Debbie Creamer joined the ATS staff at the beginning of the 2013–2014 academic year 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 was also named senior editor of the Association’s scholarly journal, Theological Education, in 2016.
Prior to coming 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 for the 2012–2013 academic year. She is an MDiv graduate of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, has an MLIS from the University of Denver, and received her PhD from Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver Joint PhD program.
Creamer is the author of Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (2009), a book that encourages thought in new ways about categories like ability and disability. She is the author of a number of articles on disability theology and is a frequent speaker on issues of disability and religion for churches and other local and national groups. She is also a former cochair and founding member of the Religion and Disability Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion. While at Iliff, she was deeply involved in preparing that school’s self-study reports and has served on a number of accreditation visiting teams for ATS.