Denise McDonald

Denise McDonald, Ed.D

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,
College of Education

Contact number: 281- 283-3544
Office: Bayou Suite 1119


Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Teacher Education
  • Qualitative Research Methodology: Self-study, Narrative Inquiry, and Critical Ethnography


  • McDonald, D. M. (2021). If I only had a brain: Scholarly identity at oddz in the world of academia. In B. Pohl & C. White (Eds.), Social education voices: A pedagogy for change (pp. 305–331). Information Age Publishing.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2020). Longstanding lessons of propriety as a leader. In C. Craig, Turchi, & D. M. McDonald (Eds.), Cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional collaboration in teacher education: Cases of learning while leading (pp. 151–178). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2020). Sins of a syndicate: Arresting malicious mob assaults against academics. In C. Crawford (Ed.), Confronting academic mobbing in higher education: Personal accounts and administrative action (pp. 211–240). IGI Global.
  • McDonald, D. M., Baker, S., & Shulsky, D. (2020). Against the professorial odds: Barriers as building blocks for educational advancement. Journal of Advanced Academics, 32(1), 92–131.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2019). Investigating intentionality and mindfulness of storytelling as pedagogy: What student evaluations reveal about my practice. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 21(2), 97–110. 
  • McDonald, D. M. (2018). “I feel like Edith Piaf:” A novice teacher’s expression of sorrow and hope. In D. McDonald (Ed.), Facing challenges and complexities in retention of novice teachers (pp. 23–62). Information Age Publishing.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2016). Examining scholarly identity through auto-fiction: A court jester’s tale. Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 14(1), 1–20.
  • McDonald, D. M. & Kahn, M. (2014). “So, you think you can teach?” - Reflection processes that support novice teachers’ field experience readiness. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 18(2), 1–34. 
  • McDonald, D. M. (2013). A student whisperer’s challenge: Complex learner dispositions and the relational nature of  teaching. Action in Teacher Education, 35(5), 335–343.
  • McDonald, D. M. & Farrell, T. (2012). Out of the mouths of babes: Early college high school students’ transformational learning experiences. Journal of Advanced Academics, 23(3), 231–257.

Research Projects

  • Through the Sandra Johnson/Barrios Technology Endowed Professorship, developing a Professional Research Community
  • Conducting a collaborative study on the METIS system
  • Conducting a collaborative study on first-generation college students who become academics
  • Conducting a collaborative study on stories about Teachers’ Best-loved Selves

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Sandra Johnson/Barrios Technology Endowed Professorship (2018-2021)
  • Faculty Fellowship for the Center for Faculty Development (2017-2018)
  • UHCL College of Education Spotlight Researcher (2017)
  • UHCL Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Excellence Award State Nominee (2015)
  • UHCL Alumni Outstanding Professor Award (2010)
  • Carpenter Elementary Teacher of the Year (1992)