Dr. Mary Christopher
Dr. Mary M. Christopher, professor of educational studies,
serves as associate dean of the Irvin school of Education at Hardin-Simmons
University. Her responsibilities include program director of the Doctor of
Education in Leadership, program director of the Master of Education in Gifted
Education, and certification officer.
Christopher directs the Threshold Program, a summer
enrichment program for gifted children, and organizes the Gifted Institute, an
annual teacher workshop related to gifted education.
As professor in educational studies, she teaches courses on
the local HSU campus as well as in remote graduate programs in the
Hurst-Euless-Bedford area and the Mansfield area.
Christopher’s initial degree in elementary education at
Texas Tech University led to a 15-year teaching career in public and private
education in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Her master’s degree in gifted
education from the University of Louisville supported her passion for meeting
the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted children and resulted in
her work, not only at HSU, but as a gifted education consultant for school
districts and educational service centers throughout Texas.
During her doctoral program at Texas Tech University, she
enhanced her study of gifted education and focused her dissertation on
appropriate services for gifted students in the Honors Program at Texas Tech
Her professional involvement includes leadership in the
Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, the National Association for Gifted
Children, the Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership, the
TEMPO Advisory Board, and Abilene Community Foundation.
- Bachelor of Science, Elementary
Education, Texas Tech University, 1978
- Master of Education, Gifted
Education, University of Louisville, 1993
- Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum
and Instruction, Texas Tech University, 2003