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Debra Fowler, Ph.D.

Debra Fowler, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Office: 232C Blocker
Phone: 979-845-0717


As Executive Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Texas A&M University since August 2022, Dr. Debra Fowler works closely with the Faculty Affairs Office as well as academic administrators and faculty to assess the organizational program needs in teaching. Her role also consists of handling the day-to-day operations of the CTE. Dr. Fowler is a member of the Generative AI Committee for Texas A&M University and is responsible for implementation of adaptive and responsive teaching methods regarding AI.

She has served as Visiting Assistant Professor teaching a graduate course on college teaching in the Department of Education Administration and Human Resource Development at the University and is currently a graduate faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Fowler has served in leadership roles in the national and state faculty-development organizations and has presented workshops at numerous conferences, as well as authored or co-authored publications in various journals and a book chapter.

Dr. Fowler received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering, with specific emphasis on engineering education, from Texas A&M University. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she spent sixteen years with The Dow Chemical Company in a variety of roles from technical service and development to overseeing the technical hiring for North America before returning to graduate school. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students at both Georgia Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University. 

Debra has a keen interest in serving society and long-term impact which has led her to academia where long-lasting influence is at our fingertips. In her personal time, she enjoys nurturing new plants in the garden and experimenting with recipes (it is experimenting after all, guess that is why she first became a chemist).

Research Focus

  • Curriculum or Program (Re)Design
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
  • Reflective ePortfolios
  • Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching

  Areas of Expertise
  • Program Design and (Re)Design
  • Transformative Doctoral Education Model
  • Organizational Leadership and Mentorship
  • Organizational Influence and Change
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
  • Critical Thinking and Reflection