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Welcome to the Doctoral Program in Education

with majors in Adult, Professional, and Community Education & School Improvement

The vision of this program 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…

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 FALL 2013 PH.D. GRADUATES

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Dr. Debbie A. Aceves

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in the Superintendency: La Lucha of Latina Superintendents in Texas
Research Professor: Dr. Miguel Guajardo, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Randy Dale

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: The Continuing Education of Senior Adults: An Examination and Analysis of Programming for the Successful Aging of Senior Adults in Baptist Church Recreation Ministries
Research Professor: Dr. Steven R. Furney, Department of Health and Human Performance

Dr. Karen Diane Jones

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: The Myth of Benchmark Testing: Isomorphic Practices in Texas Public School Districts’ Use of Benchmark Testing
Research Professor: Dr. Sarah W. Nelson, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Philip Ray Jones

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: Community College Nontraditional African American Students and Their Journey to College Level Writing: Voices from the First Semester Freshman English Composition Classroom
Research Professor: Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Michael D. Moon

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: Influences of the Emergency Nursing Professional Association on the Socialization of Emerging Emergency Nurses
Research Professor: Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Michelle M. Smith

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Senate Bill 6: A Study of Texas’ Instructional Materials Allotment and Issues of Local Control
Research Professor: Dr. Duncan Waite, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Susan Fisher Upshaw

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Intellectual Disabilities and Meaningful Lives: A Study of Policy and Change
Research Professor: Dr. Duncan Waite, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Denise M. Villa

Doctor of Philosophy
Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: The Effects of Ninth Grade Small Learning Communities on At-Risk Students in Science and Mathematics
Research Professor: Dr. Sarah W. Nelson, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology