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Texas State University Boilerplate
Texas State University – a doctoral-granting institution – is the largest campus in the Texas State University System, 5th largest public university in Texas, and 34th largest in the country. Texas State provides exceptional student-centered experiences to its 38,808 students while celebrating the diversity of people and ideas.
Texas State’s main campus is in San Marcos, among the fastest-growing cities in the United States and located halfway between the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor. Students choose from 98 bachelor's, 90 master's, and 12 doctoral degree programs offered through nine colleges. Texas State’s Round Rock Campus, located just north of Austin, offers junior- and senior-level classes to complete 10 bachelor’s degrees; also available are 12 master’s degree, post baccalaureate certification, and continuing education programs. During the 2015-16 academic year, a total of 7,962 degrees were conferred on Texas State graduates.
Created by the Texas Legislature in 1899, Southwest Texas State Normal School opened its doors in 1903 with a statutory mission to prepare new teachers. Over the years, the legislature broadened the institution's mission and changed its name six times to reflect the university's growth from a teacher preparation school to a major, multipurpose university. Texas State University now delivers nationally-recognized programs and conducts significant research in many disciplines while continuing to honor its original mission through its nationally-acclaimed teacher preparation program.
Texas State students reflect the university’s shared values of racial and cultural diversity. Texas State’s 38,808 students, of which 4,001 (10%) are graduate students, predominantly hail from locations across Texas; however, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 66 countries are also represented. Just over 50% of the student body are racial or ethnic minorities; 35% are Hispanic and 11% are African American. The university is recognized by the federal government as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Texas State ranks 14th in the nation for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students.
The university has long been identified as a desirable destination for those who are the first in their families to seek higher education. The most recent figures show that 41% of first-time freshmen identified themselves as first-generation college students. Other groups also find the campus community welcoming and supportive. Military Times named Texas State one of the most veteran-friendly universities in the country, and Payscale and CollegeNet cited Texas State for its strong support of disadvantaged students.
In 2012, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board named Texas State an “Emerging Research University,” a designation that allows the university to tap into special state funds designed to bolster higher education research. This designation affirms Texas State’s commitment to support faculty as active scholars in their respective disciplines and to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research. To coordinate efforts to achieve designation as a national research university, in April 2014 Texas State adopted a 10-year Strategic Plan for Research with targeted investments of institutional funds to support increased research activity across the university.
As befits an emerging research university, Texas State has demonstrated tremendous growth in its research enterprise. From 2005-06 to 2015-16, total sponsored programs expenditures (i.e., instruction and research awards) increased 79%, from $23.3 million to $41.7 million. In 2005-06, 31% of those expenditures were classified as research; by 2015-16, 82% were classified as research. These data reflect Texas State’s commitment to and support of research activity as it continues its transformation into a research university.
Texas State University’s Carnegie Classification was upgraded in 2015 to Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity and the university is now a member of the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), an association of leading research universities, affiliated medical centers, and independent research institutes that fosters productive relationships between the research community and federal policymakers.
The primary commitment of the university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is to support and promote the research needs of faculty while ensuring shared responsibility, compliance, and scholarly integrity. ORSP staff assist faculty in their research endeavors, encourage interdisciplinary research across campus, and provide support for new programs and initiatives. Pre- and Post-Award Support Services staff work with researchers to ensure that externally-funded proposals, awards, and internal and external reports comply with all applicable federal, state, and university regulations.
Texas State’s Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Design and Analysis (IIRDA) is the primary point of contact for faculty seeking expertise in the design, analysis, and publication of research at the highest levels. IIRDA statisticians support faculty by assisting with: (1) development and articulation of research projects’ technical components (i.e. specific aims/goals, research questions, hypotheses); (2) selection of appropriate analytic methods; (3) identification and creation of appropriate measurement instruments; (4) data management protocols; and (5) data analyses and interpretation of results.
