- Ph.D. in Resource Management, Virginia Tech
- M.S. in Family Studies, Texas Woman's University
- B.S. in Family Life and Environment, Louisiana State University
Credentials and/or Certifications
Accredited Financial Counselor®
Dr. Durband has been the director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services since July 2014. Prior to her current administrative role, she was a professor of personal financial planning, founding chair of the Department of Community, Family and Addiction Services, and founding director of the nationally recognized Red to Black® program at Texas Tech University for 14 years. Her work experience also includes providing financial counseling and financial education, employee training, special events planning and fundraising for non-profit organizations. Her focus as an educator has been on teaching courses on money relationships, counseling and communication skills, research fund development and pro bono financial planning. Durband was recognized as one of the top 25 women professors in Texas and received the Texas Tech University Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award, the university's highest teaching honor. Her research has focused on understanding and describing the attributes and behaviors of individuals with regard to their personal finances. Durband is the co-editor of the book, "Student Financial Literacy: Campus-Based Program Development" and is co-editing a forthcoming book on financial counseling.
Dottie is a native of the Bayou State. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and searching for collectibles and rare shells. She is married to Dr. Arthur Durband, a physical anthropologist in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.