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Educational Foundations & Special Education

Deborah Harley EdD
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Deborah  Harley-McClaskey EdD

Associate Professor
Program Advisor
423-439-7683 /
Warf-Pickel 426


Dr. Harley-McClaskey is considered to be an expert on leadership development in all workplace sectors. Excellence through leadership, service and civic engagement are personal passions. She served as a consultant to over 30 organizations on personal leadership development initiatives, including K & N Management’s 2010 Baldrige winning application.

As an Associate Professor and director of Academic Leadership Programs at East Tennessee State University, she developed the Minor in Leadership Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership. She served as part of the team that developed the on-line master’s in strategic leadership for the state-wide E-Campus Program.

She is the author of the textbook, Developing Human Service Leaders, recently published by Sage in January of 2016.

Dr. Harley-McClaskey is leadership coach for Gallup specializing in the Strengths Finder assessment for teams and leaders. She is also a facilitator/mentor and trainer for the Franklin Covey Organization, and serves on their Higher Education Advisory Board, reviewing training materials to be used in Colleges and Universities. She is a leadership consultant for Pal’s Business Excellence Institute, 2015 Level 4 Winner of the Tennessee Quality Award.

She is active in the community having served as a board or task force leader for Create Appalachia, the Girl Scouts, Coalition for Kids, Second Harvest Food Bank, Johnson City Senior Center, Chamber of Commerce, Johnson City/Washington County Community Youth Leadership Program, and Tennessee Campus Compact.

Deborah holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University, a master’s in counseling and a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of South Florida.

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