Dr. Scott Ridley was appointed dean of the College of Education June 1, 2011. Ridley came to Texas Tech after 20 years in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (ASU). As an associate professor of educational psychology, he taught courses and published research on learning and motivation theory, action research and classroom assessment.
He has served as chair of a foundations department, director of district-based teacher education programs, assistant and associate dean. During his time at ASU, Ridley led the establishment of a statewide school-university partnership network in Arizona.
In addition to multiple ASU and national awards, his programs have attracted numerous federal grants including a $33.8 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant awarded in 2009 and a $43.4 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant awarded in 2010. Ridley grew up in the panhandle near Hereford and received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.