Deborah A. Colwill, PhD

Chair of the Educational Ministries Department
Associate Professor of Educational and Leadership Studies

Faculty Since 2013


BA, University of Minnesota
MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Benedictine University College of Business


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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

Dr. Colwill is author of the book Educating the Scholar-Practitioner in Organization Development (2012) as well as numerous, articles, chapters, and peer reviewed conference papers. In addition, a forthcoming Routledge book, “Organizational Change, Power and Conflict” (2021).


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