HARROGATE, Tenn. — Dr. J. Michael Clyburn is no stranger to the high-stakes, high-stress pressure of accreditation site visits.
As dean of Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Carter and Moyers School of Education he has successfully navigated three of the most critical visits in LMU’s history in just the past six months. Those experiences and his over-35 years in the field of education made him a prime candidate to join the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation’s (CAEP) new cadre of site visitors.
CAEP is the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and serves as the new accrediting body for educator preparation. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
CAEP issued invitations to a select group of individuals to participate in an innovative training program to prepare site visitors for the challenging role of serving as a member on the accreditation teams that recommend the final accreditation decisions for more than 100 educator preparation providers each academic year. Clyburn completed the training this summer, which included an update on CAEP’s new standards and accreditation process and preparation for the skills and challenges involved in accrediting educator preparation providers.
“We are particularly grateful to Michael because of his commitment of time and effort to what is a volunteer service largely unrecognized for the rigor of its processes and the high-stakes nature of the outcomes it determines,” CAEP President James G. Cibulka wrote in a letter of commendation.
NCATE was one of three accreditation processes that Clyburn guided the Carter and Moyers School of Education through this year. While the NCATE/CAEP announcement is still pending, two of the school’s programs in counseling education were granted Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation in July. CACREP, like CAEP, is the national standard in excellence in teacher preparation for counseling and related educational programs.
Clyburn has served as dean of the Carter and Moyers School of Education since 2011 when he returned to LMU following two presidencies at other Universities - Louisburg College and Alderson-Broaddus College. He served as vice president for academic affairs and provost at LMU from 2004-2007. Clyburn also held administrative positions at Trevecca Nazarene University, Spring Arbor and Mount Vernon Nazarene College. He has taught at Trevecca, Truett-McConnell College, the University of Tennessee, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Spring Arbor, LMU and Louisburg College.
Clyburn holds an education doctorate in educational administration and supervision from the University of Tennessee and a master of arts in sociology from Middle Tennessee State University. He graduated summa cum laude from Trevecca with a bachelor of arts in religion.