Directory » MARIO TORRES
mstorres@tamu.edu
529 EDCT
862-4347
Department
EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION & HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Education
Ph.D., Educational Administration, The Pennsylvania State University (2003)
M.A., Educational Leadership, University of Texas at San Antonio (1999)
B.A., Music Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio (1995)

MARIO TORRES
Professor and Department Head
EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION & HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
K-12 campus/community politics
K-12 education law
K-12 education policy
Quantitative research methods
BIOGRAPHY
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.
COURSES TAUGHT
EDAD609. PUBLIC SCHOOL LAWS
2016C,2016B,2015C,2014C,2014B
EDAD609.
2005B,2005A
EDAD609. Public School Laws
2009B,2008C,2008B,2007C,2007B
EDAD625. Personnel Law
2008A,2007C
EDAD625. PERSONNEL LAW
2017A,2013A,2012A
EDAD635. ADMIN OF SPEC SERVICES
2015B,2014B,2013B
EDAD652. Politics Of Education
2009B,2009A,2008A,2006A,2004C
EDAD652. POLITICS OF EDUCATION
2015A,2013A
EDAD652.
2005B,2005A,2004B
EDAD684. Internship
2009B,2009A,2007B,2004C
EDAD685. Directed Studies
2009B,2008C,2006A
EDAD685. DIRECTED STUDIES
2015A,2013C
EDAD685.
2005A,2004B
EDAD685. Directed Studies - In-absentia
2006A
EDAD688.
2004B
EDAD689. Special Topics In Public School Law
2008C
EDAD690. Theory Edad Research - Stat I
2006C
EDAD690. THEORY EDAD RESEARCH
2016A,2015A,2014C,2012A
EDAD692. Professional Study
2009B,2009A
EDAD692. Professional Stdy- In-absentia
2009B,2008B
EDAD692. PROFESSIONAL STUDY
2020C,2020B,2020A,2019C,2019A
EDCI692. PROFESSIONAL STUDY
2013C,2012C
EHRD210. LEGAL & ETHICAL ENVR HRD
2017A,2016C,2016A,2015C
EHRD485. DIRECTED STUDIES
2016A
EHRD685.
2004B
FORMER DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Jeffrey Wilt Bailey (Spring 2019)
David M. Aslin (Fall 2018)
Stephen L. Watson (Summer 2018)
Daniel K. Anderson (Fall 2017)
Daniel Philip Combs (Fall 2017)
Betty Denise Monzingo (Summer 2017)
Toron Jamaine Wooldridge (Summer 2016)
Paige Cleveland Perez (Summer 2016)
Detra De Verne Johsnos (Fall 2015)
Martha Trejo (Summer 2015)
Melanie Rogers (Summer 2015)
Jeffrey Burke (Spring 2015)
Joseph Coburn (Spring 2015)
Julie Merrill (Spring 2015)
Ryan Beard (Fall 2014)
Feyi Obamehinti (Spring 2014)
Rebecca Benedict (Spring 2014)
William Russell (Fall 2013)
Nicole Poenitzsch (Fall 2013)
April Dyke (Summer 2013)
Richard Hull (Summer 2013)
William West (Summer 2013)
Roberto Lopez (Spring 2013)
Brandon Core (Spring 2013)
Suzanne Johnston (Spring 2013)
Liodolee Garcia (Summer 2012)
Catherine Jones (Summer 2012)
Bradley Vestal (Spring 2011)
Jerry Paul Ausburn (Summer 2010)
Talesa Kidd (Spring 2010)
Joan Berry (Summer 2009)
Lynn Hemmer (Summer 2009)
Veronica Ateaga (Summer 2008)
Jennifer Kennedy (Summer 2007)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Books and Monographs
Normore, A.H., Ehrensal, P., First, P.F., Torres, M.S. (2015). Legal Frontiers in Education: Complex Law Issues for Leaders, Policymakers and Policy Implementers (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 24) Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Hoyle, J. & Torres, M.S. (2010). Six Steps to Preparing Exemplary Principals and Superintendents: Leadership at its Best. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield
Hoyle, J., & Torres, M. (2008). University leadership preparation and successful principals and superintendents. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Journal Articles
*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 ducation, 7(3), 1-17. doi: 10.5861/ijrse. 2017.1775
**Barton, J., Irby, B.J., Tong, F., Torres, M.S., & Sandlin (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.
**Qin, L. & Torres, M.S. (2018). Challenges to measuring Chinese students' perceptions of freedom of expression: An application of Rasch Analysis. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 17(1), 35-55.
