Huffman named Dr. Mike Moses Endowed Chair in Educational Administration

UNT President Neal Smatresk, Jane Huffman and College of Education Dean Jerry Thomas at the College of Education 2014 Salute in September.

Jane Bumpers Huffman, a professor of educational leadership at the University of North Texas College of Education, has been appointed to The Dr. Mike Moses Endowed Chair in Educational Administration.

The position was funded by Donald A. Buchholz, a UNT alumnus and former member of the UNT Board of Regents. Buchholz also is the founder of Southwest Securities Inc.,which supports several programs and scholarships at UNT's College of Education.

The chair position is designed to reward an exceptional faculty member for his or her scholarship. In addition, the funding provides resources to build UNT's educational administration programs and bring increased recognition to the graduate programs in this area.

The chair position is named for Mike Moses, who has served as a Texas educator for more than 30 years. Moses was the Commissioner of Education for the state of Texas from 1995 through 1999, deputy chancellor for Systems Operations at the Texas Tech University System from 1999 to 2001 and general superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District from 2001 until 2004. Currently he serves as a visiting professor in the College of Education's Department of Teacher Education and Administration, and the senior educational advisor for Raise Your Hand Texas and the Center for Reform of School Systems.

Huffman is a leading scholar in the area of educational leadership, and she received the Research Leadership Award from UNT this year. The Research Leadership Award is given to a full-time UNT faculty member whose research excellence and leadership at UNT have made substantial contributions to the discipline and achieved national or international recognition. Since 2009 Dr. Huffman has worked with researchers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore in the area of professional learning communities (PLC). In 2013 she was invited to serve as Visiting Scholar at the University of Canberra, Australia. These collaborative efforts resulted in the formation of the Global PLC Network which works to achieve common goals and coordinated implementation strategies toward reculturing educational systems focused on improving educational practices.

Huffman earned a doctoral degree, master's degree and bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. She joined UNT's faculty in 1996 and teaches graduate courses in leadership, supervision and curriculum. Her areas of research include leadership, change management, professional development and professional learning communities.

Huffman has published 16 international or national peer reviewed articles, 12 book chapters and three books. Currently she is co-editing an international book titled Teachers Leading Educational Reform: The Global Reach of Professional Learning Communities, published by Teachers College Press. She also serves as the educational leadership doctoral director, and is assistant chair for graduate programs in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at UNT.

Given Huffman's appointment, the College now has five Endowed Chairs/Professorships:

Counseling and Higher Education

The Don A. Buchholz Chair for Community College Education

  • Dr. Beverly Bower, Professor

Educational Psychology

The Elaine Millikan Mathes Professorship in Early Childhood Education

  • Dr. Arminta Jacobson, Professor

Teacher Education and Administration

The Velma E. Schmidt Chair for Early Childhood Education

  • Dr. Dina Castro, Professor

The Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education

  • Dr. Nancy Nelson, Professor

The Dr. Mike Moses Chair in Educational Administration

  • Dr. Jane Huffman, Professor

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