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Grant W. Simpson Jr., PhD
Dean, School of Education; Professor of Educational Leadership

Phone: 512-448-8655

  • PhD in Educational Administration at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1989
  • MA in Special Education at University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1975
  • BS in Biology at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1967
Why I Teach

The art of teaching is about gaining the consent of the learner. When students are engaged in meaningful, relevant activities and projects, learning abounds. My primary goal as a teacher is to structure success opportunities for students. I urge them be more concerned about learning than what grade they earn. When students aren’t learning and succeeding, my first question is: “What can I do differently?”

Teaching is my life’s work. It keeps me grounded, whole and close to the pulse of the changing needs of learners. Over my career, I have observed the good teaching of others in more than a thousand classrooms. It never fails to excite me and inspire me to do more.