Leanne L. Howell, Ph.D., is as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. She currently serves as the University Liaison for the School of Education’s newest elementary Professional Development School (PDS) and was instrumental in launching that partnership in 2014. Additionally, she teaches courses pertaining to social issues in education and is currently involved in advancing global initiatives to allow students the opportunity to examine such issues within global contexts.

Dr. Howell holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Baylor School of Education and earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M. In 2014, Dr. Howell was a pivotal advocate in developing the Education Living-Learning Center and supports this learning community by serving on the advisory board. 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 campus life.

She was recently awarded the Exemplary Faculty Practice Award, sponsored by The Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), for her groundbreaking research pertaining to an instructional technology series offered to her pre-service teacher candidates. Dr. Howell was also selected as a Clinical Fellow for Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in 2015 and 2016, an honor bestowed on clinical practitioners who seek to advance teacher education preparation within real-world contexts.

Dr. Howell’s research interests include preparing pre-service teacher candidates to teach in urban settings, investigating instructional technology as a tool for differentiation, and advancing social equity issues within school contexts. She annually presents her work at conferences and actively publishes in scholarly contexts. One of her most notable works, a co-edited book titled Yes We Can: Improving Urban Schools Through Innovative Educational Reform, challenges all educators to reach beyond barriers to ensure all students achieve academic success.

Dr. Howell and her husband, Brian, met as undergraduate students at Baylor. They have triplet daughters — Caroline, Morgan and Rachel.

Degrees (3)

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

Master of Science: School Counseling
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)