Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology
Office#: 708 Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 845-7588
Primary Emphasis Area: Learning Sciences
Short Bio
James F. McNamara (Ph.D., Penn State, 1970) is currently a professor at Texas A&M University. He holds graduate faculty appointments in the Department of Statistics (College of Science) and in the Departments of Educational Psychology and Educational Administration (College of Education). Prior to joining the Texas A&M University faculty in 1976, he held professional appointments in educational administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and in public affairs and administration in the Wallace School of Community Service and Public Affairs at the University of Oregon. While at Texas A&M University he has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan (1979) and an Advanced Study Center Fellow at Ohio State University (1980).
During his stay at the University of Oregon he was also a Research Associate for three years in the Center for the Advanced Study of Educational Administration (1970-73). Before pursuing a career in higher education, Dr. McNamara spent three years as a high school mathematics teacher in New Jersey and four years as a state-level school administrator in the Research Bureau of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Earlier in his career, he worked in several corporations including Trans World Airlines, Philco-Ford, and VERTOL Helicopter. He also completed a three-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As an educational policy researcher, he has appeared as an expert witness on educational desegregation policies before the U.S. District Court (Houston, TX), and he has delivered several invited research lectures to organizations such as the National Academy of School Executives, the Rand Corporation (Santa Monica, CA), and the Interamerican Congress of Psychology (Caracus, Venezuela). For his contributions to collaborative education research and teaching research methods, he received the 1990 Faculty Research Award from the Instructional Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University. In 1999 he received the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching from the Texas A&M University Alumni Association.
Area(s) of Emphasis
Educational Psychology Foundations
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Brossart, D. F., Meythaler, J. M., Parker, R. I., McNamara, J., & Elliott, T. R. (2008). Advanced regression methods for single-case designs: Studying propranolol in the treatment for agitation associated with traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53, 357-369.

2. McNamara, J., Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B., Hoyle, J., & Tong, F. (2007). Doctoral Program Issues: Commentary on Companion Dissertations. In C. Mullen, T. Creighton, F. Dembowski, & S. Harris (Eds.) The handbook of doctoral programs in educational administration: Issues and challenges. NCPEA Press. Retrieved from the Connexions Web site:

3. McNamara, J.F. (2005). Getting good results from survey research: Part four. International Journal of Educational Reform.

4. McNamara, J.F. (2004). Getting good results from survey research: Part three. International Journal of Educational Reform.

5. McNamara, J.F. (2003). Collecting and analyzing decision-oriented data. In T.J. Kowalski (ed). Public relations in schools (3rd edition). (with A.W. Place and M. McNamara)

6. McNamara, J.F. (2003). Getting good results from survey research: part one. International Journal of Educational Reform.

7. McNamara, J.F. (2003). Getting good results from survey research: part two. International Journal of Educational Reform.

8. McNamara, J.F. (2001) Teaching Statistics in Principal Preparation Programs: Part Three. International Journal of Educational Reform.

9. Song, E.Y., Pruitt, B.E., McNamara, J.F. and Colwell, B. (2000). A Meta-Analysis Examining Effects of School Sexuality Education Programs on Adolescents' Sexual Knowledge, 1960-1997. Journal of School Health, 70, 413-416. Diss

10. McNamara, J.F., Stuessy, C.L., McNamara, M. & Quenk, K. (2000). The Texas Poll of Elementary Teachers: Part Two. International Hournal of Educational Reform, 9(3), 204-278.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Eun Young Song (Fall, 1998), Ph.D.
Sandra Lewis Etheredge (Summer, 1999), Ed.D.
Frederick Kier (Summer, 1999), Ph.D.
Barbara Elenor Polnick (Summer, 1999), Ed.D.
Mary Kossa Jones (Summer, 1999), Ed.D.
Kathleen Clark (Fall, 1999), Ph.D.
Heidi Koehler (Fall, 2000), Ph.D.
James Douglas Moore (Summer, 2001), Ph.D.
George Randall Reedy (Fall, 2001), Ed.D.
Frances McArthur (Summer, 2002), Ph.D.
Linda Mohr (Summer, 2002), Ph.D.
Karin Sparks (Spring, 2004), Ph.D.
Glenda Byrns (Spring, 2007), Ph.D.
Norman Garcia (Summer, 2007), Ph.D.
Marcia Bastain (Fall, 2008), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editor (2005 - 2006). International Journal of Educational Reform

Editorial Board Member (1991 - ). Public Budgeting and Financial Management: An International Journal

Editorial Board Member (1991 - 1999). National FORUM of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal

Editorial Board Member (1990 - ). International Journal of Public Administration

Editorial Board Member (1988 - ). National FORUM of Applied Educational Research Journal

Editorial Board Member (1984 - 1991). Educational Administration Quarterly


(1999). Teaching Award.  AFS Distinguished Achievement Award

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