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Denise Maxwell

Denise Maxwell, EdD - Associate Dean

College of Education


“Online learning provides an availability of degree programs and access to learning that aligns with the lives of professionals."

Dr. Denise Maxwell is an Associate Dean in the College of Education at Ashford University, where she is Program Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies. She earned her EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, an MA in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Colorado, an MA in Education and Educational Psychology from Ball State University, and a BS in Special Education and Elementary Education from Central Oklahoma State University. Her professional experiences range from classroom teacher, special education teacher, professional developer, mentor, administrator, principal, educational consultant, and Assistant Professor. Her passion for online learning and instruction served as the motivation for joining Ashford University. “Online learning provides an availability of degree programs and access to learning that aligns with the lives of professionals,” she says. “My belief is the online classroom and interactions between students in this format represent the future for K-12 education and higher education. Being part of this learning format and working directly with other colleagues and students is an exciting and rewarding process. I especially enjoy the online interaction as students share about what they gained from another peer or class interaction, and how that process changed their behavior, provided new insight, or increased confidence in their own skills.” Although Dr. Maxwell has lived all over the world due to being part of military families first as a daughter and then a wife, she currently lives in Denver, CO. She has two adult daughters who bring much joy into her life.


Drs. Suzanne Power, Mihaela Tanasescu, Tony Farrell, and Denise Maxwell, College of Liberal Arts, College of Health, Human, Services, and Science, and College of Education (respectively) presented Elevating the faculty experience. WCET 25th Annual Meeting, Denver, November.