Dr. Larry Price is Professor of Psychometrics and Statistics and Director of Texas State University's Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Design and Analysis, a university-wide role that involves conceptualizing and writing the analytic segments of large-scale competitive grant proposals in collaboration with interdisciplinary research teams. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics Division, and an Accredited Professional Statistician of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Price has presented, published in, and/or reviewed for an extensive list of peer-reviewed journals and publications. His textbook, Psychometric Methods: Theory into Practice, was published in December 2016.
College of Education Boilerplate
Texas State University’s College of Education is first and foremost a professional school; therefore, resources are largely focused on supporting its superb faculty as they implement innovative curriculum, instruction, supervision, and research.
Texas State is home to one of the largest traditional university-based teacher preparation programs in the United States, as befits an institution that began in 1899 as a teachers’ college. Each year, 700-800 candidates are recommended for state teaching certificates and during the 2016-17 academic year, 4,532 students were enrolled in teacher certification programs. As a result, teacher education constitutes a significant portion of programming in the college and remains a university-wide endeavor. Faculty housed in academic departments across the university teach subject-area content knowledge and content-based pedagogical courses designed for future secondary teachers, and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s 120+ faculty members teach pedagogical and other courses necessary for state certification. Reflecting Texas State’s status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, 37% of students seeking certification are Hispanic.
In addition to preparing teachers, the College of Education delivers certification and licensure programs other school personnel, including master reading and mathematics teachers, reading specialists, school counselors, school psychologists, principals, and superintendents, and graduates of these programs are employed in student support and school leadership positions across the state. The college also prepares students for careers in professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, athletic training, exercise and sports science, adult fitness, health and wellness promotion, physical education, and recreation therapy and administration.
Finally, the college of offers four doctoral degrees: PhD in Adult, Professional, and Community Education; PhD in School Improvement; and the first PhD and one of the few EdD degrees in the nation in Developmental Education. In August 2015, Texas State University awarded the first-ever PhD in Developmental Education in the United States.
College enrollment for Fall 2016 was 6,237 students and during the 2015-16 academic year, the college conferred 1,320 degrees.
Curriculum & Instruction (C&I)
Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education,
and School Psychology (CLAS)
Health & Human Performance (HHP)
Current research in the College is as broad as our program offerings and faculty interests, and include enhancing teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); postsecondary persistence and success; play and animal therapy; student behavior and school safety; health, nutrition, and wellness; and muscle functioning.
The College of Education is experienced in administering large multi-year, multi-million dollar research projects, including recent grant awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Texas Workforce Commission. The college’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (COE ORSP) provides a full-time staff member to support the processes associated with administering external research funding. Our Research Coordinator for Post-Award Administration assists with grant administration and management, including purchasing, payments, hiring, travel, and monitoring expenditures. In addition, a university-level Senior Grant Accountant assigned to the college also helps to ensure proper stewardship of all funded research, including that all award activities and internal and external reports comply with applicable federal, state, and university regulations.
Two COE ORSP staff members support the preparation of research findings for dissemination to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the general public. The Senior Research Analyst is available to assist the research team with data analysis and interpretation for publications, conferences, and other platforms used to communicate project findings. The Research Coordinator for Proposal Development, who also is charged with assisting faculty in disseminating findings, has over 25 years of experience working in legislative, state agency, higher education, policy, non-profit, and advocacy settings. This experience, coupled with her strategic writing and editing expertise, will help ensure findings are effectively communicated to all targeted audiences.
Texas State’s teacher preparation program consists of baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate elementary, middle, secondary, and all-level options leading to certificates in over 30 different areas. The program produces professional educators with a strong understanding of the subject matter they teach as well as effective instructional skills to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse learners in their classrooms. The program is approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Grounded in evidence-based teacher preparation and induction practices closely aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s standards and recommendations, the program produces teachers who are knowledgeable, effective, and caring.
