Gary Bigham

Professor of Education/Senior Lead Faculty
Team Lead of Graduate Programs

Office: Old Main, Room 205B
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 doctoral-level courses in the Educational Leadership program. He teaches all of the superintendent certification courses and works with doctoral candidates in conducting research on educational leaders.

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 XVI and XVII Educational Service Centers, and in public school districts across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. His topics include pedagogical and leadership applications in public schools.

Dr. Bigham currently chairs the university's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), coordinates the school board workshop hosted annually on the WTAMU campus for school board members and superintendents of Texas panhandle schools, and serves as the team lead for graduate programs in the Department of Education. Dr. Bigham's recent past service is inclusive of membership on the Graduate Council, the Faculty Senate, and various other committees at the department, college, and university levels. Dr. Bigham also devotes service to professional organizations and community youth organizations in agriculture.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Bigham's combined total publications and presentations during his WTAMU tenure exceed 60 in number, targeting scholars and practitioners ranging in scope from local to international. As a result of Dr. Bigham's scholarly activity, he has been awarded the Faculty Excellence in Scholarly Activity Award twice by the College of Education and Social Sciences, and he has received the university's Intellectual Contributions Award. 

Dr. Bigham's research focuses primarily on issues of importance to Educational Leadership.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Bigham lives on a farm/ranch with his wife Missy and daughter Garicyn. They own and operate a registered Angus cow herd. Their daughter Garyn is an Ag Communications major at WT and their son Garrett and daughter-in-law Ariana are graduates from the department of agriculture at WT.