I am deeply honored to begin my term as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin (soon to be the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy). I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Dean Manuel J. Justiz for entrusting me with this very important service and leadership role for our department.
In preparation for this new role, I have reflected on our departmental priorities, I have met one-on-one with most of our faculty and staff, and I have listened attentively to the challenges and suggestions from our students. I have also met with our colleagues at CCCSE and NISOD to better understand how we can be mutually supportive toward advancing our respective goals. In sum, I have learned a lot about the unique challenges and opportunities for our masters and doctoral degree programs, and I intend to keep learning and listening throughout my term as chair.
Our department has a long track-record of producing talented and award-winning educational leaders, administrators, researchers, and scholars across education sectors, all of whom have a keen focus on equity and social justice. We have built a consistent national reputation as a top graduate program for training educational leaders and policy researchers (#6 in 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings), and we must continue to leverage this status to further enhance our department priorities:
- Deliver high-quality academic programs
- Nurture a positive overall graduate student experience
- Enhance our faculty and student research productivity
- Cultivate strategic partnerships with key stakeholders
- Transform lives by improving educational leadership, policy, and practice
I am deeply humbled and ready to take on this leadership role, and I look forward to working with our many stakeholders to expand our strong legacy of training educational leaders, administrators, practitioners, and scholars for our state and for our nation.
Hook ‘Em Horns!
Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D.
Chair, Educational Administration
The University of Texas at Austin