**Torres, M.S., Madsen, J.A., Luo, W., Ji, Y., & Luevanos, E. (2018). Development of a theoretical model for achieving inclusion in schools. International Journal of Educational Reform, 27(4), 316-340
**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
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
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
**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
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
**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.
Hemmer, L., Madsen, J.A., & Torres, M.S. (2013). Critical Analysis of Accountability Policy in Alternative Schools: Implications for School Leaders. Journal of Educational Administration, 51, 5
Torres, M.S. (2012). Differentiated jurisprudence? Examining studes' Fourth Amendment court decisions by national region. Journal of School Leadership, Vol. 22, No. 6, 1087-1108
Torres, M.S. (2012). Gauging ethical deficits in leadership and student discipline: An analysis of Fourth Amendment case law. Journal of School Leadership; Vol. 22, No. 2, 261-284
Torres, M.S. (2012). Growing trend of racial preferential treatment from a diversity perspective: An introspection on the PICS in the United States. Journal of Shaanxi Normal University, Vol. 4, No. 4
** Torres, M.S., Collier, V., & Tolson, H. (2010). Studes' First Amendment rights and demographics: Gauging school board responsiveness to student speech policy. Current Issues in Education, Vol. 13, No. 3
Torres, M.S. & Stefkovich, J.A. (2009). Demographics and Police Involvement: Implications for Student Civil Liberties and Just Leadership. Educational Administration Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 3, 450-473
10.** Torres, M.S. & Kennedy, J. (2008). The degree to which school and community factors shape perceptions of [8220]no pass, no play[8221] among high school coaches in Texas: Implications for policy selection. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, Vol. 2, No. 3, 273-298
Torres, M.S. & Callahan, J.L. (2008) An evaluation of the role of emotion in judicial decision making within contrasting minority school settings. Education and Urban Society, 40(3), 377-405.
Torres, M.S. & Hoyle, J. (2008). Students' Reflections on the Relevance and Quality of Highly Ranked Doctoral Programs in Educational Administration: Beacons of Leadership Preparation? AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. Vol. 5, No. 2, 5-13
Torres, M.S., Zellner, L., & Erlandson, D. (2008). Administrator Perceptions of School Improvement Policies within a High Impact Policy Setting. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership. Vol. 3, No. 7, 1-15.
Torres, M.S. & Scheurich, J. (2007). The Odden High School fiasco: Examining the intersection of race, class, and values in rural school leadership and policy. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. Vol. 10, No. 2, 38-45.
Torres, M.S. & Stefkovich, J.A. (2007). Students' Fourth Amendment rights and the federal judgeship: Examining the link between political appointments and case outcomes. BYU Education and Law Journal. Vol. 2007, No. 2, 257-280.
Torres, M.S. & Chen, Y. (2006). Assessing Columbine's impact on students' Fourth Amendment case outcomes: Implications for administrative discretion and decision-making. NASSP Bulletin, 90, 3, 185-206.
Torres, M.S. (2004). Best interests of students left behind? Exploring the ethical and legal dimensions of United States involvement in public school improvement. Journal of Educational Administration, 42(2), 249-269.
Stefkovich, J.A., & Torres, M.S. (2003). The demographics of justice: Student searches, student rights, and administrator practices. Educational Administration Quarterly.
Book Chapters
**Monzingo, B.D. & Torres, M.S. (2019). Managing risk in school crisis intervention: A call for authentic and inclusive leadership. In I.H. Amzat (Ed.). Predictive Models for School Leadership and Practices, pp. 1-17, IGI Global.
Irby, B., Torres, M.S., & Abdelrahman, N. (2018). Dominant trends in the evolution of K-12 education policy in the United States. In R. Papa & S.W. Armfield (Eds.). Handbook on Educational Policy, pp. 51-72. Wiley-Blackwell.
Torres, M.S. (in press). The use of statistics in legal research. In P. First (Ed.), book title forthcoming.
