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Educational Leadership

Chuck Holt (Interim Head)
Location: Young Education North Building, Room 113, 903-886-5520
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 The Educational Leadership Department primarily serves to prepare leaders for K-12 education in Texas and beyond.  The department houses only Graduate Programs with both a Doctor of Education program and Masters of Education program.  Principal and Superintendent preparation programs are also a major part of the department’s responsibility. Most of the coursework in both the doctoral and masters programs are now fully online. Some certification courses do incorporate onsite learning to satisfy state requirements for Principal and Superintendent preparation programs.

The Department of Educational Leadership graduates more than 200 students each year and is one of the largest administrator preparation programs in the state.  Faculty utilizes a variety of innovative teaching processes to reach a diversified student population across the state.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has one of the highest graduation rates among Texas public institutions for doctoral programs. The Department of Educational Leadership ranks near the top in Texas in the preparation of K-12 Principals and Superintendents.  Our programs are designed for the working practitioner while holding to the highest standards of scholarship and professionalism.

For a description of these programs and graduate courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog .

Melissa Arrambide
Assistant Professor
B.A., Baylor University; M.S., Ed.D., Texas A&M Univeristy-Commerce

Julia Ballenger
Assistant Professor
B.S., M.Ed., East Texas State University; Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Arthur Borgemenke
Associate Professor
B.S., New Mexico State University; M.Ed., Texas Tech University; Ed.D., University of Texas at El Paso

Shari Farris
Assistant Professional Track
B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Whitworth University

Alan S. Francis
B.B.A., M.S., M.B.A., Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce

Debbie Goodwin
Assistant Professor
B.S., Central Baptist College, M.A., Ed.D., Arkansas State University

Chuck Holt
Associate Professor
B.S., Texas AM University; M.Ed., Stephen F. Austin University; Ed.D., Lamar University.

Madeline C. Justice
B.A., M.A., Texas Woman’s University; Ed.D., East Texas State University

Kriss Kemp-Graham
Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Hunter College; Ph.D., New York University

JoHyun Kim
Assistant Professor
B.A., SookMyung Women’s University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Charlotte Larkin
Associate Professor
B.B.A., Texas Tech University; M.S., Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce

Derek Lester
Assistant Professor
B.A., Central Washington University; M.A., New Mexico State University; Ph.D., University of Nevada

Ava Munoz
Assistant professor
BA., M.Ed., and Ed.D., from University of Texas-Pan American

William (Bill) R. Ogden
Professor Emeritus
B.S., M.S., The State University of New York-Buffalo, M.S., Syracuse University, Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Delores Rice
Assistant Professor
B.S., The University of Texas at Austin; M.Ed., Texas State University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Nathaniel Templeton
Assistant Professor
B.M., M.E.D., Stephen F. Austin State University; Ed.D., Liberty University

Ray Thompson
Assistant Professor
B.A., East Texas Baptist College-Marshall, BMA, Theological Seminary-Jacksonville, MEd, East Texas State University, EdD, Stephen F. Austin State University-Nacogdoches

Jon E. Travis
B.A., University of Iowa; M.A., West Virginia University; Ed.D., Arizona State University

Mary Ann Webb
Assistant Professor
B.S., M.S.,EdD, Arkansas State University-