Since implementing a professional development school model in 1992, Texas State has been a national leader in field-based teacher preparation that instructs teacher candidates in the context of real classrooms. The College of Education has exceptional, long-standing partnerships with area school districts that provide the clinical settings for instruction. The field-based program is currently delivered on over 20 public school campuses located in multiple Central Texas school districts. Candidates spend approximately half of their time at the school working in classrooms with teachers and students; the other half is spent at the school engaged in classes delivered by Texas State faculty in collaboration with school staff.
The College’s Office of Educator Preparation (OEP), which oversees the teacher preparation program, works closely with approximately 80 school districts across the state to provide student teaching placements and identify cooperating teachers for 350-400 student teachers each semester. The student teaching experience provides teacher candidates with opportunities to apply in authentic settings what they have learned in their courses while being mentored by experienced teachers. University supervisors trained in a valid and reliable research-based evaluation protocol observe student teachers in their classrooms and provide feedback and support throughout the semester-long experience. The OEP also hosts two teacher job fairs each year that are attended by representatives from approximately 150 Texas school districts.
The College of Education at Texas State University offers two doctoral degrees in developmental education, the first-ever PhD and one of the few EdD degrees in the country. Students complete highly personalized, multidisciplinary degree plans with core coursework focused on developmental education theory, research methods, and professional development. With specializations in developmental literacy, developmental mathematics, and learning support, all graduates are equipped to respond to the needs of students enrolled in developmental education programs; the complexities of motivation, teaching, learning, and assessment in developmental education settings; and the political, cultural, and social systems that create inequities in educational settings.
The doctoral program in developmental education provides its student-scholars with the necessary tools to critically examine the current state of developmental education, define its essential role in postsecondary education, and create new research-based theories and innovative practices. The program’s vision transcends narrow, static views of teaching and learning as well as deficit-oriented views of students that have traditionally dominated the field. By providing its doctoral students with rigorous research, scholarly, and professional experiences in an apprenticeship model, Texas State’s developmental education program aims to effect change in multiple areas of developmental education and meet the urgent need for advanced practitioners and researchers in a rapidly expanding field.
The Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) is a leader in preparing students for careers in adult fitness, athletic training, exercise and sports science, health and wellness promotion, physical education, and recreation therapy and administration. The department provides a rigorous and diverse Physical Fitness and Wellness (PFW) program of courses, activities, and workshops for Texas State students, faculty, and staff as well as school district and city clients. HHP faculty are nationally and internationally known and recent visiting scholars to the department have come from Brazil, Egypt, and Korea. HHP offers undergraduate and graduate majors in Athletic Training, Biomechanics, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Recreation, and Teacher Education and many graduates continue their professional training in kinesiology, medicine, and physical and occupational therapy. HHP is located in the Jowers Center, which is undergoing substantial renovations to expand and update facilities to accommodate significant enrollment growth in many HHP programs.
The Translational Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory is housed under HHP and located in Jowers Center. The 800-square foot space is divided into a wet lab and a clinical exam room, which is used for human subject testing and data collection. The primary focus of the lab is muscle metabolism and neuromuscular response using muscle physiology and neuromuscular physiology techniques to examine muscle adaptations due to inactivity, training, and fatigue. Special emphasis is placed on how these changes translate to muscle function. Muscle biopsy, blood chemistry, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, electromyography, and Western blot procedures can be performed using equipment located in the lab.
Named after former U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson – a 1930 graduate of Texas State University (known then as Southwest Texas State Teachers College) – the College of Education’s LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research was created in 2013 to address the fact that 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend upon mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. The mission of the LBJ Institute is to transform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to increase the participation and success of diverse communities of educator and students through fostering collaborative communities, conducting rigorous research, providing evidence-based professional development, and improving STEM teaching and learning.
Under the leadership of director Dr. Araceli Ortiz, the LBJ Institute in just four years has established itself as a national leader in delivering and researching programs designed to equip future STEM employees through improved teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines for students from kindergarten to graduate-level college studies. Its researchers have been awarded over $20 million in funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education to target STEM teaching and learning in community, school, and university settings.
