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John Decman

John Decman, Ed.D

Professor of Educational Leadership,
College of Education

Contact number: 281-283-3548
Office: Bayou Suite 1125


Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

  • Principalship
  • School Improvement
  • Administrator Induction
  • Implications of Federal and State Policy on Administrative Practice


Selected Publications

  • Decman, J., Badgett, K., Garrett, J., & Simieou, F. (2020). Supporting parents as strategic partners. Voices from the Field: Building Capacity for Leadership and Social Change in Rural Schools.  ICPEL Press. 
  • Baker, S., Decman, J., & Willis, J. (2020, Fall). Talk or walk: School principals as instructional leaders. School Leadership Review. 
  • Badgett, K. & Decman, J. (2019). Fostering inclusive culture through partnerships with nonprofits. School Leadership Review. Fall, 2019 
  • Decman, J.M., Badgett, K., Shaughnessy, B., Randall, A., Nixon, L., & Lemley, B. (2017). Organizational leadership through management:  Superintendent perceptions.  Educational Management Administration & Leadership. Available at 
  • Badgett, K., Decman, J., & Carman, C. (Spring, 2014). The impact of teacher graduate degrees on student reading assessments. AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, vol. 11, No.1.  
  • McCarley, T., Peters, M. & Decman, J. (November, 2014) Transformational leadership related to school Climate: A multi-level analysis.  Educational Management, Administration and Leadership. 
  • Decman, J., Badgett, K., Randall, A., Parmer, R., Coryatt, D., & Sanchez, J. (Fall, 2010).  Superintendent practices and ISLLC standard one. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, vol. 17. 
  • Grigsby, B., Schumacher, G. Decman, J. & Simieou, F. (June, 2010). A principal’s dilemma:  manager or instructional leader.  Academic Leadership Journal. 
  • Simieou, F., Decman, J., Grigsby, B., & Schumacher, G. (February 2010). Lean on Me: Peer Mentoring for Novice Principals. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 11(1). 
  • Decman, J.M. & Simieou, F, III. (2009). Review of selected dissertations addressing school public relations, administrator communication, and conflict resolution, Journal of School Public Relations, 29(4)

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • ADSU 6030 Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • ADSU 6132 Curriculum
  • ADSU 6233 Principalship
  • ADSU 6235 Administration of Special Programs
  • ADSU 6237 Student Legal Matters
  • ADSU 6333 Instructional Leadership
  • ADSU 6436 School Resource Management
  • ADSU 6437 School Law
  • ADSU 6533 Appraisal of Teaching
  • ADSU 6638 School-Community Relations
  • ADSU 6735 Leadership Research Seminar
  • ADSU 6739 Graduate Practicum
  • EDLS 8030 Organizational Leadership
  • EDLS 8330 Human Resources Management

Research Projects

  • Principal induction
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring

Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2019 Educator of the Year Award, Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration
  • Nominated for the Minnie Piper Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Houston-Clear Lake