Dr. Mike Moses, who joined the UNT faculty in 2012 as Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership, has served as a Texas educator and leader for more than 30 years. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Commissioner of Education for the state of Texas. He served as Deputy Chancellor for Systems Operations at Texas Tech University System from 1999 to 2001 and as General Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District from 2001 until 2004. Prior to his position in Dallas, Dr. Moses was the superintendent of schools in other Texas school districts, including Lubbock, LaMarque, and Tatum. Currently he serves as Senior Educational Advisor for Raise Your Hand Texas and the Center for Reform of School Systems. His bachelor's degree and master's degrees are from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his doctoral degree is from Texas A&M University at Commerce.
Awards and Recognition
Texas Business and Education Coalition, Distinguished Service Award
Texas A&M University, Golden Deeds in Education Award
Texas School Public Relations Association, Key Communicator for Public Education Award
National and Texas PTA, Lifetime Membership
Two Texas Education Service Center Regions, Superintendent of the Year
American Association of School Administrators National Finalist, Superintendent of the Year
Distinguished Alumnus, Texas A&M Commerce and Stephen F. Austin State University
Joseph Dietrich is Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas. He joined the faculty in 2012 and his scholarship focuses on the politics of education, public policy and education, and the uses of authority in the educational system. He also has an interest in the moral and ethical dimensions of educational leadership.
At UNT, he teaches graduate courses in the politics and public policy of education, as well as other courses pertaining to the public role and function of the school. Prior to coming to UNT, Dietrich taught at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has also worked in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill, been a pollster and researcher for several different organizations, and run his own research and information consultancy. He holds a PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He is also an honors graduate in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ricardo González-Carriedo’s rsearch interests include the education of language minority students and issues related to language planning and policy. Prior to his arrival to UNT, he was a faculty associate at the University of Paris X-Nanterre in France and a graduate assistant at Arizona State University. At the secondary level, he has taught Spanish, French, ESL, and English for ten years at public schools in North Carolina and Arizona. He holds a law degree from the University of León in Spain, a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University and a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Language and Literacy from Arizona State University.
Dr. Doug Otto recently led the 55,000-student Plano Independent School District rapid growth and challenging school finance for the past 17 years, retiring in January 2012. His career included 31 years as a district superintendent and 5 years as a high school principal. He started his career as a high school business education teacher. Otto served as the President of the Texas School Coalition and served on school finance reform panels in Indiana and Minnesota. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen professional articles ranging from school finance to desired skills for effective principals. He was inducted into the Illinois State University College of Education Hall of Fame in 2002. Dr. Otto received numerous awards from professional organizations including the American Association of School Administrators and the National School Boards Association. In 2007, the Plano Board of Trustees honored Dr. Otto as the namesake of the Douglas Otto Middle School, which opened in 2010.
Jamaal Young, Ph.D., focuses his attention on preparing pre-service teachers to meet the needs of all their students. His particular research interest is the uses of education technologies to develop teacher's knowledge of mathematics. Other emphases in his work are culturally responsive STEM education and mathematics achievement of children of color. His doctorate from Texas A&M University is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education. He joined the UNT faculty as an assistant professor in 2011.
Larke, P., Young, J.L., & Young, J.R. (in press). Making a case to LEARN: Linking emphasis on achievement and reporting of the needs of African American females on NAEP test results.
Jordan, G., & Young, J.R. (2010). DC electronics: Understanding series circuits and how they relate to daily use. In R. Capraro, J. Morgan & J. Scheurich (Eds.). A companion to inderdisciplinary STEM project-based learning (pp. 87-94). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
Dr. John Brooks, who joined UNT faculty as a lecturer in 2007, has his doctoral and master's degrees from East Texas State University (now TAMU-Commerce) and his bachelor's degree from North Texas State University (now UNT). A principal lecturer in Educational Leadership, he serves as director of the Southwest Securities/UNT Superintendent Certification Program. In 2009 he directed Universidad Internacional, a Spanish language and cultural acquisition leadership program for UNT students in Cuernavaca, and for three years was grant administrator of the Texas High School Project at UNT.
