Doris A. Van Gorder


Doris A. Van Gorder

Interim Dean, School of Education and Counseling and Office of Field Experience & Licensure




Doris Van Gorder brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role as Interim Dean of the School of Education and Counseling at Cambridge College. With 35 years of service as an educator and administrator in the Boston Public Schools, her journey in education spans decades of commitment to student success and inclusive practices.

Since joining the Cambridge College community as an adjunct professor in 2014, Doris has steadily progressed through various leadership roles, from Coordinator of Field Experience to Assistant and Associate Dean of Field Experiences and Licensure. Her transition to Interim Dean signifies her professional growth and dedication to fostering a collaborative community that prioritizes learner success through student-centered approaches, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Doris' professional interests lie in establishing and maintaining systems and structures that provide students with access to high-quality equitable instruction, feedback, and field experiences. Her commitment to innovation and excellence aligns seamlessly with Cambridge College's vision. With a focus on culturally and linguistically sustaining practices, Doris endeavors to create learning environments that foster student engagement, belonging, and achievement. Beyond her professional endeavors, Doris is involved in community initiatives aimed at enhancing educational opportunities and promoting equity.

Education & Certifications

  • CAGS Transition Leadership, University of Massachusetts
  • MEd Special Education Technology, Emmanuel College, Boston
  • CAGS Intensive Special Education (All Levels), Northeastern University
  • MEd Moderate Special Education (All Levels), University of Massachusetts
  • MA Educator Licensure, Intensive/Severe Special Education (All levels)
  • MA Educator Licensure, Moderate Disabilities (All levels)
  • MA Educator Licensure, Special Education Administration
  • MA Educator Endorsements, Transition Specialist and SEI

Courses Taught

  • Practicum Seminar
  • Practicum
  • Practicum Readiness
  • Collaboration & Consultation Techniques
  • Adapting Materials
  • Assistive Technology
  • Laws & Regulations in Special Education