Faculty Profile for Dr. Michael O'Malley

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Dr. Michael O'Malley
Dean, Education — College of Education
Professor — Dean's Office
ED 2001
phone: (512) 245-2150

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Michael P. O’Malley is Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Educational and Community Leadership at Texas State University. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile and continues to lead collaborative educational and research exchanges with Chilean universities. O'Malley's research interests address the twinned focus areas of public pedagogies of social transformation and leadership for educational equity, and he takes up questions in these areas through poststructural and curriculum theories. His scholarship has been published in top ranked journals including Review of Educational Research and Educational Administration Quarterly. O’Malley serves as Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Student Success at Texas State. He collaboratively secured external funding to stand up the university’s new four-year residential college experience for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and he has been appointed Honorary Professor of International Studies. O'Malley served as Associate Director of Publications for the University Council for Educational Administration, President of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and as an inaugural member of Austin ISD's Equity Advisory Committee. He received the 2023 Texas Council of Deans of Education Outstanding Leadership Award and is a 2023-2024 Fellow in the national Deans for Impact Academy. O’Malley is a proud former secondary school teacher and principal, and earned an Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph's University.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • O’Malley, M. P. (2024). Queering critical education research: Methodological activism within a cultural location of the ‘not yet.’ In M. D. Young & S. Diem (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Education Research: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Emerging Approaches (pp. 153–182). Routledge. https://doi.org/https://doi-org.libproxy.txstate.edu/10.4324/9781003141464
  • O’Malley, M. P., Sandlin, J. A., & Burdick, J. (2020). Public pedagogy theories, methodologies, and ethics. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education, 1–26. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.1131
  • O’Malley, M. P., & Capper, C. A. (2015). A measure of the quality of educational leadership programs for social justice: Integrating LGBTIQ identities into principal preparation. Educational Administration Quarterly, 51(2), 290–330. https://doi.org/DOI:10.1177/0013161X14532468
  • O’Malley, M. P., & Nelson, S. W. (2013). The public pedagogy of student activists in Chile: What have we learned from the Penguins’ Revolution? Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 29(2), 41–56. Retrieved from http://journal.jctonline.org/index.php/jct/article/view/472
  • Sandlin, J. A., O’Malley, M. P., & Burdick, J. (2011). Mapping the complexities of public pedagogy scholarship: 1894-2010. Review of Educational Research, 81(3), 338–375. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3102/0034654311413395

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Professor of International Studies, Texas State University. April 2017 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award in Teaching, Associate Professor/Full Professor Category, College of Education, Texas State University. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award in Scholarship, Associate Professor/Professor Category, Texas State University. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. September 2013 - December 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award in Scholarship, Assistant Professor/Lecturer Category, Texas State University. 2011

Selected Grants

  • Negrete Lagos, B C (Principal), Lara Morales, P R, Gainer, Jesse S (Co-Principal), Lopez, Minda Morren (Co-Principal), Colegrove, Kiyomi Sanchez-Suzuki, O'Malley, Michael P. Migration, Inclusion & Diversity in Texan and Chilean K-12 Schools and Local Communities: MID Texas-Chile Project, 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant, public-private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, Partners of the Americas, NAFSA, corporations, and foundations working together to stimulate new higher education partnerships between the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere., $24300. (Submitted: June 2018, Funded: November 2018 - October 2019). Grant.
  • O'Malley, Michael P (Principal). Leadership and educational action resource network: Building an educational research and improvement partnership in Chile, Embassy of the United State of America: Santiago de Chile, Federal, $10000. (Funded: July 1, 2015 - September 25, 2015). Grant.
  • O'Malley, Michael P (Principal), Long, Tanya A (Co-Principal). Leadership and Education Action Resource Network: Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile (Project LEARN-Chile), 100,000 Strong in the Americas, Federal, $25000. (Funded: May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016). Grant.
  • O'Malley, Michael P (Principal), Walker, H. (Co-Principal). Chilean-US bilateral partnership to advance the quality of doctoral education in fields of educational research, Embassy of the United States, Santiago de Chile, Federal, $10400. (Funded: 2014). Grant.
  • O'Malley, Michael P (Principal). School improvement through quality educational leadership preparation; Understanding the role of school administrators in achieving InglÌés Abre Puertas goals, Fulbright Core Scholar Award, Fulbright, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Federal, $20900. (Funded: August 1, 2012 - January 10, 2013). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
May 2022-Present
Equity Advisory Committee, Austin Independent School District
March 2021-Present
Associate Director of Publications
University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)
August 2015-Present
Search Committee for the Inaugural Vice President for Institutional Inclusive Excellence
September 2021-March 2022
Presidential Task Force for LGBTIQA+ Inclusion
January 2020-March 2020