Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction
Faculty Center 221
Dessynie Edwards, Ph.D. has 27 years of experience leading, teaching and learning in the PK-12 arena. Most recently serving as the Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership in a large urban school district in Texas where she supervised and coached a team of executive directors, coordinators, academic facilitators, 47 principals and 200 assistant principals to increase the quality of instruction for more than 2,200 teachers and 35,000 scholars. She has also served as the Director of Employee Relations in the public school district's department of Human Resources.
Dr. Edwards has dedicated her professional career to the supervision of specialized programs and services as a Director of Special Education, development of differentiated curricula, assessments and technology integrations as a Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, and enhanced instructional practice, cultivated coaching environments and impacted educator capacity as a Principal, Instructional Leader and District Level Administrator in PK-12 public and charter schools and districts.
As a doctoral student at Texas State University, Dr. Edwards authored, co-authored and presented papers related to the study of the superintendency at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCEA) conferences. Her experience also includes action research and graduate programming at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center, National Staff Development Council and Trinity University’s National School Leadership Network.
Dr. Edwards' research overview includes qualitative studies of school improvement, district-level leadership and Black educational leaders' preparation, perceptions and pursuits of the superintendency. Her dissertation included a study that explored the educational and professional experiences of Black female school district leaders who mediated race, gender and cultural politics in the leadership process and trajectory to the superintendency. Dr. Dessynie Edwards plans to continue her contributions to the study and practice of scholar-practitioner work as a tenured-track professor and PK-12 school improvement agent.
Dr. Edwards' vita (pdf)