Disability Studies

Barbara Pazey

Barbara Pazey

Barbara L. Pazey is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Texas, where she joined the faculty in 2017. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a specialization in Special Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, her Master of Arts in Music and Piano from The Ohio State University, her special education certification through the University of South Carolina and Francis Marion University, and a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in piano from Muskingum University. She has experience as a K-12 music teacher and special education teacher, musician and music director for several professional organizations, high school inclusion coordinator, high school principal, and higher education administrator.  

Pazey’s research agenda pursues four lines of inquiry: student and adult voice and the importance of facilitating the empowerment of voice among individuals across multiple generations and identities; inclusive education; ethically oriented leadership and leadership preparation; and education policy, law, and reform. She interrogates the effects of education and related policies, laws, and reforms on the experiences of student and adult populations and examines how those policies, laws, and reforms inform and impact the development of ethically oriented leaders and leadership preparation programs.

Pazey actively participates in several professional organizations, serving as the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (CPED) delegate for the UNT College of Education and Teacher Education and Administration Department, a member of the  Research Committee for the Council for Administrators of Special Education, and a member of the Action Committee for the Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group (SIG) for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She is also working on a collaborative project with researchers at various institutions that proposes to reinvent the concept and practice of special education and special education leadership and another research project related to school leaders’ values, beliefs, and mindsets about ability and capability as inclusive leaders.