Dara Wakefield

Dara Wakefield

Department Chair and G. Leland Green Professor of Education, Chair, Teacher Education

Department: Teacher Education
Phone: (706) 238-7805
Fax: (706) 238-7857
Campus Box: 495019
Location: Cook 245
E-mail: dwakefield@berry.edu

Short Bio

Dara Wakefield holds the G. Leland Green Endowed Chair at Berry College and chairs the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Wakefield’s service in education spans 40 years in the United States and Asia. He is past-president of the Georgia Association of Independent Colleges of Teacher Education. Dr. Wakefield completed his doctorate at Baylor University. His interests include assessment, student cultural immersion and teacher alumni support. 


  •  B.A., Southwest Baptist College;
  •  M.R.E., Southwestern Theological Seminary;
  •  Ed.D., Baylor University

Teaching Interests

  • Social Studies

Research Interests

  • High-stakes assessments;
  • Social studies methods;
  • Induction/Charter Fellows;
  • Religious education/private education;
  • Diversity studies/EDU 222
  • Student Assessment
  • Culture

Field Experience

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Berry College (2001-Present)

Associate Professor of Teacher Education at LaGrange College (1996-2001)

Lecturer and Director of Korean Department in Modern Language Division (1994-1996)

Educational Consultant at International Mission Board (1985-1994)

Headmaster at Tower Grove Christian School (1982-1985)

Selected Publications

  • Phi Delta Pi The Education Forum (various)
  • Phi Delta Kappan Kappan
  • AILACTE Journal
  • Religion and Education

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Independent Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Georgia Association of Independent Colleges of Teacher Education (past president)
  • Georgia Association of Teacher Educators
  • Phi Delta Kappa (Chartered LaGrange Chapter)
  • Pi Kappa Pi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa