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Dr. Nicole Vaux

Dr. Nicole Vaux

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of M.Ed. Educational Leadership

"The 100% online M.Ed. Educational Leadership program is designed for those wishing to become school leaders in order to effect positive school change, improve student performance, and meet challenges posed by accountability requirements and a changing society."


Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership – University of Alabama, 2015
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – University of Alabama, 2012
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – University of Alabama, 2010
  • B.A. in English Literature – University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, 2003

Career Highlights:

  • Worked in public education for 14 years, in four states across the country
  • David L. Clark Scholar for National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy, Spring 2015
  • Graduate Student of the Year Award - Educational Administration and Leadership, 2013-2014
  • Recipient of Sarah L. Healy Graduate Scholarship, 2013-2014
  • Recipient of Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies Research Fellowship, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Summer 2010
  • Nominated Teacher of the Year – Discovery Middle School, Madison, Alabama, 2010-2011

In which online programs do you teach?

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Which classes do you teach online?

  • CURR 7000: Doctoral Proseminar in Curriculum & Instruction
  • CURR 7012: Assessment for Program and Instructional Decision Making
  • EDFN 5081: Research
  • EDLE 5007: School Community Relations
  • EDLE 5010: Organizational Theory and Practice
  • EDLE 5021: Instructional Supervision
  • EDLE 5025: Leadership Theory and Practice
  • EDLE 5030: Instructional Leadership
  • CURR 3076: Classroom Behavior in Secondary Schools

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

The 100% online M.Ed. Educational Leadership program is designed for those wishing to become school leaders in order to effect positive school change, improve student performance, and meet challenges posed by accountability requirements and a changing society.

Why did you start teaching?

To be in a position to positively affect student's lives when they needed it most. To be a role model, a mentor, a positive adult figure that students could look to for help with academics, navigating future plans after graduation, and how to get through adolescence unscathed. To be the type of leader and positive figure that helped me get through school and on to college. I have gone into higher education teaching to effect more change by teaching future teachers and principals.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

Be organized, check your email daily, ask questions of your professor (that's what we're here for), interact with your classmates and ask them questions, and do not rush through the program. Go at your own pace, complete all readings and assignments to the best of your ability—as every one of them serves a purpose to enable you to become the best school leader possible—all while preparing you for the licensure exam at the end of the program.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in educational leadership?

The ability to be assertive in doing what needs to be done, follow through, complete assigned tasks, have initiative, organization, and a desire to be open and engaging with others.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that teachers face today?

Time and paperwork.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Hoy & Miskel (2012). Educational Administration: Theory, Research, and Practice 9th Edition

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

Louisiana is my 13th state to live in, and last year I moved cross-country twice in seven months to begin working at ULM.

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