Texas Tech University

Fernando Valle, Ed.D.

Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling

Email: f.valle@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-3670

Office: Education 105

Professor Valle is a professor in the Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling Department in the College of Education at Texas Tech University.  Previously, he served as Department Chair, Educational Leadership Program Coordinator, and Federal and State Grant Director.  He led over $12 million in I3 Innovation, Supporting Effective Educator Development Federal Grants and continues to lead Implementation Cycles of the Texas Education Agency Principal Residency district to university partnership grants across Texas. He is a former American Education Research Association Clark Scholar, American Association of Hispanic in Higher Education (AAHHE) Graduate and Faculty Fellow, and recipient of the President's Excellence in Teaching and President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Awards.

Dr. Valle's research focuses on leadership development through social justice, and critical lenses to prepare the next generation of executive, school, and community leaders.  His research represents advocacy and action for marginalized and oppressed populations in communities and schools. Publications and national presentations document the development of Educational Leaders and The Latinx Principal Pipeline and implementing culturally relevant school leadership practices. He remains active in research, teaching, and scholarship advising and graduating/advising doctoral students, collaborating with national and state leadership organizations, and serving on leadership and education advisory boards.

Dr. Valle received a B.S. degree from UTSA in 1995, a Master's in Counseling in 1998, and was awarded a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in 2008 from The University of Texas at Pan American (currently UTRGV) in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Dr. Valle has professional educator experience serving communities along the U.S.-Mexico border as a middle school teacher, a middle and high school counselor, and high school administrator. Dr. Valle came to Texas Tech University is 2008 and continues to collaborate with scholars nationally and internationally to serve as a faculty mentor and develop future leaders. He currently serves as a consultant on leadership development and school improvement with Educational Service Centers and School Districts across Texas.  

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.