Leanne L. Howell, Ph.D., teaches in the EdD graduate program- Learning and Organizational Change, after spending four years as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She was instrumental in launching the first elementary Professional Development School (PDS) partnership in Midway ISD in 2014. In collaboration with university and district colleagues, this partnership earned 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 continues to support this vibrant student community. 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. She is also serves as a Faculty Advisor in the Problem of Practice Dissertation course sequence, where she currently supports students in Cohort 6.

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)