The signature program of the LBJ Institute is the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative, a five-year (September 2014-August 2019) $15 million grant led by Texas State University in collaboration with NASA and other Minority-Serving Institutions around the nation. The largest grant award in Texas State’s history, this critical initiative is a transformative, comprehensive, diversity-focused national network system grounded in educational theory and best practices. The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative builds upon the best of existing NASA professional development offerings to pilot and subsequently implement other innovative, high-impact approaches to extend NASA professional development services to STEM educators at all levels, including university teacher preparation faculty and students, K-12 teachers, and informal educators. LBJ Institute researchers coordinate the delivery of these learning experiences through a highly expert staff of Texas State University Education Faculty Specialists located at each of NASA’s 10 Research and Space Centers.
The Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Support (CARES Clinic) – directed by Dr. Russel Lang, Associate Professor of Special Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction – provides services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, while training school and agency personnel to apply research-based practices. Services include diagnostic assessment and evaluation, clinic- and home-based educational programs founded in applied behavior analysis (ABA), social skills groups, job-coaching, functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention planning, consultations, and leisure skills training through its popular summer camp for children with ASD. To help address the overwhelming number of children on waiting lists to receive services, the CARES Clinic has been funded by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop and implement evidence-based parent training protocols, enabling them to provide interventions for their child’s targeted behaviors.
The College of Education created the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera, the first Mexican American selected as a Distinguished Alumnus at Texas State University. During his career as an educator and university administrator he published extensively, including his landmark novel …y no se lo tragó la tierra (…And the Earth Did Not Part) as well as short stories and poetry. Dr. Rivera, known as the Dean of Mexican American Literature, travelled extensively, reading and promoting Mexican American Literature. His writings, in both English and Spanish, mainly deal with the difficult lives of Mexican American migrant farm workers, emphasizing their enduring, highly resilient human spirit. He also focused on the lives of Mexican American farm working children, as his foremost and unwavering concerns were for their education and liberation from oppressive living conditions. The Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award honors his commitment to education and keeps alive his challenge to us to build healthy and responsible communities. This children’s book award also sustains his vision for the education of Mexican Americans in the Southwest and the greater United States.
Texas State University’s Center for P-16 Initiatives -- housed in the College of Education and led by Dr. Michelle Hamilton, Associate Professor of Exercise & Sports Science in the Department of Health and Human Performance – provides opportunities for students in Central Texas to increase college access and success. Programming is centered on the beliefs that successful pre-kindergarten experiences provide the roots for educational success, economically disadvantaged children can be successful if they have the necessary community-based supports, and college success is possible for all students. Through mentoring, after-school, and summer programs, the Center
- improves college access and success for economically disadvantaged students in Central Texas;
- Improves college readiness and college success for students in Central Texas; and
- provides information and opportunities for pre-kindergarten children learning with an emphasis on early literacy.
Dr. Liz Stephens – Professor Emerita in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction – serves as director of the Central Texas Writing Project (CTWP), one of nearly 200 university-based sites of the National Writing Project (NWP). CTWP was created in 1998 and has developed a network of more than 350 exemplary teachers of writing in the Central Texas area. Like all National Writing Project sites, the CTWP hosts an annual five-week intensive Summer Institute for kindergarten-college teachers and is funded through the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the CTWP hosts a number of events throughout the year, including youth writing camps, professional development for teachers, writing retreats, an annual teachers’ conference, and one-week open institutes. Based on the NWP's teachers-teaching-teachers model, CTWP focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of Central Texas educators on sustained research-based approaches to improve writing and literacy learning at all levels – early childhood through university – and across disciplines, with a particular focus on issues of diversity and access. CTWP’s goal is to support a community of educators as they learn from each other and develop their own writing and teaching strengths.