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About Russell Yocum

Dr. Yocum has approximately 17 years’ experience educating students Pre-K-adult. Upon completion of his B.A. in psychology from the University of Kentucky (1994), Dr. Yocum was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force where he served as a Personnel Officer, Squadron Section Commander and Training Instructor at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. After leaving the Air Force and working as a substitute teacher for 2 years, Dr. Yocum heard God’s call to teach and matriculated at the University of West Florida in pursuit of a M.Ed., Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction (2006) and Florida teaching credentials. While pursuing his M.Ed., Dr. Yocum worked as a Plan-of-Care Tutor and Title I Reading Classroom Assistant, teaching reading skills in small-group and one-on-one instruction. From 2005-2009 Dr. Yocum worked in the classroom as a Kindergarten Summer School Teacher, 5th grade Remedial Resources Teacher, 3rd grade Teacher and 3rd Grade Level Chair, Summer Pre-K Lead Teacher and Literacy Committee Chair. During this time, Dr. Yocum also earned an Ed.S. (Educational Leadership) from the University of West Florida (2008). From 2009-2011, Dr. Yocum completed his Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction, Diversity Studies) from the University of West Florida (2010) and served as a Teacher on Special Assignment for the University of West Florida. In this capacity, Dr. Yocum worked with 2nd career graduate level students who were returning to school to earn teaching certifications, as well as with masters, specialist, and doctoral students. Dr. Yocum has experience teaching a variety of educational foundations, research methodology, and educational diversity courses. Dr. Yocum's research interests are in the intersections of spirituality, religion, and education, as well as in educational leadership and reading instruction. Dr. Yocum has presented at the Just Read, Florida! Annual Leadership Conference (2006), the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Conference (2009), the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (2011), the Hawaii University International Conference (2012, 2013, 2014), the Virginia Tech Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (2013), the Oxford Education and Research Symposium (2014) and the Oxford International Round Table on Religion, Women and History (2016). In addition to book chapters, Dr. Yocum has been published in Religion & Education, The Journal of Research on Christian Education, The Teacher Educator's Journal, The Journal of Educational Technology Systems, The Journal of Academic Perspectives, Forum on Public Policy Online, Journal of College Orientation & Transition, Connections, and Schools: Studies in Education.


Present Professor of Education, Liberty University School of Education

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 Member, Council for Undergraduate Research
2011 Member, Association of Christian Schools International
2009 Member, Volunteer Review, American Educational Research Association
2009 Member, American MENSA
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Honors and Awards

  • Liberty University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Liberty University Resident Graduate Category (Third Place, 2013)
  • Literacy Committee Chair for the Santa Rosa County Schools District and Florida Region 1 Elementary Reading Leadership Team of the Year (2007)
  • Co-Winner International Space Station Name-the-Node 2 NASA Learning Challenge (2007)


  • EDUC 919, Professional Writing and Research
  • EDUC 623, Principles of Behavior Management
  • EDUC 798, Advanced Research and Writing


2008 - 2010 Ed.D., University of West Florida ‐ College of Professional Studies
2006 - 2008 Ed.S., University of West Florida ‐ College of Professional Studies
2005 - 2006 M.Ed., University of West Florida ‐ College of Professional Studies
1991 - 1994 B.A., University of Kentucky ‐ College of Arts and Science

Religion & Education (1)

Forum on Public Policy Online (1)

Journal of College Orientation and Transition (1)

Journal of Research on Christian Education (2)

The Teacher Educators' Journal (1)

Schools: Studies in Education (1)

Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of West Florida (2)

Poster presented at the Virginia Tech Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (2013) (1)