Texas Tech University

Dusty L. Palmer, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology & Leadership

Email: dusty.palmer@ttu.edu

Office: Education 304


Dr. Dusty L. Palmer is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas Tech University. He has a demonstrated history of working in public education.  He served as a music educator for 13 years and an administrator for 6 in a secondary Texas public school.   For the past three years, Dr. Palmer has served as a faculty coach with the Principal Fellows Program, which is supported by the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant.  He has taught various classes in the Masters of Educational Leadership program and in the Doctoral Program in the Educational Leadership Department. Dr. Palmer is committed to preparing aspiring principals and superintendents in becoming instructional and executive leaders that promote positive change for students. He has established and maintained partnerships with school districts for the Principal Preparation Residency Program and continues to serve as a faculty coach in the Principal Fellows Program.  Dr. Palmer serves as the Principal Investigator for the Texas Education Agency, Cycle 3, Principal Preparation Residency grant in partnership with Grand Prairie ISD.   

Dr. Palmer's research interest includes university-school partnerships, effectiveness of job-embedded principal preparation residency programs, content analysis of school policies, and mental health preparation for educational leaders.  He has presented at the state and national level detailing the partnerships in the SEED Grant and the Principal Preparation Grant.  He has also presented on the design and implementation of the Texas Tech Principal Preparation program and its potential in preparing instructional leaders using practical application and real-world action research.    

Dusty Palmer


  • Ed.D. (2014) Educational Leadership, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • M.Ed. (2007) Educational Leadership, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • B.M. (2001) Music, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    • Goin' Band from Raiderland 97' – 01'

Areas of Expertise

  • Principal Preparation
  • Instructional Coaching