Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Shannon Decker is the Executive Director of Risk Adjustment for OptumCare. Dr. Decker has more than 18 years of experience in healthcare-and 27 in education. She has a PhD. in interdisciplinary studies, dual MBA degrees--in finance and in marketing, as well as an M.Ed. in secondary education and a M.Ed. in administration and leadership. Dr. Decker has taught at the graduate level since 2002 and has been supervising doctoral students, both PhD and EdD since 2012. Dr. Decker had her career beginnings as a dual certified English and history high school teacher and is a nationally certified GATE teacher. In 2013 she was chosen as the New Schools for Phoenix Aspiring Leader fellow where she traveled the country bringing best practices to new charter schools in the Phoenix metro area, including an arts-based high school. An author of two books and several peer-reviewed articles, she consults and speaks nationally in both the fields of healthcare and education. Her interests include the study of human behavior and how theories on motivation and learning may be brought to bear on systems and the people within them, particularly in times of change, and where there is a need to improve efficiencies. Her research interests include Curriculum and Instruction, Cultural Studies, Class & Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Liberatory / Critical Pedagogy, Gifted Education, Special Education, Bilingual Education, Andragogy/Adult Leaning & Higher Education, Philosophy Of Education as well as using nontraditional theories of research and forms of data display.