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Carrie Grimes


Dr. Carrie Grimes is a skilled and dynamic academic with a broad array of experiences in independent school and university settings. She currently serves as a professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations where she teaches at the master’s and doctoral level and directs Peabody’s M.Ed. in Independent School Leadership. Her expertise ranges from community building in online professional degree programs, early childhood education, strategic planning, institutional advancement, emotionally intelligent leadership and instruction, and programmatic design/management.

Dr. Grimes prides herself on possessing strong communication skills interfacing with collaborative groups of people including professional students, advancement teams, consultants, teachers, religious leaders, trustees, academics, and community based organizations. Dr. Grimes' professional passions  include imaginative problem solving, creative partnerships, curriculum design, community/culture building, evidence-based quality improvement, emotional intelligence, and leadership within school settings. Her current research agenda focuses on organizational supports for independent school leaders of color, resources to promote retention in early-career faculty, and strategies for building community in adult online learning environments.

Grimes received her B.A. in English literature and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. in Education and Counseling Psychology from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development , and her Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Vanderbitl University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

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