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Celebrating Our Past. Transforming The Future.


This fall, the College of Education and Human Development will begin a year-long celebration of 50 years of excellence.

Throughout our history we have been charged with transforming and enriching lives through education and health. Created as a school for teachers, we are now a school for leaders.

We offer 21 undergraduate programs and more than 30 graduate programs across multiple emphasis areas.

Educators, sports professionals, business leaders, healthcare professionals. Whatever the industry, our graduates are game-changers. Our graduates transform lives.

We Teach Texas


We are proud to be one of 11 universities in the Texas A&M University System preparing educators for Texas school systems.

There are more than 10,000 Aggies working in Texas schools across 746 districts and 208 counties. Thanks to our excellence in teacher preparation, these Aggies will stay in the classrooms long after their peers.

Become a Teacher

Learn about the TAMUS initiative

Departments in the College of Education & Human Development

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EAHR develops educational leaders and improves practice through teaching, research and service.

Educational Psychology Teacher Painting Students

EPSY is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts.

Health-kinesiology

HLKN is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

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TLAC’s mission is to create experiences that advance teaching, research and service through the application of knowledge in the preparation and development of quality educators; placing high value on collaboration, diversity, critical thinking, and creativity.

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If you’ve had a great encounter with a College of Education and Human Development faculty or staff member, tell us about it! Nominate them here.

2018 Outstanding Alumni Announced

2018 Outstanding Alumni Announced
October 16, 2018 Ashley Green
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2018 Outstanding Alumni Announced


Seven alumni of the college will be recognized for their professional achievements and college-wide impact at the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Friday, October 26 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex at Texas A&M University.

Each year, various stakeholders throughout the college nominate honorees. This year’s recipients are Matthew Allen, Jimmy Cheek, Charol Shakeshaft, Daphne Watkins and Judy Webb Leunes. Rose Mason and Edgar J. Villarreal were selected as Early Career honorees.

DR. MATTHEW ALLEN ‘03
Dr. Matthew Allen received his doctorate degree in 2003 from Texas A&M and is currently a professor and assistant dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in the School of Medicine at Indiana University. He also leads the Allen Lab at Indiana University where he is considered a national leader in areas related to treatment for osteoporosis and the intersection of chronic kidney disease and bone loss. He has published 137 peer-reviewed papers in the most outstanding journals in his field. This year, Allen was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.

DR. JIMMY CHEEK ‘75
Dr. Jimmy Cheek received both his bachelors in 1969 and doctorate degree in 1975 at Texas A&M. He currently serves as Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor at University of Tennessee where he served as Chancellor from 2009 to 2017. Cheek has received several awards including being named a Fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education, The President’s Medallion from the University of Florida and the Chancellor’s Medallion from the University of Tennessee. Cheek prides himself in achieving excellence in academics, research and outreach at each university he has served.

DR. CHAROL SHAKESHAFT ’79
Dr. Charol Shakeshaft received her master’s and doctorate in from Texas A&M. She is currently a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education. She is committed to research regarding the underrepresentation of women in educational leadership and is considered a groundbreaker on the topic. Shakeshaft was inducted as an American Educational Research Association Fellow in 2015 for her contributions to education research. She was also awarded the 2015 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award.

DR. DAPHNE WATKINS ‘06
Dr. Daphne Watkins is an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Watkins researches health disparities, specifically behavioral health disparities for Black men. She built and is the director of the Gender and Health Research Lab at the University of Michigan where researchers work to understand how socio-demographic, psychosocial and environmental agents influence the mental and physical health of racial and ethnic minorities.

MS. JUDY WEBB LEUNES ‘76
Judy Webb LeUnes received her bachelor’s from Texas A&M in 1976. LeUnes spent 40 years in public education, teaching in Hearne and College Station ISDs. She currently serves as president at Wienerspiel, a non-profit raising funds for other non-profits who help homeless, unwanted and neglected animals. She received several community-based awards, including the 2018 City of College Station’s Keep the Dream Alive Award for her volunteer work in the African-American community.

DR. ROSE MASON ’12
Dr. Rose Mason ’12 is assistant professor at Purdue University Department of Educational Studies. She is actively engaged in national, state and local efforts to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families. Mason is also a member of the Purdue Autism Cluster, a group of faculty aimed at understanding and treating autism through interdisciplinary research. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the National Association for Rehabilitation, Research and Training Centers.

DR. EDGAR J. VILLARREAL ’12
Dr. Edgar J. Villarreal ’12 is currently a supervisory psychologist with the Department of Veteran Affairs – Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. He provides clinical services in the PTSD clinic where he works with veterans who have trauma-related disorders following combat deployment. Villarreal also coordinates the Psychology Practicum at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, supervising the training of a student cohort within the Mental Health Behavioral Medicine (MHBM) department.

This year’s recipients will be honored at the Outstanding Alumni Gala on October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex.

About the Writer


Ashley is the Media Relations Coordinator and responsible for news coverage in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture as well as the Department of Educational Psychology.

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