Dr. Linda Grooms' desire for the integration of faith and learning initially brought her to Regent University and that commitment has remained the catalyst that has kept her connected to the university in one capacity or another since 1982. A professor of educational leadership with more than three decades of leadership experience, degrees in both educational and organizational leadership, and an insatiable drive to train Christian leaders to change the world, she has a passion for nation building through the transformational leadership of educational systems.
In addition to her university teaching, she conducts leadership training both nationally and internationally, while continuing her longitudinal research in online learning and pedagogy, computer-mediated communication, and virtual leadership development.
Grooms received a BM in Music Theory from Furman University, a master's in Educational Administration and Curriculum Supervision from Regent University's School of Education, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University's School of Leadership Studies. In addition, from the Commonwealth of Virginia she holds a Division Superintendent's License and a Postgraduate Professional License with endorsements in the following areas: Administration and Supervision PreK-12, Elementary School Counselor, and Music: Instrumental PreK-12.
Dr. Grooms is the Advanced Educational Leadership concentration chair for the following degree programs:
Ed.S. – Advanced Educational Leadership
Ed.D. – Advanced Educational Leadership
Ph.D. in Education – Advanced Educational Leadership
Regent University School of Education Professor of the Year (2015-2016)
Collaboratively awarded a $3,939 Faculty Research Grant (2005-2006)
Certified Master Instructor (2003)
Recipient of a $2,300 Faculty Research Grant (2002-2003)
Recipient of a Scholarly Presentation Grant to present research at the annual National Communication Association Convention in Chicago, Illinois (Doctoral Program)
Recipient of a Scholarly Presentation Grant to present research at the National Communication Association/International Communication Association Joint Conference in Rome, Italy (Doctoral Program)
Outstanding CAGS Student of the Year (Doctoral Program)
Recipient of the Dean's Leadership Award (Doctoral Program)
Awarded $300 from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools for a Parent Education Program on Drug Prevention (1990)
Recipient of a Dean's Scholarship (Master's Program)
Awarded $10,200 from the Christian Broadcasting Network to determine the viability of establishing Computer-Assisted Learning Centers in Haiti to teach English as a Second Language (1983-1984)
Recipient of a Music Scholarship, Furman University (Undergraduate Program)
Cunningham, G. O., & Grooms, L. D. (2018) Exploring the predictive relationship between perceived caring by school principals and teacher absenteeism and retention. Journal of Education and Social Policy, 5(4), pp.121-130. doi:10.30845/jesp.v5n4p15
Grooms, L. D. (2018). Distance teaching and learning platforms. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (4th ed.; pp. 2455-2465). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch214
Reid-Martinez, K., & Grooms, L. D. (2018). Online Learning Propelled by Constructivism. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (4th ed.; pp. 2588-2598). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch226
Selig, W. G., Grooms, L. D., Arroyo, A. A., Kelly, M. D., Koonce, G. L., & Clark, H. D., Jr. (2016). Enhancing teacher performance: A toolbox of strategies to move from problematic to good and from good to great. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Grooms, L. D. (2015). The evolution of distance learning. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (3rd ed.; pp. 2258-2266). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch219
Reid-Martinez, K., & Grooms, L. D. (2015). Constructivism as the driver of 21st century online distance education. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (3rd ed.; pp. 2229-2238). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch216
Grooms, L. D., & Reid-Martinez, K. (2014). Leadership resilience: Employing constructivism and connectivism in cross-cultural leadership development. Concepts & Connections, 20(2), 3-6.
Simmons, T. D., & Grooms, L. D. (2013). Mentoring and faculty-student interaction in an online doctoral program. International Education Research, 1(4), 1-15. http://www.todayscience.org/IER/article/ier.v1i4p01.pdf
Grooms, L. D. (2011). Write these laws on your children: Inside the world of conservative Christian homeschooling, [Review of the book Write these laws on your children: Inside the world of conservative Christian homeschooling, by R. Kunzman]. Religious Studies Review, 37(3), 230-231. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0922.2011.01542_7.x
Grooms, L. D., & Reid-Martinez, K. (2011). Sustainable leadership development: A conceptual model of a cross-cultural blending learning program. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 6(3), 412-429. http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/ijls/new/vol6iss3/6_Edited_Grooms_Ldr%20Develop_pp412-429_jmDF.pdf
Grooms, L. D. (2009). Distance learning overview. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (2nd ed.; pp. 1174-1180). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Reid-Martinez, K., Grooms, L. D., & Bocarnea, M. C. (2009). Constructivism in online distance education. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (2nd ed.; pp. 701-707). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Rovai, A. P., Wighting, M. J., Baker, J. D., & Grooms, L. D. (2009). Development of an instrument to measure perceived cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning in traditional and virtual classroom higher education settings. The Internet and Higher Education, 12(1), 7-13. doi:10.1016/j.iheduc.2008.10.002
Grooms, L. D., Matthias, L. R., & Gallien, L. B., Jr. (2008). A call for reaching the "least of these:" A conceptual framework for equipping educational leaders to reach the marginalized peoples of the world. In Stronks, J. K. (Ed.), Teaching to Justice: Christian Faculty Seek Shalom in Different Disciplines (pp. 157-171).Spokane, WA: Whitworth University.
Grooms, L. D., & Matthias, L. R. (2006). Assessing our calling: Does our rhetoric align with reality? Christian School Education, 10(2), 43.
Bocarnea, M. C., Grooms, L. D., & Reid-Martinez, K. (2006). Technological and pedagogical considerations in online learning. In A. Schorr, & S. Seltmann (Eds.), Changing Media Markets in Europe and Abroad: New Ways of Handling Information and Entertainment Content (pp. 379-392.). NY/Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.
Rovai, A. P., & Grooms, L. D. (2004). The relationship of personality-based learning style preferences and learning among online graduate students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 16(1), 30-47.
Grooms. L. D. (2003). Computer-mediated communication: A vehicle for learning. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 4(2). http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/148/384
Grooms, L. D. (December 2000). Interaction in the computer-mediated adult distance learning environment: Leadership development through online education. Dissertation Abstracts International, 61(12),4692A.
Co-authored a Trainer's Manual for Sing, Spell, Read, and Write, an adult and children's literacy program, Spring 1989.
Grooms, L. D. (September 1984). Superbook Discussion Guide, an international children's videotape series, Virginia Beach, VA: Christian Broadcasting Network.
Grooms, L. D. (Fall 1983). The Perfected Communicator. Focus, 5(4), 20-21.
European Communication Research and Education Association
International Leadership Association
International Mentoring Association
National Communication Association
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
Editorial Board and/or Reviewer:
International Journal of Leadership Studies
Allyn & Bacon
Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (3rd ed.). Hershey, PA: Idea Group
Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (2nd ed.). Hershey, PA: Idea Group
International Leadership Association
IAFOR (International Academic Forum) - Senior Reviewer
Rowman & Littlefield
Approved reader/reviewer for the Analytical Writing section of the Graduate Record Exam GRE), Educational Testing Service