August 3, 2017

August 4, 2017

EAHR Faculty News and Notes from the Interim Department Head

Dear colleagues and friends,

With the fall semester approaching, I wanted to pass along a quick update on news and stories happening around the department and college. 

EHRD Program Represented at Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) 

Eleven doctoral students, staff, and faculty facilitated concurrent or roundtable sessions at the annual Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) that included several pre-conferences. The conference was held at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK from June 8-11, 2017. EHRD doctoral students included Ovi Galvan, Soojeong Han, Bora Jin, Jin Lee, Jihye Oh and Sarah Ray. Faculty and staff included Drs. Lisa M. Baumgartner, Shannon Deer, and Carolyn Sandoval. Drs. China Jenkins and Mattyna Stephens presented their research at the African American Diaspora Pre-Conference. Dr. Deer, a May 2017 graduate of the EHRD program with a specialization in Adult Education, was awarded the AERC Graduate Student Research Award! Kudos to the faculty and students.

Study Abroad

June 29, 2017

June 28, 2017

EAHR Web Blog

From the Interim Department Head

Dear colleagues and friends,

It’s my hope that all of you are having a fantastic summer and that you’ve been able to engage in activities both personally and professionally satisfying. This installment of the EAHR blog features faculty, student, and staff news and other announcements.

Faculty News

Grant Activity

Dr. Daniel BowenCongratulations to Dr. Daniel Bowen and his co-investigator, Dr. Brian Kisida, from the University of Missouri who were awarded a grant in the amount of $90,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project titled “An Experimental Investigation of Houston's Arts Access Initiative on Students' Arts and Academic Outcomes” is a randomized controlled study that focuses on increasing access to arts educational resources and opportunities for historically underserved populations. Congratulations to Dr. Bowen and his grant team for their exceptional work and wish them continued success.


May 22, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Before we go our separate ways this summer, I would like to share a few remarks and call attention to a few recent/new developments in the department. First, I want to give thanks for the warm welcome and congratulate Dr. Fred Nafukho for his 8 years of service in his role as department head. We have all benefitted from Dr. Nahukho’s leadership and wish him well as he moves into his new role as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs this coming fall.

For those who may know little about me, my name is Mario Torres. I’ve served as a professor in the public school administration program here at Texas A&M since 2003. While I have written extensively on education legal and policy matters, I have recently broadened my research activities to include areas such as demographic inclusion and leadership ethics. My prior leadership experiences include serving as a program chair and associate department head and I have taught a variety of courses from graduate statistics to human resource law and ethics for undergraduate students (HRD 210). I am honored to serve you as interim department head and am committed to continuing the fine work in advancing department and college initiatives.

News From Around the Department

1. AWARDS: Earlier this month, the EAHR department recognized the outstanding work of our faculty, staff, and students. Congratulations to the following:

April 3, 2017

In my 8 years as department head, I have developed a deep appreciation and respect for our amazing and talented students, faculty and staff, and our large, successful and loyal former students. We have successfully collaborated to achieve our vision, mission and goals. As a department, we realize that we can’t solve education challenges and the grand challenges that face society on our own hence the need for continued collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, research and service.  

It has been my honor to serve as department head and I would like to express great appreciation to all who have been my dear colleagues, students, faculty, staff, former students, supporters, and friends for the past eight years. My deep appreciation and gratitude go to Dean Douglas Palmer,  Dean Joyce Alexander and Provost Karan Watson for their great support and mentorship. I would have loved to mention all the students, staff, faculty, and administrators in EAHR, CEHD and at TAMU who have worked with me and supported me, however, in a brief news update such is this one, it is not possible to mention everyone by name. Please accept my gratitude for your support and encouragement over the eight years. 

March 1, 2017

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks (unknown).  This week is a celebratory week in appreciation of the outstanding work done by our staff. To our staff in EAHR, the exemplary work that you do reminds me of Albert Schweitzer’s words of wisdom, at times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Your work lights the flame in all of us. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude and deep appreciation for the work that you do in the department that elevates our consciousness and enhances the quality of work and learning climate. Thank you!

