Cynthia Savage, Ph.D.

Cynthia Savage, Ph.D.

Professor of Professional Practice, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Program Area: Teacher Education

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Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Cynthia Savage is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the College of Education (COE). Her instructional expertise lies in areas of youth advocacy and teacher education at the undergraduate level as well as in research methodology and program evaluation at the graduate level. In addition, Dr. Savage provides leadership with international programs for the COE by organizing faculty-led experiences and serving as the college’s European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) exchange coordinator.

Within the state of Texas, she advocates for teacher education by maintaining involvement in the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas (EDICUT) where she currently serves as vice president, and in the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) as a board member. Further, she regularly consults as an evaluator and/or psychometrician for school districts, non-profits, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Dr. Savage has authored or co-authored almost 100 presentations, white papers, technical reports, evaluation reports, and peer-reviewed journal publications. Some recent and notable activities and contributions include: receiving TCU’s Global Innovator Award (2016) in collaboration with Dutch colleagues, participating in Harvard’s Institutes for Higher Education Management Development Program (2017), being selected as a Coleman Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow (2018-2019), and supporting the COE in its efforts to receive awards such as the Association of Teacher Education’s Distinguished Teacher Education Program (2020). Dr. Savage began her career as an elementary teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas and also taught as a pre-school teacher in Alta Loma, California.


Ph.D., Educational Research
Primary Emphasis: Quantitative Methodology and Applied Statistics
Minor: Human Development and Family Studies
University of North Texas

M.Ed., Elementary Education
Additional Emphasis: School Counseling
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

B.S., Psychology
Minor: Business Administration
Oklahoma State University

Academic Areas

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Teacher Certification
  • Educational Research and Quantitative Methodology
  • Program Evaluation
  • School Counseling

Research Areas

  • Educational Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Early Childhood Education
  • School District Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Teacher Certification