Introducing Dean Joyce Alexander


Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: March 11, 2015

The College of Education & Human Development at Texas A&M University is pleased to welcome Joyce M. Alexander, Ph.D., as the incoming dean beginning June 1, 2015.

“I’m very excited to be working with the faculty in the College of Education & Human Development at Texas A&M,” Dr. Alexander said. “The faculty here conduct outstanding research, inspire the next generation with world-class teaching, and run outreach programs throughout the surrounding region. This is a truly exciting place to be.”

Since 2011, Dr. Alexander has served as the executive associate dean in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington, where she is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.  Her primary research interest is focused on the precursors and longitudinal consequences of early interests in science-related fields. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Previously, Dr. Alexander served as chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, the Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, and the American Psychological Association Division 15 Outstanding Dissertation Research Award.

Dr. Yvonna Lincoln, distinguished professor of higher education administration and member of the dean search committee, said, “Dr. Alexander has all we were looking for in terms of criteria: She comes from a Tier 1 institution, she has broad experience as a department head and executive associate dean and she has deep familiarity with the processes and mandates of a research-oriented land grant university.  We are so happy to be welcoming her here.”

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While Dr. Douglas Palmer, who served as the dean and interim dean of the college for nearly 10 years, will be engaged in a few University-wide leadership activities after June 1, his plans for the 2015-16 academic year primarily focus on his development leave. He will be a Visiting Professor at the University of California-Davis and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Texas A&M University at Qatar. During his leave he will work on course development activities and his research program.

On Dr. Palmer’s service to the college, Dr. Karan L. Watson, provost & executive vice president, said, “His commitment to the college and to Texas A&M University has been critical to advancing our mission of teaching, research, and service.  His leadership has helped to position the College of Education and Human Development among the nation’s leaders in preparing teachers, health, exercise and sport practitioners, and educational leaders in K-12, higher education and private sector and non-profit organizations.  Moreover, during his deanship, the faculty in the college have engaged in federal and state funded research that has directly impacted professional practice and policy.”

Dr. Palmer said, “While it is a bittersweet moment for me, serving as dean has been an extraordinary honor and privilege; I am excited about the future of the College under Dr. Alexander’s leadership.”