Associate Professor Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Lisa G. Driscoll is an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Tennessee. Her professional career spans over three decades. She has held positions as a pk-12 science/mathematics/technology education teacher and science curriculum specialist in the public schools of Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, she held university faculty positions in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. She also served in an administrative capacity at Virginia Tech as a financial planning manager. Lisa teaches graduate courses in educational law, educational finance, school budgeting, the history of education, and human resources and supervision.
Lisa Driscoll possesses an established research agenda in the field of education law and finance that includes book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs, technical reports, and other scholarly products. Her research focuses on the changes over time of the legal, financial and policy implications in providing equitable and adequate, free, universal systems of public education in the fifty states. Since each state addresses this responsibility differently in its constitution and statutes in paying for education - and state legislatures make changes each year, this field is continually evolving. Other work examines the effect of state level policies such as low wealth supplements to school districts, small district supplements, “opportunity scholarships”, and “tax swaps” that state legislatures employ to shift revenue from one recipient to another. Recently, she has investigated judicial decision making in finance litigation.
Her research concerning educational finance, law and policy has been published in many journals, including the Journal of Education Finance, Educational Considerations, Education and Urban Society, and Mentoring & Tutoring. She has presented research at the Education Law Association, the National Education Finance Conference, the American Education Research Association and in international venues. In collaboration with others, she has prepared expert studies in public education finance for plaintiffs in Alaska and Missouri equity and adequacy litigation. She serves as an editorial board member and reviewer for the Journal of Education Finance, NCPEA Policy Briefs, Education Leadership Review, and the International Journal of Leadership Preparation. In 2011, she was named a Distinguished Research and Practice Fellow in Education Finance by the National Education Finance Conference.
Lisa Driscoll holds a PhD in Educational Administration and a MSEd in Vocational and Technical Education from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She earned a BS in Animal Science and Chemistry from Berry College in Georgia.