Dr. Lauren Lunsford is the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and as well as a Professor in the Department of Education. Dr. Lunsford was appointed Associate Dean in 2014 and joined the Belmont faculty in 2006. Her work has centered on preparing teachers to meet the needs of all of their students, particularly in the areas of literacy and technology. At Belmont she has taught a variety of courses in education including Human Development, Secondary Methods, Classroom Management, Secondary Literacy, Technology in the Classroom, and various Reading Specialist courses in the Education Department. Dr. Lunsford publishes and presents widely on the areas of literacy, teacher collaboration, and technology in the classroom.
Before joining the Belmont faculty, Dr. Lunsford served as an assistant professor of special education at San Francisco State University teaching courses on students with reading disabilities and with behavioral problems. She earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education at Vanderbilt University and has worked with students at the elementary, middle and high school level. Dr. Lunsford has taught and consulted in a number of cities including Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; New York City, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; and San Francisco, CA. Her experience across grade levels in varying contexts contributes to her passion to help train teachers to help all students learn.