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Ricardo Garcia, PhD


Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Department of Educational Administration


Email: Ricardo Garcia, PhD
School of Education and Health Sciences, Department of Educational Administration

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2016
  • M.S., Counseling, Texas A&M University at Commerce, 2002
  • M.A., Music Performance, Wichita State University, 1987
  • B.A., Education, East Texas State University, 1985

Research Interests

  • Neoliberal Effects on Education
  • Critical Pedagogy in Schools
  • New Public Management
  • Moeller Method

Courses Taught

  • EDU 914 Ethics in Educational Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Association of Teacher Educators
  • National Network for Educational Renewal
  • American Educational Research Association
  • University Council for Educational Administration

Service Activities

  • Education Liaison to Miami Dade County Public Schools, 2017-May 2020
  • Arlington Chamber of Commerce: Education Committee, 2016-2017
  • University of North Texas (UNT) P-16 Council, 2011-2013
  • UNT P-16 Executive Board, 2012-2013
  • University Crossroads of Dallas, 2007-2011

Grants and Awards

  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Florida International University. October 2019.
  • TRIO (Upward Bound). Office of Postsecondary Education: Higher Education Programs (HEP). August 2013-2014 ($267,000).
  • Academic Enrichment Program: Preparing Adult Learners for Developmental Education Coursework. The Sid Richardson Foundation. August 2012-August 2013 ($50,000).
  • Strengthening Institutions. Professional Development for Developmental Education Faculty at Tarrant County College. Title III of Dept. of Education. August 2010-Spring 2013 ($100,000).
  • High School to College Math Alignment. The National Science Foundation. Fall 2005-Fall 2006($20,000).
  • Development and Implementation of the Richland Collegiate High School at Richland College. Spring 2005-Spring 2006 ($4,540,968).

Selected Publications

Vandergraaf, V, & Garcia, R. (2021, February). It’s Never Too Late to Combat Racism. Presented to Webster Groves School District. Professional development, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Garcia, R. (2018, May). Problem of Practice and the New Dissertation Model. Presented to Miami- Dade County Public Schools administrators, M-DCPS campus sites, Miami, FL.

Garcia, R. (2018, April). Civic Engagement: Empowering Students to Become Agents of Change. Living Beyond the Stoneman Douglas School Shooting. Served on panel discussion at Florida International University (FIU). Discussion for FIU students and high school Future Educators Association teachers and students.

Garcia, R. (2018, March). Principal Leadership Standards and the MS Degree. Led course review and curriculum alignment workshop, M-DCPS administration offices, Miami, FL.

Garcia, R. (2017, September). The Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Master's Degree. Led formative evaluation workshop, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Garcia, R., & Wright, C. (2016, August). Building a State-of-the-Art Career & Technology Center Through Community-Supported Bond Initiatives. Presented at Rotary Club of Arlington, Arlington, TX.

Garcia, R. (2016, May). State of P-16 Education Affairs in Texas. Panel presenter at National Network for Education Renewal.

Garcia, R. (2016, April). An Exploratory Study on the Manifestations of New Public Management (NPM) in Teacher Education.  University of Texas at Arlington.

Garcia, R. (2016, March). Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Advanced Academics. Presented at March 2016 Board of Trustees Public Forum, Arlington, TX.

Garcia, R. (2015, August). A Study on the Leadership Styles of Community College Administrators During a Time of Expansive Change. Presented Ph. D. cohort, Arlington, TX.