Biography: Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson

Ever since Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson was a middle school science teacher in Camden, NJ, she knew she wanted to be a teacher educator; serving peers in the profession. As a proud wife, mother of four, and a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Hill-Jackson is passionate about shining a light on critical issues in education in support of teachers and underserved learners.


Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson received her Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree, summa cum laude, from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation and Partnerships in the College of Education and Human Development and a Clinical Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University. 


She is a university and nationally recognized educator having garnered: 2007 Maybelline/People Magazine Women Who Empower Through Education Award; the 2008 Texas A&M University (TAMU) Association of Former Students Award for Distinguished Teaching; 2008 Transfer Camp Namesake; 2010 Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE) at TAMU; 2010 Outstanding Panhellenic Professor; the 2011 National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inspire Integrity Top 10 Finalist award; and the 2016 Edward's Ministerial Service Award.


Dr. Hill-Jackson received the prestigious American Educational Research Association/Spencer Fellowship for her qualitative dissertation and conferred with the LEAD Star Award for her research in childhood lead-poisoning and community education. Additionally, Dr. Hill-Jackson won a 2013 Upton Sinclair award and 2013 Fulbright Fellowship to Cardiff University–a ‘world-class’ institution.