Deborah A. Colwill

Faculty Since 2013

Associate Professor

Educational and Leadership Studies

Department Chair

Educational Ministries


BA, University of Minnesota

MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

PhD, Benedictine University College of Business


Prior to coming to Trinity in January 2013, Dr. Colwill served as Assistant Professor of Leadership and Director of Institution Research and Evaluation at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Her long term areas of interest in research, teaching, consulting and practice include development of emerging and mid-career leader development, Collaborative high performing teams, Organizational agility and health, and Leading change.
In addition to teaching, she has served in a variety of leadership and consulting positions.
Dr. Colwill enjoys the beauty of nature, watching it “shout forth the glory of God”. Her other joy is spending time with my family and friends.

Selected Publications

Educating the Scholar-Practitioner in Organization Development (2012)

Organizational Change, Power and Conflict (2021)

Dr. Colwill has also authored numerous articles, chapters, and peer reviewed conference papers. In addition, a forthcoming Routledge book