Matthew McCluskey (he/him)

Matthew McCluskey (he/him)

Assistant Professor
College Of Education And Human Development
Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation
Madla 330

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Dr. Matthew McCluskey is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation within the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. As such, he teaches coursework for aspiring campus and district administrators including, instructional leaders, principals and superintendents. Prior to his work in higher education, Matthew served as an Instructional Leader, Department Chair, and Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction at a high school in Newark, New Jersey. He has conducted training sessions for teachers and school leaders on a variety of topics, including but not limited to standards-aligned instruction and leadership, leading rigorous reading instruction, coaching effective classroom discussion, building and sustaining culturally responsive school communities, data informed teaching and school leadership, and teaching and leading virtually. Matthew received his B.A. in Secondary Education and English and his M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the Boston College Lynch School of Education. After a decade of experience, Matthew earned his Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development. His research interests include teacher retention and attrition, principal influence, instructional leadership, charter schools, the impact of neo-liberal school reform, teaching and leading as an intellectual pursuit, and action-research within school communities. 

Teaching Summary

Year Rank Company/Institute/University
2022-Present Assistant Professor Texas A&M University-San Antonio
2021-2022 Clinical Assistant Professor Texas A&M University-San Antonio
2014-2021 Assistant Professor of Practice Relay Graduate School of Education


McCluskey, M. S., & Narayanan, M. (In Press). Black movement in white spaces: How youth online protests challenge “no excuses” charter practices. In D. D. Johnson, M. D. Lovett, & J. H. Lipschultz (Eds.), Race, Africana communication, and criminal justice reform: A reflective and intersectional analysis of adaptive vitality.
McCluskey, M. S. (2022). Turnover contagion: Trust and the compounding impact of turnover on teachers. Journal of School Choice.
McCluskey, M. S. (2021). “The revolving door:” Identifying causes of teacher turnover within a charter managing organization [Doctoral capstone dissertation, Vanderbilt University]. Vanderbilt University Repository.
Narayanan, M., Ordynans, J. G., Wang, A., McCluskey, M. S., Elivert, N., Shields, A. L., & Ferrell, A. C. (2021). Putting the self in self-efficacy: Personal factors in the development of early teacher self-efficacy. Education and Urban Society.


Courses Teaching

Subject Number Section Description Term Syllabus
EDAD 5345 100 Internship in School Spring 2023 Syllabi
EDAD 5329 600 Educational Research Spring 2023 Syllabi