Clinical Associate Professor & Department Chair
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Lee Alvoid was an educator in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch I.S.D. for
thirty-two years prior to her retirement in 2001. She held positions as a
middle school teacher, curriculum consultant, middle and high school
assistant principal, and middle and high school principal. Public school
career highlights include election to the presidency of the Texas
Association of Secondary School Principals as the first female officer.
During her year as president of the association in 1995, she assisted
legislators with the total rewriting of the Texas Education Code. As
principal of Newman Smith High School, she led a school reform movement that
resulted in three awards from the United States Department of Education in
1998. Those awards included: The Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
designation, an award for Special Emphasis in the Arts, and designation as a
New American High School. As a New American High School, Newman Smith served
as a demonstration school for the U.S.D.E., assisting high schools
interested in student-centered reform.
Dr. Alvoid began teaching in the Center for Teacher Education at Southern
Methodist University as an adjunct in spring 2001. She was appointed to a
Lecturer position for the Fall Semester 2003 and appointed as a Senior
Lecturer in AY 2005-06 in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She
taught classes for Early Childhood - Grade 6 certification and Grades 5-12
certification as well as graduate classes for the M.Ed. program and the
Gifted and Talented Endorsement.
In December 2008, the Department of Education Policy and Leadership was
approved by the SMU Board of Trustees. Dr. Alvoid moved to the EPL
department and helped develop the first of three M.Ed. programs in
Educational Leadership. The first degree for principal certification was
launched in Fall 2009. In 2011, three additional degrees were launched, a
M.Ed. with a specialization in urban school leadership, a specialization in
higher education leadership and a Ph.D. specialization in Policy and
Leadership. She was named Department Chair in 2010.
Dr. Alvoid’s research interests are in the design of quality assessment
instruments to measure both student achievement and secondary literacy
development. Assessment of school leader effectiveness is a recent research
interest. Dr. Alvoid and Dr. Beverly Weiser published an article on this
topic in Oxford Bibliographies in Education released in February 2012. Her most recent publication with co-author Dr. Watt Lesley Black, The Changing Role of the Principal: How High Achieving Districts are Recalibrating Leadership, was published by the Center for American Progress in July 2014.
Dr. Alvoid’s degrees include a B.A. in History and English from U.T. Austin
(1969), an M.Ed. from Southern Methodist University in Secondary Education
(1973), and a Ph.D. from Texas Women’s University in Reading and Educational
Spring 2012-2013: Organized leadership sessions for Leadership DISD.
Spring 2006-2007: Directed the development of 5 courses for a Masters in
Educational Leadership program for the American College of Education. The
program served aspiring administrators in the Chicago Public Schools and was
accredited in Illinois.