Dr. H.H. (Buddy) Hooper Jr.

H. H. (Buddy) Hooper Jr., Ed.D

Associate Professor in Educational Leadership

Office: Old Main 445
Phone: 806-651-2670

Professional Profile

Dr. Hooper joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 2020. He received his B.S. in agriculture (animal science) in 1981, his M.S.T. with a major in agricultural education in 1982 both from Tarleton State University while serving as a graduate assistant in the Agricultural Education Department. He received his Ed.D. in educational leadership in 1996, from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to his arrival at WTAMU, Dr. Hooper served as a school superintendent in Texas and Kansas as well as serving as a principal (all levels) in Texas, Kansas, and Alaska, and several years as a vocational agriculture teacher in Texas. Additionally, Dr. Hooper served as a department chair/doctoral program director at Texas A&M University – Texarkana..

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Hooper teaches doctoral-level courses in the Educational Leadership program at WTAMU, specifically in higher education.

Dr. Hooper 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 in public school districts across Texas, Kansas, and Alaska. His topics most often include leadership traits and leadership styles.

Dr. Hooper currently chairs dissertations and serves on dissertation committees at WTAMU and his past service includes membership on the Graduate Council, the Faculty Senate, and various other committees at the department, college, and university levels in those institutions he has served. Dr. Hooper also devotes service to professional organizations and community organizations, including serving as a past chair on the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES).

Research and Creative Activity 

Dr. Hooper’s publications and presentations during his service has included targeting local, state, national, and international audiences. As a result, Dr. Hooper’s international travels have included, Mexico, India, Taiwan, and Chile.

Dr. Hooper’s research focuses primarily on issues of importance to Rural Educational Leadership.