The searches for Assistant Professor of Technology Management and HRD (Tenure Track) and Assistant or Associate Professor for Technology Management and HRD (Tenure Track) are ongoing.


The search for a new department head was not successful and a new interim department head will soon be named.


Congratulations to our newly admitted doctoral students Myra Barrera, Adrianna Gonzalez, and Ghassan Ibrahim for having been selected as recipients of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Merit Fellowship.

January 12, 2017

Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome back!
I hope you had a restful, fruitful, and a rewarding holiday season and you are optimistic and ready for the spring 2017 semester. As we begin the New Year, I have a few updates and congratulations you may find of interest.

Forthcoming GRAB Symposium
I would like to encourage you to attend the forthcoming GRAB symposia to be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The symposium is open to all our undergraduate and graduate students. Our keynote speakers include Dr. Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies and Professor of Adult Education, the University of Georgia, Athens, GA and Dr. Cynthia Short, Special Education Director, Clear Creek ISD, League City, Texas. 

LEARNING Resources
The following websites have information that you may find useful during the semester:

December 1, 2016

Colleagues and Friends,

As we begin the month of December, I have a few updates and congratulations you may find of interest.


Seven Texas A&M University doctoral students and faculty facilitated concurrent sessions or roundtable sessions at the annual American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference (AAACE) in Albuquerque, NM from November 8-11th. EHRD doctoral students included Ovi Galvan, Michelle Johnson, Sarah M. Ray, and Donald Stoddart. EHRD faculty included Drs. Mary V. Alfred, Lisa M. Baumgartner, and Elizabeth Roumell.

Another six Texas A&M doctoral students and faculty facilitated workshops at the AERA Research on Women and Education in Burlington, Vermont from November 10-11th. Dr. Irby, EDAD doctoral students Nahed Abdelrahman, Donna Druery, Elsa Villarreal and EPSY doctoral students Julia Lynch and Karan Suttons made presentations at the workshop.

While at the ASHE - 2016 conference held November 11-12th in Columbus Ohio, Drs. Davison, Lechuga, Musoba, Ponjuan and graduate students Susan Hernadez, Caroline Wekullo, Leticia Palomin, and Tearney Woodruff representing the department well by presenting numerous research papers and posters.

November 1, 2016

Colleagues and Friends,

As we begin the month of November,  I have a few updates and congratulations you may find of interest.

2016 Administrative Leadership Conference

The John R. Hoyle Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI) will be hosting the 2016 annual conference on November 2-3 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ‘56 Equine Complex. Leaders in public school administration, higher education and education service centers have described this conference as "The best 24-hour conference in Texas."

The annual conference is designed to focus on a critical issue that will help school leaders create or transform schools to help all children become successful students and people. The theme of this year’s conference is Keys to Great Leadership.

To attend the conference, please contact Dr. Robert Muller or Susan Sassano.

Faculty Searches

The searches for Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development and Technology Management (Tenure Track) and Assistant or Associate Professor for Human Resource Development and Technology Management (Tenure Track) are on-going. These positions are expected to be filled by fall 2017. More information can be found on the department website.

October 3, 2016

Colleagues and Friends,
As we begin the month of October, I have a few updates and congratulations you may find of interest.

Graduate Representative Advisory Board (GRAB) Elects New Officials 
The Graduate Representative Advisory Board elected the following new officials: Sarah Ray - President, Chih-Wei (Amy) Wang - Vice President, Jin Lee- Treasurer, Mahsa Rostami – Communication Chair, Donna Druery – Social Chair, Amin Alizadeh – Program Chair, Donny OBryant - HRD Liaison, Hamada Farargy – K12- Liaison, Caroline Wekullo – Higher Education Liaison, Ovi Galvan - Adult Learning, and Fancy Mills - Distance Education Liaison.

Faculty Searches
The department has launched the search for Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development and Technology Management (Tenure Track) and Assistant or Associate Professor for Human Resource Development and Technology Management (Tenure Track). These positions are expected to be filled by fall 2017. For details follow this link: http://eahr.tamu.edu/sites/eahr.tamu.edu/files/u84/hrdtm.pdf