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Primary Emphasis Area: K-12 Administration
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Short Bio
Dr. Mario S. Torres, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003. Dr. Torres joined the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development Department at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in 2003 and earned promotion and tenure in 2010. Dr. Torres teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational administration and human resource development. Dr. Torres served as a program chair between 2010-2013 and led the effort to create the current fully online masters program for school principal preparation. Dr. Torres' research focuses on students' rights, the ethics of education reform and discipline policy, and organizational inclusion. He recently received a grant as a co-principal investigator from the Kellogg Foundation for the amount of $286,668 to investigate demographic inclusion in two south Texas urban school districts. He has served as an associate editor for the top field journal. He has written 21 peer reviewed articles, one book, two edited books, and 15 chapters. Dr Torres has chaired/co-chaired 24 doctoral students to completion.
Area(s) of Emphasis
Public School Administration
Research Interests
K-12 campus/community politics
K-12 education law
K-12 education policy
Quantitative research methods
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Mario S. Torres, Lixia Qin, & Jean Madsen (2017) Building Pathways: Nurturing a female generation of school leaders in China. In Elizabeth C. Reilly (Editor) International Perspectives on Women in Educational Leadership, Roman and Littlefield Education (in Press) (In Press)

2. Torres, M. Madsen, J. Luo, W. Yuong, Q. & Luevanos, E. (in press) Development of a theoretical model for achieving inclusion in schools. International Journal of Educational Reform. (In Press)

3. Torres, M.S. (in press). The use of statistics in legal research. In P. First (Ed.), book title forthcoming (In Press)

4. *Barton, J., Irby, B.J., Tong, F., Torres, M., & Sandlin, J. (2018). Secondary student achievement, particularly in science, related to school size, student socio- economic status, per pupil expenditures, student mobility rate, and percentage of non-white students: a modified best-evidence synthesis. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 7(3), 1-17. doi: 10.5861/ijrse. 2017.1775 *

5. **Torres, M.S. & Qin, L. (2017) Chinese High School Students' Perceptions of Freedom of Expression: Implications for Researching Emerging Civil Liberties in Global Educational Contexts, Asia Pacific Education Review, 18(1), 53-64 *

6. **Vestal, B. & Torres, M.S. (2016). A study of preferred conflict management behaviors among small-school principals: Effects of gender and experience. NCPEA Education Leadership Review, 17(2), 16-35 *

7. Gooden, M.A., Jabbar, H., & Torres, M.S. (2016). Race and school vouchers: Legal, historical, and political contexts. Peabody Journal of Education, 91(4), 522-536

8. 20. **Core, B. & Torres, M.S. (2016). The Uncertainty of Policy Ambition: An Analysis of Key State Actor Perspectives on Seeking Equity Through Facilities Funding. Journal of Education Finance, 41(4), 419-437 *

9. Torres, M. Kidd, T. & Madsen, J (2015) Exploring ethics and teacher conduct in a suburban school district: Implications for school leaders. Education Leadership Review, 16(2) pp.116-130 *

10. **Torres, M.S., Kidd, T., Madsen, J. (2015). Exploring ethics and teacher conduct in a suburban school district: Implications for school leaders. NCPEA Education Leadership Review, Vol. 16, No. 2. *

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

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Preparing Academic Leaders: Teachers of English Learners Building Instructional Capacity-- Project PAL. (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2017/09/01 - 2022/08/31
Total Funding: 2,567,823.

Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (A-PLUS): Building Instructional Capacity to Impact Diverse Learners. (Co-I)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2017/09/01 - 2020/08/31
Total Funding: 13,692,601.

Strategies for School Improvement and Inclusion in Schools with Demographically Diverse Students. (Co-PI)
Kellogg Foundation (Private)
2017/03/01 - 2020/02/28
Total Funding: 1,493,754.
Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Jennifer Kennedy (Summer, 2007), Ph.D.
Veronica Ateaga (Summer, 2008), Ph.D.
Lynn Hemmer (Summer, 2009), Ph.D.
Joan Berry (Summer, 2009), Ed.D.
Talesa Kidd (Spring, 2010), Ph.D.
Jerry Paul Ausburn (Summer, 2010), Ed.D.
Bradley Vestal (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Catherine Jones (Summer, 2012), Ed.D.
Liodolee Garcia (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Suzanne Johnston (Spring, 2013), Ed.D.
Roberto Lopez (Spring, 2013), Ed.D.
Brandon Core (Spring, 2013), Ph.D.
April Dyke (Summer, 2013), Ed.D.
Richard Hull (Summer, 2013), Ed.D.
William West (Summer, 2013), Ph.D.
William Russell (Fall, 2013), Ed.D.
Nicole Poenitzsch (Fall, 2013), Ed.D.
Feyi Obamehinti (Spring, 2014), Ed.D.
Rebecca Benedict (Spring, 2014), Ph.D.
Ryan Beard (Fall, 2014), Ph.D.
Jeffrey Burke (Spring, 2015), Ed.D.
Julie Merrill (Spring, 2015), Ed.D.
Joseph Coburn (Spring, 2015), Ph.D.
Martha Trejo (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Melanie Rogers (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Detra De Verne Johsnos (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
Toron Jamaine Wooldridge (Summer, 2016), Ed.D.
Paige Cleveland Perez (Summer, 2016), Ph.D.
Betty Denise Monzingo (Summer, 2017), Ed.D.
Daniel K. Anderson (Fall, 2017), Ed.D.
Daniel Philip Combs (Fall, 2017), Ed.D.
Stephen L. Watson (Summer, 2018), Ed.D.
David M. Aslin (Fall, 2018), Ed.D.
Editorial Positions

Editor (2017 - ). Law and Policy Briefs Journal

Editorial Board Member (2011 - 2014). Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership

Editorial Board Member (2006 - ). Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education

Editorial Board Member (2006 - ). Journal of School Leadership

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2010-2010). Program Chair.  AERA Division A


(2014). Outstanding mentoring of students.  EAHR, TAMU

(2014). Outstanding Mentor Award.  Department

(2013). Awards Committee Chair.  Chair

(2012-2013). Faculty Search Committee Chair.  Chair

(2010). Research Fellow Award.  Robert Winter Research Fellow Award Recipient, $15,000 over three years

(2002). Seminar Participant.  David L. Clark seminar participant

(2001). Alumni Scholarship Recipient.  Penn State

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