June 2017 EAHR Interim Department Head Blog

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.


Congratulations to Dr. Larry Dooley who is a co-investigator on a project that was awarded in the amount of $138,579 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The purpose of the project titled “Developing a Behaviorally-Anchored Critical Thinking Assessment (BACTA) for Faculty Utilization in the Classroom” is to develop an assessment tool for faculty who teach undergraduate students at Texas A&M University to enhance classroom and programmatic inclusion and evaluation of critical thinking.  Congratulations to Dr. Dooley and his grant team for their exceptional work and wish them continued success.


The Kellogg School Inclusion Grant research team led by Dr. Jean Madsen has been quite active of late delivering professional development to school leaders in south Texas over the past week. The project aims to build capacity for schools to make demographic inclusion a prominent aspect in student development and workplace activities.



Recently, Dr. Krista Bailey played a key role in several of the Aggies Engage and Your Students’ Academic Success Programs which are affiliated with TAMU New Student Conferences. Both programs aim to facilitate student transition into university life and build awareness of the academic support resources the university offers. Congratulations to Dr. Bailey for her service and representing our department in such an important way.


Dr. Larry Dooley was recently awarded a $20,500 contract from Universidad Panamericana to deliver a Project Management Certificate to professionals in Mexico City employed by various organizations/corporations including Universidad Panamericana, Coca-Cola, Health Care of Mexico City, Cargill Seed Company, among others. The certificate training curriculum focuses on skills related to leadership, communications, planning, cost management & budgeting, human resource development, risk management, and other domains. Cheers to Dr. Dooley! 


Student News


Dr. Shannon Deer received the Graduate Student Research Award at the Adult Education Research Conference held in Norman, OK from June 8-11, 2017 for her paper titled “The Money…Was Far More of a Relapse for Me”: A Qualitative Study of Women’s Experiences Transitioning from the Sex Trade to Legal Employment. Shannon graduated from Texas A&M’s Educational Human Resource Development Program with a specialization in Adult Education in May. Congratulations to both Dr. Deer and Dr. Lisa Baumgartner who served as her dissertation chair.



Other Announcements


The College recently hosted a reception in honor of Dr. Mary Alfred’s 8 years of service as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the college. Dr. Alfred will be transitioning back to her role as principal investigator and executive director of TCALL. We look forward to having Dr. Alfred back with us.

The College of Education is encouraging faculty, staff, and leaders to participate in a free of cost Critical Dialogues in Higher Education Workshop Series (see attached flyer). The series is designed to build knowledge and skills in support of the college’s climate and diversity initiatives.  Participants receive a completion certificate at the conclusion of the module. The workshop is limited to 16 participants and delivered using a blend of online and face-to-face (3 x two hour face-to-face meetings) activities and begins July 10th. Deadline to register is June 30th. Please contact Dr. Nancy Hutchins at nancyhutchins@tamu.edu for more information.

Changes and furniture rearrangements are being made to the Harrington 5th floor student computer lab (508) so please pardon the mess. Newer workstations have been added and plans are underway to make the workspace more accommodating for students including the addition of lounge furniture pieces and a group workstation. Also, classroom 503 has a different look and features group workstations.


Important Dates


  1. Summer commencement – College of Education: August 11th, 2:00-4:00
  2. CEHD Fall Kick-Off Luncheon & College Awards Luncheon, MSC 2300: August 23rd, 2017, 11:30-1:30
  3. CEHD Faculty Retreat, Hilton Hotel: August 24th, 2017, 8:30-4:30 pm

That’s all for now. Take care and feel free to reach out to me with stories, thoughts or questions.

Warm regards,

Mario S. Torres, Ph.D.│Associate Professor and Interim Head
Educational Administration and Human Resource Development│Texas A&M University
College of Education and Human Development
4226 TAMU│ College Station, TX 77843
Tel. (979) 845-2716 │Fax (979) 862-4347