** Burke, J. & Torres, M.S. (2015). The Relationship between Community Educational Attainment and the Discipline Implementation of Fourth Amendment Legal Principles in Public Schools. In A.H. Normore, P. Ehrensal, P.F. First, M.S. Torres (Eds.), Legal Frontiers in Education: Complex Law Issues for Leaders, Policymakers and Policy Implementers (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 24) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.147 [48]13 163
**Torres, M.S. & Perez, P. (2013). The No Child Left Behind act. M.A. Gooden, S. Eckes, J.F. Mead, L. McNeal, M. Torres, (Eds.), The Principal[8217]s Legal Handbook (5h Ed., pp.). Dayton, OH: Education Law Association
Torres, M.S. (in press). The use of statistics in legal research. In P. First (Ed.), book title forthcoming
Torres, M.S. (2008). Entry on Chief Justice Warren Burger. In C. Russo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education Law (pp. 134-136). Los Angeles: Sage
Torres, M.S. (2008). Entry on Drugs, Dog Searches. In C. Russo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education Law (pp. 260-262). Los Angeles: Sage
Torres, M.S. (2008). Entry on School Board Policy. In C. Russo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education Law (pp. 733-735). Los Angeles: Sage
Torres, M.S. (2008). Entry on Strip Searches. In C. Russo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education Law (pp. 798-800). Los Angeles: Sage
Slater, R.O. & Torres, M.S. (2006). "Values" politics and No Child Left Behind. In W. Hoy & C. Miskel (Eds.), Contemporary issues in educational policy and school outcomes (pp. 75-86). Greenwich, CT: Information Age.
Torres, M.S. & Stefkovich, J.A. (2005). The No Child Left Behind act. K.E. Lane, M.J. Connelly, J.F. Mead, M.A. Gooden, and S. Eckes (Eds.), The Principal's Legal Handbook (3rd Ed.). Dayton: Education Law Association
Other Publications and Presentations
**Torres, M.S., Poenitzsch, N., Burke, J. (2011) Responsible Action as a Construct for Ethical Leadership: Investigating the Effect of School and Community on Police Involvement in Student Disciplinary Affairs. In Eds. Normore and Fitch. Leadership in Education, Corrections, and Law Enforcement: A Commitment to Ethics, Equity, and Excellence. Emerald: UK
Hoyle, J., & Torres, M. (2007). Doctorates on defensive (response article). The School Administrator, p. 4.
RESEARCH PROJECTS
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
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
Strategies for School Improvement and Inclusion in Schools with Demographically Diverse Students
Co-PI (). W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Private)
2017-03-01 — 2020-02-28
Strategies for School Improvement and Inclusion in Schools with Demographically Diverse Students
Co-PI (). Kellogg Foundation (Private)
2017-03-01 — 2020-02-28
Catapult Round 1 - Influencing Policymakers (Funded amount $22,000)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-02-01 — 2016-12-31
Mediated Leadership Skills for Demographically Diverse Schools
Co-PI (). Kellogg Foundation (Private)
2014-10-01 — 2017-03-31
Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI)
Co-PI (). 2014-09-01 &mdash
2015-08-31
Development of a Culturally Responsive Leadership Model: Countering the 'Receivement Gap' Among African American and Latina/o American Students
Co-PI (). TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research (State)
2012-01-01 — 2012-08-31
Investigating Leadership as a Pivotal Dimension in the Effective Integration of Non-traditional Teaching Strategies
Co-PI (). TAMU Mexican American/Latino Research Center (State)
2008-05-12 — 2011-05-11
AWARDS
Alumni Scholarship Recipient. Penn State. (2001)
Awards Committee Chair. Chair. (2013)
Faculty Search Committee Chair. Chair. (2012)
Outstanding Mentor Award. Department. (2014)
Outstanding mentoring of students. EAHR, TAMU. (2014)
Research Fellow Award. Robert Winter Research Fellow Award Recipient, $15,000 over three years. (2010)
Seminar Participant. David L. Clark seminar participant. (2002)
EDITORSHIPS
Editorial Board Member. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education (2006)
Editorial Board Member. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (2011 - 2014)
Editorial Board Member. Journal of School Leadership (2006)
Editor. Law and Policy Briefs Journal (2017)
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Administrative Leadership Institute Conference. Co Director. (2013)
Associate Department Chair. EAHR, TAMU. (2012)
Co-Director. Administrative Leadership Institute Annual Conference. (2014)
Program Chair. AERA Division A. (2010)
Program Chair. K-12 Educational Administration. (2010)
Texas A&M Academic Civil Rights Investigator. Investigator. (2012)