Office of Digital Learning

Peabody College launched its first degree-bearing digital program in 2017, an Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning in Organizations (LLO). Currently, there are more than 400 students enrolled in digital learning programs and new digital offerings are moving forward. Peabody’s Office of Digital Learning (PDL) supports these efforts and the students they serve.

Technology background

The office also leads the development and launch of new digital programs and provides oversight to ensure successful implementation of programs that advance the college’s mission and priorities. Working closely with college leadership and campus partners, PDL serves as the primary liaison to key university functions including admissions, accreditation, registration, compliance, financial assistance, marketing, information technology, student affairs and career services. PDL also supports students’ academic and career success and serves as the main point of contact for students, faculty, academic departments, and university offices as we build new digital opportunities.

Contact Us

  • Susan Freeman Burns

    Director of Digital Learning

    Susan Freeman Burns is Director of the Office of Digital Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. She oversees planning and implementation of current professional degree programs offered online, while working to develop and launch new digital offerings.  She served previously as program manager for the Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation, and Development, the National Center on Performance Incentives, and the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership.  Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Susan worked in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools serving as both a teacher and principal. She earned an Ed.D. in education from Vanderbilt University and M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Peabody College.


  • Chris J. Garner

    Academic Services Support Coordinator, LLO


  • Tassany C. Henderson

    Associate Director, Career Development for Digital Learning