Julie Fernandez

Dean of the College of Education

P843-863-7914 / Ejfernandez@csuniv.edu

CREDENTIALS

Education

University of Houston- Main Campus, Houston, Texas 2012

Ed. D Educational Leadership

Dissertation Title: Principals’ Perspectives on How Transformational, Instructional, and Managerial Leadership Practices Influence Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement



University of Houston- Clear Lake, Texas

Mid- Management Certification 1997

M.S. Reading Specialist 1990



University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

B.A. Education 1984

Certifications/Licensures

Texas Certified Appraiser: Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System(T-PESS) 2015

Texas Certified Trainer: Advancing Educational Leadership Trainer (AEL) 2015

Texas Certified Appraiser: Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System (T-TESS) 2020

Texas Certified Trainer: Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System (T-TESS) 2020

Texas Certified Trainer: Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) 2013

Texas Certified Trainer: Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS) 2013

Texas Professional Certificate – Superintendent 2023

Texas Standard Certificate- Special Education (EC-12) 2023

Texas Professional Certificate- Mid- Management 1997- Lifetime

Texas Professional Certificate- Reading Specialist 1991- Lifetime

Texas Provisional Texas Certificate- Elementary (1-8) 1986- Lifetime

Dr. Julie Fernandez has served in the education community for 36 years. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Elementary Education, she and her husband moved to Houston, where she taught elementary and junior high school for 11 years. Dr. Fernandez earned a masters degree from the University of Houston- Clear Lake in Reading and completed post-graduate work in Education Administration. She then became an elementary school assistant principal and elementary principal in Clear Creek Independent School District, and subsequently a principal in a Title I elementary school in Houston Independent School District. Her doctorate from the University of Houston is in Executive Leadership in 2012, where her research focused on Transformational Leadership in Public School Principals. After graduating from UH, she became a full-time faculty member in their Educational Leadership program. She taught graduate and doctoral students in educational leadership and served as a Chair of numerous dissertations.

Dr. Fernandez came to Houston Baptist University in 2015 from a desire to incorporate the Christian worldview into school leaders’ development. She initially started as an assistant professor and taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in education. The dean appointed her Program Coordinator of the Education Administration Program, Department Chair of Leadership and Counseling. She was appointed dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences in 2018. Dr. Fernandez accepted the appointment as dean of the College of Education at Charleston Southern University on January 1, 2021.

Dr. Fernandez’s research interest involves school culture and climate, teacher leadership development, and organizational health-based leadership. She has co-written her book, Influencing Student High Achievement through School Climate: A Quantitative Approach to Organizational Health-based Leadership. Dr. Fernandez has been married to her husband Robert for 35 years, and they have two grown daughters, Mary, a chemical engineer, and Sarah, a pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Fernandez and her husband were active members of their church, where they led small home groups, coached small group leaders, and led Bible studies. They feel blessed to return to the Low Country, a place that has always been in their hearts and home.

Your Purpose. Our Mission.

I have felt God's prompting to integrate my faith in my work since I started my career. Working and teaching at CSU gives me the opportunity to not only disciple my faculty and staff, but to also share God's mercy and grace to the students.

Dr. Julie Fernandez, EdD

Professional Presentations

Topic: Public Education to Higher Education: How to become a professor 2020

Texas Association of School Administrators Mid- Winter Conference

Austin, Texas

Topic: Classroom Cultures that Support Student Success 2019

HBU Teaching, Learning and Research Symposium

Houston, Texas

Topic: The Push and Pull of Leadership Coaching2018

Region 4 Chapter of Texas Council of Women School Executives

2018 Spring Conference 

Houston, Texas

Topic: Creating a Culture of Literacy2017

Unlocking Literacy Conference

Neuhaus Education Center

Houston, Texas

Topic: The Implications of T-TESS for Leaders of Literacy2016

Unlocking Literacy Conference

Neuhaus Education Center

Houston, Texas

Topic: School Culture: Finding the Hidden Pieces2015

Spring ISD Leadership Conference

Spring, Texas

Topic: There No Bad Children, Just Confused Adults2015

HBU Teaching Symposium

Houston, TX

Topic: “What Principals Want in a New Teacher”2013, 2014

Student Teacher Conference, University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Topic: “Differentiation for Diversity in the United States” 2011

International Conference at Beijing Normal University

Beijing, China

Topic: “Differentiated Leadership”2010

Texas Elementary and Supervisors Association

Summer Conference, Austin, Texas

Topic: “The Principalship, Managing Stress”2010

Texas Elementary and Supervisors Association

Summer Conference, Austin, Texas

Topic: “Improving Staff Morale”2004

Texas Elementary and Supervisors Association

Summer Conference, Austin, Texas

PUBLICATIONS

Busch, S. & Fernandez, J. (2019) Influencing Student High Achievement through School Climate: A Quantitative Approach to Organizational Health-based Leadership. New York, NY. Routledge Publishing Company.

Title: On the Same Page

University of Houston Ed.D. in Professional Leadership Handbook 2013

Kappa Delta Pi

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)