Angela Spaulding, Ed.D.
Vice President of Research and Compliance; Dean of Graduate School; Professor of Educational Leadership
Office: The Graduate School, Killgore Research Center, Room 104A
Professional Profile Dr. Angela Spaulding joined the West Texas A&M University faculty in 1994, and has since served in a variety of progressively increasing leadership responsibilities including: Program Chair of Educational Leadership, Interim Department Head of Education, Associate Dean of College of Education and Social Sciences, to her current roles as Vice President of Research and Compliance and Dean of Graduate School.
Dr. Spaulding was selected as a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Protégé Class of 2008. Additionally, she serves on the State-level Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Graduate Education Advisory Committee (GEAC).
Dr. Spaulding serves as the Dean of Graduate School and works collaboratively with West Texas A&M University academic deans and their colleges and schools to strengthen and expand graduate programming. The Dean of Graduate School serves as the academic leader in the following areas of graduate education: academic planning, assessment and program review, professional accreditation, and compliance with University and Texas A&M University System policies and standard operating procedures. The Dean of Graduate School supervises the Graduate School Office that oversees the following graduate student and faculty processes: admission, curriculum, degree plans, interdisciplinary programs, academic policy and procedure, suspension, probation, appeals, comprehensive exams, thesis and dissertations, graduation/commencement, marketing and recruitment, graduate scholarships and assistantships, supplemental advisement, graduate faculty membership, graduate council, and graduate advisory council. The Dean of Graduate School serves on the University Tenure and Promotion Committee, University Curriculum Committee, and serves as a member of Deans’ Council.
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved Dr. Spaulding as the inaugural Vice President of Research and Compliance in 2013. As Vice President of Research and Compliance, Dr. Spaulding carries the University roles of Chief Research Officer, Research Compliance Officer, and Compliance Officer with direct oversight of multiple campus entities including: the Office of Sponsored Research Services, Texas Engineering Experimental Station (TEES), McNair Scholars Program, University Research Alliance, West Texas Evaluation and Research, WTAMU Research Office, UL/WTAMU Wind Testing Facility, Alternative Energy Institute, and Environmental Health and Safety – including Fire and Life, Research, and General safety. Additionally, she serves as the Institutional Official for the WTAMU research compliance committees, including the Institutional Review Board (IRB); Institutional Animal Care and Usage Committee; and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). She serves as the empowered official for Export Controls. Dr. Spaulding has completed and received certification as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
She has responsibility and provides leadership in multiple Texas A&M University System-Wide (TAMUS) assignments, including: TAMUS Research Compliance Officers, TAMUS Chief Research Officers Committee, TAMUS Compliance Officers, and TAMUS Graduate School Deans.
Teaching and Related Service Dr. Spaulding has taught both online and face-to-face course environments. . . as well as in outdoor education formats (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, COPES). Dr. Spaulding has traveled extensively to plan and/or conduct faculty-led study abroad trips to promote cultural sensitivity, awareness and understanding. Designations include: Mexico, India, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Ecuador, Peru, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, The Galapagos Islands, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma. Dr. Spaulding has received the WTAMU Outstanding Professor Award.
Research and Creative Activity Dr. Spaulding is a tenured professor in educational leadership with over 85 publications and presentations and 1.4 million in grant funding. She has been recognized by the Texas A&M University System Regent’s as a accomplished project director.
Personal Sketch Dr. Spaulding enjoys joining her husband, Larry, an NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Referee, on his officiating travels. Together, they enjoy the outdoors and traveling. They have two children, both who work in higher education.