His prior professional experience has included serving as superintendent of Northwest ISD and Bridgeport ISD and as a high school principal in Mineola ISD. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at TAMU-Commerce.
Areas of Expertise
School Finance, the Superintendency, School Housing, Change Process, Urban Education, University Partnerships, School Law, Organizational Theory, Public Relations, Policy Development, School Political Structures, and Legislative Liaison
Lifetime Superintendent's Certificate, Texas Education Agency
Dr. Jimmy Byrd, Associate Professor, teaches graduate courses in educational leadership and supervises doctoral students on research projects. He has two doctoral degrees, both from Texas A&M University: a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Research, Measurement, and Statistics. His research interests focus on statistical reform and data-driven management. In prior positions he has been a high school principal and an assistant superintendent of schools, and he also served on the faculty of Tarleton State University before coming to UNT.
Byrd, J., & Brown, S. (2012). Rural school principals' use of data in data-driven decision-making and the impact on student achievement. Educational Leadership Review, 15, 117-128.
Byrd, J. (2012). The use of stratified random sampling in high stakes testing (white paper). Project funded by the Visioning Institute and High Performing Schools Consortium.
Since coming to UNT in 1997, Dr. Bill Camp has contributed actively to the graduate programs in Educational Administration. His research interests include educational law and finance, and he teaches courses on various aspects of educational leadership. He also supervises interns in the public schools and directs doctoral dissertations. His bachelor's and master's degrees are both from Texas Tech University, and his doctorate is from Virginia Tech University. Prior to his work at UNT, he served as professor, chair, and acting associate dean at California State University. He also taught previously at Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech. Other educational experience includes serving as assistant superintendent of schools, high school principal, and high school science teacher.
Cummings, J. and Camp, B. "Affirmative Action." The Principals' Legal Handbook, ed. Lane, K., Conelly, M.J., and Mead, J. Education Law Association, 2004.
Frels, Kelly and Horner, Jeff (Ed.), Camp, Bill (Contributing Ed). Texas School Law: A Practical Guide. National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 2004.
Gaile S. Cannella joined the faculty of education as Professor and the Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair. Holding a doctorate from the University of Georgia, she is a former elementary and early childhood teacher who has served as a professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, Arizona State University, and Tulane University. While in New Orleans, her work included the application of critical qualitative research in the analysis of public education issues. Dr. Cannella's scholarship, generally, involves the development of critical, poststructural, feminist, and postcolonial qualitative research methodologies. Specifically, this scholarship is used to construct critical childhood policy studies.
Steinberg, S.R., & Cannella, G.S. (Eds.) (2012) Critical Qualitative Research Reader. New York: Peter Lang. American Education Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award for 2012 (awarded October, 2012).
Cannella, G.S., & Soto, L.D. (2010). Childhoods: A handbook. New York: Peter Lang.
Cannella, G.S., & Viruru, R. (2004) Childhood and (post)colonization: Power, education, and contemporary practice. New York: Routledge.
Lisbeth Dixon-Krauss, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Professor of Education at the University of North Texas, where she joined the faculty in 2009. Her research and scholarly writing focuses on applications of socio-cultural theory to literacy development and instruction. Prior to coming to UNT, Dr. Dixon-Krauss was on the faculty of Florida International University in Miami, FL, where she served as Department Chair of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Doctoral Programs, and was awarded the Frost Professorship for excellence in research. She was also on the faculty at the University of West Florida where she served as director of the reading programs and the Wilson Reading Center. Dr. Dixon-Krauss received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and her M.Ed. in Reading Education.
Dixon-Krauss, L.A., Januszka, C., & Chae, C. (2010). Development of the dialogic reading inventory of parent-child book reading. Journal of Research In Childhood Education.