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Associate Prof. Retired

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Hillsville, VA

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Lisa G. Driscoll is a Retired Associate Professor from the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her professional career has spanned four decades in both K12 and postsecondary education as a classroom teacher, school district administrator, university faculty member, and university financial planning manager. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, she held university faculty positions in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Driscoll taught graduate courses in educational law, finance and budgeting, policy analysis, ethics, and the history of education. Indicative of her strong commitment to students she has directed multiple doctoral and masters’ committees and independent study projects.


Dr. Driscoll possesses an established research agenda in the field of education law, finance and policy that includes book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs, technical reports, and other scholarly products. Her research focuses on the longitudinal analysis of equitable and adequate statistics in legal, financial, and policy issues. In addition, Dr. Driscoll utilizes bibliometric methods, network analysis and visualizations to quantify and elucidate changes over time in the education finance, law, and policy disciplines.

Her research has been published in many journals, including the Journal of Education Finance. She has presented research at the Education Law Association, the National Education Finance Conference, and the British Educational Leadership and Educational Research Society. In 2011, she was named a Distinguished Research and Practice Fellow in Education Finance and was named its 2022 R. Craig Wood Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the National Education Finance Academy.


PhD, Educational Administration, Virginia Tech
MS, Vocational and Technical Education, Virginia Tech
BS, Animal Science and Chemistry, Berry College

Professional Service

Dr. Driscoll has been a consultant and expert witness n K12 education finance litigation.