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About Leslie Ann Locke

Dr. Leslie Ann Locke received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Administration from Texas A&M University in 2011. Her research interests include education for social justice, the education of traditionally marginalized students, and various forms of school leadership for equity and excellence. She has published a book chapter on instructional leadership and an article on distributed leadership, and she is working on articles regarding the Early College High School as a social justice, equity-oriented policy solution for traditionally marginalized students. She is also working with a team of scholars on publications based on a new theoretical concept of racial “opportunity costs” for high-achieving students of color. Dr. Locke has presented research based on these themes at numerous national and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Locke has unique experience organizing and conducting dissertation retreats/workshops for advanced graduate students. Finally, Dr. Locke received the first Certificate in Advanced Research Methods given at Texas A&M University for her expertise in qualitative research methods. Dr. Locke joined the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the fall of 2012, and will continue there as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2013.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi

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