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Dr. Derek Lester

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership

Office Location: Frank Young Education North, #109

Phone: (903) 468-3117


Teaching Experience

August 2011 – May 2015, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce

HIED 695 Research Methodology - (Doctoral research methods course.)

HIED 595 Research Methodology - (Master’s level research methods course.)

HIED 657 Organization and Governance in Higher Education – (Applied organization theory and university governance.)

HIED 659 Higher Education Finance – (Survey of the basic tenets of college and university finance, with a focus on public funding and support.)

HIED 627 History of Higher Education in the US – (Survey of historical foundations of the American higher education system.)

HIED 540 The American Community College. (Survey of the history and current roles of the American community college system.)

HIED 617 Statistical Procedures – (Introductory statistics course for graduate students.)

HIED 637 Institutional Effectiveness and Outcomes Assessment – (Examined methods of institutional and student outcomes assessments.)

HIED 542 Analysis of Teaching in Higher Education – (Survey of human learning and common instructional techniques used in higher education settings.)

HIED 528 Philosophy of Education – (Survey of philosophical foundations of education as it applied to K-20 instruction and curriculum.)

HIED 658 Student Affairs Administration – (Survey course of student affairs functions, organizational theories, and student development theories.)

HIED 650 Doctoral Research Practicum – (Practicum course designed to help students develop their dissertation literature review.)

January 2009 – May 2011, Graduate Assistant, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Master’s Capstone Project in Higher Education. (Instructed Master students through the design and implementation of a piece of original research.)

Research Based Decision Making. (Co-Instructed a master’s level survey course of research methodologies.)

Designing and Critiquing Research. Teaching Assistant. (As a teaching assistant, I led discussions and lectured students in doctoral research methods.)

Finance and Budgeting in Higher Education. Teaching Assistant. (As a teaching assistant, I guided students through two Virtual University (VU) simulation assignments, led discussions, outlined course assignments, graded papers, projects, and tests.)

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