Dr. Tony L. Talbert is a Professor of Social/Cultural Studies Education and Qualitative Research in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at Baylor University. Dr. Talbert refers to his field of research and teaching as Education As Democracy which integrates social/cultural, diversity, and democracy education into a focused discipline of qualitative and ethnographic inquiry examining school and community stakeholder empowerment through activist engagement in political, economic, and social issues.

Dr. Talbert’s thirty-five years as an educator has included teaching, research, and service in public schools, universities, governmental and corporate institutions. Dr. Talbert began his career in education as a public school history and government teacher where he applied his previous training as a stage actor by engaging his students in the exploration of the human story by integrating the students’ own lived experiences with the historic drama and comedy that encompassed the lives of the characters and events being studied.

As a high school history/government teacher Dr. Talbert earned a Master of Arts degree in American Studies at Baylor University. While a public school teacher he became a popular invited speaker at several national conferences where he showcased such creative teaching seminars as He Ain’t Crazy Mama He’s My History Teacher and Thinking Thoughts That Need to Be “Thunk”. After seven years as a high school teacher, Dr. Talbert was asked to serve as an Education Specialist with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) where he facilitated professional development opportunities for educators statewide and nationally. After two years with the TEA, Dr. Talbert was recruited to serve as the Executive Director of the Sam Houston State University Center for Professional Development where he was provided the opportunity to collaborate with public school and university educators and students in the exploration and application of cutting-edge digital technology integration into curriculum and pedagogy. During this time Dr. Talbert earned his Doctor of Education Degree in Cultural/Social Studies and Qualitative Research at The University of Houston. Upon earning his Ed.D. Dr. Talbert combined his passion for creative teaching with his highly developed skills as a qualitative researcher and began his career in academia with a commitment to fully integrating the scholarship of discovery with the scholarship of teaching.

During Dr. Talbert’s thirty-five year career as a university educator, Dr. Talbert as held or holds the position of Professor, Associate Dean, Department Chair, Graduate Program Director, and Assistant Department Chair at such institutions as Sam Houston State University, Mississippi State University, The University of Houston, and since 2002 Baylor University. Over his career in academia, Dr. Talbert has actively contributed to scholarship in his field through the publication of peer-reviewed books, book chapters, journal articles, grants, editorials, invited research presentations, and keynote addresses. Dr. Talbert’s academic service to the profession includes holding the positions of associate editor and elected chair of multiple national and international journals, editorial boards, and research organizations. Dr. Talbert’s role as an academic mentor has afforded him the opportunity to serve as the chair and methodologist for over one-hundred master's and doctoral theses and dissertations. As a respected leader in his fields of social/cultural studies education and qualitative research, he has collaborated with his faculty peers across the nation and around the globe in the development and implementation of multiple academic and professional development enterprises that provide a strong foundation of social/cultural studies and qualitative research and analysis theory and practice for both experienced and emerging scholars.

Dr. Talbert’s numerous teaching and research awards offer further recognition by his faculty peers and students for his contributions to teaching, research, and service in the fields of social/cultural studies education and qualitative research. A sampling of his diverse recognitions and awards include the 2017 Baylor University Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award, an invitation by Baylor University to deliver the 2015 and 2016 First Faculty Lecture and Last Lecture to incoming freshman students, a five-time nominee for the Baylor University Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, a one-time nominee for the distinguished Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award, the recipient of the 2003 Baylor University School of Education Faculty Achievement in Teaching Award, the 2003 Baylor University School of Education Faculty Achievement in Leadership, the 2003 Phi Kappa Chi Light Your World Banquet honoring Most Influential Professors at BU, the 2001 University of Houston New Faculty Research Award, and the 2001 UH Grant to Enhance and Advance Research Award. In addition to these awards and recognitions, Dr. Talbert holds the honor of being selected as a member of the 2011 inaugural class of  Baylor University Fellows who are committed to promoting excellence in the integration of teaching and research.

In 2013 Dr. Talbert decided that it had been far too long since he had been fully immersed in the real world of teaching. Therefore, he submitted an application to Baylor University for a research sabbatical and returned after more than a twenty-three-year absence to the high school classroom where he taught World History to one-hundred and sixty-six tenth grade students. His experiences have been captured in both academic journals and popular press articles and will be the subject of a book in the future. As a result of this research and in recognition of his years of contribution to the field of qualitative research, Dr. Talbert was named as the recipient of the 2014 McGraw-Hill Distinguished Scholar Award.

Dr. Tony L. Talbert continues to serve as a leader in his field of scholarship, an innovator in his commitment to learning and teaching best practices, and as a mentor in his service to the students, faculty, and community constituencies he serves. He is currently engaged in multiple teaching and research projects with faculty colleagues and students examining the concepts of critically conscious reciprocal mentoring and critically conscious student and teacher empowerment.  For further information on Dr. Talbert's teaching and research in the areas of qualitative research design and analysis, social/cultural studies education (e.g., education as democracy and ), and, public education policy and practice, please contact him via email at and/or