Dr. Beverly J. Irby

Beverly J. Irby

Dr. Beverly J. Irby has held the title of the Texas State University System Regents' Distinguished Professor and is currently Program Chair of Educational Administration (PK-12) and Associate Department Head for Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University College Station, TX. She is also the Director of the Educational Leadership Research Center and Co-Director of the Center for Research and Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition at TAMU. She has a B.S. in Education degree with a double minor in math and science and master’s and doctoral degrees are from The University of Mississippi. Her primary research interests center on issues of social responsibility, including bilingual and dual language education administrative structures, curriculum, instructional strategies, mentoring, and theory development and testing. She is the author of more than 150 refereed articles, chapters, books, and curricular materials. She is the recipient of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Living Legend Award (2015), American Educational Research Association and Research on Women and Education Willystine Goodsell Award which is an advocacy and mentoring of women award, the Texas Council of Women School Executives Margaret Montgomery Leadership Award which is a leadership and mentoring award, and the Diana Marion-Garcia Houston Area Bilingual Advocacy Award. She is the Senior Founding Editor of the open-access journal, Advancing Women in Leadership, and she is the Editor of the most prestigious mentoring journal internationally which is supported by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Education(Routledge Taylor and Frances). She is the Senior Editor of the Handbook of Educational Theories (Information Age Publishing; 1142 pages, over 100 theory chapters). She has garnered in funding for grants and contracts in access of $20,000,000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, OSERS, TRIO, IES via TAMU Research Foundation, and NSF. She recently keynoted for the national Mentoring Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and for the Mentoring SIG at the American Educational Research Association Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Irby has been named a mentor in national organizations such as the University Council of Educational Administration for new Plenum Representatives and for the UCEA/AERA David Clark Scholars for doctoral students. She developed a College-wide mentoring program for new faculty, Rising Stars program. Dr. Irby also is Co-Principals Investigator on a $16,000,000 randomized control trial grant for Spanish-speaking students who are learning English as a second language (Project English Language and Literacy Acquisition-Validation [ELLA-V] funded by the US Department of Education, i3)