Dr. Nathan R. Templeton has served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership since 2012. Dr. Templeton teaches graduate-level principal leadership and doctoral educational administration courses. In addition to supervising research and serving on dissertation committees, his course specialties are Educational Research for Effective Teaching, Program Evaluation and School Law. He serves as course lead for the master’s level research course and the doctoral program evaluation courses. As faculty facilitator his goal is to help student’s think more deeply, to enrich their knowledge base, and to prepare them for the noble journey of becoming an intentional administrator who can impact K-12 education by connecting theory to practice. Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M University Commerce, Dr. Templeton taught in Texas public schools for 12 years as a band director, fine arts administrator and campus principal.
Dr. Templeton’s professional interests include eliminating educational inequality, systemic sustainability, and using research based best practice to improve student achievement and ensure effective practices. Moreover, he has profound beliefs regarding the lack of achievement and continued disparity amongst students of color in our public school systems. Thus, his quantitative research agenda includes: leading for social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, PK-12 school reform, program preparation and higher education, educational leadership preparation, and closing the achievement gaps between African American students and White students.