Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke Appointed Dean of Baylor School of Education

May 6, 2020
Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I am pleased to share with you that Shanna Hagan-Burke, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education and Head of the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University’s College of Education and Human Development, has been selected to serve as Dean of the Baylor University School of Education, effective July 1.

I express my sincerest appreciation to the 13 members of the School of Education Dean Search Committee, chaired by Diana R. Garland School of Social Work Dean Jon Singletary, Ph.D., for their valuable time and service to the University during this nationwide search process. I also wish to acknowledge Terrill Saxon, Ph.D., for his strong and steady leadership over the past three years as Interim Dean.

As Dean of the Baylor School of Education, Dr. Hagan-Burke will work alongside more than 50 full-time faculty members, whose growing research portfolio complements a long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentoring. Throughout her academic career, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and brings to Baylor a research background that includes more than $5.6 million in competitive external grants.

Dr. Hagan-Burke served on the faculties at the University of Georgia and University of Oregon before joining the Texas A&M faculty in 2005 as Associate Professor of Special Education. In 2016, she was named Professor and Department Head of Educational Psychology. Her department, which focuses on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts, has averaged nearly $9 million annually over the past three years in sponsored research and is home to multiple innovative research labs and clinics.

Her research interests include functional analyses of challenging behavior, positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and early literacy. She has served as the lead principal investigator or co-PI on 11 external grant awards. Her work investigating relations between academic performance and problem behaviors has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (2013, 2014) for its contributions to the fields of early reading intervention and early childhood education. She currently directs a doctoral training grant focused on the preparation of scholars with dual expertise in academic and behavioral supports (Project ABS).

Dr. Hagan-Burke also has 17 years of experience working with state-level behavioral support initiatives (Alabama, Georgia and Hawaii Departments of Education) and their systemic efforts to meet the needs of students with challenging behaviors. She was a member of the Texas Education Agency’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Guidance Committee and served as the lead author developing their RTI framework for social behaviors.

In 2015, Dr. Hagan-Burke was awarded an Eppright Professorship for undergraduate teaching excellence at Texas A&M. She also has held The Douglas J. Palmer Endowed Chair in Educational Psychology, was selected as a fellow of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program and received additional university recognition for her teaching and service.

She earned a B.A. in special education and teaching and her M.A. in clinical teaching from the University of West Florida. She completed her Ph.D. in special education and behavior disorders from the University of Oregon.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Hagan-Burke on her appointment as Dean of the Baylor School of Education. As we aspire to Tier 1/Research 1 recognition as the preeminent Christian research university, the School of Education, under Dean Hagan-Burke, will continue its impactful work to develop and prepare educators to carry the University’s mission to classrooms and beyond as teachers, superintendents, psychologists, health education professionals and scholars.


Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.

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