Raynie Gibbs is a full time Instructor for the Integrative Studies Department at Texas Tech University.
Before working in higher education, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2003. Mrs. Gibbs worked as a high school Physics and Chemistry teacher and counselor in Midland, TX, and as a counselor and parent educator at Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center in Odessa, TX for abused children. Mrs. Gibbs then began her career in higher education at Odessa College, and served for eleven years in various capacities, including personal and career counselor, academic and cultural advisor, and instructor in the psychology department, before moving to Lubbock. In her teaching tenure, Mrs. Gibbs has utilized a variety of delivery methods to instruct many different student populations. This uniquely qualifies her to teach online courses to nontraditional and distance students.
Her research interests include the interaction of grief and trauma with faith and family, technology in the classroom, and cultural and financial stumbling blocks for non-traditional students in higher education. She particularly enjoyed her work on the Quality Enhancement Plan at Odessa College, Gaining Essential Math Skills (GEMS), in developing an integrative plan of action to create a higher success rate for college students in developmental math education. She worked to research many possible solutions for low success rates, including proficient advising, testing, instruction, tutoring, and fast paced semesters to develop an integrative solution for delivering the courses to students. Mrs. Gibbs has also worked as a contributing editor on collegiate psychology textbooks for John Wiley & Sons, publishers, in updating texts to reflect the most up to date research and theories.
Mrs. Gibbs has served on many committees at the college level. She looks forward to being involved in the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies National Honor Society (Alpha Iota Sigma). She also serves as a Bible Study teacher for adults and children at Victory Life Church.
Outside of work you can find her spending time with her husband and their three very active sons, likely at a youth football or baseball game, traveling, supporting Texas Tech athletics, or trying to keep up with her kids’ video gaming skills.