Dr. Gary Padgett

Associate Professor

Secondary Education

Dr. Padgett

Stevens Hall 552

UNA Box 5119

Florence, AL 35632-0001




Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
By appointment  1:30pm–3:30pm 8:30am–10:30am 



By appointment 


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Interdisciplinary Education.  University of South Florida

Research & Teaching Fields: 

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Diversity Issues
  • Sustainability of Education
  • Qualitative Methods

Current Professional Affiliations: 

  • Association of American Indian and Alaska Native Professors
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Social Studies Council of Alabama
  • Council of Undergraduate Research

Recent Publications: 

Padgett, G. (2016).  "Sustainability of Education:  An Ecopedagogical Approach."  Journal of Sustainability Studies, vol. 1(1).

Padgett, G. "A Critical Case Study of Selected U.S. History Textbooks from a Tribal Critical Race Theory Perspective."  The Qualitative Report, vol. 20(3):153-171, 2015.

Recent Presentation:

Presented, “Undergraduates and American Indians: Developing a Diverse Research Program”, Council of Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference, Tampa, Florida, June, 2016.
Co-Presented, “Preservice Teachers Perceptions of Social Media,” Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, Rolla, Missouri, March 2016.
Presented, “Defining a Southern Teacher: Teaching With a Southern Voice,” International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May, 2015.
Presented, “Teachers and American Indian Communities: Developing a Diversity Experience for Pre-Service Teachers.” Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers Conference, Florence, Alabama, October 2015.
Presented, “Teaching with a Southern Voice,” International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May, 2015.
Presented, "Textbook Analysis Through Storytelling and Photography," Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2014.
Presented, " Pre-Service Teachers Perceptions of Diversity Within Their Field," North Alabama Alliance of Instructional Leaders Conference, Florence, AL, November 2013.

Recent Academic Honors/Awards:

Faculty Diversity Award, University of North Alabama.


I have experience working as a teacher, administrator, and a curriculum specialist for the eighth largest school district in the county.  I have worked in magnet schools, Title I schools, renaissance schools, and in tribal education systems.  I am proud to have served as a Title I liaison and as a Title VII teacher representative.