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Gary Bigham Bio
Gary Bigham

Gary Bigham, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Old Main, Room 205b
Email: gbigham@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-3622

Professional Profile

Dr. Bigham joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 2008.  He received his B.S. in agricultural education in 1988, his M.Ed. with a major in agricultural education and minor in educational administration in 1991, and his Ed.D. in educational leadership in 1999, all from Texas Tech University. Prior to his arrival at WTAMU, Dr. Bigham gained twenty years of practical field experience in Texas public schools, including nine years of teaching, six years as a principal, and five years as a superintendent.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Bigham teaches courses in the Educational Leadership program. His primary focus is on the certification of principals and superintendents, where he teaches all superintendent-level courses, and principalship courses focused on school law, budget and finance, personnel, and technology.

Dr. Bigham has presented his research at local, regional, state, national, and international conferences, events, and workshops. He has also presented professional development workshops for teachers, administrators, and school board members at the annual school board workshop hosted on the WTAMU campus, the Region XVII Educational Service Center in Lubbock, and in public school districts across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.  His topics include brain research, teaching strategies for gifted and talented students, visionary leadership, and reaching at-risk students.

Dr. Bigham currently chairs the university's Institutional Review Board and serves as a member of the university's Graduate Council and a member of the College of Education and Social Science's curriculum committee. Dr. Bigham coordinates the school board workshop hosted  annually on the WTAMU campus for school board members and superintendents of Texas panhandle schools. Dr. Bigham's recent past service is inclusive of membership on the Faculty Senate and associated subcommittees, and five different faculty search committees. Dr. Bigham also devotes service to youth organizations in Lamb county.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Bigham had a top dissertation in educational administration by the National Council of Professors in Educational Administration in 2000.  He has co-author articles on leadership frames and teacher appraisals published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education and in Contemporary Education.  He co-authored a chapter in the book 21st Century Challenges for School Administrators.  He has presented his research at regional conferences of the Southwest Educational Research Association, the Texas Administrators’ Midwinter Conference, local meetings of the West Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Dr. Bigham researches the importance of leadership and the effect of legal and financial issues on the educational process.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Bigham lives on a farm/ranch between in Lamb county with his wife Missy, son Garrett and two daughters Garyn and Garicyn.  They own and operate a registered Angus cow herd.