Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Ed.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and supervises clinical experiences in the Baylor University Professional Development School (PDS) partnership. Dr. Purdum-Cassidy also serves as coordinator of the Elementary (EC-6) Certification Program and co-director of the Baylor University School of Education Summer Literacy Institute. Prior to joining the Baylor University faculty, Dr. Purdum-Cassidy served as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and department chair.

Dr. Purdum-Cassidy’s research interests and areas of expertise focus on preparing teachers for diverse 21st century classrooms. As an elementary education and literacy specialist, Purdum-Cassidy has published extensively on teaching in urban schools. Her research has been published in leading refereed journals such as Action in Teacher Education, The Teacher Educator, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and Children’s Literature in Education. Her recent explorations include the creation of urban literacy initiatives to advance student achievement, mentoring and coaching, and teacher resilience.

In 2015, Dr. Purdum-Cassidy was named an Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Founding Clinical Fellow. As a member of ATE, Dr. Purdum-Cassidy also serves in a variety of roles: Co-Chair of the Emerging Scholars initiative, Co-Convener of the Joint Task Force between ATE and the National Association for Professional Development Schools, member of the By-Laws Committee, and member of the planning committee for the 2020, 2021, and 2022 ATE Annual Conferences. Dr. Purdum-Cassidy also serves as a member of the Baylor University Faculty Senate.