Dr. Renee Collins


Dr. Renee Collins, associate professor of education and head of the HSU Department of Educational Studies, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in middle school education from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, in 1980.

She taught fourth or fifth graders for 20 years in various parts of the world, traveling with her husband’s United States Air Force assignments.After moving to Abilene, she continued teaching while completing her Master of Education degree as a reading specialist in 1998.

She began teaching literacy and professional development courses in the HSU Irvin School of Education in fall of 2000.In 2009, she completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in the area of curriculum and instruction at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Collins serves on various university and school committees that focus on teaching effectiveness, ethical decision-making, designing and implementing engaging curriculum for undergraduate, graduate, and future doctoral classes.

Love of Christ, family, community, and HSU consume her thoughts, prayers, and passion for teaching while instilling hope for the hopeless and giving a cup of cold water to those in need.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Middle School Education: Language Arts and Social Studies, Valdosta State University, 1980
  • Master of Education, Reading Specialist Education, Hardin-Simmons University, 1998
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University, 2009
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College  
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture  
  • US News Best Colleges  
  • The Chronicle on Higher Education, Great Colleges to Work For: 2014  
  • Military Friendly  
  • Colleges of Distinction  
  • University and College Accountability Network