Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Ed.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She currently supervises clinical experiences in the Baylor University Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership and is lead instructor for EDC 6346 Mentoring and Supervision in the EdD in Learning and Organizational Change program. Dr. Purdum-Cassidy also serves as coordinator of the Elementary (EC-6) Certification Program, Co-director of the IMPACT Mentoring Program, and Co-Director of the Interns in England Program. 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 current research explorations include the creation of initiatives to advance teacher education, the evaluation of the IMPACT Mentoring Program, and teacher resilience.

Dr. Purdum-Cassidy currently serves as a board member for the Association of Teachers Educators (2023-2026). As a member of ATE, Dr. Purdum-Cassidy also serves in a variety of leadership roles: Co-Chair of the ATE Teacher Educator Standards Commission Products Sub-Committee, 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 Inquiry Initiative Task Force, member of the Resolutions Committee, and member of the planning committee for the 2022 and 2023 ATE Annual Conferences.