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Doctoral Programs Dept of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology

Welcome to the Doctoral Programs

Adult, Professional, and Community Education & School Improvement

The vision of these programs is to prepare transformational leaders who will become change agents committed and prepared to improve the quality of learning communities and learning across the life span.

We welcome your interest in our programs!  Our students develop their abilities to plan learning programs for both adults and K-12 settings; help communities in capacity-building; orchestrate professional development activities; foster learning for advocacy, action, and social justice; improve organizational capabilities; and conduct research in these settings and beyond.  Our students provide leadership through research, scholarly contributions, and participation in a wide variety of positions across the field of education and around the world.

Students learn to team with faculty and field professionals beyond classroom experiences as demonstrated in our most recent student contributions. To see a preview of our current faculty research interests click here

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Featured Publications

Problematizing Public PedagogyConsulting in UncertaintyConsulting in Uncertainty: The Power of Inquiry
by Ann Brooks, PhD and Kathy Edwards, PhD

Consulting in Uncertainty articulates a model of consulting that addresses the uncertainty and interconnectedness of the world in a post-industrial, knowledge era. In this book, Brooks & Edwards outline a new consulting model, integrating practical knowledge with scholarship.

Problematizing Public Pedagogy
by Michael O'Malley, PhD (ed

Problematizing Public Pedagogy adds a multifaceted set of critical lenses to the genre of public pedagogy inquiry and theorizing, and in so doing, adds nuance to the broader field of education research overall. 

In the News…

Bryson Named Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow

Freda Bryson, an Adult, Professional and Community Education doctoral student in the College of Education at Texas State University, has been named a Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow for 2014-2015.

Fellows are an elite group of individuals chosen, with the direction of the state board of directors, to work on special projects that support the vision and mission of TABPHE.

"Applications are submitted annually from members across the state of Texas. However, this year only five were chosen to participate," said Tanisha Shorter, TABPHE president-elect and fellows co-chair. "TABPHE Fellows Leadership is an initiative to help generate new memberships, regenerate old memberships and build new leaders for our dynamic organization."

Fulbright Scholarship Information Session

On Wednesday, December 4, Drs. Annie Brooks and Michael O'Malley hosted an information session on the Fulbright Scholar program for interested COE faculty and doctoral students. Dr. Brooks (Cambodia) and Dr. O’Malley (Chile) shared insight and anecdotes about their Fulbright experiences abroad with a focus primarily on their application process. The goal of the session was to share information with faculty and doctoral students considering a Fulbright Scholar application and to support development of successful applications from the College of Education. The session video includes a substantial Q&A session.

Karen Backor named Blumberg Scholar by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision

Dr. Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State’s Ph.D. program in School Improvement, was recently honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar, an award given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Dr. Backor’s award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders.

In her research, Dr. Backor interviewed professors of supervision, principals, and teacher leaders identified by an expert panel as outstanding instructional leaders, and created a model for principal preparation based on those interviews. Dr. Backor received the award at the opening session of the council’s annual conference, held this year at Penn State University, and presented her research to conference participants the following day. Dr. Backor currently is assistant professor of education and director of field experiences at Schreiner University.

Dr. Ross-Gordon

Dr. Ross-Gordon Awarded 2013 Career Achievement Award

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon was awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education. She was presented this national award Thursday, November 7th at the annual meeting in Lexington, KY.

Spanning 28 years in academic research positions in the field of Adult Education since earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1985, Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research in the field of adult education has significantly and positively impacted how we understand adult learners with disabilities, diversity and equity in adult education, and adult learners in higher education. With the social imperative of effective ability- and culturally-sensitive adult education, the reskilling of the world’s workers, lifelong learning initiatives, and more adults in higher education than ever before, it is at the intersection of her research strands where we find the current and future trajectory of Dr. Ross-Gordon’s impact on our field. Her body of work distinctly impacts and supports the field of adult education and stands out among scholarly educational research areas in meeting the needs of adult learners, educators, educational programs and organizations, and the workplace.


Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Ph.D. Graduates

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Dr. Brenda D. Agnew

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Mid-Career Middle School Principals’ Perceptions of School Improvement and School Reform Initiatives
Research Professor: Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Geleana Drew Alston

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: Cross-Cultural Mentoring Relationships in Higher Education: A Feminist Grounded Theory Study
Research Professor: Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Helen Louise Gadsden-Ross

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: Knowledge Deficits in Manufacturing and Their Effects on New Employees
Research Professor: Dr. Ann Brooks, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Alexis Maston

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: Spiritualizing Hip Hop with I.C.E.: The Poetic Spiritual Narratives of Four Black Educational Leaders from Hip Hop Communities

Research Professor: Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Candace M. Tull

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: An Experiment in Facilitating Creative Thinking in Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Students
Research Professor: Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Daniel S. Vasquez

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: The Historical Evolution of Texas State University through the Eyes of Three Latino Males
Research Professor: Dr. Miguel Guajardo, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology