P-12 PhD Faculty
Jon Eckert, Ed.D., program director of the EdD in K12 Educational Leadership, is Professor of Educational Leadership and the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair in Christian School Leadership. Dr. Eckert came to Baylor in 2019 with more than two decades of experience in education. He taught and coached intermediate and middle school students outside of Chicago and Nashville for 12 years. After completing his doctorate at Vanderbilt University in 2008, he was selected as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked in both the Bush and Obama administrations on teaching quality issues. Prior to coming to Baylor, he prepared teachers at Wheaton College. His research interests include collective leadership, teaching effectiveness, evaluation, and strategic compensation to enhance that effectiveness, and science education. He has published numerous books and articles and has taught in the EdD program since 2021.
Dr. Herb Cox is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, teaching School Leadership. In 2021, Dr. Cox retired from 29 years of service in public education as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and most recently as a principal. His first 12 years of service were as a teacher and a coach. His last 17 years were spent as an administrator, with the past 9 years as Principal of Midway Middle School in Midway ISD in Hewitt, Texas. Dr. Cox his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Baylor, his master's degree from the University of North Texas, and is a BSEd graduate from Baylor in Secondary Education.
Dr. Janet McDade is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, responsible for the Clinical Experiences for Educational Leadership (CEEL) program within the doctoral program in the School the Education. In 2023, Dr. McDade left public education with 27 years of service as a teacher, coordinator, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, interim superintendent, and mentor/coach. Her last 19 years of service were spent in leadership roles in some of DFW’s largest, most diverse districts. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce, master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Christian University, and graduated from Angelo State University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Special Learning and Development.
Dr. Bill Sterrett serves as Department Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership at Baylor University. Before joining Baylor in 2022, Sterrett served as Associate Dean and Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to Sterrett’s 12-year tenure at UNCW, he was a principal and teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sterrett earned his undergraduate degree at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he studied middle grades education and was a member of the men's basketball team. He then pursued his M.Ed. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, studying educational administration. He received the Milken National Educator award as a Title I school principal in Charlottesville and has since helped present the award to educators in Virginia, North Carolina, and in schools throughout Texas.
Dr. Angela Urick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at Baylor University. Prior to coming to Baylor, she was a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) at the University of Oklahoma. In her academic program, she trains aspiring K-12 leaders as well as education administrators in other government, non-profit, or religious organizations. She specializes in leadership for school improvement for more equitable student opportunities. Through her work on academic climate and the relationship between principals and teachers, she uses innovative applications of theory and advanced quantitative techniques to understand the broader complexities of how leadership and policy decisions may influence school progress.