Leanne L. Howell, Ph.D., teaches in the Online Ed.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change program, after spending four years as a Clinical Assistant Professor serving as the University Liaison for the School of Education’s newest elementary Professional Development School (PDS). She was instrumental in launching that partnership in 2014 and joined university and district colleagues in earning the Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award in 2017 from NAPDS, an honor bestowed to only three other PDS partnerships across the nation that year.

Dr. Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational psychology — both from Baylor University. She earned her Ph.D. in urban education from Texas A&M University. Dr. Howell was a pivotal advocate in developing the Education Living-Learning Center (now Impact LLC) and supports this vibrant learning community by serving on the Advisory Board. She is a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and serves on the Baylor University Honor Council. Known for her high expectations of students, Dr. Howell has a passion for teaching and enjoys supporting students in leadership roles in all facets of student life.

As a lecturer in the Online Ed.D. program, Dr. Howell serves as the lead section faculty for Social Foundations of Education (EDC 5391), a course she created that challenges students to not only learn new content, but also utilize the “4Cs” — Collaboration, Creation, Communication and Critical Thinking.

Dr. Howell’s research interests include preparing pre-service teacher candidates to teach in urban settings, investigating instructional technology as a tool for differentiation, advancing social equity issues within school contexts, and engaging learners in online platforms. She annually presents her work at conferences and actively publishes in scholarly contexts.

Degrees (3)

Doctor of Philosophy: Curriculum and Instruction/Urban Education
Texas A&M University

Master of Science: School Counseling/ GT Education
Baylor University

Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education
Baylor University

Certifications (4)

Professional Special Education Counselor (Grades PK-12)

Professional Counselor (Grades PK-12)

Provisional Elementary Reading (Grades 1-8)

Provisional Elementary Self-Contained (Grades 1-8)