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Dr. Larry Daniel is an educational leader focused on building excellence in faculty and academic programs. In his 39 years as an educator, Dr. Daniel has worked with students ranging from middle school through advanced graduate levels. He has served as a higher education administrator for the past 21 years, including 15 years as an academic dean. He earned both his Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans. His areas of scholarly interest include educational leadership and policy, teacher education, research and evaluation, and quantitative methods.

Get to know Dr. Daniel

Q. What do you want your students to learn at UT Permian Basin?
We are preparing our students to be professionals. Although there is knowledge that all students must learn, we also want to be sure that they develop the skill base essential to effective practice as a teacher, school leader or counselor. We also want them to internalize the attitudes and values of an educator.

Q. What is one book you think everyone should read?
The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer.

Q. What are you most proud of thus far in your career?
I am most proud of the hundreds of people I have helped prepare for careers in education. It is especially wonderful to see alumni who go on to assume leadership positions in education where they will have the potential to make a profound impact on the lives of many people.

Q. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your college self?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Work hard and accomplish a lot, but take time for you family and the things you love to do.

Q. Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
When I am not busy with my work as an educator and leader, I enjoy spending time with my 6 grandchildren—John Mark, Katherine, Josiah, Micah, Ezra, and Solomon.

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