Dr. Gerri M. Maxwell

Dr. Geri Maxwell

Professor and Chair

Department of Educational Leadership

Faculty Center 219

(361) 825-6034


Gerri M. Maxwell is Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M College Station in 2004. She has garnered nearly thirty million dollars in grant funding both at the university and public school level to support initiatives targeting high needs rural schools. The most noteworthy grant funding she has authored recently has included $8.9 million in funding through the Texas Education Agency to support the turnaround of Premont Independent School District. Her research interests include rural social justice school leadership in K-12 as well as higher education. Publications include a recent invited book review on “Rural Schools Matter” by M.Tieken published in May 2016 in Qualitative Studies in Education. Her article, “Rural Social Justice Leadership: A Profile in Resilience” appeared in the 2014 special edition on rural superintendents in Journal of School Leadership. She has presented her research (and also has professionally and financially supported her doctoral students’ research) nationally and internationally at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting (AERA), the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA), the National Rural Education Association Research Symposium (NREA) and the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE). She has led thirty dissertations to completion in her career to date. She has more than twenty-five peer reviewed publications and more than fifty-five national and international presentations. Currently, she serves as chair of the diversity team for NREA and on the editorial board of The Rural Educator. Awards include Texas A&M University – Kingsville Senior Faculty and Dean’s Award in 2016. She was an AERA David L. Clark Seminar Scholar in 2004. Concurrent to her university work, she has owned Gerico Educational Services since 2006 providing various consulting services to schools and universities including grant writing, project management, curriculum and assessment expertise.

  • Professor
  • Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
  • Chair of the diversity team for National Rural Education Association Research Symposium
  • Editorial board of The Rural Educator
  • EDLD 6384 Qualitative Research
  • EDLD 6483 Advanced Qualitative Research. She has also taught various other courses in Educational Leadership preparation.

Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Texas A&M University–College Station, 2004

Maxwell, G. (2004). Transcending invisibility through the power of story: A life history of Mr. John, a rural school custodian, as told by his granddaughter. Linda Skrla dissertation chair. Texas A&M University College Station.

  • American Educational Research Association member since 2009
  • University Council of Educational Administration member since 2009
  • National Rural Education Association member since 2010
  • Rurality including rural schools
  • Resilience of rural school superintendents
  • Rural higher education institutions
  • Females in higher education
  • School turnaround
  • Qualitative research
  • Texas Education Agency Educator Excellence Innovation Grant $3.6 million 2014-2018 (Premont ISD fiscal agent, TAMUK subcontract for technical support and professional development).
  • Texas Education Agency Texas Title One Priority Schools Grant $5.6 million 2015-2010 (Premont ISD fiscal agent, TAMUK subcontract for technical support and professional development).
  • Thirty million authored, managed and supported in primarily high needs rural school districts career total.
  • David L. Clark Seminar Scholar 2004 in affiliation with UCEA
  • Senior Faculty Award, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Dean's Award, Texas A&M University-Kingsville