Department of Education Policy & Leadership

Gail Hartin

Clinical Professor & Director for the M.Ed. Accelerated School Leadership Program

Ph.D., University of North Texas
3101 University Blvd, Ste.345,
Dallas, 75205
Box 750114
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Dr. Gail Hartin has been in the education profession for more than 40 years.  Her career in public and private schools as a teacher and administrator encompassed grades PK-12.  She held positions in the Highland Park I.S.D. for 22 years as a middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal, and elementary principal.

Dr. Hartin has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers and the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.  She has been a frequent presenter at state conferences and has served as a consultant to several schools in Texas to support their efforts in implementing the middle school concept, differentiated instruction, character education, block scheduling, and site-based decision-making.

Dr. Hartin’s previous college teaching experience includes Brookhaven College, where she taught Spanish, and the University of North Texas, where she taught graduate courses in pedagogy in the Summer Institute for Teachers of French.  She served on school accreditation teams in Texas between 1995 and 2005. She serves as a consultant to the Texas Middle School Association to facilitate collaboration between middle schools and post-secondary educational institutions.

Dr. Hartin joined SMU as an adjunct faculty member in 2003 and was appointed to a full-time faculty position in 2006. She has taught a variety of courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and served as a member of the design team for the Accelerated School Leadership M.Ed. Program and the Higher Education Leadership M.Ed. Program. Dr. Hartin currently serves as the Director of the Accelerated School Leadership Program (ASLP). Her most recent projects include the creation and implementation of a mentoring program to support ASLP alumni in their first school leadership position. Her degrees include a B.A in Spanish and French from the State University of New York at Fredonia (1973), M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Buffalo (1975), C.A.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Syracuse University (1979), and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas (1994).