Frank Hernandez, Ph.D.

Frank Hernandez, Ph.D.


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Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129



Frank Hernandez serves as Dean of the College of Education at TCU. Prior to his work at TCU, Dr. Hernandez served as Associate Dean & The Harold and Annette Simmons Endowed Chair in Educational Policy and Leadership at the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. Prior to that, Dr. Hernandez served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, TX). Dr. Hernandez’ research work has focused on four areas of inquiry: Latinos and school leadership, Latino racial identity development, inclusive leadership for LGBTQ students, and leadership for social justice. He has published extensively on Latino leadership, including two books: Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia (With Elizabeth Murakami and Gloria Rodriguez) and Brown-Eyed Leaders of the Sun: A Portrait of Latina/o Educational Leaders (with Elizabeth Murakami).

Dr. Hernandez is a founding member of Deans for Impact, an organization focused on transforming educator preparation and elevating the teaching profession. Dr. Hernandez is a graduate of the 2016 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, an initiative that draws upon the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. He is a 2014 graduate of the Millennium Leadership Initiative. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of School Leadership. Dr. Hernandez received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  • 2020 American Education Research Association (AERA) Latina/o/x Research Issues Special Interest Group Elementary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Research Award
  • 2020 American Education Research Association (AERA) Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group Teaching Award
  • 2017 Exceptional Editorial Board Service Award: Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership

Selected Publications


Hernandez, F. & Endo, R (2017) Developing and Supporting Critically Reflective Teachers: Diverse Perspectives in the Twenty-First Century. Boston, MA: Sense Publishing

Hernandez, F. & Murakami, E. (2016). Brown-Eyed Leaders of the Sun: A Portrait of Latina/o Educational Leaders. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hernandez, F., Murakami, E., & Rodriguez, G. (2015). Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Journal Articles

Deggs, D. & Hernandez, F., (2018). Enhancing the value of qualitative field notes through purposeful reflection. The Qualitative Report. Vol.23 (10).

Hernandez, F., McPhetres, J., Hughes, J., (2018) Adolescent’s perceptions of sexual relationships between students and teachers: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 28(1):67-83 DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2018.1505795.

Murakami, E., Hernandez, F., Almager-Quintana, I., Valle, F. (2017). Latina/o school administrators and the intersectionality of professional identity and race. Sage Open 8(2).

Hernandez, F., & Marshall, J. (2016). “Auditing Inequity: Teaching aspiring administrators to be social justice leaders. Education and the Urban Society. 49(2) 203-228. DOI: 10.1177/0013124516630598

Hernandez, F., McPhetres, J., & Marshall, J. (2015). “Teaching about sexual orientation in an educational leadership preparation program.” Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis. 4(2) article 4.

Murakami, E., Hernandez, F., Mendez-Morse, S., & Byrne-Jiménez, M. (2015). “Latina/o school principals: identity, leadership, and advocacy.” International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice. 10.1080/13603124.2015.1025854

Hernandez, F., Murakami-Ramalho, E., & Quijada Cerecer, P. (2014). “A Latina principal leading for social justice: the influences of racial and gender identity.” Journal of School Leadership 24(4) 568–598.

Hernandez, F. & Fraynd, D. (2014). School leaders’ role in inclusive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered supportive schools. Theory Into Practice 53 1–8.

Book Chapters and Reviews

Hernandez, F. (2016) Latino Immigrant Youth and Interrupted Schooling: Dropouts, Dreamers and Alternative Pathways to College [Book Review]. Teacher College Record.

Hernandez, F. & Fraynd, D. (2015). “Inclusive leadership and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning students” in (Eds.) G. Theoharis & M. Scanlan Leadership for Increasingly Diverse Schools. Routledge.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. & Hernandez, F. (2012). “Latino/a leadership: racial identity fostering social justice” in (Eds.) J. Brooks & N. Whitherspoon Racism and Educational Leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Selected Service Activities

State-Wide Service

  • Dallas All Stars Board Member
  • Commit – “Best in Class” Advisory Board

National Service

  • Deans for Impact Board Member
  • Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity Advisory Board Member
  • The Education for Sustainability in Galapagos Program – Present: Educational Leadership Team Lead)
  • Journal of School Leadership – Associate Editor
  • (JCEL) editorial board member (2016 – Present)
  • AERA/UCEA David L. Clark Scholars Program Mentor
  • (UCEA) Jackson Scholar Mentor
  • Information Age Publishing (IAP) Hispanics in Education and Administration Book Series Editor