Voltz graduated from West End High School and studied elementary education and special education at the National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois. She also has a master's in education from UAB and a doctorate in education from the University of Alabama.
Voltz has worked at Birmingham City Schools as a special education teacher. She has served as an instructor at Alabama State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Louisville and served on the faculty of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and at the College of New Jersey's Johannesburg program in South Africa. She joined the UAB faculty in 2003 and became director of the UAB Center for Urban Education in 2005. She was named dean of the school in 2011.
- Voltz, Deborah L., Michele Jean Sims and Betty Nelson (2010) Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms. Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. ISBN 1416610243
- Wolfson, Hannah (January 5, 2011) "New education dean hired at University of Alabama at Birmingham." Birmingham News