Department of Education Policy & Leadership

Frank Hernandez

Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair in Education Policy and Leadership.
Associate Dean, Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
3101 University Blvd. Ste. 262
Dallas, TX 75275
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Frank Hernandez holds the Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair in Education Policy and Leadership and serves as the Associate Dean in the Simmons School of Education & Human Development at Southern Methodist University. Prior to his work at SMU, Dr. Hernandez served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, TX). Dr. Hernandez currently has four lines of inquiry that have guided most of his research: Latinos and school leadership, Latino racial identity development, inclusive leadership for LGBTQ students, and leadership for social justice. He has published extensively on Latino leadership, including two books: Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia (With Elizabeth Murakami and Gloria Rodriguez) and Brown-Eyed Leaders of the Sun: A Portrait of Latina/o Educational Leaders (with Elizabeth Murakami).  He has published in top tier journals such as Education Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Education and the Urban Society, Teacher College Record, Journal of Latinos and Education.

Dr. Hernandez is the past president of the Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education and is a founding member of Deans for Impact, an organization focused on transforming educator preparation and elevating the teaching profession. Dr. Hernandez is a graduate of the 2016 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, an initiative that draws upon the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. He is a 2014 graduate of the Millennium Leadership Initiative. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of cases in Educational Leadership. Dr. Hernandez received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Selected Publications


Hernandez, F. & Endo, R (2017) Developing and Supporting Critically Reflective Teachers: Diverse Perspectives in the Twenty-First Century. Boston, MA: Sense Publishing    

Hernandez, F. & Murakami, E. (2016). Brown-Eyed Leaders of the Sun: A Portrait of Latina/o Educational Leaders. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hernandez, F., Murakami, E., & Rodriguez, G. (2015). Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Journal Articles

Hernandez, F., Murakami, E. (2016). Counterstories about Leadership: A Latina School Principal’s Experience from a Less Documented View in an Urban School Context. Educational Sciences. Special Issue "Culturally Responsive Leadership in Education: Engaging Social Justice and Equity for Improvement". Educ. Sci. 2016, 6, 6; doi:10.3390/educsci6010006

Hernandez, F., & Marshall, J. (2016). “Auditing Inequity: Teaching aspiring administrators to be social justice leaders. Education and the Urban Society. DOI: 10.1177/0013124516630598

Hernandez, F., McPhetres, J., & Marshall, J. (2015). “Teaching about sexual orientation in an educational leadership preparation program.” Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis. 4(2) article 4.

Mendez-Morse, S., Murakami, E., Byrne-Jimenez, M., & Hernandez, F. (2015). “Mujeres in the office: Latina school leaders.” Journal of Latinos and Education (14) 3 171-187

Murakami, E., Hernandez, F., Mendez-Morse, S., & Byrne-Jiménez, M. (2015). “Latina/o school principals: identity, leadership, and advocacy.” International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice. 10.1080/13603124.2015.1025854

Hernandez, F., Murakami-Ramalho, E., & Quijada Cerecer, P. (2014). “A Latina principal leading for social justice: the influences of racial and gender identity.” Journal of School Leadership 24(4) 568–598.

Hernandez, F. & Fraynd, D. (2014). School leaders’ role in inclusive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered supportive schools. Theory Into Practice 53 1–8.

Marshall, J. & Hernandez, F. (2013). “ ‘I would not consider myself a homophobe’: learning and teaching about sexual orientation in a principal-preparation program.” Educational Administrative Quarterly 49(3) 451–488 (Honorable Mention: Davis Award for top EAQ article in 2013).

Hernandez, F. & Kose, B. (2012). “The development model of intercultural sensitivity: a tool for understanding principals’ cultural competence.” Education and the Urban Society. 44(4) 512–530. (First published April 15th, 2011)

Hernandez, F. & McKenzie, K. (2010). Resisting social justice in leadership preparation programs: mechanisms that subvert. Journal of Research in Leadership Education (5) 3. 48-72

Hernandez, F. & Marshall, J. (2009). “ ‘Where I came from, where I am now, and where I’d like to be’: aspiring administrators reflect on equity, diversity, and social justice.” Journal of School Leadership (19) 3. 299-333

McKenzie, B., Christman, D., Hernandez, F., Suttmiller, E., Capper, C., Dantley, M., Gonzales, M. L., McCabe, N. C., & Scheurich, J. (2008). “Educating leaders for social justice: a design for a comprehensive, social justice leadership program.” Educational Administrative Quarterly (44) 1 111-138

Book Chapters and Reviews

Hernandez, F. (2016) Latino Immigrant Youth and Interrupted Schooling: Dropouts, Dreamers and Alternative Pathways to College [Book Review]. Teacher College Record.

Hernandez, F. (2015). “Why did he think I was the custodian or the maintenance person? The challenges of balancing love, life, and work” in (Eds) F. Hernandez, E. Murakami, & G. Rodriguez Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hernandez, F. & Fraynd, D. (2015). “Inclusive leadership and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning students” in (Eds.) G. Theoharis & M. Scanlan Leadership for Increasingly Diverse Schools. Routledge.

Hernandez, F. (2014). “ ‘Brandon’s dad is gay!’ the struggle and successes of one gay family” in (Eds.) G. Theoharis & M. Scanlan On the High Wire: Education Professors Walk Between Work and Parenting. Information Age Publishing.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. & Hernandez, F. (2012). “Latino/a leadership: racial identity fostering social justice” in (Eds.) J. Brooks & N. Whitherspoon Racism and Educational Leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hernandez, F. (2012). “Racial identity development in principal-preparation programs: linking theory to practice” in (Eds.) Christa Boske & Sarah Diem, Global Leadership for Social Justice: Taking it From the Field to Practice—Advances in Educational Administration, 14 103–118. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing

Opinion Editorials

Chard, D. & Hernandez, F. (2016, May 12). “Texas can lead on using data to improve teaching.” The Dallas Morning News.

Hernandez, F. (2007, December 14). “Equal entries to achievement.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Hernandez, F. (2006, October 10). “Protect students from taunts over sexual orientation.” The Des Moines Register.