Frances Kellar, Ed.D

Assistant Professor of Education
Associate Chair and Director of Clinical Practice
Teacher Education
BAH 104
(559) 453-5568

What programs do you teach in?

Teacher Education Program


Ed.D., (Educational Psychology and K-12 Leadership), University of Southern California, 2012
M.A., Education, Claremont Graduate University, 2007
B.A., English and World Literature, Pitzer College, 2006

Share why you teach at FPU

I am inspired and committed to the practice and art of teaching, which bears the insurmountable potential to shape and impact the lives of so many students. FPU affords me the opportunity to embrace my calling to education in the preparation of our future educators for the classroom while supporting their pedagogical and professional development as they answer their call to redemptive service. My heart is constantly full knowing that I can serve and impact the field of K-12 education – and our greater community – in this capacity.

Scholarly Interests

My scholarly interests stem from the desire to improve educational outcomes for all students in our K-12 schools and to ensure that our teachers are prepared to meet the learning needs of all of our students. As such, my research and scholarly interests include but are not limited to: enhancing professional development for teachers and leaders, understanding and explaining the psychosocial and organizational components influencing mentoring in pre-service teaching, and the examining the nuanced relationship between leadership and organizational change.

Honors and Awards

• University of Southern California: Rossier School of Education Nominee for Dissertation of the Year Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research, April 2012 • University of Southern California: Rossier School of Education Ed.D. Dean’s List, Fall 2009 to 2011 • Workman High School, Teacher of the Year, 2008 • Claremont Graduate University: Award Recipient for Outstanding Master’s Thesis, July 2007

Professional Affiliations

• American Educational Research Association Member • American Evaluation Association Member • Phi Delta Kappa Member, University of Southern California Chapter • CALSA, Member • Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR), Advisory Board Member

Publications and Presentations

Kellar, F. & Slayton, J. (in press). Fostering and achieving school improvement: A framework for studying the complexities of school leadership. Journal of School Leadership, XX(x). Kellar, F. & Slayton, J. (2013). The complexity of fostering and achieving organizational improvement: A new approach to studying educational leadership. Paper presented at the April 2013 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Martinez-Kellar, F.J. (2012). A tale of two principals: The complexity of fostering and achieving organizational improvement. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Presentations and Guest Lectures: Presenter (March 2014), Using data dialogue to inform instructional decision making: Findings from a study of institutional impact at Fresno Pacific University, AHSIE Conference, La Verne, CA Guest Lecturer (November 2013), The essentials of classroom assessment: A guide for instructional practice (2013), Guest lecturer at Fresno Pacific University. Presenter (April 2013). The complexity of fostering and achieving organizational improvement: A new approach to studying educational leadership. A paper presented for the session “Transforming the Organization of Schooling” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Discussant (August 16-17, 2012). Response to: Priced out: A closer look at postsecondary affordability for Latinos. A knowledge essay prepared by Laura Rendon, Alicia Dowd, and Amaury Nora and presented at Enriching America through the 21st century: Increasing Latino postsecondary completion, convened by the Higher Education Subcommittee of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Guest Lecturer, Using data to inform instructional practice and support decision-making in the classroom (2010), Guest lecturer at Claremont Graduate University. Presenter, Improving instructional practice: The importance of learning objectives (2010), Professional development session for ELA Department for Workman High School. Presenter, Increasing student motivation for academic success: Overview of the Directed Study Program (2009), Faculty meeting presentation for Workman High School.