional evaluation, served as senior director of accreditation from 2018 to 2020, and was named strategic director of design in 2021. In this role, she works strategically to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of ATS as a hybrid learning organization and to foster a culture of creativity and innovation in both the work of accrediting and in the Association’s programs and services. Her work includes leadership for planning, designing, implementing, and assessing synchronous, asynchronous, and semi-synchronous educational engagements for ATS staff, board members, member schools, and other stakeholders. In her role, she also serves as director of the ATS Educational Design Lab.
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 helped to design and direct the school’s online and distributed learning programs from 2009 to 2013. 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; she was also a frequent participant in ATS programs and initiatives, and served on the steering committee of the ATS Technology in Theological Education Group (TTEG) from 2009 to 2012.
The author of a number of articles on disability theology, Creamer also wrote Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (2009). She has been 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. Her current work in educational design builds from her experiences with and commitments to Universal Design for Learning, which she has studied and taught as part of her work with disability, as well as her ongoing interests in online technology as a way to attend to embodiments that creatively and constructively engage limits.

Creamer holds an MDiv from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, an MLIS with a concentration in information technologies from the University of Denver, and a PhD in theology from Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver Joint PhD Program.