Texas Tech University

Fernando Valle, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Educational Psychology and Leadership

Email: f.valle@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-3670

Office: Education 316

Fernando Valle is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas Tech University. He received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from The University of Texas at Pan American and after serving as a teacher, school counselor, and principal, he moved into university work and the professoriate. Dr. Valle leads $12 million in U.S. Department of Education federal grants including the i3 Innovation and Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) TAP Connect National Pilot and the LIFT Program which seek to improves classroom practice, instructional coaching and instructional leadership. The grant partnerships across the state inform his teaching, practice and research in the field. Dr. Valle continues to present research at UCEA, AAHHE, ISTE, AERA and other national conferences advancinge research on distributive and transformative leadership practices in schools that improve instruction. Dr. Valle collaborates with scholars nationally to mentor and develop Latina/o Leaders and research Latina/os across the Educational Leadership pipeline.

Fernando Valle, Ph.D.


  • 2008 Ed.D. Educational Leadership- The University of Texas Pan American
  • 2001 M. Ed. Educational Leadership- The University of Texas Pan American
  • 1998 M. Ed. Counseling & Guidance- The University of Texas Pan American
  • 1995 B.S.  Education- The University of Texas San Antonio

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Coaching
  • Latino Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Competency-based leadership

Selected Publications

Valle, F. Almager, I., Molina, R., & Claudet, J. (2015). Answering the Call for 21st Century Instructional    Leadership: A Case Study on the Job-Embedded School District and University Aspiring Leaders  Partnership. Open Journal of Leadership, 4 (3) 86-101.    http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojl.2015.43009

Valle, F., Mendez-Morse, S., Almager, I., Cota, M. (2015). “Latina/o faculty engagement in espacios de  confianza: Where cultural capital and community wealth permeate.” In Frank Hernandez, Gloria  Rodriguez, & Elizabeth Murakami (Ed.), Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia. (pp. 245-256). Information Age Publishing.

Valle, F. & Cooper, G.L., (2015). Perceptions of transformational leadership behavior by secondary principals and teachers in diverse and non- diverse schools.  Journal of Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement, 2, (1), 92-100.

Valle, F., Jacob, S.A., Torres, R., & Hiatt, E., (2015).   AVID for Higher Education A Developmental and   Holistic Approach to Learning and Meeting the Needs of the Workforce: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) for Higher Education and Community College Partnerships. In Stephanie Jones & Dimitra Jackson (Ed.), Examining the Impact of Community Colleges on the   Global Workforce.

Rodriguez, C., Martinez, M., & Valle, F. (2015).  Latino Educational Leadership across the Pipeline: For Latino Communities and Latina/o Leaders. Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education. (In Press)

Horak, J. & Valle, F. (2015). Leveraging community cultural wealth in educational leadership: The Latino journey toward the principalship. National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. (In Press)

Murakami, E., Valle, F., & Mendez-Morse, S. (2013). Latino/a learners and academic success: Si sepuede!  In L.C. Tillman & J.J. Scheurich (Eds.), In Handbook of research on educational leadership for equity and diversity. NY: Routledge.

Klinker, J.F., Hoover, D., Valle, F. & Hardin, F. (2012). Decision Making in a Guided Internship.    Planning and Changing. 34, 3&4.

Valle, F., Jacob, S., & He, Z. (2012). Transformation university (TU): Working toward becoming a Hispanic serving institution (HSI) at a responsibility centered management university. In H. Burley (Ed.), Cases on Institutional Research. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Valle, F., & Debaran, F. (2012). Fitting in: Hispanic adolescent challenges in the school environment. In Elizabeth Trejos (Ed.), Youth: Practices, Perspectives and Challenges. Hauppague, NY: Nova Publishing (pp. 159-178)

Valle, F., & Luna, C. (2012). Who Mentors the school principal? Enriching the principalship conversation with mentoring and coaching support. In Myers, S & Anderson, C. (Eds.), Dimensions in mentoring: A continuum of practice from beginning teachers to teacher leaders. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.

Valle, F., & Mendez-Morse, S. (2012). In E. Murakami- Ramalho & A. Pankake (Eds.). In Advancing Social Justice Through Support Personnel. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing Book Series.