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Dr. Julia Ballenger


Masters Degree/Principal Program Coordinator

Educational Leadership

Office Location: Frank Young Education North, #120

Phone: 903-886-5583



Dr. Julia Ballenger serves as the Coordinator of the Master’s Degree and Principal Certification Program.  She also serves as the Program Co-Chair for the Research on Women in Education Special Interest Group (SIG).  Dr. Ballenger is a member of the Learning and Teaching in Education Leadership Work Group.  This group developed a national survey to evaluate principal preparation program effectiveness.  Dr. Ballenger’s research agenda includes: Cultural Competency, leadership for social justice, principal program evaluation, mentoring women leaders in higher education, and global leadership. 

Dr. Ballenger’s recently co-edited book, Standards-Based leadership: A case study book for the principalship now in its 2nd edition (2015), was published by Rowman & Littlefield.  The contents of the book are aligned to the Texas principal competencies and the national leadership standards.  This book offers a bridge from the traditional curriculum taught in higher education classroom to authentic leadership practices.  The companion, Superintendent Case Study Book 2nd edition, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators this spring 2015.


The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Educational Administration, May 1996 

East Texas State University-Commerce, Texas, Master’s of Education in Elementary Education and Special Education, May 1973 

East Texas State University-Commerce, Texas

Bachelor of Education in Special Education and Psychology, August 1970


Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2012 to present - Courses taught in the Doctoral and Masters’ Program

EDAD 663                    Doctoral Writing – Chapter 1

EDAD 664                    Doctoral Writing – Authoring the Doctoral Dissertation – Chapter 2

EDAD 695                    Research Methodology

EDAD 699                    Resident Doctoral Seminar

EDAD 647                    Ethics and Philosophy

EDAD 634                    Dynamics of Change and Conflict

EDAD 508                    Facilitating Learning for Diverse Students

EDAD 718                    Doctoral Dissertation

EDAD 698                    Qualitative Research Methodology    

Texas Wesleyan University 2011-2012, Doctoral Program

EDU 8324                   Planning and Facilities

EDU 8325                   Professional and Staff Development

EDU 6319-53              Principal Internship

EDU 8303                   Policy and Organizational Change in Education

EDU 8326                   School Finance and Budgeting

Stephen F. Austin State University, 2002-2011, Doctoral Program

 AED 611                      Bringing Critical Voices to the Design, Analysis, and    

                                  Implementation of Educational Policy Identification

AED 633                      Investigating Cultural and Societal Patterns

AED 699                      Dissertations

AED 650                      Synthesis in Seminar I and Internship

AED 599                      Synthesis of Educational Leadership

Principal Preparation Program

AED 591/592               Practical Inquiry and Action Research I and II

AED 501                      Introduction to Educational Leadership

AED 516                      The School Principalship K-12

AED 549                      Foundations of Curriculum

AED 513                      Administration of Special Services

Principal Preparation Program courses continued

AED 553                      Personnel Management

AED 552                      School and Community Relations

AED 554                      Internship for the School Principal

AED 519                      Supervision of the Instructional Program

AED 517                      Instructional Leadership


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